Background of the
Chicago Research & Planning Group

Purpose

To unite officers and information leaders from Fortune 500 companies in a noncompetitive, intelligence-sharing environment. During meetings with major IS leaders, research studies, informal round-table discussions and special events, members share their vision and ideas, and work together to achieve progress and greater productivity in the area of information systems technology.

Mission Statement

To unite officers in a noncompetitive, intelligence-sharing environment. To initiate side-by-side working relationships between CRPG member companies. vendor participants, systems integrators, academicians and the government for the advancement of business use of technology. To achieve progress and greater productivity in the field of Information Systems Technology and to encourage members to share their vision and ideas, and work together through pilot projects, meetings with major IS leaders, research studies, roundtable discussions and special events.

History

It became apparent to the founders of CRPG that many CIOs within the greater Chicago area struggled over the same issues. These included training, hardware and software standards, turnover, integration within the corporation, goal-setting, budget constraints, increased dependence on IS, client server technology, image processing and downsizing. As a result, CRPG was founded as a common ground for CIOs to architect real solutions to varying issues affecting them in their role as IS leaders.

The group was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization with Richard Arns as executive director that same year. Also in 1991, an I/S Quality Survey was completed and shared with members, and a formal Preferred Member group was assembled to guide the CRPG.

In 1991, CRPG began its most intense program -- the education training initiative. This program continues to progress and has helped Chicago area companies improve training efficiency at a reduced cost. Also in 1991, Jack Kuehler, I.B.M. and Randy Tobias, AT&T were featured guest speakers.

In 1992, several notable technology leaders addressed CRPG members. They included Jim Manzi, Lotus Development Corp.; Steven Jobs, NeXT Computers; Charles Wang, Computer Associates.

In 1993, members attended presentations given by William Gates, Microsoft Corp.; John Sculley, Apple Computer, Inc.; Carlton G. Amdahl, NetFRAME Systems, Inc.; John Lewis, Amdahl Corp.; Dick Egan, EMC. Inc.;and Dr. Robert S. Epstein, Sybase, Inc. These guest speakers shared their vision for the future of technology and corporate America's focus on current high tech issues.

In 1994, CRPG is linking members online through Lotus Notes for brainstorming, training enrollment, CRPG news updates and surveys. This year, speakers have included Robert Palmer, CEO, Digital Equipment Corp.; Louis Gerstner, chairman of the board and CEO, IBM; and Bill Gates, Microsoft Corp.

In 1995, CRPG expanded its knowledge base by initiating an important study on the value of technology and other research surveys that helped members understand and stay ahead of rapid technology changes.

In 1996, CRPG launched the Technology & Training Technology Center where members could conduct independent tests on a large variety of software and hardware platforms. Also in that year, CRPG opened its first expansion office in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.

In 1997, CRPG further expanded into Houston, Texas. The organization began studying the needs and potential of a Chicago High Tech District. Programs for members dramatically increased in order to satisfy an expanding variety of technology information needs. CRPG Special Interest Groups and monthly all-day symposiums were launched as well as regularly-scheduled regional roundtables.

In 1998, CRPG announced plans to create virtual and physical high-tech locations in Chicago.

1999 saw the creation of .com partnerships and expansion  to attract CFOs, CMOs, COOs and CEOs - the group we now call CxOs. 


Incorporated  June 1991
Number of Members 200+ officers
Executive Director  Richard G. Arns
CRPG's slogan  Innovation Through Integration
Location  39 South LaSalle Street, Suite 720, Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone  312-609-6500 
Fax 312-609-6511
eMail  info@crpg.org


The Chicago Research & Planning Group is a 200+ member organization of CIO's from in and around the Chicagoland area. CRPG symbolizes the voice of corporate America and its many uses of technology. Our members are a who's who of top information technology executives from the world's leading companies.

 

 


The Chicago Research & Planning Group is a 200+ member organization of CIO's from in and around the Chicagoland area. CRPG symbolizes the voice of corporate America and its many uses of technology. Our members are a who's who of top information technology executives from the world's leading companies.

E-mail info@crpg.org
Chicago Research & Planning Group.
PO Box 226
Willow Springs, Illinois 60480
Phone 312 609-6500
Fax 847 227-6025
Copyright 2001 [Chicago Research & Planning Group]. All rights reserved.
Revised: September 26, 2001
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