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November 2013
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In This Issue
Leadership Spotlight: Joseph Marcella - SIM Las Vegas

1. Please provide a brief overview of the Las Vegas chapter

Las Vegas is one of the newest and fastest growing SIM Chapters. We started in October 2012 and less than a year later we already have 36 members.  Read more...


2. What are/were your goals for your term as the President of the Las Vegas chapter?

My major goal is to create awareness about the problems and opportunities in the Las Vegas area. The best way to do that is by engaging IT leaders in bringing back to the community. Read more...


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

  • Mobile applications and devices - client landscape has shifted due to their emerging dominance
  • Smart organizations and sustainability – global economic recession forces all industries to depress spending while increasing quality of services
  • Hybrid IT and cloud computing – as the cloud continues to affect virtually all aspects of IT, new disruptive elements and approaches continue to evolve
  • Strategic big data – analytics is evolving to be more transparent, in context and embedded in real-time applications accessible

4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing?

As a new Chapter our biggest challenge is how to engage more local IT leaders and create a positive image of the organization. Read more...


5. What is the one piece of advice you will give to the next President of the Las Vegas chapter?

I would encourage my successor to have a clear vision of the direction the chapter needs to go and to initiate collaboration with other SIM chapters. Read more...


Read the entire interview HERE.  

Register Now to Take Advantage of the RLF's Early Bird Registration Discount

Over 225 participants graduated from SIM's Region Leadership Forum while at SIMposium 2013. RLF activities at SIMposium included a final session session for each forum, the RLF graduation ceremony, unlimited networking and a fund-raiser for the Wounded Warrior Project.  The 2013 RLF class is proud to announce that it raised over $15,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, a program that provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life.  


There is still time to register for the 2014 RLF program. Register by November 30 to take advantage of the early bird discount savings of $500.  SIM member companies will also receive an additional discount of $600.    

SIM's Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) is an intensive, ten-month leadership development program focused on creating authentic leaders. Since 1992 over 3000 graduates and more than 300 sponsors have found RLF the key to developing leadership effectiveness.  The Regional Leadership Forum has graduated over 3500 people since 1992.  
To learn more, click HERE

2014 RLF
Click on the banner to register for the 2014 RLF program

Congratulations to the SIM Chapter Leaders of the Year!
The SIM Leader of the Year Award recognizes members who contributed to the growth, advancement, and excellence of SIM at the local, national and/or international levels. In addition, the award provides a vehicle for SIM to highlight member service in our local and broader communities. 

We are grateful to the all the nominees for their significant contributions, which serve as wonderful examples of the fabulous work that occurs throughout our membership. We thank all the nominators for their submissions. Most of the nominees were exceptionally strong! 

We also want to thank the six judges, who represented a cross section of the country: Scot Berkey, Chicago; John Cole, Dallas-Fort Worth; Kevin More, Boston; Sandi Phillips, Southern California; Jeff Skulsky, Fairfield Westchester; and Jeff Stovall, Charlotte Region. (Judges did not score a candidate from their home chapter). 

This year, the judges felt it especially difficult to choose a winner, but in a carefully governed and objective scoring process, six finalists stood out. This year's SIM Chapter Leaders of the Year are John Phillips of the Chicago Chapter and Bob Rouse of the St. Louis Chapter.  Read more...

Invitation to January Advanced Practices Council


SIM's Advanced Practices Council has openings for a few good men and women in its 2014 program. If you are a senior IT executive interested in participating in APC's highly collaborative experience, we invite you to come as our guest to the January 21-22meeting in Atlanta to meet our knowledgeable and generous members and experience first-hand the benefits of joining the program. The meeting agenda will include:

  • Leveraging external relationships for IT business value
  • New strategies and business models
  • Enhancing collaboration across global IT teams
  • Integrating legacy and new systems
  • Managing risks in deploying mobile apps

RSVP to APC Director Madeline Weiss to learn more and reserve your spot.

"Networking" Top Reason IT Pros Join SIM

We have some initial results from our member survey, and your feedback was crucial for gaining a clearer picture of our members' preferences and needs.


The results helped us to better understand what benefits and programs SIM members find valuable. Nearly 86% value SIM's potential for high-level networking, while 59% cite the ability to collaborate with industry peers as what makes SIM unique. Not surprisingly, 83% put SIM Chapter meetings at the top of their list of benefits, with SIMposium and the Regional Leadership Forum also getting high grades.


In keeping with the importance of networking to SIM members, 58% say they joined on the recommendation of a peer, while another 22% were referred to SIM by an employer. And most telling of all, over 94% would recommend SIM to a colleague.


We also gained insight into the high-level IT experience we have among our members, as almost 47% of respondents are at a Director level or higher. 95% have been in the field for 10 or more years -  with 38% having over 30 years' IT experience.


Thank you to all who participated in the survey!

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.  

IT Trends Survey Results

Nearly 600 IT leaders told us about their activities, practices, and the direction in which they see the IT industry moving. Click HERE to see:


  • How CIOs spend their time and what they think of their relationships with CIOs and CFOs
  • How aligned the priorities of IT leaders are with the priorities of their organizations
  • What percent of IT leaders saw increases in their budgets or staffs in 2013, or anticipate increases in 2014
  • How much of those IT budgets go to outsourcing, or offshore, or to people or things
  • The percent of organizations that use the cloud for IT services  2013