[Chicago] ACM 2/11 Meeting on Successful, custom development in Chicago

Marc Temkin mtemkin at speakeasy.net
Mon Jan 26 19:05:05 CET 2009

Hi  Chipy ,

I think that this next ACM meeting featuring a speaker talking about his
successful, custom development company will be highly relevant to th ose
Pythonistas involved in independent development .  Please post this to the
Chicago Digest.



            Marc Temkin




Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 




No Myth: Keeping software fun, profitable, professional (and local!) 


Presented by:

Doug Wilson of Breakthrough Technologies


5:30 PM Buffet and Social Hour

6:30 PM Presentation


Hosted by: Roosevelt University, downtown Chicago

430 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

(nearest intersection: Congress and Michigan) Room 232


Cost (Includes Dinner & Program): Members: $10, Non-members: $12, Students
with ID: $5






Custom software is dead.  Heck, packaged software is dead.  Onshore
development is in decline.  Boutique software development is a dead business
model.  The economy is stifling investment in technology.


If all of these things are true, then why is a local software development
shop, which ruthlessly refuses to offshore, and caters to custom product
development, predicting growth this year?


Doug Wilson, managing partner of Evanston-based Breakthrough Technologies,
will give a rebuttal to these "truths" accepted in our industry and media.
He'll discuss his strategies of taking on the technical and business
challenges ahead of us and how to take common-sense business approaches to
thrive and profit in today's environment.


Doug will explain his technology-agnostic approach that capitalizes on
competency, continuing staff development and the real trends driving
innovation and productivity.


The Breakthrough approach may be the best way to move system developers from
endangered species to indispensable software partners within the next ten



About the Speaker 


Doug Wilson started Breakthrough Technologies in 1998. Doug has been lead
design engineer for several healthcare systems including a billion-dollar
high-volume blood analysis instrument. At Breakthrough, Doug is chief
technical officer and is active through all aspects of the software
development lifecycle.


His 20-member team works on software product development for customers in
medicine, publishing, research and manufacturing.  Clients include Abbott
Labs, Macrovision, Argonne National Laboratory and Houghton-Mifflin.
Right-sized consulting methods and open source software let Breakthrough
provide specialized services at a competitive cost to small and medium


Doug has a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.  He
is active with the MIT Enterprise Forum of Chicago, the Illinois Technology
Association and the Little City Foundation.







To make a reservation, use this form:


or send an e-mail to greg at neumarke.net or call Greg at 773-907-3308 (work)






Marc Temkin

7410 N. Talman

Chicago IL 60645-1412


Email:mtemkin at speakeasy.net


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