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Not a member of the CAITC yet but would like to attend a meeting to see what the organization is all about? We have you covered by offering potential members access to our peer group meetings and events though our complementary ticket program.   Non-members can receive one set of complementary tickets annually.  Please contact Executive Director Jordan Davis at caitc@camw.net for details on how to receive your complementary tickets to one of our upcoming events.

Upcoming events

    • 24 May 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Hybrid Event. Zoom and Case Credit Union - 2400 West Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823

    WIT community‚Ķ YOU asked and WE listened!!!!  We are excited to share that we will be hosting our first ever HYBRID event!!  The planning committee is excited to be able to offer this option, and we ask for your patience as we work through the logistics and planning required to pull this off.   

    Join the WIT community in a discussion, CERTIFIED for Success.  Hear from local leaders on what IT certifications are in high demand locally and how you can obtain those certifications.  We will also have WIT members sharing their personal stories and journey through the certification process.  The session will also include an opportunity for networking for both virtual and in-person attendees.

    Lunch will be provided for those that attend in person. For this event, in-person seating is limited to 50.  Reserve your seat today!  If you are unable attend the meeting after reserving an in-person ticket, please cancel or change your registration to a virtual ticket.  

    A BIG thank you to our sponsors: 

    WIT Charter: To create and sustain a thriving community of women in IT, and their allies, that is rooted in trust, integrity, growth and learning.

    BoD Liaison: Lisa Cawley - Accenture
    Committee Chair: 
    Brittni Schumacher - Jackson National Life
    Committee Co-chair: 
    Anna Versalle - DTMB

    Thank you, we look forward to seeing you! 

    • 9 Jun 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Michigan State Federal Credit Union Headquarters #2 Community Room - 3899 Coolidge Road, East Lansing, MI 48823
    • 68

    Event topic: DevSecOps

    In the ever-changing world of business and information technology, organizations are working tirelessly to bridge traditional gaps between IT and security while ensuring fast, safe delivery of code. Now more than ever, security tasks must be incorporated during all phases of the delivery process to ensure critical security issues are dealt with as they become apparent, not after a threat or compromise has occurred.

    Join the Capital Area IT Council's Cybersecurity and Software Development Peer Groups at MSUFCU as we discuss the topic with a panel of professionals who are working on behalf of their organizations to create a more agile, secure and efficient environment. We will discuss topics ranging from benefits of the approach, how to implement it in your environment, best practices, pitfalls, etc.

    Moderator: Joel Carlson, Palo Alto Networks

    Joel is currently the Global Sales Manager for Bridgecrew at Palo Alto Networks.  He has been selling technology solutions for over 25 years, and has specialized in cyber security, particularly AppSec, over the past decade.  He has worked with Fortune500 companies, Municipal and Local Governments, and Federal organizations across the Globe.  Joel is passionate about helping organizations create partnerships across development and security teams. He loves working with senior executives to align their strategic vision to the outcomes that can be gained by these same partnerships. Joel serves on the leadership team for the LGBTQIA+ Employee Network Group at Palo Alto Networks, and supports many organizations that foster growth in tech including OWASP, Girls Who Code, and NASCIO.

    Panelist: Bryan Holland, State of Michigan

    Bryan is currently a Security Architect working with the State of Michigan.  He has 35 years of experience in IT starting out installing Ethernet cable (ThickNet, ThinNet, 10/100 Base-T) to network administration (Banyan Vines, Novell NetWare, Windows).  As time and development platforms progressed Bryan moved to developing applications and managing databases.  Bryan has worked on very large systems such as a job exchange and an online examination system and most recently he was an architect on Voter Registration systems for the State of Michigan which focused on scalability and security.  The security focus and developer experience lead him to join the Michigan Cyber Security team as an Application Security Architect who promotes security in the development process.  Over the last 10 years he has been adopting an agile mindset and applying it to development and project management.  This naturally lead to DevOps and later DevSecOps.  Bryan works to encourage automated security scanning into build and release processes as well as promote overall delivery of value through DevSecOps.

    Panelist: Jason Wojnar, Accident Fund Insurance

    Jason has been in Information Technology for 27+ years in numerous roles from development to management and recently landing in architecture.  Throughout his career, Jason has developed in various architectures (mainframe; client/server; n-tier; etc.) and their associated technologies (COBOL II; PowerBuilder/Visual Basic; JAVA; .NET; etc.).  Over time methodologies have changed to those being embraced today: Development/Operations and Development/Security/Operations.  On any given day, this Principal Architect could be involved in solution architecture, engaged in evaluation/onboarding of new technologies/vendor solutions, or heads down with production support, all while keeping the BIG picture in mind.  So what does this have to do with DevSecOps....EVERYTHING...

    Panelist: Reid Curry, Greenstone Farm Credit Services

    Reid has been working at GreenStone FCS for six years.  He has spent most of his time at GreenStone as an Application Developer, helping to maintain and create line of business web applications.  His recent move into his current DevOps Engineer role provides him with the opportunity to be stretched and learn as he uses Infrastructure as Code to help GreenStone stand up their first-ever environments in Azure


    BIG thanks to our event sponsor: 

    Cybersecurity Peer Group Leadership

    Charter: To share cybersecurity trends and best practices with Capital region businesses and organizations through events that promote the cybersecurity expertise of industry leaders.

    Board Liaison: Deb Fett - Ingham County Technology and Innovation

    Committee Chair: Laura Clark - DTMB

    Committee Co-chair: Sarah Suzuko - TEKsystems

    Software Development Peer Group Leadership

    Charter: The Software Development Peer Group seeks to provide a forum for software developers to participate in thoughtful, meaningful and engaging discussion about technology ideas, practices and tools. We aim to help foster growth for software development as a whole in the capital area as well as to help individual software developers improve their craft. Our events create opportunities to learn together, and support strategies that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the software development profession.

    Board Liaison: Dave Zink - TechSmith

    Committee Chair: David Phillips - Greenstone Farm Credit Services

    Committee Co-chair:  

    We look forward to seeing you at MSUFCU!

    • 22 Jun 2022
    • 22 Oct 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • To be announced

    The 21st Century Technologies Peer Group is hosting a series on Data called "The Connected Everything Series". 

    Series will focus on how data is being collected everywhere and how individuals and organizations can leverage that data to guide us to better business outcomes.  

    June 22nd - Harvesting and Collecting Data:

    This discussion will focus on data sources, collection and storage in platforms that allow for business action to harness the data.  Join us as a panel of industry experts discusses various tools and techniques to collect and store metadata.  

    Would like to give a big THANK YOU our events sponsors: 


    August 24th - Organizing Big Data

    Event details to be announced in the coming days, stay tuned for updates!

    October 26th - Utilizing and Sharing Data

    Event details to be announced in the coming days, stay tuned for updates!

    December 14th - The Emerging Data Frontier

    Event details to be announced in the coming days, stay tuned for updates!

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