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March 2021 - AIM Virtual Lunch Meeting

  • Thursday, March 11, 2021
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual Meeting


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Dear AIM Utah Members:

Our next AIM General Membership Luncheon will be Thursday, March 11th, and you are invited to participate!

This will be a Virtual Lunch Meeting and AIM will provide lunch via a $25 DoorDash gift card to the first 100 registrants!

The Virtual AIM Lunch will start at 11:45 am and we hope you can participate! We expect the meeting to last 60-90 minutes and many of your peers will be participating!

Registered participants will receive a separate email with the Meeting ID and password on the day before the event.

AIM will send a $25 DoorDash Gift Card to the first 100 participants who register before end of day Monday, March 8th.

This month's featured speaker is:

Niel Nickolaisen

CTO/CIO, OC Tanner

Our Topic:  You Did What? OC Tanner As A Software Company

Our March speaker is Niel Nickolaisen, long-time (really long-time) member of our local IT community. Niel will present the case study of (warning, buzz word alert) the digital transformation of OC Tanner. OC Tanner has been in business for over 90 years – as a manufacturing company producing custom awards to celebrate employee achievement. Starting about a decade ago the market moved on OC Tanner and started to value the employee recognition experience – manifest via software – over the tangible, physical award.

In response, OC Tanner decided they needed to become an HR technology company. In this meeting, Niel will talk about that journey – the good, the bad and the ugly – with a focus on lessons learned that can likely apply to any organization in the midst of technology-led change. The journey continues but has gone reasonably well – as evidenced by win-rate and the growth of software subscription sales.

Niel Nickolaisen is the CTO / CIO at OC Tanner. He has held technology executive and operations executive positions; typically in turnaround roles. He has a passion for helping others deliver on what he considers to be the three roles of IT leadership: 1) Enable strategy and 2) Achieve operational excellence and 3) Create a culture of trust and ownership.

He holds a MS in Engineering from MIT, a BS in Physics from Utah State University, and an MBA from Utah State University.

He is the author of “The Agile Culture” (2014, Addison Wesley) and “Stand Back and Deliver” (Addison Wesley, 2009).  Niel is the winner of several IT leadership awards including the ProphIT award, CIO Magazine 100 and Golden Bridge and, in 2020, was named one of the 20 CIO’s changing the future of technology.

Thank you to our sponsor, Trace3!

Trace3 understands that technology leaders are being asked to use technology to deliver business outcomes without enough resources. We get it! We’ve built a business to help you keep up with the rate of change and deliver outcomes for your business.

We’ve lived in this world for over 20 years and we’ve built a company to help you integrate, automate, innovate and elevate. Also, understanding where you are on the innovation curve helps us understand what balance of new technology and tried and true solutions. Finally it all comes down to the right engineering talent and the right approach.  


We hope you can make it to this event!


The AIM Board

AIM Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

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