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SIM New Extra - November 2015


November 2015

In This Issue
Leadership Spotlight: Douglas N. Gabel - President - NJ SIM Foundation
Record Number of RLF Graduates Honored During SIMposium 2015
IT Trends Study Finds A Major Shift in Focus of IT Executives
Tame the Wild West of Predictive Analytics
Two Special Events for SIM Members
Discover your next great opportunity without ever leaving home
Tom Lucas Receives 2015 “Friend of RLF” Award
SIMposium 2015 in Charlotte was a huge success!


Leadership Spotlight: SIM NJ Foundation President, Doug Gabel
1.    Please provide an overview of the SIM Indianapolis chapter. 
I have been a SIM member since 2004. I learned about SIM from former SIM President Steve Finnerty. After obtaining membership with the NJ SIM Chapter I wanted to very quickly begin contributing to the organization. read more...

2. Provide a brief overview of your chapter and and explanation of your role within the chapter.  
The NJ SIM Chapter is a growing and vibrant chapter. With over 300 members, we hold interesting and valuable monthly meetings with topical and engaging speakers. Our chapter’s networking opportunities provide for great interacting and sharing between members. read more...

3. What are the hottest trends in the IT industry? 
The hottest trends I see today that are of special interest to me are the Internet of Things, 3D printing, and innovative ways to address digital security. The Internet of Things fascinates me. read more...        

4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing? 

Most all chapters are looking to drive membership but even more importantly our chapter is looking to maximize attendance at our monthly meetings and Foundation volunteer events. Our Programs Committee diligently works to find topical speakers that will be of interest to today’s senior IT leaders. read more…

5. What is the one piece of advice you will give the next President of the SIM Indianapolis chapter?  
The NJ SIM Chapter has numerous ways for the membership to actively participate in the life of the Chapter beyond the monthly meetings. read more…


Read the entire article HERE.


Record Number of RLF Graduates Honored During SIMposium 2015
More than 4,000 leaders have now graduated from RLF over the past two decades
A record number of 293 business and IT leaders graduating from SIM’s ten nationwide RLFprograms this year were saluted and celebrated during the kickoff of SIMposium 2015 on November 1.  The 2015 group of graduates represents nearly every state in the country as well as the United Kingdom and Canada, and now places the total number of grads in SIM’s two-decade leadership development program over the 4,000 mark.

During the ceremony, graduates from each of the 2015 programs communicated RLF’s strong, lasting impact upon their professional and personal journey as they shared videos and personal testimonials with the audience which included their sponsors, SIM chapter members and previous RLF grads.

“It’s about constantly learning and growing as an individual in all aspects of one’s life,” said David DeVisser, a graduate of the Pacific Northwest RLF.  “Life-changing” was another phrase used by many of the graduates to describe their experience.

Click HERE to see the list of 2015 RLF graduates and sponsors from each of the ten nationwide programs.

IT Trends Study Finds A Major Shift in Focus of IT Executives:
Comprehensive Report Now Available Free to All SIM Members 
Senior IT leadership is focusing its attention and resources on being more pragmatic, holistic, and customer-focused: A very important and positive change that bodes well for the whole economy.

Since its inception, the study has examined the IT management issues that IT leaders consider most important to their organizations and, more recently, most personally worrisome.  This year’s new entrants to the top-ten most personally worrisome list are about making IT more responsive to the organization, while the four items that dropped off concern things IT cannot control.  Thus, for example, IT agility and IT credibility replace velocity of business and technology change.  This is very realistic and likely leads to real improvements to IT and IT’s ability to enable the business. read more…


Tame the Wild West of Predictive Analytics
SIM's Advanced Practices Council (APC) Director, Madeline Weiss, invites senior IT executives to come as guests to the January 19 -20 APC meeting to learn cutting-edge practices for governing the myriad predictive analytics campaigns springing up throughout your organization. Michael Goul of Arizona State University, a leading authority on the subject, will share his latest findings and insights. At the meeting, you will meet APC's 33 smart, experienced, and generous members and also hear from researchers on the Internet of things, competing on outcomes, and leveraging dispersed knowledge through crowdsourcing. Please click HERE to learn more about the APC and how it can help you transform your organization. Contact Madeline Weiss at to accept this invitation.


