SIM News ExtraFebruary 2015
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Leadership Spotlight: SIM Albany President, Jack Barsky

1. Please provide an overview of the SIM Albany chapter.
At the moment we have 30 paid members. Our goal is to grow the chapter to 50 members in more…

2. What are your goals for your term as the President of the SIM Albany chapter?
The primary goal is to create a self-sustaining chapter that will be a valuable member of the greater SIM family

3. What are the hottest trends in the IT industry?
“Hot” is perhaps not the right word, but cyber security is becoming more and more a focal point for IT organizations with an impact on all other areas of IT.

4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing?
So far we have not been successful recruiting members from the public sector and academia. Given the significant presence of both in the Greater Capital Region this is a priority for 2015.

5. What is the one piece of advice you will give the next President of the SIM New York chapter?
Maintaining a healthy chapter requires hard work. The next President should consider adding a “Membership Retention” chair to the Board.

6. What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to start a SIM chapter.
How about three?
1. Start with a core of about half a dozen like-minded people.
2. Lean heavily on SIM headquarters for advice and guidance. They have been of great assistance to us.
3. Consider a conference (such as our SIMposium) to jump start the chapter.

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Renew your SIM Membership Now!
Renewal season is upon us. Here are some important reminders:

All members have a 90 day grace period from Jan. 1 - March 31 in which to renew their membership without penalty. Everyone has access to for the duration of the renewal grace period. Chapters have until March 31 to send all dues and membership rosters into Headquarters for processing. Chapters should preferably send dues and reports in monthly or more often. Please do not hold renewals until the end of March. If anyone has questions or needs assistance, please contact Sasha Radulski at SIM HQ,sradulski@simnet.orgor 856.437.4665.

If you have already sent in your renewal, thank you!

Download APC's Report on Mobile App Risks, Rewards and Recipes
The rewards of releasing mobile apps are great, but so are the risks. SIM's Advanced Practices Council (APC) report, just released to SIM members, can help you navigate the risks, especially in highly regulated industries, so that you can reap the benefits. The report, as well as other APC reports, can be downloaded from theSIM Online Store.

Networking, networking, networking....
SIMposiumoffers numerous incomparable opportunities for you to network with hundreds of the IT industry's most prominent executive leaders!

If you are like most of us, you have a perennial New Year’s resolution to strengthen your business network.
SIMposiumaffords several opportunities for you to accomplish this goal.We build networking time into each and every SIMposiumagenda.The picture on the right was taken at last year’s Monday Night Event – in Bronco Stadium.This year, our Monday Night networking will take place at theNascar Hall of Fame!You’ll meet or reconnect withhundreds of CIO's and other IT executives, while checking out the fancy racing cars.

You CAN'T BEAT the opportunity toGET IN THE FAST LANEby attending SIMposium2015!Register today.

SIM’s Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) – Giving Back to Those Who Give So Much
Giving back … at home, at work, and in the community…has long been woven into the very fabric of the RLF. The curriculum includes emphasis on giving back as an essential characteristic of authentic leadership. Throughout RLF’s 23 year history, forums have organized fundraising projects and events at the local level. Many of those have been integrated into SIMposium.

In recent years, RLF give-back efforts have included support for our military veterans. At SIM
posiumthe last two years, all forums have created fundraising activities to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project. The efforts by RLF participants and generosity of SIMposiumattendees have been remarkable, as have the fundraising results.

RLF has also worked with veterans groups to make a limited number of tuition-free seats available to selected veterans the past few more…

Join SIM Women on Wednesday, February 25that 3pm ET for a webinar:Looking Into the Future Beyond IT
Big data, the internet of things, mobile social, and cloud are all hot topics in the media --- but what does it all mean? When we step away from our devices we realize that these dramatic changes are rocking the foundation of our lives.

SIM Women invites you to join them on a webinar Wednesday, February 25that 3PM ET. SIM Women, a national program of SIM, is meant to be inclusive not divisive; both men and women are welcome to participate. We focus on bringing thought leaders together to discuss the challenges facing today’s marketplace.

Looking Into the Future Beyond IT
will examine the other side of our technological advances – what is happening in the rest of the world beyond IT?

This discussion will explore the
changes that are and will be creating both challenges and new opportunities for organizations:

  • What happens as cash becomes more expensive?
  • How will changes in regulations and enforcement around the world affect our businesses?
  • Why will changing demographics impact the workforce and market opportunities?
  • What are the impacts of the recession and corresponding limited investments on our workforce and organizations?
  • What does increased utilization of independent agents, consultants, and contractors mean in terms of managing your environment and new opportunities?
  • Why are industries moving towards specialization and how does that affect an organization’s need to change rapidly?
  • What do increasing speed and reduced barriers to entry for new competitors mean for your organization?


The webinar will be facilitated byLeona Thomas, a business transformation and enablement executive who focuses on shaping businesses for the future.With over 20 years successfully delivering industry leading business transformation initiatives and turnarounds, Leona brings a unique perspective on identifying new opportunities and impacts for organizations - and how to take advantage of changing environments.

Register here for the webinar--- instructions for attending the webinar will be sent to you the day before the event.

The 2015 SIM IT Trends Study is Coming Soon!

The 36thannual SIM IT Trends Study is coming soon. Are you and your chapter ready? Since 1980, SIM’s IT Trends Study has reported on the state of the information technology profession and detailed key issues facing IT executives. Last year’s study achieved a record 1,002 participants and produced the most comprehensive report to date (and it’s a free download to SIM members at We hope to build on this success by reaching even more members this year and diving deeper into the issues you identified in 2014.

Now you know …the average SIM-member CIO spends 46.3% of their time interacting with the business, 45.3% with IT, and the rest working alone.


Participants in this year’s study will receive a personalized benchmark reportcomparing their responses to the rest prior to the presentation of the final report at SIMposium 2015 in Charlotte. We also plan to significantly increase the monetary value of prizes for winners of theChapter Challenge, and haveprize drawing for participantstoo. Stay tuned for more prize details!

The survey opens around April 1st. Only SIM members can participate. Don’t be left out!
Make sure the email in you member profile onhttp://simnet.orgis up to date. Be on the lookout for more communications about how you and your chapter members can participate to make this the best Trends Study ever.

Did you know!?: SIM Connect
Did you know that you can view SIM Connect archives on SIM Connect is sent every Wednesday to SIM members and contains the latest industry news. If you missed an issue or are looking for a past issue, SIM Connect archives dating back to 2011, including the most recent issue, can be found by navigating toSIM’s website. Scroll over “About SIM” in the top navigation bar and click on “SIM Connect”. From here you can select any SIM Connect archive. There is even a nifty search feature if you want to search on a select topic.