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SIM New Extra - August 2016



August 2016

In This Issue
Leadership Spotlight: Harper L. Bronson,SIM Atlanta President
SIMposium 2016 – Future of Work
Record Participation in SIM’s IT Trends Study
Complimentary Advanced Practices Council Reports Available to SIM Members
2016 STEM Outreach Awards- Nominations Being Accepted
Boardroom Rodeo: How to Align the C-Suite and Make Better Security Decisions
Strong Ethics Are A Must For 21st Century Leaders

Leadership Spotlight: Harper L. Bronson,SIM Atlanta President

1.    Please provide an overview of the SIM Atlanta chapter. 
A key value proposition of the SIM Atlanta Chapter ( is the thought provoking and intellectually stimulating discussions at the monthly meetings. In a cordial and plush setting, a select group of senior IS practitioners and thought leaders share ideas and practices on important IS issues. The interaction formats range from the traditional single speaker presentations and panel discussions to the more innovative debates and audience-as-the-panel session.  Read more…


2.  What are your goals for your term as the President of the SIM Atlanta chapter?

  • Build membership
  • Grow awareness of the organization

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

    • Cloud security
    • Big Data

    4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing? 
    Competition due to new executive organizations in the area.

    5. What is the one piece of advice you will give the next President of the SIM Atlanta chapter?  
    Ensure that you have an “Officer” succession plan.

    Read the entire article HERE.


    SIMposium 2016 – Future of Work
    Discounted pricing is available thru August 31, 2016. Be sure to register today and save!

    SIMposium 2016 will offer an incredible lineup of thought-leaders and speakers as we look towards the future. This year’s breakout sessions have be shaped into four unique tracks in order to allow you to focus like never before on the topics that are most important to you!


    One of these tracks is The Future of Work. As the workplace evolves, IT professionals will be a part of organizational transformation, change management and innovation. Sessions in this track will provide you with incentives for advancing your team and breaking new and innovative boundaries.


    Some of the topics that will be covered in The Future of Work include; Leading the Journey to a Great Place to WorkAlly or Adversary? The 3 Secrets to Cultivating Strategic RelationshipsMillennials: Transforming the Future NOW!, and more.


    You won’t want to miss the unparalleled education that will be available at SIMposium2016. To learn more about the other three tracks that will be offered this year visit



    Record Participation in SIM’s IT Trends Study:
    Thanks to the Generous Support of Our Sponsors!

    Sponsors are critical to the Study’s success because they provide funding to encourage participation through the Chapter Challenge Contest and gift card drawing.  High participation helps ensure the Study is representative of the state of IT and its leadership.  This year, 1213 SIM members from 801 unique organizations (up from 785) participated, including 490 CIOs (up from 485).  

    So we would like to extend a BIG thanks to this year’s sponsors for their very generous support. Click HERE to see a list of this year’s sponsors.

    Complimentary Advanced Practices Council Reports Available to SIM Members
    Did you know that Advanced Practices Council research reports, authored by thought leaders in their subject field, are available to all SIM members? Download the latest report, Selecting Digital Data Stream Winners, from the SIM Online Store. 

    Digital Data Streams is just one of many topics selected by the APC membership as a topic of research. You too can have a voice on selecting the research that the APC conducts by joining the program for the 2017 year. For program details contact, APC Program Director, Madeline Weiss. 

    Click HERE to download the report.

    2016 STEM Outreach Awards- Nominations Being Accepted
    Nominations are being currently being accepted on for the inaugural STEM Outreach awards.  The awards provide a means for SIM to recognize contributions of our members' support, volunteerism and thought leadership for STEM Initiatives in their communities.   

    Individuals, SIM chapters and SIM and APC companies may nominate themselves or another deserving candidate within SIM.   The winners will be recognized at Simposium2016 in October.   

    Don’t delay, submit your nominations to be recognized for the outstanding efforts that SIM Chapters are doing to further the STEM conversation.  The nomination process closes on September 1st. 

    Boardroom Rodeo: How to Align the C-Suite and Make Better Security Decisions
    Do you find yourself trying to effectively convey the impact of security risks to your board and business partners without sounding like Chicken Little?  Getting business to understand the costs and tradeoffs related to security?  Setting reasonable and realistic expectations about security risks?


    SIM’s Cybersecurity SIG invites all SIM members to join the SIG and to register for its next webinar, which is being held next Tuesday, 8/16 (3:00EST/12:00PST).  Diana Kelley, Executive Security Advisor in IBM Security, will share findings from a recent IBM institute for Business Value survey that puts cybersecurity in context for business.  The survey was conducted with members of the C-suite and compared to data from IBM CISO surveys and X-Force threat research.


    More information about the webinar and Diana Kelley can be found on the event’s flyer and on the SIG’s events calendar page on simnet:


    SIG membership and event registration is free to current SIM members. Learn more, join the SIG, and register through the SIG’s pages on simnet:

    Strong Ethics Are A Must For 21st Century Leaders
    Urging unwavering adherence to ethical principles and practices is a distinctive component of SIM’s 2016 Executive RLF program.  

    Despite the relentless transformations prevalent in today’s world, there is one constant … no matter what changes hurl themselves at 21st century leaders they must maintain strong ethics and moral principles.  That is why one of the sessions of SIM’s Executive RLF program stresses absolute adherence to strong ethical behavior based upon deep introspection of one’s moral development. 

    The session begins with participants reflecting upon their individual development of values, recognizing that people around them – at home, at work, in worship, at play – have significant influence on one’s ethical development and behavior.  After this introspection, participants construct a written history of their personal moral development, which provides a relevant framework for discussion about ethical dilemmas faced in the workplace and in society. Read more…




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