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October 2013

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In This Issue
Leadership Spotlight: Terry Janis - SIM Houston

1. Please provide a brief overview of the Houston chapter

SIM Houston was established in 1989.  During 2009/10, our local membership fell to approximately 28 members.  Over the past three years, with considerable effort and hard work by many of the members, the Houston chapter has grown to 132 with anticipation of reaching 150 by year end.  read more...


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

With membership hitting an all-time low, the Board of Directors alongside our membership, focused on enhancing the quality of our monthly speakers/programs thereby raising the caliber of our events. By doing so, we were able to attract the large cap company CIOs and his/her direct reports.  read more...

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

Everyone touches on mobile applications and smart devices, cloud computing/storage and IT analytics with Big Data.  However, Houston seriously focuses on leadership and in our responsibilities to create additional leaders within our organizations transitioning to that next generation that will take our chapter and our companies to the next level.  read more... 

4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing?

Our future challenges would be to take the Houston chapter to a membership of 250 while ensuring retention of existing members remains high.  read more...  

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

The next Board of Directors will include an additional four officer positions above previous years.  This will also include multiple active committees that will aid in enhancing the organization's overall strategy and enable the group to be known for its outstanding leadership in the field of technology and its charitable contributions to the community.  read more...


Read the entire interview HERE.  

Have you registered for SIMposium yet? SIMposium 2013 has a great line-up of General Session speakers including:
  • Clayton Christensen, Disruptive Innovation
  • Commander Kirk Lippold USN (Ret), Leadership & Accountability When It Matters
  • Dr. Carl Hammerschlag, Be Brave in the New World
  • James Quin, InfoTech Research, Enabling Growth through Innovation
  • Neal Campbell, Chief Marketing Officer of CDW, Total Mobility Management: Making IT Simple
  • Jack Stark, PhD, Author & Performance Psychologist
  • Martha Heller, Author & SIMposium 2013 Emcee
Read more about all of the SIMposium 2013 speakers and sessions HERE and make plans to attend SIMposium 2013, November 10-12, 2013 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel! Register now for the Boston IT Party 2.0! Come to Boston - Where the Technology Revolution is Still Brewing! 
2014 RLF
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How to Overcome Resistance to Global IT Standardization 


One of the most vexing challenges for CIOs is finding the right balance between enforcing global IT standards (for efficiency) and allowing far-flung business units some flexibility to match IT to local business needs. But after an arduous journey, Nestle, the world's largest food company, ha s achieved a balance that has been successful for its business, according to research by Michael Wade.    



SIM Paper Awards Competition Winners
SIM would like to formally recognize the winners of the 2013 SIM Best Paper Awards Competition. The first place winners are Chetan Sankar, COB Advisory Council Professor of Information Systems, Auburn University and Bill Rushing, Vice President, R&D, Berntsen International Inc., for their paper, "Critical Role of IT in Improving Disaster Management by Digitizing Utility Facility Objects." The reviewer team consisted of three IT industry leaders and three academic professionals in the IT field. The papers were evaluated based upon five criteria: Innovativeness, Impact, Implementation, Re-applicability and Readability. The Best Paper will be presented at SIMposium 2013 in November in Boston. View the press release HERE.
SIM Members Making Headlines

Two SIM-RTP members, John Poonan, Quintiles and Sonny Gupta, Maintec, were recently featured on the covers of two international IT publications, "Computer World" and "Silicon India". Click on the embedded links to read these featured articles. 

Another SIM member is making headlines too. SIM Denver member, Patrick Bailey, was recently recognized by the APEX awards as one of the top start-ups in Colorado. Read about it HERE

Congratulations to our deserving members for being recognized as leaders in our industry!  

IT Trends Survey

SIM's annual IT Trends Survey, now in its 34th year, takes the pulse of the IT world by surveying top professionals across a wide range of industries.  This year's survey, which collected responses from nearly 600 senior IT leaders, representing 484 organizations, revealed many signs that things are looking up in IT.  "There's a sense of cautious optimism.  IT leadership is generally positive," said Professor Leon Kappelman, the study's primary investigator.


Hiring and salaries are both up, as are overall IT budgets, and 2013 IT spending as a percent of revenue is more than 25% above the 2005-2013 average.  The survey took the pulse of senior IT leaders, including 285 CIOs, on issues such as how they spend time, their most important IT management concerns, and their organizations largest technology investments.  This year's study also examined IT organization structure, the use of cloud and shared services, the greatest concerns, pain points, and primary focuses of senior IT leaders, as well as other important topics.


The full results of the survey will be released on November 11th at SIMposium in Boston.

SIM Enterprise Architecture Working Group
The SIM Enterprise Architecture Working Group had a great meeting September 16-17 in Washington, DC.  Presentations included talks from Dr. Steve Nichols, CTO of Georgia on how they are using Enterprise Architecture to help achieve the State's goals, Dr. Brian Cameron from Penn State on measuring value, and Leonard Fehskens on the future of Enterprise Architecture.  Alex Pettit (CIO of Oklahoma) and Dr. Leon Kappelman also presented the results of this year's EAWG study and a sneak peek at some related findings from SIM's 2013 IT Trends Survey. 


SIM's IT Trends survey shows improvements between 2007 and 2012 in the capabilities of SIM members for determining requirements and developing/buying/implementing software and systems.  However, there is still plenty of room for improvement.  Interestingly, requirements capabilities are less mature than those for development.  But, solving the wrong problem is not the path to alignment or career advancement.  While the IT Trends survey also shows some improvements in IT effectiveness and meeting business needs, it also highlights the challenges that remain. The EAWG will be presenting more about their research at SIMposium 2013 in Boston. 


The SIM EA Working Group is focused on helping business and IT leaders achieve their goals, using Enterprise Architecture principles as a foundation. The EAWG's next meeting is Miami.  EAWG membership is open to all SIM members and their co-workers, and is welcoming 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 contact Bill Peterson at

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 email SIM Program Manager, Vincenzo Nelli.