This is an exciting time for the architecture world, and involvement in the Iasa global community provides a great opportunity to network, enhance personal knowledge and influence the shape of the profession.

The Chicago chapter is currently working towards becoming a chartered Iasa chapter. If you are interested in contributing your time and experience to help shape this community, please contact the group leadership or the Iasa chapter development team.

Our mission is to contribute to the development of the Chicago IT Architects, so they are prepared to fulfill business objectives and improve business competitiveness. This chapter is also focused on advancing the use of information technology by assisting nonprofits focused on helping individuals and communities.

The IASA Chicago chapter is set out to:
  • Provide a forum that develops IT architects and enables them to perform at the highest level within their organization
  • Promote the IT Architect profession as a challenging and rewarding career path
  • Promote thought leadership and collaboration among the Chicago IT Architect community
  • Build capacity by augmenting the number of certified IT Architecture professionals serving in the Chicago marketplace
  • Represent the interests of the membership and profession in the Chicago Area

A New Chapter Brewing in the Windy City

Austin, TX March 2011—Iasa, the world’s largest IT Architecture professional association announces a new chapter in Chicago, Illinois.  The Iasa Chicago chapter’s vision aims to be the premiere resource for the development of IT Architect professionals and the practice of IT Architecture and is joining other Iasa chapters in offering an excellent resource for vibrant networking in the Chicago area.

Iasa Global Chapter Director, Damaris Bode says, “There has been an increasing interest in an Iasa Chicago chapter in the past and we are thrilled to now see the Chicago chapter start with such a seasoned and highly qualified professional leadership team.”

Leading the Chicago Iasa chapter as President is Karl Scott who brings with him twenty years of IT experience. Karl firmly believes, “The Iasa Chicago chapter will provide a forum to develop IT architects of all disciplines and enable them to perform at their highest level.” Karl Scott is currently a Principal Consultant at Akili Systems, Inc. where he consults with Fortune 1000 customers to architect strategic solutions to address business challenges and protect data assets.

Serving chapter board members include Robert Brose, Software Architect at Allscripts and Todd Gray, Manager in the Global Infrastructure Group at Chicago Bridge & Iron.

George S. Paras, will be serving on the Chicago Chapter Advisory Board. George - a highly recognized mentor/coach, speaker and author in the Enterprise Architecture community – says, “Enterprise and IT Architects here in the Chicago area are always searching for great forums for networking.  Joining Iasa’s new Chicago chapter to meet with others of their kind and become better architects is the perfect opportunity.”

George Paras is Managing Director and co-founder of EAdirections, a firm specializing in mentorship of IT Leaders.

 The Iasa Chicago chapter will hold its inaugural event on April 7th 2011 from 6:00pm-7:30pm at Illinois Technology Association (ITA), 200 S. Wacker, 15th floor, Chicago, Illinois 60606. It will feature George Paras from EAdirections as keynote speaker and will include an announcement of the chapter’s mission and goals, and networking and question-and-answer opportunities. For more information and registration, please go to upcoming events.

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Karl Scott - Chapter President

Karl Scott is currently a Principal Consultant at Akili Systems, Inc. He currently consults with Fortune 1000 customers to architect strategic solutions to address business challenges and protect data assets. He has twenty years of IT experience including eleven years in IT leadership within Fortune 500 companies developing IT strategies, leading architecture teams and utilizing technology to improve business results. Karl has a Bachelors Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Bradley University and a Masters Degree in Computer Science from DePaul University.

Todd Gray - Chapter Vice President

Robert Brose - Secretary

Robert Brose is currently a Software Architect at Allscripts. He has over a decade of experience engineering and developing quality software solutions for the healthcare industry. Robert has advanced knowledge of development methodologies, frameworks and best practices needed to develop leading edge software solutions. His educational background in User Interface Design has served him well in delivering a great user experience.