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"Leadership Spotlight" includes interviews with Chapter Presidents, SIM Board members, Management Council members and other SIM leaders.  "Leadership Spotlight" will not only highlight SIM’s leadership and chapters,  but it will offer insight from our leaders on topics, treads and issues facing the Society, our chapters and the IT industry.

 An archive of interviews will be found HERE.


September 2014
Name: Mark Cybulski
SIM Role: Detroit Chapter President

Question 1  |  Question 2  |  Question 3  |  Question 4  |  Question 5  

The Detroit Chapter (founded 1987) strives to strengthen professional communications among its 151 members. Chapter activities include:

  • Meeting to share innovative ideas and real world experiences which address enterprise information needs. We have excellent speakers both from our membership, and bring in industry executives and subject matter experts from many sources. We average 10 meetings per year.
  • Providing presentations by leading national information-management professionals and executives who benefit from management-information systems.
  • Challenging our comfort levels by exchanging ideas with peers and business counterparts.
  • Being a resource for each other, and personal networking.
  • Helping Southeast Michigan educational and community service organizations meet their goals by providing and promoting IT solutions through education, knowledge transfer, funding and volunteerism.
2. What are your goals for your term as the President of the SIM Detroit chapter?
  • To continue to build on the excellent foundation laid by our previous leaders, particularly in the area of philanthropy and community involvement. 
  • Detroit is on the rebound, and SIM Detroit is a very active part of that turnaround (Read our recent press). 

3. What are the hottest trends in the industry? 

  • Big Data, because we’ve just begun to scratch the surface
  • Innovation, because the speed of change in the consumer sector is setting the pace for enterprises
  • The role of the CIO, because it is changing and has fuzzy borders with other roles
  • Talent development, because demand exceeds supply for some skills while we still have significant unemployment
  • Mobility, because it can enhance business productivity and metabolism
  • Security, because innovation and mobility are sometimes running ahead of security

4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing? 

  • Quality growth – there are advantages in a larger membership, but we still focus on recruiting the top leaders
  • Discovering organizations worthy of our philanthropic support, and then finding the most efficient and effective ways to help them
  • Improving our golf game
Stand on the shoulders of those who have come before you.  Our members and leaders have a huge repository of knowledge, experience, and connections, and they are willing to share, collaborate, and engage.

 

 


An archive of interviews will be found HERE.

 

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