SIM July Meeting – AI: Beyond the Hype

AI: Beyond the Hype



Artificial intelligence has the potential to disrupt our businesses and entire industries. As technology leaders, we must guide our organizations’ strategic leverage of AI, understanding the effects on our customers, partners, and workforce. Join us to discuss the impacts of AI across industries and what you can do to prepare.


UPDATE: Our conversation will now by led by Sridhar Sudarsan (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sridhar-sudarsan-278603/), CTO for IBM Watson! He and Dr. Porter have collaborated on the topic, and we’ll be in great hands. 


Our conversation will be led by Dr. Bruce Porter (https://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/porter/), two-time Chair of the University of Texas Computer Science Department and Chief Science Officer at SparkCognition, where he leads the company’s many R&D initiatives. Currently, as University Professor, Dr. Porter’s research focuses on machine reading, a technology that holds tremendous potential for capturing knowledge for automated inference, question answering, explanation generation, and other AI capabilities. Dr. Porter also directs UT’s Knowledge Systems Research Group, an AI organization with the goal to develop methods to build knowledgeable computers. He has won the Best Paper Award at the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence, the College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Young Investigator Award, and the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award.


Bring a friend or colleague to introduce them to the Austin SIM chapter, and enjoy catering by Chez Zee.


Please note the date – due to scheduling conflicts, we will be meeting on a Thursday, rather than Tuesday evening.

SIM Austin June Happy Hour – Sponsored by Cigniti

Abel's on the Lake




Join us for a summer happy hour at beautiful Abel’s on the Lake. Enjoy food, drinks, and Lake Austin views while networking with your peers. Invite a friend or colleague to introduce them to the Austin SIM chapter. Thanks to Cigniti for sponsoring our June event.


Cigniti Logo


Cigniti is the world’s first Independent Pure Play Software Testing Services Company to be appraised at CMMI-SVC v1.3, Maturity Level 5, and is also ISO certified. Cigniti Technologies, Global Leaders in Independent Software Testing Services, is headquartered at Dallas, TX. Cigniti’s service offerings include Quality Engineering, Advisory & Transformation, Digital Assurance, and Quality Assurance solutions.


Thrice in a row, i.e. for 2015, 2016, & 2017, while Gartner positioned Cigniti in its Magic Quadrant for Application Testing Services Worldwide. Over the last decade, Cigniti has helped Enterprises and ISVs build quality software while improving time-to-market and reducing cost of quality. Cigniti has translated its R&D into BlueSwan, the next generation and proprietary test platform that comprises of 5 elements – Verita, Velocita, Cesta, Praxia and Prudentia. These elements complement the existing QA and QE tools of enterprises.

SIM Austin Chapter Newsletter May 2018

May Austin SIM Meeting: Data Privacy and GDPR – Are You Ready?

Thanks to everyone that attended the May meeting on May 15th.  Tony Howlett, CTO of Codero and Past President of the Austin (ISC)2 Chapter, lead an outstanding discussion on the impact of GDPR on your organization and what you can do to prepare.

A special THANK YOU to Bridgepoint Consulting for being such a generous host.

Save the Date

June Austin SIM  Happy Hour at Abel’s on the Lake  – June 12, 2018

Abel's on the Lake

What can be better in the heat of the summer than a relaxing Happy Hour at a beautiful setting, Abel’s on the Lake, enjoying networking with your peers?

Join us and bring a friend or colleague to introduce them to the Austin SIM Chapter.

DATE / TIME:  Tuesday, June 12, 2018; 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. CDT

LOCATION:  Abel’s on the Lake, 3825 Lake Austin Boulevard, Austin, TX  78703, (map)

FEE:

Current Paid Members – No fee plus the opportunity to introduce prospective members at no charge. Please register your guests through the Eventbrite invitation, and they will be included at no cost.

