Minnesota Chapter

Welcome to Iasa Minnesota

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

  • Free access to monthly member events
  • Discounts on full-day educational or training events
  • Local networking opportunities
  • Professional development and leadership opportunities
  • Access to the private community web portal
  • Participation in chapter programs

Membership in Iasa's global organization can help enhance your career as an IT architect and provide you opportunities to get involved as a leader or content provider. Enjoy the benefits of international membership.

  • Global Networking
  • Training
  • Research and Knowledge Development
  • Advocacy

Upcoming Events

List of Events for 4/1/2015 to 4/1/2016
Iasa MN Chapter Event: Introduction to the chapter 2015 plan
04/16/2015 7:00 AM To 9:00 AM
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Conference Sponsors:
Deluxe Corporation, Concord, and Trissential, LLC

The Eight Fallacies of Distributed Computing in the Cloud Age
— Stephen Kaufman, Solution Architect, Microsoft

This session will discuss the 8 fallacies, how we fall into these fallacies and the mistakes that they cause in our solutions. Stephen will discuss how to identify these fallacies, how they present themselves in cloud architectures and what patterns we can use to get around these issues.

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Social Media and Architecture
— Mike Ellsworth, Enterprise Social Media Strategy Consultant and Author, and IT Program Manager

Whether your organization officially supports it or not, social media is in your enterprise. In fact, whether the business knows it or not, social media will introduce changes in business processes on many levels. Even if the business sees adoption of social media in its future, stakeholders may regard social as something that is external to the enterprise, is unplanned, and is confined to functions such as marketing and public relations. In reality, social media can transform all aspects of a company, from product management to crisis management and human resource management. Even if stakeholders might understand the transformative nature of social media, they may not understand how new ways of doing business via social can affect enterprise architecture. This presentation examines some of the implications of social media adoption on business processes and enterprise architecture, from the management of social conversations (unstructured data) to integration of social features into customer and employee-facing systems. We'll examine the impact of initiatives such as: Social Media Management Tools, Business Social Media Site/Property Integration, External Community Pages in Business Websites, Business Crowdsourcing, Social Media and Gamification Use for Corporate Wellness.

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Get Lucky: Building Risk Management into Enterprise Architecture
— Bill Estrem, President of Metaplexity Associates LLC

This presentation will examine how enterprise architects can apply risk management capabilities to the development and operation of an enterprise architecture. The approach incorporates the TOGAF 9 Risk Management framework along with other risk management methods. In particular, the approach will focus on The Open Group Risk Management Taxonomy and Risk Assessment standard.

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Don't Back Into Architecture
— Principal Solution Architect, Deluxe Corporation

Many who have entered the young profession of IT Architecture have done so through a “back door.” One can enter by virtue of lots of IT experience but sooner or later that person will hit the wall as the challenges and expectations of the position set in. Iasa’s structuring of the IT architecture profession--Five Pillars, certifications, and professional development activities--help you see what you’ve been good at, what you’ve been averse to, and what you’ve not accepted as part of the job but really was. For individual practitioners, understanding this is energizing. For companies, having an architecture organization that consists of knowledgeable, energized staff who work under clearly defined roles and responsibilities can be the difference between success and failure. Hear about opportunities for individuals and companies to leverage the wealth of resources Iasa offers and be part of its work to move the profession forward.

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Brainstorming and Roundtable Discussion on Topics of Critical Interest to Local IT Architects

What do you need to do your jobs better?

Time and tools.
Ways to leverage best practices.
How to better address longer term architecture plan with short term thinking.
Learn how to negotiate, empathize, and present to non technical people.
Dialog with fellow architects about products evaluated and used.
Training on architectural techniques such as TOGAF.
Presentations of tools and frameworks.
More time in the day.
More time to focus on long term aspects.
More time to work on short-term projects.
More time in general...or less work.