Two Special Events for SIM Members
SIM Members are invited a SIM-MISQE Workshop on Digital Data Streams and ICIS CIO Symposium Featuring Keynote Speaker: Tom Davenport.  See below for details.

SIM-MISQE Workshop on Digital Data Streams (DDSs)
SIM and the MIS Quarterly Executive, the practitioner-oriented research journal sponsored by SIM, are sponsoring a free (to SIM members) workshop on the “Business and Organizational Impact of Digital Data Streams.” All SIM members are invited to attend this special event at no charge.

The workshop is held with the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), the world’s most prestigious IS academic conference, co-chaired this year by SIM academic members Dorothy Leidner (Baylor) and Jeanne Ross (MIT). read more...

SIM Members Can Attend the ICIS CIO Symposium for $100 (regular $250)
Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas, USA

ICIS, the premier academic conference for IS, invites senior IS executives to join other IS executives and academics in a full-day event to showcase high quality practice-oriented research and help identify the most challenging issues in IS practice to guide future research.

  • Tom Davenport will give a keynote presentation and moderate an interactive panel with senior IT executives on the topic of big data analytics.
  • Other topics include “Making better decisions with data,” “Improving IT business value,” “Digital ecosystems and platforms,” and “IT risk and security.” read more…


Discover your next great opportunity without ever leaving home
You need a home base during any career transition. A place where you can gear up each week for your job search, a network you can lean on for advice, and a comfortable environment to regroup during the inevitable valleys of the job market. 


SIM's Members in Transition conference calls offer all this and more:

  • Stay in the loop on new open positions, while making connections to the ones you're already pursuing
  • Get actionable advice on roadblocks you encounter in your search from top career search professionals and fellow SIM members
  • Gain a better understanding of your unique value to a company

Join us for our next call, whether you're in transition or simply want to help out those who are.

SIM members: subscribe to the SIM Members-In-Transition Yahoo collaboration group to receive dial-in information and reminders (email Veronica Sullivan to join). 


Tom Lucas Receives 2015 “Friend of RLF” Award
Sherwin-Williams CIO recognized during RLF Graduation at SIMposium 2015

Tom Lucas, CIO of The Sherwin-Williams Company, was honored with the 2015 “Friend of RLF Award” during a graduation ceremony recognizing this year’s 293 graduates of SIM’s Regional Leadership Forum programs.  The award was presented during the kickoff of SIMposium 2015 on Sunday, November 1 in Charlotte, NC. 

“RLF is a unique multi-month leadership experience,” said Lucas in accepting the award.  RLF “takes people on a journey of self-discovery that is unmatched by any other program.  Graduates of this program not only come back better leaders, they come back as better people.”

Lucas also cited the “gift of friendship” inherent in good leaders.  “Gifts like patience and listening, wisdom and encouragement,” he said, “and the gift of your time.  I can’t think of anything more precious than the gift of time.”

“SIM and RLF are easy organizations to be friends of,” he added.

Lucas was selected for the 2015 award “because Tom understands the need for strong personal leadership capabilities and how they contribute to the success of an organization,” said Phil Zwieg, RLF Director.  “His continuing sponsorship of participants in RLF strongly reinforces that understanding.”

Lucas has been CIO of The Sherwin-Williams Company since 2008, and has been an IT leader within the company since 2000.  He is a graduate of the Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University.


SIMposium 2015 in Charlotte was a huge success!  
If you were able to join us in Charlotte we hope you enjoyed yourself and returned to work energized, ready to engage, and perhaps enlightened. 

If you were not able to join us this year, don’t worry; we are in the process of compiling speaker presentations and conference photos to share with our members.  These will be available within the next week.

Each year the conference gets better and better – thanks to the feedback we receive from you.  If you attended the conference, you will receive a link to this year’s survey soon.  We hope you will take a few minutes to complete the survey. 

Stay tuned!






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