Friends of SIM – This year we are introducing a fee of $25.00 to attend SIM’s monthly meetings with Friends of SIM to ensure we can continue to provide the strong base of programs,

REGISTER @ SIM Austin June Happy Hour

SPONSOR:  Thank you to our sponsor, Cigniti.

Headquartered in Dallas, TX, Cigniti is the world’s first independent Pure Play Software Testing Services Company to be appraised at CMMI – SVC v1.3, Maturity Level 5, and is also ISO certified.

InnoTech Austin 2018 – Registration is Open!

InnoTech Austin, a premier technology conference, is celebrating 15 years in Austin.  Here are highlights of topics and tracks for this year:

  • Full day Data and Analytics track
  • Full day Security track
  • ISSA Security Track Luncheon
  • Austin DevOps & DevSecOps Summit
  • IT Leadership & Strategy
  • Cloud Technologies and Mobility
  • CIO Gala Luncheon
  • Women in Tech Summit
  • And more!

Also, the 21st annual IT Executives of the Year Awards will be presented.  If you are interested in nominating a deserving individual, Click Here

LOCATION:  Austin Convention Center, Ballroom D, 500 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX  78701   (map)

DATE:  Tuesday, October 2, 2018

For More Information and to REGISTER for InnoTech 2018 go to http://www.innotechconferences.com/austin/

Committee Updates

Austin SIM Membership News!

2017 SIM Members

Thank you for your SIM Membership in 2017!  If you have not renewed your membership, we would love to have you back as a member of our SIM family so you can continue to receive year-round benefits (free monthly programs with speakers/panels, CIO Roundtable Breakfasts, SIM Lunch Events, SIM Women’s Luncheon,  InnoTech discounts, access to regional and national SIM events and programs, and more.)

To renew your membership, visit simnet.org/members/membership.asp

Not a Member?  Join Now!

Join the Austin chapter of SIM and collaborate with us on best practices, trends, and lessons learned.   We are interested in understanding what resources you need to be successful in your career as well so that we can align our events with the needs of our members.

Membership to the Austin SIM chapter includes membership in SIM National, the premier professional organization for top IT executives.

Join Today!

Sponsorship

If you know of a great vendor that you have worked with and can recommend their work to others, please contact Blake (blake.k.holman@gmail.com)

Other:

SIM IT Trends Study – Deadline June 11th!

SIM Austin Members – we need your help!  The Austin SIM chapter is currently in 6th place in the SIM chapter challenge, and the deadline is less than two weeks away, June 11th @ 11:59 p.m.

The IT Trends Study only takes a few minutes to complete, and you will be helping the Austin SIM Chapter increase our STEM scholarship funds.  Chapters with the highest percentage of members completing the study in each category (large and small chapters) will win $5,000 for first place.  Second and third places receive $2,500 and $1,250, respectively.

DEADLINE:  Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 11:59 p.m.

TO COMPLETE: THE STUDY  go to http://www.simnet.org/IT-Trends.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Galen Metz, a former Austin SIM Board Member, has published a new book!

If you are interested in retiring, or perhaps you have already retired, you may want to check out a new book by Galen Metz, “Unlock the Secrets of Retirement: How to Plan and Achieve a Fulfilling Life in Retirement”.  It’s available on Amazon.

Have ideas for the newsletter or other news? Send any ideas, promotions, article links, book reviews, etc. to Karen Calvert, kcalvert@austinsim.org.

 2018 SIM Austin Executive Committee:

Vijay George (President), Jim Keeler (President-Elect), Kathy Wetzel (Treasurer), Wendi White (VP Programs), Anh Sellisen (VP Membership), Robert King (VP Member Engagement), Blake Holman (VP Sponsorship), Karen Calvert (VP Communications), John Burgtorf (Trustee), Bart Lauwers (Trustee), and Eric Hungate (Past-President)

Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter!

SIM May Meeting

Data Privacy and GDPR: Are you ready?



