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2013 Fairfield/Westchester SIM Chapter Programs

The Strategic Value of Data - Through Business Analytics

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Time: 7 AM to 9 PM
Place: Doral Arrowwood Conference Center, 975 Anderson Hill Road, Rye Brook, NY 10573
Register: Register here!

 Venkata Nachiappan,  Ann Tayloreteadsf  
Professional experience:
  • Companies worked for – Sr. Director of Data warehouse/Retail Systems in Warnaco, INC. (NOW PVH), Senior Director of Business Reporting at Ann, Inc.
  • 14+ Years of experience in traditional data warehouse and analytics for apparel company.
  • Worked with variety of ETL and reporting tools and designed complex data models.
  • Achieved implementing a global reporting solution for global apparel companies.

 Howard A. Fields - IBM North America
Howard Fields has enjoyed a 35+ year career in management & executive roles at IBM providing leadership in strategy, marketing, consulting, sales, business development and information technology. He has led transformation initiatives that have defined the digital devices we rely on, the business processes they enable and the underlying changes required in the workforce and the workplace, to extract value from them.
In his current role he shapes the strategy and operating plan of the IBM North America Industry Smarter Solutions business unit. This team of industry solution subject matter experts is missioned to provide clients with integrated solutions that achieve business outcomes. These Smarter Planet Industry Solutions encompass software, services and hardware and include Big Data and Analytics, Smarter Commerce, Smarter Cities, Social Business, Mobility & Cloud capabilities.
  Ian Andrews - EMC Pivotal
Ian Andrews leads Pivotal's Advanced Technology Group.

In this role he is responsible for helping customers to define and develop their big data strategy, particularly as it relates to Hadoop. Prior to Pivotal, Ian worked for market defining start-ups including Aster Data, Endeca, and Opsware. 
  James Jeude - Cognizant

James Jeude is a Global Practice Leader in Cognizant's Enterprise Information Management (EIM) unit.  Within EIM, James and his teams cover EIM's Cognizant Business Consulting and activities at the intersection of EIM and strategy, marketing, and analytics.


James' career has included leadership roles in sales, marketing, programming, and product management in companies ranging from large data-intensive firms such as AT&T, Dun & Bradstreet, and IMS Health, to text-mining startup and then to the Ask Jeeves ( search engine.  His particular interest is understanding and maximizing the business impact of EIM's adoption, including: bringing analytical extensions to traditional Data Warehousing users; understanding the successes and correcting the failures in business adoption of new BI and mobility systems: the optimal placement and use of 'big data' in companies undergoing IT transformations: and the increasing importance of merging data quality and data governance with corporate information strategy.

   Ken Zimmerman - Chateaux Software,  Moderator
Mr. Zimmerman is Chateaux's founder, President, and Senior Business Intelligence Architect. He has accumulated over 20 years of experience in the areas of project management, systems analysis and design, application development, implementation, testing, deployment, and end-user training.
His expertise is especially attuned to the design of enterprise solutions focusing on Business Intelligence strategy and process improvement, business requirements specification, technical requirements specification and BI systems architecture. His broad industry experience has included large-scale projects for major financial, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and telecommunications companies, and has been utilized in the logistics of various other B2B niches. Mr. Zimmerman is a customer-focused technologist with a solution and result-oriented

A graduate of Duke University and former Fellow at the University of Southern California, Mr. Zimmerman has co-authored several technical books including Electronic Marketing, Dryden Press, 1999 and Oracle Unleashed, Sam's Books - Macmillan Publishing, 1996. 

Microsoft - Envisioning Center


Date: Monday, September 23, 2013
Time: 6:00 - 6:30 PM Cocktails, 6:30 PM - Keynote speaker and then to breakout areas for discussions
Place: Microsoft Envisioning Center, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10104 (1-212-245-2100). Click here for driving directions. Sign-in will be at the Microsoft lobby and name badges will be available upon arrival.
Registration: Please click here to registerIf you have difficulty registering please contact Lynne Erhardt at, or by phone at 1.203.788.4392.
Cost: Event is complimentary to approved individuals by Microsoft and FWSIM.  
Fee for bus service. Contact Lynne Erhardt for details at, or by phone at 1.203.788.4392.
Reservation Policy: Reservations and cancellations must be received on the Friday before the meeting.

About the Event: A special program has been developed for our September meeting. We will be hosted by Microsoft in New York City. Microsoft has agreed to open its Envisioning Center to us on Monday, September 23rd (Please note the date change from our normal Thursday date)

Microsoft will be hosting a special keynote speaker and then opening up their Envisioning Center with hosted topics on:

  • "Delivering the benefits of Big Data and Self-Service BI to the Business"

  • "How the intersection of Social, Collaboration, and Unified Communications will transform enterprise productivity"

  • "Moving Data Centers to the Cloud, the benefits and risks"

  • "The Future of office productivity tools and Microsoft's big bet on the cloud"

  • "Mobile Devices and BYOD, securing the enterprise while delighting the users"

Microsoft has been gracious enough to cover the costs of this event so this event will be free to all SIM Members.  Non-SIM Guests will be allowed, but will be limited.  Since Microsoft is picking up the costs, guests will be screened and be approved by Microsoft and FWSIM.

