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Message from our Chapter's Outgoing President E-mail
Written by David Still   
Dear AITP Members and Friends,

David StillAs my tenure as President of the Atlanta Chapter comes to an end I feel privileged to be part of a long history of 60+ years of chapter presidents and proud of the accomplishments our all volunteer board has achieved during my tenure.

I would like to mention a few accomplishments that are worth remembering:
  • Exceptional Dinner Programs with topics ranging from Agile & BI to Security & UX
  • Women's Technology Leadership Forum and our 9th annual CIO Roundtable Dinner
  • Julian P. Wade, Jr Student Scholarship continues into the 6th year of supporting the most outstanding students of our 13 student chapters
  • Sponsor support keeps our dinner prices affordable and I’m thankful for Geico, Microsoft, e-Hire, Magenic, Mammoth Solutions, Hypepotamus and all our volunteers
I’m exceptionally proud of the carefully assembled new 2016 board of directors and officers. Our chapter is positioned well to continue our legacy of providing informative technology presentations, career development opportunities, student chapter support at our growing colleges and universities and an intimate dinner setting for meaningful conversation among industry professionals.
 
All the best in 2016,
David Still
 
AITP Atlanta Year in Review E-mail
Written by Hank Edwards   
Hank Edwards2013 was a great year for the Atlanta AITP chapter with content rich meetings, the largest CIO round table ever, and the addition of over 20 new members.
 
2014 is shaping up to be an ever better year.  We have some new and exciting programs planned.  The really big news is that the Atlanta chapter and the area student chapters will host the 2014 National Collegiate Conference (NCC) at the Omni in April 10th - 13th.  This our chance to showcase Atlanta to over 700 students and faculty from across the nation.  It is also a chance to raise the awareness of good work of AITP to the Georgia top companies by having them participate in the conference by either sponsoring contest, providing speakers, setting up booths for students to learn about their companies and much more.
 
You can help to make 2014 a banner year by becoming engaged in the chapter and in helping with the National Collegiate Conference.  The conference is looking for sponsors, speakers and volunteers.    Please let me know if you know if your company would be willing to sponsor a contest, a meal, or provide for lanyard, conference bags. 
 
Again, we are looking for a great 2014 and your involvement will make it even better.  Please contact me directly on how you would like to be involved.
 
Hank Edwards,
President - AITP Atlanta Chapter 
 
Atlanta’s Leading CIOs’ use of Agile Development Methodologies E-mail
Written by John Kosar & Brant Pirkle   

2013 CIO Panel

The Atlanta AITP Chapter’s 7th Annual CIO roundtable, held this September, delivered a wealth of insight to members and guests into the issues currently facing IT leaders.  Last month’s recap article covered key points made by our panelists concerning their organizations’ strategic direction and business alignment.  This installment will relate the degree to which each of our CIO panelists have embraced agile software development methodologies.  

Agile is an iterative process that promotes close collaboration between development teams and business. The method often uses self-organizing teams and encourages rapid and flexible response to requirements changes.  The Agile Manifesto, written in 2001 by a group of software developers and consultants, emphasizes four basic tenets:

-  Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
-  Working software over comprehensive documentation
-  Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
-  Responding to change over following a plan

In recent years agile has gained worldwide momentum within both small and large-scale software development projects.  VersionOne’s annual survey of 4,048 developers found that 83% of respondents plan to implement agile in future projects – up from 59% in 2011.  Although the degree of agile adoption varied among our panelists’ organizations, all agreed that agile will have a place in upcoming development projects.

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February AITP Atlanta Presentation Recap E-mail
Written by Brant Pirkle and John E. Kosar, III   

Through our ongoing Chapter Dinner and Presentations, the Atlanta Chapter of the AITP strives to provide fresh and informative educational experiences that can help our members make better informed decisions in their jobs.  Last month, our speakers provided attendees with strategic level perspectives for two constantly evolving areas within the IT mobility space: application development and enterprise mobility deployment.

Our first speaker, Akshay Shrivastava, Director of Mobile and Connected Devices at Turner Broadcasting provided some building blocks of mobile strategy.  He described methods for connecting mobile strategy with broader business strategies and choices for product development.
 
Shrivastava emphasized that, “on the continuum of cost of development and richness of user experience, you have more than two choices.  You have multiple options to choose from and each has implications from a business standpoint”.  He is a strong proponent of using HTML 5 to build cost effective cross platform web applications.  “I think we are at a point now where in the next two to three years HTML 5 will be the de facto standard for mobile development.  It is cost efficient, it is a standard, and I think will pick up a lot of steam in the next couple of years,” he said.  “The key for businesses is that they have a strategy that accommodates both mobile web and app,” said Shrivastava.  “The huge span of mobile screen sizes now means that responsive design is becoming a way to keep down costs of building for lots of different platforms, and delivering a single-minded user experiences across multiple devices/screens.”
 
Our second speaker, George Mashini of Cataval Inc. spoke about how to capture audiences within your own organization and put them to work in more efficient ways.  His presentation focused on the challenges IT professionals will face in planning and implementing enterprise mobility.  He shared his experiences and “the ups and downs of deploying a lot of mobile devices in a lot of hands”.
 
“We’ve seen mobile really be a driver for increasing productivity and achieving better customer service - better ability to answer questions,” said Mashini. He recommended using a process approach to ensure user adoption.  “If users have to go from system to system, they are not likely to accept it, “he says.   His presentation highlighted new ways of using cloud, SaaS, and multi-channeling to introduce mobility to existing systems.  “The executing challenge is that the data for the business process is actually locked into different silos that have been built over the last 20 years,” he said.  “The promise of the cloud is to build new apps that you don’t have to babysit,” said Mashini.  “The key, “he said,  “is that you can’t short cut security.  MDM was your first layer.  But as you open up the business process with ERP and CRM systems, you have to start thinking about your back end security and hacking.”

 
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