Data privacy is already a top concern for all companies, but the challenges are about to increase. On May 25th, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect. The GDPR applies to all companies worldwide that process personal data of European Union (EU) citizens. This means that any company that works with information relating to EU citizens, regardless of their physical location, will have to comply with the requirements of the GDPR. This effectively makes GDPR the first global data protection law.


Join us to discuss the impact of GDPR on your organization and what you can do to prepare. Our conversation will be led by Tony Howlett, CTO of Codero and Past President of the Austin (ISC)2 Chapter (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tony-howlett-a517b03a/). Tony returns by popular demand after sharing his eye-opening and actionable insights in our preliminary discussion last September.


Thanks to our generous hosts, Bridgepoint Consulting.

SIM Austin Chapter Newsletter April 2018

April Austin SIM Event: Happy Hour at Austin Beer Works

Austin Beer Works proved to be a great place for our informal Happy Hour on April 17th.  Members and Friends of SIM Austin enjoyed a relaxing evening consuming their favorite beverages, meeting new friends and catching up with colleagues.

Tremendous thanks to our April event sponsor, Experis (http://www.experis.com).

Save the Date

May Austin SIM Meeting: Data Privacy and GDPR: Are you ready?

Data privacy is already a top concern for all companies, but the challenges are about to increase. On May 25th, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect. The GDPR applies to all companies worldwide that process personal data of European Union (EU) citizens. This means that any company that works with information relating to EU citizens, regardless of their physical location, will have to comply with the requirements of the GDPR. This effectively makes GDPR the first global data protection law.

Join us to discuss the impact of GDPR on your organization and what you can do to prepare. Our conversation will be led by Tony Howlett, CTO of Codero and Past President of the Austin (ISC)2 Chapter (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tony-howlett-a517b03a/). Tony returns by popular demand after sharing his eye-opening and actionable insights in our preliminary discussion last September.

Thanks to our generous hosts, Indeed.com.

Register here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sim-may-meeting-registration-45717717925

InnoTech Austin 2018

Mark your calendars to attend next year’s InnoTech Austin conference scheduled for October 2, 2018.

Committee Updates

Austin SIM Membership News!

2017 SIM Members

Thank you for your SIM Membership in 2017!  If you have not renewed your membership, we would love to have you back as a member of our SIM family so you can continue to receive year-round benefits (free monthly programs with speakers/panels, CIO Roundtable Breakfasts, SIM Lunch Events, SIM Women’s Luncheon,  InnoTech discounts, access to regional and national SIM events and programs, and more.)

To renew your membership, visit simnet.org/members/membership.asp

Not a Member?  Join Now!

Join the Austin chapter of SIM and collaborate with us on best practices, trends, and lessons learned.   We are interested in understanding what resources you need to be successful in your career as well so that we can align our events with the needs of our members.

Membership to the Austin SIM chapter includes membership in SIM National, the premier professional organization for top IT executives.

Join Today!

Sponsorship

If you know of a great vendor that you have worked with and can recommend their work to others, please contact Blake (blake.k.holman@gmail.com)

Other – IT Trends Study

SIM Austin Members – share your voice by participating in SIM’s 2018 IT Trend Study.  Participants receive a personalized Benchmarks Report comparing your responses to the aggregates of your fellow SIM members.  In addition, participation helps our chapter win cash prizes that we can put toward our chapter’s STEM Scholarship Program.

To complete the survey, you can use the personalized link from Professor Kappelman which was sent on April 9th and 10th or just click on the “take the survey” banner  http://www.simnet.org/IT-Trends and log in.

 Have ideas for the newsletter or other news? Send any ideas, promotions, article links, book reviews, etc. to Karen Calvert, kcalvert@austinsim.org.

 2018 SIM Austin Executive Committee:

Vijay George (President), Jim Keeler (President-Elect), Kathy Wetzel (Treasurer), Wendi White (VP Programs), Anh Sellisen (VP Membership), Robert King (VP Member Engagement), Blake Holman (VP Sponsorship), Karen Calvert (VP Communications), John Burgtorf (Trustee), Bart Lauwers (Trustee), and Eric Hungate (Past-President)

Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter!

