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Welcome To SIM Portland

Welcome to the Portland Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM)

Don't forget to look at our new News section, which gives additional SIM information.

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Join us September 10th for our monthly meeting and presentation: 

Software Defined Future


With each new wave of technology, adoption promises simplification and cost savings.  Software Defined Data-centers & Software Defined Networks will impact more areas in a business than any normal IT spend in 2014 and beyond.  This emerging approach to infrastructure, which abstracts the intelligence of network routers and switches to a higher level control plane software, is not a new concept.  Just as we have virtualized servers and storage, it is now time to apply this approach to the network..   

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William J. Turner, Ph.D., CISSP
Vice President, Datacenter Architecture


With over 20 years of consulting experience, Dr. Turner brings extensive knowledge of application architecture, datacenter infrastructure, and business process. His extensive background in banking, security, and government have yielded several well regarded industry standards and noted reference models.

In his career, Dr. Turner served in the United States Army as a cryptographer,  as Chief Information Security Officer for JDSU, counter intelligence for NASA, and built a successful consulting business, selling it to Lucent in 2001. Bill taught graduate level classes in engineering, process architecture, and forensics for San Francisco State University for eight years. He currently teaches forensics, fraud detection & prevention, computer security, and accounting audit at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas in Austin, TX.

Dr. Turner holds several degrees including a Bachelor of Science in Computer Programming from Hobart College, a Master of Science in Mathematics from Trinity, a Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering from Trinity, a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from UCSF.

Notable Accomplishments:
•    Authored the Xpede protocol for inter-bank ACH transfer (still in use today)
•    Created multiple, standard-setting reference architectures for EDI and other encrypted data transfer
•    Participated in application design standards for the Federal Reserve Bank (still in use today)
•    Designed several eCommerce platforms for customers (ranging from startup to 50,000+ customers)
•    Authored two books on IP routing, and one book on digital forensics
•    Author of multiple IETF RFCs including OSPF, and BGP, committee member of EAP, IPSEC, SSL, IPv6
•    Designed payment processing systems for: American Express, VISA, Wells Fargo Bank, Chase Bank
•    Noted speaker for RSA, Department of Defense, and the Ministry of Defense
•    Holds technical certifications from: Cisco, Microsoft, VMWare, Oracle, SUN, Juniper, IEEE, PMI, ISC, ISACA, Checkpoint, ITIL MSI, and RedHat


 Sponsored by:                                          

SIMposium 2014

Regional Leadership Forum

Learn more about RLF

SIM's Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) is an intensive, ten-month leadership development program focused on creating authentic leaders. Since 1992 over 3500 graduates and more than 300 sponsors have found RLF the key to developing leadership effectiveness.

We are now actively recruiting for the class of 2013. We encourage you to take advantage of the early bird pricing, which ends Nov. 30, 2012. 


Register on SIM National's site


Watch the following 3-minute YouTube RLF video and you will hear, RLF is a life changing experience!

Your facilitator team is Bob Rouse and Ed Trainor, giving you a strong combination of practitioner and academic with tons of leadership experience.

To give you greater insight into RLF, we are hosting a Virtual Taste of RLF :
For more information contact:

Current plans have the 2013 dates/locations as follows:
  • March 12-13, 2013, Seattle
  • April 23-24, 2013, Portland
  • June 11-12, 2013, Seattle
  • July 23-24, 2013, Portland
  • September 3-4, 2013, Seattle
  • October 15-16, 2013, Portland

RLF Fees

Who Before
Dec.1, 2012
Nov.30, 2012
SIM Member $7,750 $8,250
Non-SIM Member $8,350 $8,850
All prices include admission to SIMposium 2013 in Boston.
An additional $995 value.

Hear why Brian Irvine, Vice President, Chief Information Officer at Unitus Community Credit Union, values RLF


We Asked for Your Support . . . And You Responded!

In partnership with the Business Education Compact, 63 SIM-PDX representatives teamed with our scholarship recipients and other students from OSU, OIT, UofP, and WSU-Vancouver to present information about IT careers to 2,744 middle and high school students in 82 classes. Many thanks to our volunteers and, in particular, to Pradeep Kumar for championing this worthwhile program on behalf of the Chapter. 


Your 2013-2014 Board Members


President: David Kaplin

Past President: John Pierce

Secretary: Bud Borja

Treasurer: Bill Malone

Assistant Treasurer: Wilfred Wu

Education Director: Pradeep Kumar

Events Director: Lisa Harper

Marketing Director: Dana Jiacoletti

Membership Director: Mark Wehrmeister

Program Director: Marc Hallquist