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SIM New Extra - December 2015



December 2015

In This Issue
Leadership Spotlight: Jeff Stovall - Past President - Charlotte Region
Have you renewed your SIM membership for 2016?
Plan Now—Include RLF in Your New Year’s Resolutions and Budget
IT Trends: Wishing You a Happy, Healthy, and Safe New Year!
Executive RLF a Standing-Room-Only Draw at SIMposium
Mark Your Calendars 
Invitation to CIOs to Join an Exclusive Network



Leadership Spotlight: SIM Charlotte Region Past President, Jeff Stovall

1. Please tell us a little about yourself. 
I am currently the Chief Information Officer for the City of Charlotte and as the city’s first CIO, I have held this position since 2008.  Prior to the role in Charlotte, I was in the role of Director of IT Merger Integration Planning with Sprint and held several executive roles (both in IT and in other functions) over seven years at the company headquarters in Kansas.  read more…

2. Provide a brief overview of your chapter and your role within the chapter.
The Charlotte Region chapter is only five years old and is approaching 100 members.  Our chapter is growing in size and in event programming.  Charlotte is known widely for our “field trips” to SIM members’ companies to see how they employ IT within their facilities.  Our chapter had its first golf tournament last year to raise money for regional STEM organizations.  read more…


3. What are the hottest trends in industry?
In the public sector, the hottest trends seem to be body-worn video, drones, and real-time analytics.  All of these point toward broader trends in machine-enhanced situational awareness and response.  The ability to extend human capabilities with robotics, Internet-connected sensors and networked machine-learning are just beginning to impact the nature of how we do work.

4. What challenges is your chapter facing?
Competition.  As Charlotte has grown, more organizations have appeared which compete for the time and attention of our IT senior leaders.  Goals and activities have started to overlap in a way that can make it increasingly difficult to distinguish the value proposition for the Charlotte SIM chapter.  read more…

5. How can a chapter member get 
more involved in the Charlotte Region chapter?
It’s easy in Charlotte; we are a welcoming bunch!  The Board of Directors has recently expanded Advisory Board roles to create new programs, work with sponsors, and to engage in more fun; we’d like to add to the number of events we conduct each year. read more…


Have you renewed your SIM membership for 2016?
You don't want to miss out on SIM's year-round benefits, including:

  • Networking: SIMposium 2016 (Mohegan Sun); roundtables and seminars
  • Knowledge Sharing: Advanced Practices Council research; Working Group deliverables
  • SIM Connect; SIM News Extra; Webcasts and
  • Education: Access to SIM Regional Leadership Forum, providing industry-specific training for future IT leaders
  • Advocacy: The collaborative "voice" of SIM on issues such as cyberspace security and software licensing
  • Industry Leadership: Access to peers who understand and manage similar challenges and issues

Renew today if you haven't already done so!


Plan Now—Include RLF in Your New Year’s Resolutions and Budget

During 2015, 293 professionals achieved their resolution to advance career and personal journeys by graduating from SIM’s Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) program.  As 2016 approaches, many of them are urging others to make RLF a top priority for 2016.


“RLF is a New Year’s resolution that is guaranteed to stick – for years to come,” said David Day, a recent graduate of the Southeast RLF program held in St. Petersburg, FL.  “Once you make the commitment to RLF, there’s no holding back.  It has a profound effect, not just on graduates but on everyone around us.  It’s going to be amazing what we do from here.” read more...


IT Trends: Wishing You a Happy, Healthy, and Safe New Year!
Season’s greetings from the IT Trends Study Team!!  The SIM’s 36th Anniversary IT Trends Study points to a positive (but challenging) year ahead for IT, with budgets, salaries, and hiring all up.  

The 2016 SIM IT Trends Study Comprehensive Report is packed full of details about IT spending, workforce, priorites, worries, performance measurement, outsourcing, cloud, shared services, and much, much more.  The Report and slidedecks from the SIMposium breakout and keynote sessions are all available as free downloads to SIM members at the bottom of the IT Trends Study homepage.  read more...


Executive RLF a Standing-Room-Only Draw at SIMposium
Breakout session attendees experience a taste of the program by “Assessing Your Political Style”

A standing-room-only crowd of SIM members and RLF graduates learned about the 2016 Executive RLF program and assessed their political style as part of a breakout session on the final day of the 2015 SIMposium. The session, facilitated by CIO Hall of Fame members June Drewry and Darwin John, enabled participants to experience SIM’s newest leadership development program designed to help senior leaders build executive capacities.

“It was important to allow attendees to interactively experience a facet of the program first-hand,” said Drewry, SIM’s Leadership Development Institute director and Management Council member. read more...


Mark Your Calendars 
SIMposium 2016 will take place Oct. 23rd – Oct. 25th. The theme for next year’s conference is “Vision 2020” - The Future Is Now.

Given the location of next year’s conference (Mohegan Sun in Connecticut), our local chapter committee is comprised of SIM members from 7 chapters:  Central Connecticut, New York Metro, New Jersey, Fairfield/Westchester, Albany, Boston, and Philadelphia.

This powerful group is already hard at work developing the program for 2016.  Keynote and breakout sessions will be centered around the following topic areas/tracks:

  • Leadership
  • Risk Management
  • Workforce of the Future
  • Inside SIM

Stay tuned for more information as the program unfolds.

In the meantime, check out the presentations from this year’s conference in Charlotte HERE.



Invitation to CIOs to Join an Exclusive Network

Who is in your trusted network of peers? Are they CIOs from top companies with practices you can learn from? Do you share the "bad" as well as the "good" stuff? 

SIM's Advanced Practices Council (APC) is such a network. 

Its Director, Madeline Weiss, invites you to be our guest at the 
next APC meeting on January 19-20, 2016 in Atlanta, where you will meet our 33 senior IT executive members and experience first-hand why they unequivocally answer "yes" to the above questions.

For more than 20 years, APC's research and member-sharing have helped hundreds of senior IT executives generate revenue, reduce costs, transform business models, create sustainable cultural change and improve processes. 

Through APC's 3 meetings per year and year-round collaboration, you will:

  • Stay ahead of emerging trends and best practices
  • Determine and shape research on topics you choose, conducted by the world's best researchers
  • Develop an incredible network of colleagues across industries from whom you will learn all year long

Get a chance to step back from the day-to-day grind and THINK.

The January 19-20th meeting topics include:

  • The Internet of things 
  • Silicon Valley IT 
  • Governance of predictive analytics and business intelligence
  • Leveraging dispersed knowledge through crowdsourcing 
  • APC member strategies for outsourcing success. 

Click here to learn more about the APC and the upcoming meeting and to RSVP to this invitation. If you have questions please feel free to call Madeline at 301.229.8062  






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