SIM Austin April Happy Hour – Sponsored by Experis

Join your SIM colleagues for a casual happy hour at Austin Beerworks, an Austin original with craft brews, food trucks, and a keep-it-weird attitude.


We’ve reserved the original brewery and will enjoy a private bar with tastings of their current beers, guided brewery tours, and beer garden seating to enjoy the perfect weather.



Experis


Experis is the global leader in professional resourcing and project-based workforce solutions. We accelerate organizations’ growth by intensely attracting, assessing, and placing specialized expertise in IT, Finance, and Engineering to precisely deliver in-demand talent for mission-critical positions, enhancing the competitiveness of the organizations and people we serve. With offices in 68 locations in the U.S., we take a personal, one to one approach in serving our clients, leading to partnerships with over 80% of the Fortune 1000.


For more information on our services and solution practices please reach out to Robert King, Experis Austin Business Development Manager.


Robert.king@experis.com
737-802-8316 (w)
480-433-0912 (c)

Let’s Meet-Up at SIM Connect Live!

Austin Chapter Members & Friends –

If you are planning on attending SIM Connect Live in Dallas, lets meet-up and mingle with friends and colleagues from the Austin area on April 12th at Drafts Sports Bar (Sheraton Dallas Lobby Level).

Date:  Thursday, April 12th

Time:  5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Place:  Drafts Sports Bar, Sheraton Dallas (Lobby Level)

Cost:  Pay at the bar

If you haven’t registered for the conference yet, click here to attend:  simconnectlive.com/tracks #thinkbig

Hope to see you there!

 

SIM Austin Chapter Newsletter March 2018

March Austin SIM Meeting:  Agile Transformation – Lessons from the Front

We enjoyed seeing colleagues and friends at an interactive discussion on March 13th exploring lessons learned from Fortune 500 technology transformations.  The discussion, lead by Matt McBride, included .how to empower and prepare your team for success.

Matt is a Dallas SIM member who currently serves as Executive Vice President of Digital and Agile Transformation at Genesis 10.  He is also an Adjunct Professor teaching leadership, cybersecurity, software architecture, and software design courses for graduate-level programs at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

 Tremendous thanks to our March event sponsor, Genesis10 (http://www.genesis10.com/).

Save the Date

Join Us for SIM Connect Live –  April 11 – 13, 2018, Dallas Sheraton

Hope to see you at SIM Connect Live in Dallas on April 11 – 13. at Sheraton Dallas.

Are you wondering if IT professionals should be concerned with tech addiction and overuse?  Join Technology Wellness Center Founder Dr. Lisa Strohman as she tackles the issue head on at #SIMConnectLive18.

Do you want to become more resilient in the workplace?  Join Vince Poscente, a resiliency expert and former Olympic athlete, as he lets you in on the winning skills executives and their teams need to overcome growth obstacles in this “more, faster, now” world.

Need next-level leadership skills?  Want to create a compelling workplace culture?  Join us for #SIMConnectLive18’s RLF Advancing Leadership track, a must-do opportunity if you are focused at being an effective leader in 2018.

REGISTER NOW @ www.simconnectlive.com 

Austin SIM Event, April 17, 2018 – Happy Hour at Austin Beerworks

Join your SIM colleagues and friends  at Austin Beerworks for a casual happy hour at Austin Beerworks.  We will have plenty of room so please invite prospective members for an introduction to the Austin SIM Chapter.

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

LOCATION: Austin Beerworks, 3001 Industrial Terrace, Austin, TX  78758 (map)

FEE:

Current Paid Members – No fee plus the opportunity to introduce prospective members at no charge. Please register your guests through the Eventbrite invitation, and they will be included at no cost.

Friends of SIM – This year we are introducing a fee of $25.00 to attend SIM’s monthly meetings with Friends of SIM to ensure we can continue to provide the strong base of programs,

REGISTRATION:  go to Eventbrite to register!

