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SIM Austin Chapter Newsletter May 2018


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)


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

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

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!


If you know of a great vendor that you have worked with and can recommend their work to others, please contact Blake (


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.


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,

 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)

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