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March 2014
In This Issue

Leadership Spotlight: SIM Central Connecticut Chapter President, Joe Tait

1. Please provide a brief overview of the Central Connecticut chapter.
The Central Connecticut chapter has been in existence for about 25 years and currently has 127 members. The chapter supports the following events: 

  • Golf Outing - supporting annual Scholarship Program
  • CIO Forum
  • Future In IT Program with local colleges
  • Internship Program with local Magnet Schools
  • Alliance with National Center for Women in Information Technology - Annual Program

2. What are your goals for your term as the President of the Central Connecticut chapter?
Goals for 2014: 

  • Each Board member should form a functioning committee to support their area
    • Recruit volunteers to your committee - drive interest in the chapter
    • This will lead to people interested in the Board for years to come
  • Each Board member should have 2-3 goals for the year
    • Let's focus on Continuous Improvement on a year-over-year basis
    • Concentrate on what works
    • Borrow "Best Practice" ideas from other chapters and use them
    • Don't re-invent the wheel if we don't have to

3. What are the hottest trends in the IT industry? 

  • Constant security vigilance
  • The recruiting pipeline - work to get young people in STEM programs. Especially young women (SIM Women!!)
  • Raise awareness of current issues with "Thought Leadership" at our chapter meetings - great programs drive membership

4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing? 

  • Growth and member retention
  • RLF Member Retention
  • Recruitment of high profile CIO's

5. What is the one piece of advice you will give to the next President of the Central Connecticut chapter?
Focus on continuous improvement. We all do that in our business and it translates well to a chapter.  


To read the full interview, click HERE.

Invitation to May Advanced Practices Council Meeting


If you are a senior IT executive, Madeline Weiss, Director of SIM'sAdvanced Practices Council, invites you to come as a guest to the May 6-7 meeting in Chicago. Experience this elite program of highly-respected cross-industry senior IT executives and researchers to hear the latest on: 
  • Emerging technologies and innovation (Lynda Applegate, Harvard Business School)
  • Leveraging data, information and knowledge to support fact-based decision making (Don Marchand, IMD)
  • Predictive analytics and business intelligence (Michael Goul, Arizona State University)
  • Process mining with process analytics and big data (Wil van der Alst, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven)
RSVP to Madeline Weiss by Friday, March 28. 

2014 Paper Competition
Each year, the Society for Information Management recognizes innovative business initiatives that use IT to drive measurable results. If you have researched an important and successful IT-related business initiative, the SIM 2014 Paper Competition Committee invites you to submit an abstract describing this initiative. The work described must be implemented and it must have had a significant impact on the organization involved. Winning papers will be a collaboration between academics and practitioners. Since SIM's focus is toward executive management, the work should describe an initiative of interest to senior IS executives.

The abstract submission deadline is Friday, May 23. Click HERE for more information.

SIMposium 2014 Registration
SIMposium 2014 is shaping up to be a great event! The Denver team is working hard on building a forward thinking, innovative agenda that will keep you on the edge of your seat. 
Registration is now open at www.SIMposium2014.comYou don't want to miss this great SIM event.
What Do Google and RLF Have in Common?
2014 SIM RLF LogoIn the February 23, 2014 Sunday New York TimesThomas Friedman published an excellent opinion article titled "How to Get a Job at Google."

No, Friedman wasn't moonlighting as a recruiter for Google. He was summarizing earlier interviews conducted by the New York Times columnist Adam Bryant with Laslzo Bock, the senior vice president of people operations for Google. Most of the rest of us call that HR.

The most surprising thing that Bock had to say was that, contrary to what most people would assume, Google doesn't necessarily go after "the smartest guys in the room." Yes, good grades are necessary and technical skills are required for most jobs. But, those are really table stakes. The real differentiators for Google are attributes that would surprise most people: 
  • General cognitive ability ("learning ability or the ability to process lots of information on the fly")
  • Leadership (what Google calls "emergent leadership" and not "traditional leadership" - it is more about how you work in teams and solve problems and step back from leading when appropriate)
  • Humility (creating space for others to contribute) and "intellectual humility" (recognition of the need to learn)
  • Responsibility and ownership (stepping in to solve any problem)
For those familiar with SIM's Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) leadership development program, these are not new ideas. RLF has been focusing on them successfully for 22 years!  Read more...

Coming Soon: The 35th Anniversary SIM IT Trends Survey

SIM members are among the top thought leaders in IT, with countless years of experience and valuable insight into our constantly changing industry. As the premier organization for IT leaders, SIM strives to make sure that our distinguished members' voices are heard. To achieve this, SIM's Academic Team is pleased to announce the 35th anniversary of SIM's IT Trends Study. 2013's survey ranked as the most comprehensive to date, featuring a record 659 respondents from 484 different organizations.


This year, we're aiming to boost those numbers even higher. With questionnaire improvements, more prize drawings and a personalized report for every SIM member who completes the survey, we want to make this the most authoritative and useful survey to date! The IT Trends Study is SIM's opportunity to represent the IT industry and to give a voice to our challenges, successes, and continued evolution. Don't miss out on that chance! Stay tuned this spring for more information on how to participate.

SIM EA Working Group to Meeting In DFW May 15-16, Met in Ft. Lauderdale in January
The first 2014 SIM EAWG meeting was held on January 30-31, 2014 at Novo Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Attending from the DFW chapter were:  Dr. Leon Kappelman (UNT), Debbie Jowers (THR) and Barbara Stewart (Celanese).  The meeting was led by the current chair, Bill Peterson (LiquidHub).  Other SIM EAWG members attending were from Pariveda, Church & Dwight, Harvard University and City of Charlotte, NC.  Debbie presented "Texas Health Resources Enterprise Architecture Journey" and Barbara presented "Thoughts on Competencies for Enterprise Architecture Success".  Other presentations were made by LiquidHub and Pariveda. The team worked on the 2014 IT Trends Survey composition, as the SIM EAWG is now responsible for this annual survey that is presented each year at SIMposium.  The group enjoyed great discussion over the two days about various topics related to EA.  The group discussed a set of EA deliverables that can be shared with all SIM Chapters.  These documents will be finalized at the May 15-16 meeting in Dallas.  


The SIM EA Working Group is focused on helping business and IT leaders achieve their goals, using the holistic big-picture principles of Enterprise Architecture as a foundation. The EAWG's next in person meeting will be May 15-16 in Dallas, hosted by Celanese. EAWG membership is open to all SIM members and their co-workers, and welcomes new members.  If you want to become more effective in meeting your business and IT challenges, you should consider joining the EAWG. For more information click HERE or email Bill Peterson.

Calling All SIM Authors
Have you authored a book?  If so, the Society for Information Management is creating a SIM book list and would like to know.  The list will contain suggested readings from SIM authors as well as the Regional Leadership Forum book list.  

If you authored a book and would like to share it with your fellow SIM members, please complete the online form HERE.