Log in

Association for Information

Management - Utah

September 2022 - AIM General Membership Luncheon

  • Thursday, September 08, 2022
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Joseph Smith Memorial Building


Registration is closed

Dear AIM Utah Members:

Our next AIM General Membership Luncheon will be Thursday, September 8th, and you are invited to participate!

The 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!

A Discussion: From Digital Transformation to Disruption – How Do We Prepare For Anything?

At our September 8th AIM Lunch Meeting we will be discussing what IDC considers to be the primary external drivers that will (or should) influence our plans and actions. IDC has identified twelve such drivers. At the meeting on Thursday we will focus our discussion on the following five.

Please come prepared to talk about how these drivers might impact our CIO roles and specific things we can do to prepare ourselves and our organizations to thrive in such times. Thank you,

The external drivers for our discussion are:

·         Storms of Disruption — Accelerating, Interconnected Uncertainty*

·         Digital Business — Stepping-Stone to the Future Enterprise*

·         Meaningful Intelligence — Differentiated Decision Power*

·         Work Mode Upheaval — New Models and Leadership*

·         Everything as a Service — Thriving Through the Change*

This month's featured topic is:

A Discussion: From Digital Transformation to Disruption – How Do We Prepare For Anything?

What does our future as IT leaders hold? Let’s start with how our environment is changing. For the past few years we have focused on digital transformation – using technology to modernize and digitize our organizations. This involved leveraging technology to improve the customer and employee experiences, using automation to take time and cost out of our processes, deploying As-A-Service to accelerate innovation, leveraging the innovation of others and changing the IT delivery and support model and identifying how and where to use data and advanced analytics to improve insight and decision-making.

Well, while we were busy performing those miracles and changing our methods, practices and leadership models, we entered the age of Disruption:

  • We were dealing with IT skill shortages when we were hit with the COVID disruption
  • Then the supply chain disruptions
  • Then a war
  • Then economic disruptions – are we entering a recession or not?
  • Then the great resignation and great regret
  • Then energy shortages
  • Then whatever disruption comes next

In an environment rich not only in uncertainty but the likelihood of massive disruptions, what can we do to prepare ourselves, our teams and our organizations for whatever comes our way?

For this meeting, Niel Nickolaisen, local IT gadfly and adjunct research faculty at IDC will review the recent IDC research on the impact of disruption and what IT leaders are doing to be prepared for anything. Niel will present elements of the IDC research and then lead a discussion on the realistic, practical things leaders can do.

Our speaker is Niel Nickolaisen

Niel Nickolaisen is the Director of Enterprise Systems and Security at Utah State University. He has held technology executive and operations executive positions; typically in turnaround roles. His results have included: Transforming a manufacturing company into a software company, fully modernizing a legacy telecommunications company, building the foundation for the rapid growth of a university and developing advanced analytics that improved student success and graduation rates.

He has a passion for helping others deliver on what he calls the dual role of enterprise IT: 1) Enable strategy and 2) Achieve operational excellence. 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, Stand Back and Deliver (both from Addison Wesley) and numerous articles on technology leadership and technology.

Thank you to our sponsor, Vmware!


VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control.

At the heart of everything we do lies the responsibility and the opportunity to build a sustainable, equitable and more secure future for all.​


We hope you can make it to this event!


The AIM Board

AIM Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

© 2023 AIM Utah All Rights Reserved

AIM Utah is a 501 (c) 6 nonprofit organization

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software