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June 2014
  • Leadership Spotlight: RJ Juliano
  • SIMposium: This conference is for you, our members
  • We Need You to Nominate the SIM Leader of the Year!
  • SIM RLF Debuts Graduate RLF Program
  • IT Trends Study Closed
  • RLF Graduate's Successful Transition from IT to the Business (It is the Business)
  • Suggested Reading List

Leadership Spotlight: Philadelphia Chapter President RJ Juliano
1. Please provide an overview of the SIM Philadelphia chapter.
SIM Philly is one of the larger chapters in the US with a vibrant mix of executives, academics, and vendor partners. We are actively focused on the core networking, programs, education, and community service opportunities that our members enjoy.  read more...

2. What are your goals for your term as the President of the SIM Philadelphia chapter?
With a newly updated mission and vision in place, we are focused on improving marketing and communicating the value of SIM. We do great things and have great people. Now we are developing a strategy to get that message out, increase engagement by the members and attract more leaders to the chapter.  read more...

3. What are the hottest trends in the IT industry?
The IT leadership roles in companies are increasingly merging with other business line responsibilities and budgets. Some IT executives are taking on wider roles, while other non-IT executives take more ownership of technology.  read more...

4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing?
We recently modernized our mission and vision and are aggressively working to ensure that SIM Philly is relevant and impactful in current and future technology thought leadership. IT leadership roles and expectations are changing and we must be a dynamic and responsive organization for the members we serve.  read more...

5. What is the one piece of advice you will give the next President of the SIM Philadelphia chapter?
Matt (our president-elect for 2015) is going to lead a multi-year transformation plan that is already in motion.  read more...

Read the entire article HERE.

SIMposium2014: This conference is for you, our members

Some people believe the role of the CIO is narrowing - the days of absolute control over technology spend are ending. These people believe that technology budgets will be split between the other business units, leaving IT with hardware and infrastructure maintenance.

In the other camp are those who believe the new CIO can and will occupy a seat at the table, that CIOs are in the perfect position to drivebusinessinnovation.

The speakers and panelists we have assembled for this year's SIMposium will help us navigate today's turbulent (but exciting) business environment.

Who should attend?

  • CIOs interested in gaining access to (or strengthening their position in) the 'second' camp
  • CXOs who want to strengthen their C-Suite relationships
  • IT directors and managers aspiring to implement new techniques
  • IT Procurement professionals
  • Consultants, who want a better understanding of the current challenges
  • Vendor-members
  • All who would like to take advantage of this unique opportunity to build and strengthen their professional networks

Join us in Denver for SIMposium 2014!


 

Nominate SIM's 2014 Leader of the Year!

SIM is a national organization, but our strength lies at the local level. Last year, we recognized six volunteers onstage at SIMposium with our annual Leader of the Year Award.

Our innovative chapters constantly find new ways to grow, engage, and challenge their membership. By developing engaging programs, driving successful fundraising events or directing outreach initiatives, your dedicated chapter leaders lead the charge in making SIM the most respected organization for IT leaders.Before August 15th, nominate a local member who you best embodies the innovation, dedication and commitment that we pride ourselves on as an organization.

Read more and submit your nomination at Leader of the Year Nominations.


 

SIM RLF Debuts New Graduate RLF Program

After conducting research in close collaboration with RLF graduates, RLF sponsors and current and former CIOs from large organizations across industries, the SIM's Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) proudly debuts a new program: the Graduate Regional Leadership Forum (G RLF).

Building on 22 years of success with its unique leadership development program, RLF has designed the G RLF Program to extend the RLF approach and philosophy and incorporate important leadership developmental needs not found in other programs and to evolve RLF graduates into successful and influential business executives based on core critical success factors: being a business leader, building organizational culture, influencing others, and initiating change.

Candidates for the G RLF must be RLF graduates (equivalent leadership programs will be considered) with 2-3 years of subsequent work experience, have at least 5-7 years of people management experience, and be viewed by their leadership as top talent and targeted for a senior level position. During four two-day sessions over eight months, participants will:

  • Engage in strategic dialogues and interact with many executive business leaders and subject matter experts
  • Complete business action learning assignments
  • Select a business executive Program Mentor from their company
  • Experience deeper development of their authentic leadership style

Registration is open for the initial program, which will be held at the Babson Executive Conference Center, in Wellesley, MA beginning in October 2014.  Click HERE to learn more about or register for this exciting complement to the RLF program.

Direct questions to Bart Bolton (bartbolton@aol.com) or Mary Jo Greil (mj@carsongreil.com)

A Very Successful SIM IT Trends Study Now Closed: Thanks for Your Participation!

We set out to make this year's 35th Anniversary SIM IT Trends Study the most in-depth and representative yet. Thanks to the efforts of SIM members like you, we collected over 250 more responses than last year! We're still tallying the final numbers, but our preliminary count is thatwe haveover 900 responsesfrom the top leaders in IT. We'll be working diligently over the next few months to analyze the results and create the final reports for participants, SIM members, and the industry at-large.

This year we introduced the IT Trends Chapter Challenge Contest - a new way for chapters to earn money for their scholarships or STEM initiatives. It also allowed for some friendly competition among SIM's chapters. We're pleased to announce the winners of this year's Chapter Challenge:

Place

Chapter

% Completing the Questionnaire

1 ($1000)

Arizona

44.05%

2 ($500)

Dallas Fort Worth

30.28%

3 ($250)

Houston

30.25%


Rounding out the top-ten chapters are: Florida, San Diego, Memphis, South Florida, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Northeast Ohio. We will also randomly select the 35 SIM members from among those who completed the questionnaire who will win a $250 gift card. We will contact each winner shortly.

Last year's study received media attention from leading publications such asComputerWorld, Forbes, CIO, and many others. This year we're aiming for even more coverage to further demonstrate that SIM represents the upper echelon of IT decision makers.

A huge "THANK YOU!" to all who participated as well as those who developed, sponsored, promoted, and helped to make SIM's IT Trends Study the Voice of IT Leadership.

For more information about the study please visit  http://www.simnet.org/ITTrendsStudy.


 

RLF Graduate's Successful Transition from IT to the Business (IT IS the Business)

2014 SIM RLF Logo

Not so long ago, most IT departments were concerned with how to provide services to the business as efficiently and effectively as possible. Gradually, that focus shifted to how IT could best align with the business and its priorities, then to "getting a seat at the table" and "becoming a strategic partner". Many today would suggest that IT is (or should be) one and the same with - or even lead - "the business".

Kyle Vaughn, Head of Digital Fulfillment with Cox Media Group in Atlanta and RLF Graduate, is a testament to the latter. He recently made a successful switch from IT (where he was a Business Relationship Manager providing program management expertise to IT's business projects) to the business operations side of Cox and RLF played a critical role in his transition in two ways. The self-assessment and deeper self-understanding, which are core to the RLF curriculum, helped clarify his thinking that it would be a good move - actually, a necessary move - for his career development. Kyle knew that he needed to stretch himself and gain more operational experience in order to round out his career resume and increase his value to Cox. RLF helped him realize that the opportunities on the business operations side, rather than those delving further into IT operations, were of much greater interest to him personally and confirmed his decision.  read more...


 

Infographic: SIM Membership At-A-Glance
For the past 45 years, SIM has been highly regarded as the premier network for IT leaders.  Check out SIM's 45th anniversaryinfographic.

SIM Suggested Readings
There are currently 15 books authored by SIM members on our Suggested Reading List. Help us add to the list by letting us know if you have authored a book.If you authored a book and would like to share it with your fellow SIM members, please complete the online form HERE.