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SIM New Extra - August 2015


August 2015



In This Issue

Leadership Spotlight: Joseph Bruhin, Coalition for Open Security
Invitation to Advanced Practices Council Meeting
Help Wanted: RLF Seeks Sales Assistance
SIM IT Trends Study Organizations Represent 28% of US GDP
An Invitation from the Pacific Southwest RLF
Did You Know?


Leadership Spotlight: Joseph Bruhin, Coalition for Open Security
This month’s Leadership Spotlight features SIM/APC member, Joseph Bruhin. Joe, is the key leader on SIM’s newly formed Coalition for Open Security.
1. What is your role/involvement in SIM?
Along with several CIOs in the greater Rochester NY area and in coordination with Bruce Leidal, CIO of Carestream, I co-founded the Western NY Chapter of SIM. We held our inaugural event in June of this year. read more…

2. How did the idea of the Coalition for Open Security come about?
As part of an APC meeting, David Bray, CIO of the FCC, delivered a brilliant presentation on cyber security. Like many security presentations to CIOs, it left us concerned – even more scared, if that was possible - about how we protect our companies and employees from the ever increasing threat of cyber-attacks from an increasing number of global bad actors. read more…

3. Other than the Coalition for Cyber Security, how has your Advanced Practice Council membership benefited you?
The APC is easily the best investment I make in increasing my knowledge about hot topics and trends in technology. We collectively determine our topics of interest and the APC leadership team finds the highest quality research opportunities – a great blend of academia and practitioners. read more…

4. Can anyone get involved in the Coalition for Cyber Security? If so, how do they get involved?
Yes, anyone can get involved and please do. This is a topic that needs attention and support from every one of us. To learn more about The Coalition for Open Security, please email Madeline Weiss. read more...

5. Each month in Leadership Spotlight we ask our Chapter presidents "what are the hottest trends in the industry". As an APC member, you might be able to provide a different perspective on industry trends. What do you see as some of the hottest trends in the industry and does the APC keep you on the forefront of trends?
I’ll share my current top three:

  1. Security will continue to be a hot topic for the foreseeable future. This area is exploding and shows no sign of easing. read more...


Invitation to Advanced Practices Council Meeting
If you are a senior IT executive looking to up your game, SIM's APC may be right for you. We expect to have a few member openings available for the 2016 program year. Please visit to learn more about how the APC can help you. Then consider coming as a guest to our upcoming Sept. 30 - Oct. 1 meeting in Philadelphia to meet APC members and experience first-hand the benefits of joiningthe APC. The agenda will include:

  • Innovation contests: the good, the bad and the valuable (Sam Ransbotham of Boston College and George Westerman of MIT)
  • Ambient organization/new way of organizing (Niels Bjorn-Andersen of Copenhagen Business School)
  • The human cloud (Erran Carmel of The American University)
  • The Strategic CIO (Phil Weinzimer)

Please contact APC's Director, Madeline Weiss for more information.



Once a year, SIM provides a unique opportunity for our members to converge in one location to learn from each other (and from our exceptional speakers), to network, and to re-energize.There is no substitute for the face-to-face encounters built into our conference.

You have told us the most important benefit you derive from your membership in SIM is the networking opportunities.Our strongest connections are those we see on a regular basis, but most experts encourage us to spend some time strengthening and building our weaker networks.SIMposium offers the perfect place to do it.

By the way, once you register for SIMposium you’ll receive credentials for the networking piece of our mobile app.You can begin preparing for the conference by identifying people you’d like to meet.And remember, according to CNN, “the average Facebook user is only 4.74 degrees away from any other Facebooker.”Within our SIM community, it’s probably two to three degrees!

Join several hundred of your peers at this year’s conference, taking place in Charlotte from Nov.1st - 3rd.Register today, rates go up September 1st.



HELP WANTED: RLF Seeks Sales Assistance
SIM’s Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) programs are increasingly popular and have expanded to 10 across the U.S. Due to this ongoing growth, RLFis now seeking additional sales staff – particularlyin the central U.S. region – who are deeply committed to the RLF program and can be strong advocates forits content and value. read more…


SIM IT Trends Study Organizations Represent 28% of US GDP and $232 Billion in IT Spending
SIM’s IT Trends research team is actively working to interpret and write up the findings from this year’s record-breaking 36th Anniversary Study.1218 SIM members participated this year (up from 1002 last year), representing 785 unique organizations (up from 717) and 486 CIOs (up from 451).The overall response rate was 24.7%, a substantial increase over last year’s 21.4%!

Although SIM member organizations come in all sizes, the average annual revenue of these 785 organizations is almost $6.25 billion, representing a combined total revenue of more than 28% of 2014 US GDP.Their average annual IT budget is just shy of $295 million, so more than $231.5 billion in IT spending is represented by the 785 responding organizations. read more…



An Invitation from the Pacific Southwest RLF
Ralph Withrow is an RLFer in the Pacific Southwest (PSW) Forum this year.He is a leukemia survivor, largely due to the great strides research has made in treating the disease.As their giveback activity the PSW Forum has joined Team Ralph to raise funds for theLeukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).You can join Team Ralph, too.
Each fall the LLS organizes Light The Night walks as a fund raiser. The walk is held across the US in many cities on many dates.Details are at You can register locally and walk OR you can join Team Ralph and contribute to the giveback of the PSW RLF.
You can join Team Ralph by donating and/or walking.Click HERE for more information. read more...


Did you know!?: APC Reports Are Available in the Online Store?
APC Research reports are available to all SIM members as a SIM benefit. To view the available reports, click HERE.





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