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September 2017 AITP Chapter Meeting

with CIO of the Year Eric Yablonka of the University of Chicago Medical Center and Biological Sciences

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AITP Chicago Security SIG Meeting - April 4, 2017

Roundtable - "Building a Security Operations Center(SOC) & Security Information and Event Management(SIEM)"

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Data and Analytics SIG Meeting at TTX

Share knowledge with your peers! - Keynote Speaker, Dr. Phil Shelley - Sponsored by Cyrus One

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May 1, 2017 Chapter Meeting at RMU

Mohan Iyer (CIO) and Ryan Surratt (Vice President) @ Mesirow Financial discuss their transformation and security challenges. Mesirow is the winner of the 2017 Medium Sized IT Team Award!

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Use the Insights & Tools tab to check out the new Training, Research, Career Planning and Rewards Benefits that CompTIA has added to AITP, then

Nominations for the 2018 CIO of the Year Award are Now Open

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Current eNewsletter


Hello AITP community – A Doctoral Student at DePaul Needs Your Help!

AITP Chicago has been asked to help Tammy, a doctoral student at DePaul, with her dissertation research.  This research focuses on the sales skills needed in today’s IT environment.  If you are an influencer or purchaser of  IT services/solutions for your organization, please be so kind as to take the survey (link provided below).

After competition of study,  Tammy will provide a brief write up of the findings and share with them with the group.


Erik Decker named 2017 Chicago CISO of the Year

The Chicago chapters of the Association of Information Technology Professionals-AITP, Infragard, ISACA, Information Systems Security Association-ISSA, and Society for Information Management-SIM are proud to announce the winner of the 2017 Chicago Chief Information Security Officer-CISO of the Year Award.  This years winner is Mr. Erik Decker, Chief Security & Privacy Officer, University of Chicago Medicine

Erik Decker and Wayne Johnson

Jason Witty, Arlan McMillan, Kevin Novak, Erik Decker

(Erik with 3 previous CISO of the Year winners)

Click Here for the Full Press Release


AITP’s 2017 CIO of the Year Announced

Congratulations to Glenn Schneider, CIO of Discover Financial, the 2017 CIO of the Year Award Winner!
AITP Chicago, SIM Chicago and The Executives’ Club of Chicago wish to congratulate Glenn Schneider, Chief Information Officer of Discover Financial who was chosen as the 2017 CIO of the Year! Nominations were made by CxOs and senior business & IT executives, and all judging and elections were done by peers in the IT community.  The award was presented as part of the Executives’ Club of Chicago’s Annual Awards luncheon on June 28th.

Specifically, we look for leadership in driving business value and technology innovation, business partnerships and creating the best-in-class workplace for IT professionals.



AITP’s “2016 Most Effective IT Team Awards” announced

AITP Chicago and SIM Chicago wish to congratulate this year’s winners – the teams:

The City of Chicago – Large Company


Mesirow Financial – Mid Company


Connect Hearing  – Small Company


See Full Press Release Here


Career Opportunities at CompTIA’s HQ in Downers Grove

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AITP Chicago PMO/PMI Chicagoland Joint Meeting @ College of DuPage, Student Resource Center (SRC) 1144 (West end of the cafeteria, right side)
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for an evening of networking and learning.

Topic: From Project Management to Management Leadership.


6:00-6:30 PM  Networking

6:30-8:30 PM Facilitated Discussion

Click Here to Register

2018 AITP Chicago “Most Effective IT Team” Award Dinner @ Metropolitan Club of Chicago, Willis Tower
Mar 8 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm


2018 AITP Chicago’s “Most Effective IT Team Award” Dinner

Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.

Something incredible happens when you have a highly motivated team. You find the team working faster, innovating better, and creating quality output.

Register now to see Chicago’s “Most Effective IT Team” winners on March 8th at the Metropolitan Club of Chicago.

Enjoy a fine dining experience on the 67th floor of the Willis Tower with breathtaking views of the city, learn the secrets of high performing teams, and collaborate with executives in a relaxed setting.

It’s a great opportunity to raise your profile and your company’s profile with some of the leading companies and executives in the Chicago area.

