What's Next in Information Technology Management


June 15, 2010

5:00 pm Cocktails & Networking

5:45 pm Dinner

6:45 pm Keynote Speakers

Meeting Adjourns at 8:30 pm and Networking continues until 9:00 pm

Hotel VQ
1975 Mile High Stadium Cir. Denver, CO 80204

Register for the Tuesday, June 15, 2010 RMIMA & SIM Meeting

Joint Meeting - Society of Information Managers and
Rocky Maintain Information Management Association

Colorado Business Technology
Danger or Opportunity Ahead?

Tuesday June 15, 2010
5:00 pm Cocktails & Networking, 5:45 pm Dinner, 6:45 pm Panel Discussion

Companies and government agencies had to do what was necessary to survive the recession.  Cutting costs and increasing operational efficiencies has paid off.  Is now the time to move forward with strategic projects?  If so, what is different this time around?

  • Are technology leaders valued as business partners or are we becoming a commodity to be outsourced?

  • Are Colorado companies hiring technology workers and are we prepared for growth?

  • Will technology leaders have a pipeline for the next generation of business technology graduates?

  • Who’s leading the charge for developing the next generation of technology leaders in Colorado?

  • How does the loss of anchor corporations affect us in Colorado? Qwest and Frontier Airline are the most recent losses; do we have more on the way?

  • A shifting state tax policy is creating immense confusion for software taxes. What effect will have on Colorado technology providers and buyers?

  • Will we be able to continue to entice new companies to start here in Colorado?

  • How is the Chamber working with Colorado leaders? How can IT Leaders work with the Chamber?


Steve Wille - Senior Applications Manager, Great West Life,
SIM Board Member and RMIMA Board member,
Author of Colorful Leadership

Steve is an experienced and engaging speaker himself and as a panel leader he is an interactive and insightful guide, helping audiences see things in new ways.  Steve has over 25 years experience managing corporate software development.  He is a Colorado native, with a BSBA degree from the University of Denver and an MBA degree from Regis University.


Michael M. Gutesha, CPA, MT - Partner, Tax Efficiency Services, Clifton Gunderson LLP

Clifton Gunderson is ranked as one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and consulting firms. The firm provides a wide range of assurance, tax and consulting services to clients in a variety of industries. Michael has been enlisted by CSIA, Boulder/Denver Software Club and the state of Colorado to educate businesses on new software taxes/rules before the grace period is over. What do you need to know about Colorado’s changing tax laws for software? Do you know if you are compliant to the new software tax? How do software vendors overcome this challenge and what are the strategies being discussed in the market?

Tom Mahowald - Director, Global Accounts, Pike Research

Pike Research is a market research and consulting firm providing analysis and forethought of global clean technology markets based on climate change as a market issue, not just an environmental challenge. Tom will highlight and share what is happening strategically across every part of the value chain - technology firms, utilities, consulting firms, industry associations, government, system integrators and the investment community.

Julie Ouska – Chief Information Officer, Colorado Community College System

Community Colleges are not only a great resource to students, they are a resource to our entire community. Today more than ever, Community Colleges are a high return when students must make their education dollars go further. Julie Ouska, CIO of CCCS, leads IT for our state's largest system of higher education and she went to school in Colorado! CCCS’s career and academic programs span 13 of Colorado’s community colleges serving more than 128,000 students annually. Julie can share the current IT strategy for such an important Colorado organization.

On another note, a group goal of SIM and RMIMA is to help motivate students to consider technology and engineering careers. Julie can help us understand how we, the IT leaders of Colorado, can give back by partnering with CCCS to drive interest or resources for students and graduates. SIM and RMIMA represents a very large group of Colorado IT decision makers across industries, titles and levels and we have resources to assist the upcoming IT graduates.

Rita Pollock – Director of Information Technology, Arapahoe County Government;
SIM-Denver Chapter Member

Rita directs and manages the tactical and strategic planning/management of the information systems and services throughout Arapahoe County, the state’s first county and one of the largest with a population of more than 550,000. The exciting story Rita will share is the creative spirit and culture change going on rethinking regulations and technology’s part in innovation to deliver more services with less bureaucracy. As an active member of (CGAIT) the Colorado Government Association for Information Technology and one of the technical sponsors for a multi-jurisdictional effort to replace legacy assessment and taxation systems, Rita has great insight into the big picture of government IT strategy here in the Denver metro area.

Philip Winterburn – CIO, Rivet Software

Founded in 2002, Rivet Software is headquartered in Denver, CO, and is the leading XBRL internal and external financial information reporting provider serving more Fortune 500 companies in meeting their SEC filings than any other company. As CIO at Rivet, Philip is responsible for leading the core product development and internal IT operations. Rivet is experiencing explosive growth which has resulted in the hiring of nearly one hundred software development, accounting and finance professionals in Denver over the past year and plans to hire another 40 professionals.  The company’s explosive growth is fueled by key partnerships and the company’s direct sales success, resulting in more than a 50% increase in new business. Philip will highlight a journey of growth driven by innovation, government mandates and market pressures.

The Society for Information Management  (SIM) is a not-for-profit organization of information technology experts, including CIO's, CTO's and emerging IT leaders, as well as key professionals within the IT community, such as academicians and consultants. 

SIM's mission is to support IT leaders in the greater Colorado area by increasing the knowledge base of members, giving back to local communities, increasing awareness on issues of importance to our local community, developing the next generation of effective IT leaders and establishing a forum to bring together IT professionals across industries.
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Register for the Tuesday, June 15, 2010 RMIMA & SIM Meeting

$40.00 for SIM, RMIMA, and AITP members / $45 for non-members

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