Word from the president

The data center business is drastically changing. New technologies and services make old methods of practice obsolete. Down time costs millions of dollars and jeopardizes job security. Cyber threats loom over every data center operation, and every IT department. Network architecture and network design are evolving. If you’re part of the data center industry, these challenges (and more) touch on your profession in some way. AFCOM’s mission is to advance IT and data center professionals through education, networking and guidance.

As the Chicago Chapter President, I’m excited to deliver on AFCOM’s mission. We’ve started Data Discourse with the help of our friend’s at AFCOM National. It’s a series of 20 minute podcasts touching on different areas of the IT / data center world. We’re participating in Leaders’ Labs, a vehicle for qualified data center end users to author white papers backed by the Data Center Institute. Data Center World 2018 is just around the corner, routinely ranked by AFCOM members as one of the most valuable IT / data center conferences out there. But most importantly, we’re focused on our local members and what’s important to them in their day-to-day jobs. If you want to learn more about what we’re doing for current members, and what promotions we’re offering for new membership, email afcomchicago@gmail.com

John Heiderscheidt



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Data Discourse: A Podcast Presented by the Chicago Chapter (Episode 7)

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Data Discourse: A Podcast Presented by the Chicago Chapter (Episode 6)

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