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Puget Sound Chapter

This Iasa community is open to any individual with a desire to learn about IT Architecture and connect within the individuals profession. Membership in your local community entitles you to:

  • Discounts for monthly meetings
  • Discounts on full-day educational or training events
  • Local networking opportunities
  • Professional development and leadership opportunities
  • Access to the private community web portal


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The annual fee to join the Puget Sound chapter is $125.


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2nd Annual Executive Dinner on Architecture 

September 25, 2013

The Puget Sound chapter held their second annual Executive Dinner on Architecture September 25th at Canlis, Seattle, WA. This year's topic was Transformation of the Enterprise moderated by Dr. Michael Oliff.
30 executives represented 20 Seattle based companies such as Starbucks, Boeing, Costco, AT&T and First American Financial, joined executives from other companies around the country, to share their experiences, approaches, best practices as well as challenges they face dealing with Transformation of the Enterprise and the roll of IT Architecture.
A special thank you to this event's sponsors:
Blue Rooster
UST Global 



The Puget Sound Chapter Event: Whole Systems Design and User-Centered Design in the Enterprise Environment

August 15, 2013 

Speakers: Miriam Grace and Karl Frantz 


Whole Systems Design:

Innovation is crucial for success in the current business environment. Recent research has demonstrated that the principles and practices of Design Thinking drive innovation. As a demonstration of the importance of this new paradigm, business schools are adding Design studies to their curricula, new graduate schools that focus solely on Design as a Discipline are being stood up, and both business and scholarly literature are providing case studies of how Design Thinking is transforming corporate cultures and enhancing competitive advantage. This presentation discusses the key elements of the Design Thinking mindset - a key element of which is "Whole Systems Design."

User-Centered Design in the Enterprise Environment:

The common approach to system design generally follows a path that look something like this: learn about your client and/or project through an Envisioning or Discovery phase, follow that with a Design phase, and then move into an Implementation phase. This model does indeed address necessary steps in the overall workflow of building out a new (or re-envisioned) system or environment, but it doesn't offer an understanding of the flexibility needed when dealing with dynamic, heterogeneous populations of users in large enterprise environments - nothing remains static. Creating an environment where innovation through design is accepted and supported is an integral first step, but what happens next? User-Centered Design (UCD) can be applied to such environments, how various personas, or user-perspectives, can be leveraged to iteratively improve design, and how to track the ever-moving design target that is "user experience."

To view the presentation slides click here.




Ramesh Ganesh- Chapter President

Ramesh is the Director of IT enterprise architecture at

Starbucks Coffee Company, Seattle.

Prior to Starbucks, Ramesh had worked at Nike (1996-98) and MCI.

Ramesh is accomplishedSenior IT Architecture leader with outstanding

record of achievements in retail and distributions business.

He is an innovative, results-oriented management professional with over

20 years of visible experience providing leading edge technological solutions.

Extensive qualification in all aspects of architecture, development and

implementation of enterprise-level ERP/EAI/Custom applications and

Infrastructure environments.

Ramesh recently completed Executive MBA from the USC Marshall School

of Business and has a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Masters in Computer

Science from theNational Institute of Technology, India.


Travis Clayton - Chapter Vice President

Travis is an IT Executive with over 15 years of proven leadership, industry,

business and architecture experience. As Strategy & Architecture Director at

Microsoft, Clayton is responsible for developing and driving large IT transformations

and strategic, technical initiatives for Microsoft’s largest enterprise customers.

Prior to joining Microsoft in 2008, Clayton held several positions at partners,

SIs and ISVs. Clayton founded and leda successful Microsoft Certified

Partner where he established and retained relationships with enterprise

customers in the financial services, gaming,hospitality, home building

and healthcare industries. Prior to that, as CTO of an ISV, Clayton drove

technical strategy, developed technical talent and was instrumental in

expanding the business globally. Previously, Clayton held positions as an

Enterprise Architect in financial services, independent consultant and lead

developer at Sage and Sales Logix. Clayton is passionate about developing people 

and fostering technical communities. Clayton holds multiple certifications including

IASA Foundation, ITIL v3, SharePoint 2007 and 2010 MCITP and MCPD as well

as a B.S in Computer Science.

Tom Thomas - Chapter Board Member


Tom has been a professional IT architect with over 15 years experience

conceptualizing, designing, building, deploying and maintaining customer

focused enterprise data driven applications and systems.

Experience working directly with Government,Financial, Real Estate,

Hospitality and Retail segments. Expertise in Software Architecture,

Information Architecture, project management, team building, database design,

SOA, agile development, collaborative development environments,data driven

applications, UI/UX design and rapid prototyping. Specialties include: online voting

systems, bridging the gap between technical and non-technical stakeholders, cross

department initiatives, extracting requirements, simple elegant solutions to complex

problems, managing teams and projects for success under tight constraints. Knowledge

and experience designing and implementing products and services for both Public and

Private sector customers. Thomas is passionate about continuing education and mentoring

those with an interest in IT Architecture.



Cesar de la Torre - Chapter Board Member

Cesar has been working in the Software industry since 1994, for consultancy and IT

companies likeAT&T, Renacimiento (Co-Founder and Principal Architect)

and Microsoft, delivering projects, designing and implementing enterprise

applications for many customers (Industry, Public Sector, etc.).

Cesar currently works for Microsoft as Architect Advisor. He has written

technical articlesin magazines like The Architecture Journal and DotNetMania

and is also the main author ofthe DDD .NET Architecture Guide & Sample Application.

Sabrina Sieger- Chapter Coordinator

Sabrina has worked most of her professional career in events, memberships,

management and project development in both the for profit and non profit sectors.

She joined IASA as Chapter Coordinator in 2013. Not only does she coordinate

speaker events and webinars, she also assists chapter member or those interested

in participating in Puget Sound chapter as a member,speaker or sponsor with

any membership/program questions they may have.Please feel free to reach

out to her any time with your questions or comments.