"The SAO has encouraged, promoted, and fostered the growth of the Oregon software and technology industry for over 20 years. The relationships built over this time have served our business in countless ways."
- Dan Frye, Vice President, Linux and Open Software Development IBM
Our volunteer led committees plan programs which are designed to provide individuals with opportunities to gain practical, technical and business-related information in specific subject areas such as Marketing, Dev, Quality Assurance, Software & IT Leadership, Operations, Health & Life Sciences IT, and more. Use the left hand menu navigation to learn more about each forum.
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Software & IT Leadership Forum
|The Software &
IT Leadership Forum (formerly CIO/IT Managers Forum) identifies and
presents relevant ready-to-apply ideas, concepts, practices, business and
software development strategies for software industry leaders, including CTO’s,
VP’s, Development Directors, and Managers. |
Where engineers and developers can learn the how, what or why for current code, platforms, and software and bring it back to the their teams for implementation.
Operations Forum develops periodic programming on topics relating to HR, legal,
and finance. These are often critical
areas for growing software firms, and managing a variety of these functions is
no easy task. Through panels and case
studies, the Operations Forum is designed to provide opportunities for learning
best practices and the latest business processes from industry thought-leaders.
Marketing + Sales Forum
This forum is great for anyone looking to improve hard and soft Sales and Marketing skills. Learn real-world use cases, get real answers, and find out how to better your business.
Health & Life Sciences IT Forum
The Health & Life
Sciences IT Forum focuses on a specific area of interest and produces periodic
programs on topics ranging from mobility to data to state and federal policy
and research and commercialization opportunities. The Forum Committee is made
up of executives and practitioners from leading healthcare technology
companies, hospitals, insurers, public sector officials, and universities. In addition to informing and educating the
audience, programs are also designed to bring together a diverse group of
healthcare stakeholders to work on strategic initiatives to strengthen the
Quality Assurance Forum
We bring in the area's leading experts to share tips, tricks, and takeaways that software engineers and coders can use immediately. From Agile methodology to security and the cloud, you're sure to walk away inspired and informed.