  • Meet the nominated teams and support the Award Winners – Companies include Gift of Hope, Kraft Heinz, Illinois Student Assistance Commission, PSAV, Stratosphere Networks and Zurich Insurance
  • Network with the C-Level Judges, including Rosalee Hermens, CIO, True Value, Kevin Glynn, CIO, DSC Logistics, Mary Ellen Woods, CIO, Illinois Housing Development Authority, Mohan Iyer, CIO Mesirow, Dean Crutchfield, CIO, CDK Global, Pat Moroney, CIO, CSF and former CIO of the Year, John Fisher, founder of rethinking IT & former CIO of the Year
  • Meet senior executives that have supported the Awards since its inception in 2008.

Click Here for more information and to view sponsorship options.

Register now to meet Chicago’s Most Effective Team winners!

The Keynote Panel:

The Keynote for this year’s event will be a panel which consists of the leads of the 3 Award Winning Teams.  The 3 representatives of the teams identified at the event will each share information about what their teams accomplished to win their award.  The following panel discussion will be moderated by John Fisher and will cover topics such as leading business transformation and building and maintaining high performing teams.

The Panel Moderator:  John Fisher, President & Founder, rethinking IT

rethinking IT helps client organizations think differently about their technology solutions.  Based on over 30 years of experience applying technology solutions to critical business problems, John has developed a successful approach to helping organizations select the appropriate technology strategies and solutions to improve their business.

John is a member of the Board of Directors of AITP Chicago and SIM Chicago.  He was recognized by Computerworld Magazine as one of their Premier 100 IT Leaders and named Chicago’s CIO of the Year in 2002.  He is a frequent speaker at industry events on topics such as negotiations, leadership and running IT as a business.  John is an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University where he teaches graduate level courses in IT Strategy, Social Media, Negotiation, Leadership and eBusiness Strategy.

AITP Member Cost:  $75 Includes plated dinner, desert and cash bar

Guest Cost:  $90 Includes plated dinner, desert and cash bar

Click Here to Register or Make Sponsor Payment


5:30 pm – 6:15 pm     Social Hour
6:15 pm – 7:00 pm     Dinner
7:00 pm – 7:20 pm     Awards
7:20 pm – 8:15 pm     Award Winner Panel and Q&A
8:15 pm – Adjourn

Since 2009, the “Most Effective IT Team Award” has been presented annually by AITP and recognizes high performing teams that have done an outstanding job of improving the success of their companies’ business.  Teams will be selected for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.  Relative performance will be used to adjust for company size.  This is a serious award.  Judging will be done by a panel of CIOs, Directors and Senior IT Executives.

Prior winners include:  City of Chicago, Mesirow Financial, University of Chicago Medicine, Crowe Horwath LLP, True Value, Motorola Mobility, Loyola University and Tate & Lyle.

If you have questions, please email:   or


Platinum (Premier) Sponsor


AITP Chicago Office of the CIO SIG @ United Air Lines - Willis Tower
Mar 28 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 am

Topic:  DevOps – What is it and why is it important?

Panel:  TBD

Mark your calendars to learn more about this timely and valuable topic! 

Click Here to Register

The increasing business demand for delivering more value in less time is driving new paradoxical shift in the way that we deliver technology, and changes to that technology.  The days of plodding through the development cycle, are changing.  Today’s business demands more agility to enable the delivery of more value in a quicker fashion to customers, and to be more adaptable when inevitable changes are required.

In our session, the term “DevOps” will be defined.  Presenters will discuss the value of DevOps in their organization, how to successfully sell the concept to all functional levels of the business, and the challenges of implementing this methodology in their business.  We hope for this to be an interactive session, so please bring your stories to share if you are already on this journey.

If you are new to the DevOps concept, below are some reading ideas:

What is DevOps?”, by Mike Loukides

The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win”, by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford


IIT Cyber Forensics & Security Conference (ISSA Member Discount) @ Illinois Institute of Technology Rice Campus
Apr 12 @ 8:00 am – Apr 13 @ 11:30 am

ISSA members are invited to attend this multi-track, technical conference that attracts 200+ professionals, 30+ speakers, 20+ sponsors, for an intensive one- and one half-day schedule that includes discussion and debate over forensics, security, data/information governance, cyber crime and security, ethical hacking, eDiscovery, cloud forensics, steganography, policy and compliance, privacy, wireless security, cloud computing, identity theft, and more.

ISSA special discount rate: $100 (normally $200). Target Attendees: Cybersecurity professionals, students

Click Here for more information and to register