Cloud Computing and the Global Supply Chain: Hype or Paradigm Shift?

International Roundtable

June 16, 2011: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Globalization has fueled the need for global trade management systems that give real-time visibility and control to just-in-time inventory systems and extended supply chains. Information technology has evolved from enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems that manage far-flung operations of a single company to a shared online network in the 'cloud,' which connects global partners. The value proposition of cloud computing is that it provides importers and exporters a clear view of the end-to-end supply chain.


Gleacher Center
450 Cityfront Plaza
Chicago, Illinois

Driving Directions:



300 East Illinois Street (AMC Theater-River East Self Park Garage)


$6.00 after 3:00 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday for a 12-hour period


Garage: Self Park Facility


Payment: Automated; at pay-stations by cash or credit card or upon exit pay by credit card only.


To receive discounted rate: There is a card validator at the first floor security desk of the Gleacher Center. You will only need to insert your parking card in the validator and the new price will be automatically applied. When you leave the lot you will be charged for the lower $6.00 fee.


Detailed Directions:


Garage is located next to PJ Clarks and below the AMC Theater.


a) When traveling east on Illinois cross over Columbus and enter the Garage on the left (north) side of the street.


b) If driving west on Grand (north of Theater), you can enter the garage ½ block before Columbus on the left (south) side of the street.

Event Details

John Fitzgerald, an authority on global logistics and distribution, will discuss how cloud computing is the biggest development in information technology in the last 25 years due to its impact on costs savings and productivity improvements, and will give examples from major industries like retail, manufacturing, food and beverage, and healthcare.


No Charge


Register Online

At times, we need to upgrade the room size to accommodate you so registering in advance helps make things go smoother.

Deadline: 6/16/2011


6:00 PM-6:30 PM: Networking

6:30 PM-8:00 PM: Presentation

Speaker Profiles

John A. Fitzgerald (Speaker)
Regional Manager, GT Nexus

John A. Fitzgerald is Regional Manager with GT Nexus, the leader in cloud computing solutions for the supply chain. John consults with exporters and importers to assist them in driving cost savings and productivity improvements in their global supply chains.


John has over 30 years experience in global supply chain execution with leading global forwarders and Third Party Logistics firms. He is the past Global Chairman of the CSCMP, Chicago Roundtable and past Chairman of the Strategic Account Management Association and Board Director. He is also on the Sales Advisory Board for the College of Business, Department of Marketing at Northern Illinois University.


John is actively involved with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and a frequent speaker for CSCMP, US China Chamber of Commerce and various other Global Trade organizations and universities. Mr. Fitzgerald has been an adjunct faculty at Northwestern University's Executive Transportation Programs.


A native Chicagoan, John is a graduate of Loyola University. After college he joined IBM and later served as a Captain in the US Marine Corps. He had been in executive roles with Fritz Cos. and UPS Supply Chain Solutions before joining GT Nexus in 2010. He resides in Palatine, IL with his wife and loves to travel & golf.


Karl L. Buschmann, '85 


Other Information

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