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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.


August 2014
Name: Brandon Johnson
SIM Role: Southern California Chapter President

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

The Southern California SIM chapter is one of the oldest and longest standing professional organizations in the region for IT executives and leaders.  While our membership numbers have ebbed and flowed over several decades, our trend has been strongly upward in the past two years.  We now have 170 members and are continuing to grow.  This growth has created the opportunity to offer even greater benefit to our members.  In addition to the inherent value a larger network brings to its members, this growth also creates opportunity for more and better events.  In the past we had the resources for about three events per year; Fall, Winter, and Spring.  In addition to these, our size now allows us to hold Special Events targeting particular locales and demographics, have local CIO round tables, and participate in co-branded events where we partner with technology focused institutions and organizations.

 

2. What are your goals for your term as the President of the SIM Southern California chapter?

While we have numerous goals, three key goals are:

  • Continue to grow membership, reaching at least 250 members in the next two years.
  • Fully empower our Programs, Marketing, and Strategic Relations functions to create the outstanding events and services that our current and future members value.
  • Give back by leveraging the talent and ability within our organization to contribute to the broader communities we are all part of.

3. What are the hottest trends in the industry? 

There are many, many trends that are hot and relevant to our industry, and many of these overlap.  A few that have long and lasting consequences are mobility, cyber security, and big data.

 

Mobility.  The tsunami of change that mobility is creating has really just begun, and it directly affects virtually every function of business and daily life.  The ubiquity of mobile devices is changing behavior and creating expectations that put immense pressure on IT organizations.  While every organization will need to react, the best will anticipate the effects and seek to leverage the change for competitive advantage and improvement of their organizations.

 

Cyber Security.  The highly networked and software driven world we operate in easily enables hackers to achieve economies of scale in their efforts.  We are at the very beginning of a long trend of massive exploitation.  This trend will be fueled by the continued increase in vulnerable surface area, perhaps even an exponential increase (e.g. the Internet of Things).  Business leaders, and IT leaders in particular, will be increasingly challenged to understand and combat this growing and rapidly evolving threat. 

 

Big Data.  The term encompasses, overlaps, and implies numerous other concepts, but undeniably is a driver of change in every organization.  The volume of data organizations produce and own as well as the vast quantities of external data organizations can access, creates an obligation to harness and derive value from them. 

 

4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing? 
Our chapter has enjoyed both an excellent growth trajectory and a purposeful evolution as a professional organization.  That said, our most important challenge is ensuring we keep our membership connected and engaged, so we can all experience the value of belonging to such a superb organization.  A particular opportunity for us is better understanding and connecting with that portion of our membership that isn't as participative in the events and services the chapter offers.

As the incoming Chairperson it’s probably too early for me to suggest what the next person should do.  However, I did receive good advice from the outgoing Chairperson who recommended that I consider what I would want my legacy of service to be, and to use that to shape our efforts as an organization.

 


An archive of interviews will be found HERE.

 

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