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IAOP Chapter: Pacific Northwest

Re-Launch Meeting to be held September 15, 2016!

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

A light lunch is planned from 12pm to 1pm followed by an introduction; presentations; round table discussions and networking!  

During this value packed session, we will discuss the following topics:
"Value Leakage in Outsourcing Transactions"
"Is Cloud for real or not"

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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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Past Meetings


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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