Because I Said I Would

Alex Sheen 

Alex Sheen is the Founder of because I said I would, the international social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. Sparked by the loss of his father, Alex began sending promise cards to anyone who requested them at no cost. Since his father’s passing on September 4th, 2012, because I said I would has sent over 8.42M promise cards to over 150 countries. Alex’s commitment to the betterment of humanity has inspired millions around the world.

The story of his promises have been shared virally throughout social media and international news. Alex’s work has been featured on CNN, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, TODAY Show, Good Morning America, NPR, Fox News, Los Angeles Times, and more.  

The Third Paradigm

Timothy M. Chester

Dr. Timothy M. Chester is Vice President for Information Technology at the University of Georgia where he is responsible for the University's information technology resources and services, including the Office of Institutional Research. An EDUCAUSE Community Leadership Award recipient, Dr. Chester advocates in the areas of leadership strategy and promotion of organizational change for information technology organizations in higher education. He has over a decade of experience with PeopleSoft and Banner implementations and has been successful with both in the most complex of business process environments. His writings are numerous and can be found in EDUCAUSE Review, CIO Magazine, Campus Technology, and other outlets.

Dr. Timothy M. Chester's presentation focuses on the idea that we have entered a third paradigm of application and information system evolution. Buying developer tools and building systems in-house was the first paradigm, which eventually gave way to the second: implementing commercial, off-the-shelf systems. But our strengths (and worst habits) of the first paradigm carried over into the second, leading us to continue to acquire technical debt, compromising the long-term reliability, compatibility, and security of these systems. Widespread outages, frequent data breaches, and business disruption are symptoms of a spreading, invisible complexity; a complexity that makes it nearly impossible to intellectually manage such systems. The third paradigm, the compose paradigm, offers some promise at shedding this growing technical debt - but only if we are willing to completely revisit the way traditional IT organizations think and work.