Attendance is limited. SIM NY and SIM NJ will be invited as well and we expect this to be a sold out event, so please sign-up early.  The event will run from 6:00 - 9:00 PM and dinner will be provided by Microsoft.  
We are also offering a bus service from the Greenwich Hyatt to provide our members some additional networking time with their peers without having the worry of trains or traffic.  More details on cost and departure times for this service below.
This should be a great event, don't miss it!

Are You the IT Person, or the New "IT" Person? 
Activate the Brain to Stimulate Brand Recognition - With BrainBrandingä

Presented by Robyn Winters, M.A, President 

Stand Up, Stand Out!® International, Inc.

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Place: Hyatt Regency Greenwich
Registration: Register here! 

About the Event: Steve Jobs, IBM, Oprah…and Y.O.U.? There are individuals - and companies - whose very name creates a dominant image in your mind. Are you on the list?

Whether you are a CIO or a chapter of CIOs, brand awareness is key to professional success. While Branding typically focuses on target markets, demographics, and psychographics, the BrainBranding process merges Brand strategy with the brain’s four natural thinking styles. The result? A broader "brandwidth” of recognition and great sustainability.

During this meeting, you will gain:

- Increased knowledge of ways to amplify your visibility through personal branding

- Tools and strategies to brand yourself to gain top of mind recognition

- A roadmap that powerfully enhances your brand’s message

About Robyn Winters

Robyn Winters, President of Stand Up, Stand Out!® International, Inc., is a communication and branding strategist. She uses the BrainBranding process with clients to communicate their unique value and create brands that resonate with the four different ways that the brain thinks and makes brand selections.

Robyn is an international speaker, author, and certified practitioner of the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument  HBDI). For fifteen years, she was an adjunct instructor at Cornell University’s School of Management Development in New York.

Her clients include Home Shopping Network (HSN), JPMorgan Chase, Delta Air Lines, University of South Florida, and American Express. With Ken Banks, Robyn is the co-author of two books: BrainBranding ~ Activate the Brain, Stimulate Your Brand and BrainBranding ~ The Manual.

The Five Most Disruptive Truths Your CEO Knows (and You Don't!)

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Place: Hyatt Regency Greenwich

About the Event: On May 16th we will be facing some disrupting, perhaps even ugly, truths and figuring out what to do about them. Come prepared to think, listen, take a stand and take action. We anticipate a highly interactive and engaging time with your friends and peers. Michael will do his best to provoke us as well as guide us on a journey from information to wisdom to action, all while having some fun too.

Click on the link to listen to a personal message from Michael!

 Michael J. Leckie, Vice President, Executive Programs, Gartner

Michel Leckie is a Vice President at Gartner, managing the Northeast U.S. and Canada for Gartner’s Executive Programs. Mr. Leckie leads a team of highly experienced former CIOs and IT executives who act in an advisory capacity for Gartner's CIO and CXO clients. 

Before joining Gartner, Mr. Leckie worked in consulting, focusing on change enablement, strategy and business transformation (including IPO and M & A) across most industries. He also held global executive HR and OD roles in Gartner and industry-leading organizations prior to joining EXP. Mr. Leckie has an extensive background in learning, professional development and executive education. He has spoken to and taught C-suite executives on culture and M & A, as well as coaching skills. He does not take himself or his bio too seriously and neither should you, but he does take fun seriously and hopes to make this an entertaining as well as useful evening for you.

Technology Venture Capital - "The Future is Now!"

April 11, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Place: Doral Arrowwood Conference Center

About the Event: The companies that force the future to happen faster will succeed in the next 20 years, and the ones that are stuck in today will lose market share. People say,"I want to be around in 20 years." - Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari.

I don't know about you, but I want to be around in 20 years, and if there's one thing I've learned as an IT professional, it's this: The Future is Now!

On April 11th, SIM members will have a unique opportunity to peer into the future when we host a panel of Venture Capitalists. These VC's are looking for the next gamechanger and they're betting their own money on what that will be.

More importantly, we'll have a chance to see our future. We have a chance to see what will affect our careers and be prepared to force the future to happen faster. In this new world of global competition, every edge will matter to us, our companies and our careers.

This is a unique opportunity to hear directly from three of the brightest minds in Venture Capital, and see what they see.

- David O'Malley, FWSIM Executive Board Member


Jonathan Yarmis
,  Dr. Disruptive
Mr. Yarmis has been involved in technology for over 30 years now. In retrospect, Jonathanalwaysfocused on disruptive technologies.He began in the PC industry in mid-1979, two years before IBM introduced its PC.The Dr did online stuff as early as the early/mid 80's, with 110/300 baud modems.Jonathan started looking at the Internet in 1994 and started social networking before the term existed. Bottom line, Mr. Yarmis enjoys investigating how new technologies transform the way we work, play and communicate.

