IAOP Chapter: Pacific Northwest

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The IAOP Pacific Northwest Chapter, co-chaired by InfosysMicrosoft and Boeing.

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Navneet Taneja, Co-chair
Associate Vice President
Infosys Limited

Astrid Uka, Co-chair
Director, Strategy

Lawrence Kane, COP-GOV, Co-Chair
Senior Leader, ITI Strategy


The IAOP Pacific Northwest Chapter will bring together customers, providers and advisors of outsourcing services from various industries to educate, share ideas and best practices, and network in a collaborative environment. 

Thought leaders from the academic and legal communities will also be invited to actively engage. The goal of these interactions will be to improve the business outcomes of outsourcing for all participant organizations.




Face to Face
(office, meeting room); teleconference


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Meeting held September 15, 2016

The IAOP Pacific Northwest Chapter, co-chaired by InfosysMicrosoft and Boeing, held its re-launch meeting on September 15, 2016 from 12pm to 5pm at the Microsoft Conference Center.   

Chairman’s Summary:
The inaugural Northwest chapter meeting was held at Microsoft in Redmond campus on September 15th. We had 20 attendees from a variety of different companies and most of them welcomed the idea to re-establish PNW chapter. In addition to expanding our networks, there were two robust and insightful conversations, one around best practices for avoiding value leakage in contracts and the other around viability and use cases for cloud computing. There was broad participation by all the attendees and everyone took away actionable advice. The meeting ended with a free flow conversation to capture expectations and ideas for subsequent sessions.
Some of the ideas and suggestions are given below:
Future Topics:
1)      RPA (Robotics) and its impact on people (see #3)
2)      BPO - Deeper dive on SLA’s and governance in BPO
3)      The Future of Professions - career path for the retained organization as many typical career-laddering opportunities have disappeared
4)      Culture (Millennials was brought up)
5)      Sustainability (as an overall topic – Data Centre related etc.)
6)    How to create high performing teams
7)      interesting scope (e.g. more knowledge centric vs. transactional), and
Other Ideas:
1. Breakfast meeting
2. Bring a friend
3. Include Startups

Following is the pre-meeting outline:
A light lunch was planned from 12pm to 1pm followed by an introduction; presentations; round table discussions and networking!  

Industry experts discussed the following topics during this value packed session:
"Value Leakage in Outsourcing Transactions" -
*Findings/research on value leakage and best practices
*Capture the value and track value leakage
"Is Cloud for real or not" -
*What is the future of cloud?
*Will “enterprise-grade” cloud survive?
*What’s the next battle ground- cloud apps or cloud Infra?

12 Noon – 1:00pm  Registration, Light Lunch & Networking

1:00pm – 1:15pm   Introduction to IAOP Pacific Northwest Chapter & IAOP

1:15pm – 2:00pm  "Value Leakage in Outsourcing Transactions" – The Hackett Group

2:00pm – 2:15pm  Break

2:15pm – 3:00pm  "Is Cloud for real or not" – Panel Discussion
: Lawrence Kane, COP-GOV from Boeing
Panelists: Sumit Chawla, PNW Lead from Avanade; Christian Kelly, Managing Director from Accenture and Navneet Taneja, Associate Vice President from Infosys Limited

3:00pm – 3:30pm  HoloLens Demo (TBD/if available)

3:30pm – 4:00pm  General Discussion with Participants about Future Meeting Topics

4:00pm – 5:00pm  Wrap Up & Networking

Meeting  held June 25, 2012

The Pacific Northwest chapter, chaired by VanceInfo, Microsoft, and ISG held a meeting on June 25, 2012, at the Microsoft campus, Pilchuk meeting room, Building 40, 15571 NE 31st St, Redmond, WA 98052.

"Cloud Computing Cross-Border Considerations"

As the cloud industry moves from mid-market to the enterprise level many software companies are starting to offer “as-a-Service” (aaS) products. 

In additioin to the main presentation, Debi Hamill, CEO and Mike Corbett, Chairman,  of IAOP  spoke at the meeting.