 

InnoTech Austin 2018

Mark your calendars to attend next year’s InnoTech Austin conference scheduled for October 2, 2018.

Committee Updates

Austin SIM Membership News!

Not a Member?  Join Now!

Join the Austin chapter of SIM and collaborate with us on best practices, trends, and lessons learned.   We are interested in understanding what resources you need to be successful in your career as well so that we can align our events with the needs of our members.

Membership to the Austin SIM chapter includes membership in SIM National, the premier professional organization for top IT executives.

Join Today!

Current Members

Thank you for your SIM Membership in 2017! This year was full of great events, and we look forward to providing more valuable programming for 2018.  If your SIM membership expired on December 31, 2017, we strongly encourage you to renew your dues, so you continue to receive year-round benefits (free monthly programs with speakers/panels, CIO Roundtable Breakfasts, SIM Lunch Events, SIM Women’s Luncheon,  InnoTech discounts, access to regional and national SIM events and programs, and more.)

To renew your membership, visit simnet.org/members/membership.asp

Help us build our membership, so we continue to have a vibrant and growing chapter.  Bring a colleague or two to a SIM Austin meeting.  Email Anh (anh.sellissen@cpa.state.tx.us) with a couple of prospects so that we can add them to our membership campaigns.

Sponsorship

If you know of a great vendor that you have worked with and can recommend their work to others, please contact Blake (blake.k.holman@gmail.com)

Have ideas for the newsletter or other news? Send any ideas, promotions, article links, book reviews, etc. to Karen Calvert, kcalvert@austinsim.org.

 2018 SIM Austin Executive Committee:

Vijay George (President), Jim Keeler (President-Elect), Kathy Wetzel (Treasurer), Wendi White (VP Programs), Anh Sellisen (VP Membership), Robert King (VP Member Engagement), Blake Holman (VP Sponsorship), Karen Calvert (VP Communications), John Burgtorf (Trustee), Bart Lauwers (Trustee), and Eric Hungate (Past-President)

Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter!

Register Now for SIM Connect Live 2018: April 11 – 13, 2018 @ Sheraton Dallas

SIM Friends and Colleagues –

Register now to engage in a dynamic interactive event.   SIM members helped us develop a great #SIMConnectLive18 program that’s compelling timely and relevant.

#SIMConnectLive18 brings together powerhouse tech speakers at this year’s conference (we’re thinking big !)

In fact, one of our own SIM Austin Board Members, Blake Holman, is on the agenda!  He will be a panelist on the topic “SIM Authors Panel: Lessons Learned from Writing a Book” which is scheduled for the second day of the conference, Thursday, 4/12, at 9:45 a.m.

Join us!    simconnectlive.com/tracks #thinkbig

 

 

 

 

SIM Austin March Meeting: Agile Transformation: Lessons from the Front

Join us for an engaging discussion on agile and digital transformation and what it means for your company. Led by Dallas SIM Member Matt McBride (LinkedIn), we will explore lessons learned from Fortune 500 technology transformations, including what to do, what to avoid, and how to empower and prepare your teams for success.


Matt brings a front-line perspective and insights on these initiatives, and regularly advises and consults with executives and boards nationwide. He currently serves as Executive Vice President of Digital and Agile Transformation at Genesis10 and is an Adjunct Professor teaching leadership, cybersecurity, software architecture, and software design courses for graduate-level programs at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Matt is the author of Leadership Patterns for Software and Technology Professionals (ISBN 1508634408) and is a regular contributor to Agile and Digital Transformation topics for CIO.COM and InformationWeek.


This month, we will be hosted by our friends at Calavista (http://www.calavista.com/) at their beautiful West Austin headquarters. We’ll have a large meeting space, so please invite a guest for a complimentary introduction to the Austin SIM Chapter.


Tremendous thanks to our March event sponsor, Genesis10 (http://www.genesis10.com/).