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Northeast Indiana Chief Information Officer Forum

Fort Wayne Area CIO ForumThe Northeast Indiana Chief Information Officer (CIO) Forum is comprised of Information Technology leaders (CIOs, IT Directors, and IT Strategists). We meet quarterly, generally from 7:30 – 9:30 AM in various locations, sponsored by the group or other strategic partners, to discuss IT issues, trends, and best practices. This conversational series of sessions are designed to allow the free and confidential exchange of ideas so that CIOs and IT leaders can optimize their Information Technology operation.

The Northeast Indiana CIO Forum self select the topics. The attendance in the group is limited to optimize the discussion. It is not a sales meeting of any type, although we do review appliances, applications, tools, and methodologies. It is designed to help CIO and IT Leaders remain connected to technology trends.

Contact us at 260-403-5855 if you are interested in joining this group or sponsoring a quarterly meeting. Additionally various corporate sponsors host networking and learning events during the year.


Field Trip

Menlo Innovation Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan


Details In Brief

The Northeast CIO forum continues to learn about Joy Inc. with a visit to Menlo Innovations Inc.   

About the session:

Following on a highly success March Techapalooza event the Northeast Indiana CIO forum will visit the company author Richard Sheridan created - Menlo Innovation Inc. The CIO forum will witness how this software development company does project management without any specialized tools and delivers on time projects to engaged and happy clients, all while managing to a work week that employees of other software development company would envy.  We will see a truly open floor concept, tag team development, efficient team meetings and hiring practices and staff development.  Intentionally focusing your company's culture around joy creates the opportunity for a more passionate, engaged team, sustainability, and profitable business results. Discover how Menlo Innovation Inc. does it.  Space is limited.  

The forum  will meet at Parkview RMC early morning and depart by 6:30 the morning of June 6 and travel by luxury coach to Menlo Innovation Inc., Ann Arbor, MI.  We will enjoy light breakfast along the way.  We will lunch in Ann Arbor where the forum will continue to share the observations and learning before returning to Fort Wayne.  

What: 2Q14 Fort Wayne CIO Forum  

Host: Menlo Innovation Inc. 

Where: 505 East Liberty, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

When: Friday, June 6, 6:30 AM prompt

6:00 - 6:30 Gather at Parkview Regional Medical Center
6:30 - 10:00 Travel to Menlo Innovation in a luxury coach
10:00 - 12:30 Witness morning meeting, tour, engage staff
12:45 - 2:00 Lunch where CIOs will continue the conversation
2:00 - 5:00 Return to Fort Wayne

Registration: Required -  June 2014 CIO Forum. Space is limited and forum member receive priority. 

Cost: Thanks to generous support from Do It Best, Parkview Health System, Superior Essex, and Steel Dynamics Inc. the round trip travel, meals, and tour are just $150.00 per person

Attire: Business comfortable (no ties expected). 

For more information about the next meeting contact Clifford Clarke.

CIO Forum at a Glance

Educational Value: 

Connecting with peers is great. It provides us all with invaluable insights; but based on comments from the advisory committee we will now feature a technology briefing. This quarters meeting will feature a demonstration of Microsoft's cloud communication / collaboration tool Microsoft Lync.


Relationship Value: 

The forum members have enjoyed the predictability of our format; however the packed meeting did not optimize the potential for building of strong relationship. At the request of the advisory committee we will extend the meeting to 9:30 AM. This will respect your time and give opportunities to build strong relationships.


 Forum Feedback

  • “Very well done -- Clifford thanks for organizing this.”
    --Steve Gilliom, PHD Inc.
    “ITIL (Forum Topic) makes us all better professionals”
    --George Beckett, Parkview Health Systems
    “Excellent topic -- great presentations”
    --Joe Schoeph, Avalign Technologies
    “Great session”
    --Vicki Thompson, Superior Essex
    “Very impressive. I wish I had known about this group a long time ago.”
    --Kerry Sylvester, Water Furnace International
    “I would like to see more interaction -- how can I help?”
    --James Jordan, Strategic Data Management
    “I would enjoy some time allotted to open up a round table discussion”
    --Mike Altendorf, Do It Best Corp.
    "Gentlemen, Another great meeting with the ‘surprise unveiling’ of the Oracle UPK – running on any platform."
    --J.R. Miller CIO,

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