Meeting held September 14, 2011 

The Pacific Northwest chapter, chaired by VanceInfo, Expedia, Inc., and TPI held a meeting on September 14, 2011, with the Seattle Technical Forum at The Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Avenue Northeast, Bellevue, WA. This upcoming event is the first of its kind for our regional chapter as it is jointly co-hosted by IAOP and by the Seattle Technical Forum, giving attendees exposure both to IAOP's global network and to the regional IT domain expertise in the greater Seattle area.

" Legal Talks for IT Guys: IP Protection in a Globalized World"



"Inception through First Financing"
Adam Goldblatt, President of Fortitude Legal and Business Services

"Growth Strategies and Stages of Financing for Start-ups"
Russell B. Weed, Attorney at Graham & Dunn PC

"Social media and the Cloud the rise of new IP concerns"
Madhu Singh , Founder and Principal Attorney of MK SINGH LAW OFFICE

"Protecting Your Intellectual Property Internationally"
Dan Harris, Attorney at Harris & Moure

Q&A to all speakers, and interactive free discussion


Meeting held June 1, 2011 

The Pacific Northwest chapter, chaired by VanceInfo, Expedia, Inc., and TPI held a meeting on June 1, 2011, from 3:30 to 6:30 pm at Thinkspace, 8201 164th Ave NE, Suite 200RedmondWA.


“Cloud 101: Cloud Overview with Service Provider Landscape and Offerings” 
Hack Heyward, Director, TPI 

“Measuring the Rain: Benchmarking Cloud Services”
Robert Barnes, Director of Benchmarking, Amazon Web Services, Amazon

Meeting held February 16, 2011 

The Pacific Northwest chapter, chaired by VanceInfoExpedia, Inc., and TPI held a next meeting on February 16, 2011, from 3:30 to 6:30 pm at the Silver Cloud Inn, Overlake South conference room, 2122 152nd Avenue NE, Redmond, WA. 


“Moving from Outsourcing to a 360-degree Partnership” 
Erick Watson, Director, Strategic Partnership Group at Microsoft

“Managing Global Virtual Teams: The Trust Paradox”
Dr. Madhu Rao, Associate Professor in the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University

Chapter re-launched on November 16, 2010!

The Pacific Northwest chapter, chaired by VanceInfo and Expedia, Inc., held a meeting on November 16, 2010 from 3:30 to 6:30 pm in the Expedia Building.

VanceInfo co-chair, Mike Napoli, provided an overview of IAOP and highlights of the new Pacific Northwest chapter including the chapter governance structure and opportunities to participate.  Dan Harris of Harris & Moure, pllc spoke about the benefits, dangers, and challenges of outsourcing to an emerging market from a legal perspective.  At the end of the meeting, the floor was opened to suggestions for future meeting topics. 

Meeting Held Thursday, April 24, 2008

A meeting of the Pacific Northwest Chapter took place on April 24, 2008 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Nike Campus. Chapter Chairs Matt Shocklee, Michele Abrams, & Patrick Pugh of PricewaterhouseCoopers; Kurt Kohorst of Safeco; and Tim Meier of Nike welcomed keynote speaker, Nelson Farris of Nike, who provided a presentation highlighting The Nike Story: how they have evolved into a global player, building brand and culture with your providers, and partnering for innovation.

Also, a panel discussion with executives from Outsource Marketing, Hewlett Packard, PricewaterhouseCoopers, ACS and Nike took place. Panelists addressed building brand and culture in an outsourced environment. The meeting was held in the Blue Canyon Room of the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike Campus.

An outline of the Agenda follows:

3:00 p.m. - Welcome

3:15 p.m. - The Nike Story

4:15 p.m. – Panel Discussion

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Networking Reception with refreshments

Chairman’s Summary – Inaugural Meeting

Thank you for joining us at the inaugural meeting of the IAOP Pacific Northwest Chapter on Tuesday, January 8, 2008 chaired by PricewaterhouseCoopers and co-chaired with Nike and Safeco Insurance in Seattle, WA. 

The Agenda Included:

  • Overview of the state of the outsourcing industry and introduction to IAOP by Michael Corbett, Chairman of IAOP
  • The Future of Outsourcing – Panel Discussion with Safeco, Nike, ADP, CSC and
  • Enabling Effective Transitions – Delivering on the Promise, Kurt Kohorst, Safeco 


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