South East Florida Chapter

Welcome to IASA South East Florida

The South East Florida Chapter has been an official IASA Chapter since December 2010.  Please contact us to make sure you are on our email list so we can contact you directly for upcoming news about the chapter development.

Our chapter is open to any individual with a desire to learn about IT Architecture and connect with individuals in the profession.  We are open to open to architects of all types including software, infrastructure, information, business and enterprise.

Basic membership is free!  Basic membership includes:

  • Subscription to IASA newsletters for industry, event and education news 
  • Access to free architectural and trends focused webinars 
  • Access to local chapter events

Full Membership is $125 per year and includes all of the following:

  • Downloadable IT Architect Body of Knowledge (ITABoK)  
  • Subscription to biweekly Iasa newsletters for industry, event and education news 
  • Full access to 1,000+ white papers, articles, podcasts and presentations in the online Content Repository 
  • Extensive online Self-Assessment including learning resources for each pillar 
  • Free Professional Lucid Chart account (a $100 value!) 
  • Access to free online courses
  • Discounts to all online training courses 
  • Online Membership Directory 
  • Ability to vote in local chapter elections
  • Special interest and certification study group meetings 
  • Speaking opportunities at chapter events, conferences and webinars 
  • Ability to participate on IASA Global Board and Committees
Chapter News/Blog




Upcoming Events


List of Events for 4/1/2014 to 4/1/2015
Intoduction to Federated Bus Services
05/08/2014 6:30 PM To 8:00 PM
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The MDM Journey at Citrix - March 2014 - Mark Blanchette gave a great presentation to a crowd of over fifty people at Citrix on Citrix's Master Data Management journey.   This was a joint event with the people from TDWI the data warehouse institute.   There was a lot of participation and questions.

Enterprise Architecture Patterns - Nina Grantcharova gave an excellent presentation about Enterprise Architecture Patterns with details and examples in front of a large audience. Nina answered many questions and gave a complete overview of the most important design patterns. In the second part of the meeting, the officers and board of director's members were introduced and the advantages of IASA membership as well as opportunities and ways to get involved in the IASA South East Florida Chapter was presented.

Legal Issues in IT - Ms. Kennedy, Intellectual Property Attorney with an active litigation, trademark and copyright practice, presented: How Google, Wal-Mart & Apple Make their Millions – The Secret Ingredient: Intellectual Property

This topic initiated great interest and the meeting room at Microsoft Ft. Lauderdale filled up to the last seat. Most Architects, Engineers, and MBA’s are not aware about Intellectual Property, Basic Patent, Trademark, or legal issues related to the web. After clarifying the basic definitions, Ms. Kennedy explained in detail how intellectual property issues could make or break a company.

Members had the opportunity at the end of the presentation to ask questions, discuss legal problems, and several members shared their experiences related to Intellectual Property and other IT related issues. If you want to protect your ideas and intellectual property, you have to be aware of the implications and need to take the right steps in order to protect them.

All Chapter Members agreed that it was an outstanding and lively presentation. Ms. Kennedy presented high quality content and made participants aware of legal IT issues. In the name of all chapter members, thank you to Ms. Kennedy for taking the time for this amazing presentation.



Derrick Rountree (President)

Derrick Rountree (CISSP, CASP, MCSE) has been in the IT field for almost 20 years. He has a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. Derrick has held positions as a network administrator, IT consultant, a QA engineer, and currently works for Citrix as an Enterprise Architect. He has experience in network security, operating system security, application security, and secure software development. Derrick has contributed to several Syngress and Elsevier publications on Citrix, Microsoft, and Cisco technologies.

Ted Harwood (Vice President)

Ted Harwood has over 15 years of experience in the role of the architect for both infrastructure and software development projects for a number of large companies.   On the development side, projects have included the development of mobile sales force automation, online e-commerce websites, and business partner exchange.  On the infrastructure side, Ted has led global storage consolidation, enterprise virtualization, virtual desktop introduction and cloud transformation.   Ted currently works as an Enterprise Architect at Citrix and has authored two books on Citrix technologies.  He holds the IASA Foundation certificate.   He lives in Delray Beach, Florida with his wife and two boys and enjoys biking, fishing and family adventures.

Ray Almonte (Treasurer)

Ray is an application developer with the goals of producing software that increases value & utility, while maintaining adherence to governmental & industry standards. He has experience with software development in the fields of GIS, emergency management, construction and engineering.

Sam Abraham (Secretary)

 Sam Abraham is a senior .NET software developer currently living in South Florida. Since his early days in software development, Sam has embarked on a quest to strengthen the depth and breadth of his knowledge of the latest web stack technologies while leveraging his strong background in project administration and business analysis to maximize the value and effectiveness of technology put to work for business.
A strong believer in learning through sharing and the value of community fellowship, Sam has been actively involved in the local community as leader of the West Palm Beach Users’ Group, volunteer board member at the International Association for All IT Architects South Florida Chapter (IASA), and former volunteer at the South Florida Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI). Sam is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and is Microsoft-certified in Web Development and C#.

Alberto Franco (Board Member)

 Alberto Franco (CITA-F, CSM, MCSD) has over 38 years of software development experience and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from UCSB, the University of California, Santa Barbara. He earned his CITA-F and, following his training for Solutions Architecture hosted in Seattle, WA at the Starbucks headquarters, is now preparing to pass the CITA-A, Associate certification. During his professional career, Mr. Franco joined development teams in companies such as Microsoft, American Express, and Kaplan University as well as being a co-founder of a technology start-up whose business model revolved around the funding and implementation of inventions. Today, he is Director of Enterprise Architecture and IT Strategy at Liberty Power - ranked by KEMA in 2012 as the 13th largest retail electric supplier in the nation - out of Fort Lauderdale, FL.