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

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Join us February 11th  for our monthly meeting and presentation: 

The Internet of Things (IoT)


The Internet of Things, according to industry analysis, represents a total of $14.4 trillion in private sector opportunity and $4.6 trillion in public sector opportunity over the next 10 years. The fast pace of technology is changing the organization. Barriers to market entry are falling. Customers/citizens demand new ways to interact. Margins are shrinking. As network connections spread throughout the world, many private and public-sector leaders are asking: “Where can I find the next wave of value? “Enter the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT connects the unconnected with ever-smarter technology. It brings people together with process, data, and things. New capabilities are created along with richer experiences. Forward-thinking organizations have unprecedented opportunities.              

This meeting is also our student night  meeting where students, including the SIM scholarship winners, join us for networking and the presentation.

Steven Reese
Presidio Networked Solutions


Steven Reese is a highly sought-after technology visionary and thought leader. Beginning his career as an engineer, Reese found himself with an affinity for securing information, focusing on how securing information networks not only protected critical business assets, but increased productivity by managing employee compliance to information security policies.

Today, Reese spends much of his time listening and interacting with senior business leaders in both public and private sector organizations. His long-term perspective of “cloud” as a service delivery architecture focuses on predictable business outcomes by leveraging information technology as a utility.
Reese’s non-traditional way of thinking and thought leadership is continually sought after in the client and manufacturer communities. His no-nonsense approach to solving business problems often garners him audience with manufacturer senior executives and business units, advising companies such as Cisco, Microsoft, EMC, Trend Micro, and others on strategic directions of their products and technologies.

Reese is a charter member of Cisco’s Partner Technical Advisory Board (PTAB) for collaboration, data center, and borderless network architectures. He was the primary architect for a solution that Cisco adopted, and now takes to market with the name “Biomed NAC,” a solution which provides biomedical devices to be connected to an internetworking protocol (IP) network, identified, provisioned, and secured without administrative intervention.

Ben came to EasyStreet from SunGard Availability Services where he was the Director of North American Sales of Enterprise Cloud and Application Services. Ben managed the company’s cloud sales team and drove client adoption of the company’s portfolio of enterprise-grade IaaS, SAP and Oracle cloud services. Prior to Sungard AS, Ben worked for Parametric Technology Corp. (PTC), specializing in product data management with a focus on integrations to MRP and ERP systems. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Bucknell University and a master's degree in business administration from George Fox University.  Ben also sits on the Business Plan Review Board for the Oregon Entrepreneurship Network and is an advisory board member for

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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 2014-2015 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