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August 11, 2011 Monthly Meeting

A Project Manager's Insight on the evolving Cyber Security and Data Privacy Landscape.

Businesses are experiencing a global shift towards a Smarter Planet, one which is increasingly instrumented, interconnected and intelligent.  Because of this, new threats and challenges from a security perspective are arising. The US and International Arena are faced with many new threats which could damage systems and infrastructure we rely on daily. According to the Congressional Research Service Study, the economic impact of these cyber attacks on business has grown to over $226 billion annually.  Just as with other topical areas such as cloud there is confusion and debate about what Cyber actually is? Ms Rollet will share her insights in cyber security and data privacy, and how we IT professionals can prepare ourselves and our businesses to proactively seek opportunities in this arena.

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July 14 meeting: "Initiatives for Your IT Career Advancement"

When was the last time you performed an assessment of your career and life situation? Are you passionate about your job and career, or are you just working for a paycheck? Are your education, training, academic degrees and knowledge and skill competitive and up-to-date? If not, you may be relegated to a permanent lack of success. Please recognize that you are engaged in a "career war" -- battling for success! Health check-up's are critical to maintaining a healthy physical well-being. Likewise, in order to have a successful career, you need to perform regular career assessments. Such an assessment should include the following questions:

  1. How compatible and congruent are your career Vision and career "calling" or passion?
  2. How detailed and action-oriented is your career execution plan?
  3. Does your resume convey your most desirable and most powerful market image?
  4. How concise, clear and effective is your "Elevator Speech"?
  5. how well-trained are you in the ability to perform well in an interview?

To hear more, come and join us for dinner.


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“Healthcare IT: Meaningful Use vs. Meaningful Innovation” - Joint DC/Baltimore meeting

Join us for out annual joint meeting with the Baltimore AITP chapter.  This year's joint meeting will be held in the Columbia, MD area on June 23, 2011.  Our speaker will be Dr. Greg Marchand, M.D., Associate Medical Director, MedSTAR Transport Services, Director of Informatics, Department of Emergency Medicine at the
Washington Hospital Center The topic will be

Dr. Marchand will discuss how the US Government’s description and expectations of “Meaningful Use” (as defined in the HITECH provisions of ARRA), while well intentioned can often stifle meaningful innovation in Healthcare Information Technology.”

Many people argue that the health care industry is behind other industries in implementing information technology. One area of focus is electronic health records.

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, signed into law on February 17, 2009, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, provides incentives to professionals and hospitals to implement costly hi-tech systems. But to qualify to receive these incentives, professionals and hospitals are required to show they are putting these systems to "meaningful use". But what exactly is meaningful use? And what effect might "meaningful use" have on future innovation in the health care industry?

To discuss the HITECH initiative and its effects, Dr. E. Gregory Marchand, M.D, our speaker, will clarify the issues surrounding this very important effort. Dr. Marchand will discuss how the US Government's description and expectations of "Meaningful Use" while well intentioned can often stifle meaningful innovation in Healthcare Information Technology.


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April 14th Dinner Meeting Cloud Computing: The Dawn of a New Era?

Certainly cloud has been on everybody's mind lately --cloud this, and cloud that, and migrating to the cloud, cloud, cloud? So what's the big deal? Does the cloud really help end users? Will cloud really reduce costs? How will cloud affect our jobs and what it means to the IT profession?

Recent IDC research shows that worldwide IT spending on cloud services will grow almost threefold, reaching $44.2 billion by 2013, as the cloud computing model offers a lower cost way to acquire and use IT.

Come and hear the latest on the Cloud impact.

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Internet Law

Topic: Internet Law

Speaker: Joy Butler

Date: Thursday, February 10th, 2011


Alfio's La Trattoria

4515 Willard Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-3622
(301) 657-9133

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Join us for a special joint meeting with Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA).

The "long arm of the law" reaches even into the realm of the Internet.  For our joint February presentation with BDPA, Joy Butler will present a discussion on how the law governs Internet activities and how that can affect us.  Issues that may be covered include:

  • What can I do if someone uses my creative work online without my permission?
  • Can I be fired for my internet activities?
  • Can I mention people by name on my website, blog, Facebook account, etc?
  • At what point does my negative online review about a company or product cross the line from legal to not-so-legal?
  • Am I safe if I post my negative review anonymously?
  • What can I do about negative information posted online about me?
  • I'm very dissatisfied with the service I received from a local business. Can I build a website all about how bad this company is?
  • Is it okay for me to post a review about a product on my blog if the manufacturer gave me a free copy of the product?
  • Do websites know more about me than I think they know? How do websites get information about me if I don't give it to them?
  • Don't websites need my permission to track my online activity and store personal information about me?
  • How can I protect my online privacy?

About the speaker:

Joy R. Butler is a business and deal lawyer with over fourteen years of experience. She helps clients from all industries start, maintain, buy, sell, and finance their businesses. Her areas of legal knowledge include business entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, private investor financing, copyrights, trademarks, internet, and entertainment law.


Joy Butler has two blogs:


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Cost (Pay by cash or check at the door):
AITP and BDPA Members: $20
Non-Members: $25
Student Members: $15

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