How do we build a vibrant local IT architect community?
Keep having meetings like this. Today has been great.
Interested in checking out the LinkedIn community.
By allowing projects, some hands-on.
Collaboration with other related organizations.
Networking socials.
Discussion about new topics.
Make the Iasa MN group known.
Share the presence of the group.
More events such as this.
Social media - get Iasa out to companies in the Twin Cities.
Get a list of companies that have IT Architects to distribute.
Continue to have events like this. Encourage corporate support.
Learn about other local organizations and make connections.
There is a lot of overlap and room for cross pollination.
Ask current members to identify three people to add to contact list.

Chapter Leadership

Johan Wettstrom - Chapter President

Johan Wettstrom has helped companies solve business and technical problems for almost 30 years. He has worked mainly for software and consulting companies. Johan’s specialty is as an IT Solution, Application and Technical Architect on Microsoft Technology stack. He has designed and implemented systems in Banking, Financial, Energy, Retail/e-Commerce, ERP, Device Configuration, and Sales Automation among other segments. Johan is owner of Tech Edge Solutions in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a consulting company specializing in Microsoft Technology stack.

Don Howard - Chapter Board Member

Don Howard is an IT Architect who has been delivering innovative IT solutions for corporations in the Twin Cities for over 20 years.  Don works for Deluxe Corporation as Principal Solution Architect.  Don graduated with an MS in Software Engineering from the University of St. Thomas and has remained active in local IT professional groups, currently serving the Iasa Minnesota Chapter as Treasurer and Online Marketing Director.  Don continues to be fascinated by information technology and its intersection with business and life.  In addition to delivering valuable IT architecture to the business, Don counts mobile, social and cloud technology as interest areas and, not satisfied with commercial offerings, has been developing his own smartphone app for planning, executing and recording his speedskating interval sessions.

Rakesh Malakar

Rakesh Malakar - Chapter Board Member

Rakesh Malakar is an aspiring architect who has been actively learning IT Architecture practice. He is IASA IFC Certified and his IASA IAC – Software Architecture is in progress. He is currently working as an IT Architect at Green Tree Credit Solutions. He holds Master of Science in Computer Science degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and his master's thesis was in "Heterogeneous Distributed Query Processing."

Youssef Haddad - Chapter Board Member

Youssef Haddad is currently serving as the Enterprise Application Architect for the State of Minnesota, and for the last 7 year as a member of the Office of the CTO for the State of Minnesota.

Some of Youssef Duties are overseeing the policy and Architecture standard for the delivery of the State IT services.

Youssef is a thought leader with over 25 years in Information Technology with experience in areas such as leadership, management, enterprise architecture, software engineering, databases design, educational training and consulting. Youssef has extensive IT experience related to intensive computing, e-commerce, travel, health care, and government. He has delivered technology solutions for the top 100 companies such as building tier 2 data centers, and strategies for e-business platforms, search engine optimization, and web content management. As an Adjunct Faculty, he has taught courses for several colleges and has presented papers at worldwide conferences. Some of Youssef accomplishments are the architecting designing and launching of www.mn.gov, website, www.bestbuy.com  website, www.careerOneStop.org , and the e-licensing system for the state of Minnesota. Youssef was the recipient of the Minnesota High Tech Association Tekne Awards for the best architecture on the carrerOneStop.org for the 2009. 

Ravi Mupkala - Chapter Board Member

Ravi Mupkala is an IASA Certified Architect with over a decade of experience in architecture, design and implementation of enterprise solutions using current technologies. He has helped many Fortune 500 Clients implement large and complex solutions. Ravi has served in various roles for high-profile clients such as Wells Fargo, The Hartford Financial Services, Pfizer, Barnes & Noble, Penske Logistics, GE Capital, Best Buy Co. and Microsoft Corporation. While he still loves to code in C#, his current focus is on Solution, Application and Enterprise Architecture. He values people over process and loves the warm people of MN, although he is not a fan of the winters here. While he hopes to live and work in Europe someday, he loves to use technology to make the world a better place!