December 2014
In this issue:

Happy Holidays
Wishing you and your family the happiest of holidays.Thank you for yourcontinued support of SIM.We look forward to a successful 2015 with you.

Leadership Spotlight: Year In Review
2014 was a successful year by many accounts.SIMposium 2014 was ahuge success with over 500 attendees.SIM completed the branding project work, and the launch is in progress.Finally,we'vefeatured 10 SIM Chapter Presidents in ourLeadership Spotlight feature.
They’ve covered the usual topics of goals, industry trends, chapterchallenges and more.Of course, the answers varied, but one thingremained consistent throughout all the answers, the dedication and supportof our chapter leaders is critical to the growth and success of SIM.

We began the year by featuring the Colorado chapter and then chapterpresident,Mark Buttice. Mark briefly discussed the planning process of thevery successful SIMposium 2014.One of the last chapter presidents thatwas featured was Jack Rech from the Charlotte Region, host chapter ofSIMposim 2015.To see what our chapter presidents had to say this pastyear, clickHERE.

Have you renewed your SIM membership for 2015?

You don't want to miss out on SIM's year-round benefits, including:
  • Networking: SIMposium 2015 (Charlotte); roundtables and seminars
  • Knowledge Sharing: Advanced Practices Council research; Working Group deliverables;
  • SIM Connect; SIM News Extra; Webcasts and
  • Education: Access to SIM Regional Leadership Forum, providing industry-specific training for future IT leaders
  • Advocacy: The collaborative "voice" of SIM on issues such as cyberspace security and software licensing
  • Industry Leadership: Access to peers who understand and manage similar challenges and issues
Renew today if you haven't already done so!

Complimentary APC Webinar: Tips and Tales from the Trenches of ITContracting
SIM'sAdvanced Practices Councilinvites you to attend a webinar presentedby Matt Mousley, specialist in IT legal issues at Duane Morris LLP. He willexplain how senior IT executives can successfully navigate through ITprocurement. Matt will discuss current business issues, the legal context forthese issues, and recommended strategies for working through them whennegotiating agreements. He will share insights and lessons learned frompersonal experiences representing clients on both sides of IT procurement.

When:Tuesday, January 13, 2014
Time:12:00 pm ET – 1:00 pm ET
To Register:CLICK HERE
To Attend:
1.Click the following link:
2.Select "Enter as Guest" and then enter your full name and company inthe fields
3.Select call-in as your audio preference: 1-855-747-8824. ParticipantCode:405830

Matthew C. Mousley is a partner at Duane Morris, LLCwhere he practiceslaw in the areas of intellectual property and informationtechnology,including intellectual property trial and appellate litigation,technologylicensing, and related business transactions.Mr. Mousley'sexperienceincludes both litigation and transactional work with diversetechnologiessuch as pharmaceutical and healthcare products,telecommunications andthe Internet, automation and manufacturingsystems, and building andconstruction materials.

Resolve to Help Yourself... or Someone Else ... in 2015
The coming holidays mark the end of the year and the time when peopleoften reflect on how they can improve in the New Year. Many set personalgoals and make “New Year’s resolutions” – and forget about them by March

TheRegional Leadership Forum(RLF) challenges you to make a NewYear’s resolution that is guaranteed to stick: invest in your own personal andprofessional development, or nominate someone else to do so, byparticipating in the 2015 RLF program. The RLF takes high potentialindividuals and helps them develop their own authentic leadership style andthe emotional intelligence, personal strengths, and core competencies thatdefine true leaders.The results are often life changing.

This is what some recent graduates have to say about the value of the RLFprogram.Read more...

Register Now!


Invitation to participate in innovative IT culture study
SIM, Babson College and Ouellette & Associates are conducting a researchproject on "Enabling an Innovative IT Culture." We welcome IT practitionersto participate in this study by completing our survey (survey Link is providedbelow). Your responses will remain anonymous and confidential. If youwould like to receive a personalized report of your responses benchmarkedacross the entire sample of responses, please provide your name and emailaddress at the end of the survey. The survey should take roughly 15 to 20minutes to complete. Feel free to pass the survey link on to your IT projectteam members and IT colleagues. If you have any questions, please contactSal Parise at