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AITP - It is all About the Opportunities

Wednesday, November 29, 2006   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mark Gilfand, CDP - 2006 AITP President
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Annual Meeting Moved to the Fall
At its recent Board of Directors meeting in Dallas, TX, the Association Board of Directors changed the date of the Annual Meeting of the Members from the spring of the year to the fall. The Annual Meeting of Members is your opportunity to visit with the AITP Board, hear progress reports, and discuss issues and ideas.

This year we tried something new and experimented with having the annual meeting in the spring, in conjunction with the National Collegiate Conference. It was a great experience, but we felt we could do better for our members by moving the meeting back to the fall.

We will change the meeting format to make it an even better experience. The Annual Report will be published prior to the annual meeting and the annual meeting will focus on current year progress. With the move of the meeting back to the fall, we will once again be able to present the Association Outstanding Chapter Award at that event. Watch Information Executive for more information about the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Members


Inform AITP HQ of New Chapter Leaders
This is the time of the year for the election of new chapter officers and directors. Both professional and student chapters should inform AITP of your new chapter leaders. This ensures that the correct people are noted on the chapter's AITP web portal page and it ensures that we are able to communicate information vital to your chapter's health to the right people.

Check out which chapter leaders are now noted for your chapter by going to your chapter's AITP portal page, at www.aitp.org/mychapter. If changes are needed, send a memo to AITP Headquarters. Provide the name and number of the chapter. Then list the people who should be shown as chapter leaders, providing headquarters with each person's name, their position in the chapter, and their membership number (preferred) or email address. Let Headquarters know when you want the changes made -- now, or after the first of the year. Student Chapters Leaders -- please be sure to include your Faculty Advisor in the list of chapter leaders.


AITP is all about Opportunities
This is my last Information Executive article as AITP President. It has been a wonderful year, full of both challenges and new experiences. I am very thankful for the support of the Executive Committee, Headquarters staff, the Association Board of Directors, and my employer. I know AITP will thrive under the leadership of 2007 Association President, Teresa Hickerson.

Normally, I would write about all the things that happened in 2006. But I will save that for the Annual Report. Instead, I want to discuss what I feel is the real value and meaning of AITP -- the opportunities it provides to us, as IT professionals and students, and to our employers and schools.

AITP is one of the oldest Information Technology associations, founded in 1951 as the National Machine Accountants Association. In the 1960's it changed with our industry and became known as the Data Processing Management Association. In the 1990s, it again adapted as our industry changed, and became the Association of Information Technology Professionals. Today, AITP represents nearly 7,000 IT Professionals and Students in over 300 chapters across the country.

Throughout its life AITP has represented our industry and provided opportunities for its members. In fact, AITP is all about opportunities:

  • Opportunities in Education, exposing members to new ideas, concepts, technology, and practices, through local chapter meetings and local and regional conferences.

  • Opportunities in Networking, from face-to-face gatherings at meetings and conferences, to electronic forums where IT professionals can collaborate and share knowledge.

  • Opportunities in Leadership, where IT professionals can hone their management and leadership skills at the local chapter or in virtual committees with other IT professionals across the country and around the world.

  • Opportunities in Advocacy, where members can monitor and help change the legislative and regulatory environment on issues that affect our industry. AITP is a leader in promoting IT Certification. It created the CDP designation and is one of the founders of the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals.

  • Opportunities in Mentoring. AITP is dedicated to working with the academic community to ensure that tomorrow's IT Professionals have the knowledge and skills that will make their companies successful. Most every AITP professional chapter sponsors one or more student chapters at nearby universities and colleges.

AITP sponsors the prestigious National Collegiate Conference, where students in universities from coast to coast learn about new IT advancements, participate in national competitions and interview with employers who are looking for the best and brightest students to bring into their companies.

Through its Education Foundation, AITP supports the Information Systems Education Conference - ISECON, where IS educators collaborate and learn about new techniques to ensure students are ready to enter the IT workforce.

AITP partners with vendors to provide its members discounts to conferences, seminars, research, white papers, IT products and services. AITP members receive news feeds and access to job related information.

As an employer, you need your IT staffs to have access to the new technology-related information and practices. You need your staffs to have the contacts in the industry to learn what is happening outside your companies. AITP can help you.

As an IT professional, you need to continually update your skills and knowledge. In this world of out-sourcing, off-shoring, down-sizing and right-sizing, you need to show your employer that you are willing to take the steps to stay current with the industry. You need to show your employer that you are a person that they want to invest in. AITP can help you.

As an IT vendor, you need to make your products and services known to IT professionals. AITP can help you.

As an educational institution, you need to ensure your IS program can produce the caliber of graduates needed by the ever changing IT industry. AITP can help you.

AITP - the Association of Information Technology Professionals is all about opportunities in education, networking, leadership advocacy, and mentoring. AITP is all about personal growth. Whether you are an employee, an employer, an IS student, an academic IS department chair, or an IT vendor -- AITP can help you.

Talk to your friends and co-workers about these opportunities and have them check out AITP.

I thank you for the opportunity to serve as the 2006 AITP Association President.
Mark Gilfand, CDP, CPCU, CLU, ChfC


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