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September 2014
Leadership Spotlight: Detroit Chapter President, Mark Cybulski
1. Please provide an overview of the SIM Detroit chapter.
The Detroit Chapter (founded 1987) strives to strengthen professional communications among its 151 members. Chapter activities include:
  • Meeting to share innovative ideas and real world experiences which address enterprise information needs. We have excellent speakers both from our membership, and bring in industry executives and subject matter experts from many sources. We average 10 meetings per year.
  • Providing presentations by leading national information-management professionals and executives who benefit from management-information systems.Read more...
2. What are your goals for your term as the President of the SIM Detroit chapter?
  • To continue to build on the excellent foundation laid by our previous leaders, particularly in the area of philanthropy and community involvement.
  • Detroit is on the rebound, and SIM Detroit is a very active part of that turnaround (read our recent press).
3. What are the hottest trends in the IT industry?
  • Big Data, because we've just begun to scratch the surface
  • Innovation, because the speed of change in the consumer sector is setting the pace for enterprises.Read more...
4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing?
  • Quality growth - there are advantages in a larger membership, but we still focus on recruiting the top leaders
  • Discovering organizations worthy of our philanthropic support, and then finding the most efficient and effective ways to help them
  • Improving our golf game
5. What is the one piece of advice you will give the next President of the SIM Detroit chapter?

Stand on the shoulders of those who have come before you. Our members and leaders have a huge repository of knowledge, experience, and connections, and they are willing to share, collaborate, and engage.


Read the entire articleHERE.

SIMposium and RLF - A Relationship Built to Last

2014 SIM RLF LogoIn RLF, we talk about the importance and value of impactful and enduring relationships in leadership - both professional and personal, at home, at work, in the community - and building relationships that endure. SIMposium is an important step in establishing a lasting relationship between SIM and its newest members. For RLFers, it is an introduction to the SIM organization and SIM Chapters and a compelling illustration of the value SIM membership provides through its programs and networks. For SIM and the Chapters, it is a chance to reach out directly to more than 200 eager new members and cement the bond that will lead to future active participation.

SIMposium has always been an integral part of the RLF program. It is the setting for celebrating RLF accomplishments at the national RLF graduation. It is a final opportunity for the members of each RLF forum to be together as a group ... and the first opportunity to meet participants from other forums, share common experiences, and develop relationships. The SIMposium experience lets RLFers see firsthand the SIM benefits of exchanging knowledge, sharing best practices, networking with IT and business thought leaders, and exploring various resource programs.

SIMposium 2014 will be the same - only better.

This year's theme is INNOVATION - in business, in our careers, and in our lives. RLF strives to better prepare today's and tomorrow's leaders to promote and successfully lead and balance innovation in all those areas.Read more...

SIMposium2014: Million Dollar Idea?

Where would you put your money if you had $1,000,000 to invest on a new technology? Find out in Denver! Every SIMposium registrant will receive $1M in virtual funds to spend during SIM Tank. Spend it all on your favorite technology or spread the wealth among multiple start-up companies. We'll be tracking all 'investments' through our new mobile app.

In addition to the SIM Tank investment feature, our new app will help you get the most out of your Denver experience. You can:

  • Create and manage your personal calendar for the event

  • Review speaker, session, and sponsor write-ups

  • Keep current on news and announcement

  • Make new connections, using the 'Feather' feature

Feather (from Birds of a Feather) allows participants to make connections with other conference attendees. Loosely based on other social media apps, you will be able to search for like-minded people and request a 'connection.' Schedule time to meet with your new connections during one of the many networking breaks scattered throughout the conference. Many of our speakers intend to remain at the conference after their sessions, perhaps you can make a personal connection with one of them.

We plan to release the mobile app to conference attendees in a couple of weeks --- stay tuned!

Another not-to-be-missed event at SIMposium is our fund-raising competition, orchestrated by this year's RLF program participants.

IT Trends: A Sneak Peek at the 2015 Results!

The final results are being calculated with our full report slated for release at SIMposium in November. This year's 35th anniversary study is the most extensive to date, featuring new sections on IT's role in the organization and success skills for IT professionals, plus considerably expanded sections on budgets and spending, performance measures, and how CIOs spend their time. We also have an all time record of 1,002 SIM members responding from 717 unique organizations, including 451 CIOs. With average revenue of $5.6 billion and IT budgets of $288 million, this year's respondents represent nearly 25% of U.S. GDP and over $200 billion in annual IT spending -- all strong indicators of the leadership and experience within the SIM ranks.

This year's study reveals an increasing pace and volume of change in the IT industry. Some early standout findings:

  • IT leaders are shifting their focus away from tactical and operational issues and more towards strategic, business-oriented goals.
  • Up from 14.4% last year, nearly 17% of all IT services and solutions are currently delivered via public-external clouds and another 14% from private-internal clouds. This is expected to rise further in 2015.
  • IT spending and salaries increased again in 2014, and CIOs expect they will in 2015 too, but the pace may be slowing.

The full 2015 IT Trends Study report will reveal much more about these and other important shifts. For the first time ever, all SIM members who participated in the study will also receive a free personalized benchmark report.

If you're one of the 1,002, be on the lookout around month end for this token of our appreciation for making this year's IT Trends Study the very best ever!

APC Now Accepting Membership Applications for 2015

SIM'sAdvanced Practices Council (APC), which limits its membership to 40 senior IT executives, has a few openings for the 2015 program year.APC members continue to renew their memberships each year because of APC's unique:

  • Delivery of customized, independent research on subjects members choose by the best researchers world-wide and
  • Intimate, trusted network of cross-industry senior executive peers.

The 2015 program agenda includes:

  • Enterprise Internet of things
  • Business innovation accountability and the IT department
  • Organizing to manage and exploit big data
  • Wearable technology
  • Enterprise management of the human cloud
  • Staff optimization
  • Predictive analytics and business intelligence.

ClickHEREto learn more and call APC Director Madeline Weiss(301.229.8062) to express interest in joining the APC.

SIM's Suggested Reading
There are currently 18 books authored by SIM members on ourSuggested 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 formHERE.

We Moved!

SIM's management partner, Association Headquarters, recently moved to a new office building.

Our new address is

1120 Route 73, Suite 200
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

AllSIM phone numbers will remain the same. If you are in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area stop by to say hello to the SIM Headquarters team and see the new facility!

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