Jonathan worked as an industry analyst (Gartner, AMR and Ovum), as an end-user (Deloitte, General Instrument) and as a communications professional (Waggener Edstrom and Hill & Knowlton), working with a range of vendors from the very largest (Microsoft and IBM) to emerging venture-funded properties.


Erik Jansen, SENJA Holdings LLC

Mr. Jansen has more than two decades of technology venture capital investment success and operational experience both in the US and abroad.  Erik enjoyed many successful years as co-founder and General Partner of Pequot Ventures, the direct venture investment arm of Pequot Capital Management, with close to $2.0 billion under management across five technology PE/VC funds, and one early stage healthcare fund. 

Focus primarily on making investments in the software, internet and services sectors, but also invest in the Lifesciences/Medical and Cleantech space. Erik is increasingly involved with impact investments.


Geoff Schneider
, Managing Partner and Founder of Cava Capital

Growth investor with more than 25 years of investment, operational and leadership experience with a range of technology companies in media, mobile, ad tech, software and marketing services. Founded Cava Capital in 2007 and has led the majority of the firm's investments in early stage growth businesses. 

As an operator, helped to build several venture-funded businesses into viable high growth enterprises and was instrumental in raising millions of dollars of capital. Advised, invested and participated at board level with many companies at various stages of growth.


Eric Dale,
 Partner, Robinson & Cole LLP

Eric Dale chairs Robinson & Cole’s Business Transactions Practice Group and focuses his work on Mergers & Acquisitions, Emerging Companies, Private Equity and Venture Capital. Eric has extensive experience representing large, multi-national corporations, as well as early stage, public and private companies in negotiating and structuring complex debt and equity transactions, merger and acquisition transactions, partnership relationships, joint venture and strategic alliance agreements, supply chain and outsourcing agreements, and technology licensing agreements.

Eric is regarded as a key strategic adviser to his clients, counseling them with respect to the legal implications of their business transactions.



Robert Barocas,
 FWSIM VP Arrangements, Executive Board Member

As executive committee member of FWSIM, Mr. Barocas is responsible for the administrative planning and delivery of the chapter meetings and events.  Rob has more than 20 years of financial services program management experience delivering global business solutions for XL Group plc, UBS, Bank of America and JPMorganChase. 

Rob has helped these firms realize top line growth and bottom line efficiencies through strategic transformation, new business-market expansion, merger/acquisition integration and operations reengineering.

David Pogue "Tech Update 2013"

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Cocktails & Registration: 6PM, Program & Dinner: 7PM
Place: Greenwich Hyatt, Old Greenwich, CT

About the Event: If you want to know what of importance is going on in the world of technology, New York Times columnist David Pogue is the perfect tour guide. Whether it's the gadgets themselves, amazing free Internet services, or social-media shockwaves, it's a cross between a magic show and show-and-tell, as Pogue will, perhaps foolishly, attempt to demo some of the cooler and most useful new technologies and apps that have crossed his desk.

About the Speaker: David Pogue writes the tech column for the New York Times every week, and in Scientific American every month. He's the host of "NOVA ScienceNow" and other science shows on PBS, and he's been a correspondent for "CBS Sunday Morning" since 2002.

With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles.
David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He's won an Emmy, a Loeb award for journalism, and an honorary doctorate in music. He's been profiled on "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes." He lives in Connecticut with his three children.

View his web site at and David playing the piano about tech!

Mark Your Calendars! Future SIM Meetings:

  • Summer Break with Members Only Summer Clambake
  • 9/19/13 Doral Arrowwood, Rye Brook, NY
  • 10/2013 CIO Summit Topic and Location TBA
  • 11/21/13 Doral Arrowwood, Rye Brook, NY
  • 12/12/13 Members Only Holiday Party, Greenwich Hyatt, Greenwich, NY

Key Findings & Lessons Learned on Leadership, IT Management & More by our Author's Panel 

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Cocktails & Registration: 6PM, Program & Dinner: 7PM
Place: Doral Arrowwood

About the Event: 

The FWSIM board invites you to take part in our first ever "Author's Panel". This event will focus on providing an executive summary of the book contents (key findings and lessons learned) of each author's book. Each of our panelists will speak about their own book experiences, their methodologies and reasons for writing a book. The book topics include Leadership, IT Management, Planning and Governance, Strategic Sourcing and Outsourcing, how CIOs Leverage New Technologies to Drive Change and Build Value across the Enterprise and helping develop the Competence's in Human Dynamics Critical for Successful Transformation.

There will be a Q & A session with the audience afterwards followed by a book-signing with the authors. Twenty-five books from each author (retailing $30-$50), will be signed and given away 
FREE to the attendees.

About the Panelists: 

Moderating this event will be Greg Fell, FWSIM - President and our three panelists are Dr. Gad Selig, FWSIM Member, Larry Bonfante, former FWSIM - President and Chairperson and Hunter Muller, FWSIM - VP of Programs.

Dr. Gad J. Selig
Dr. Selig is the Associate Dean for Business Development and Director of the Technology Management Graduate Degree Programs in the Graduate Studies and Research Division and the School of Engineering at the University of Bridgeport. He earned degrees from City, Columbia, and Pace Universities in Economics, Engineering, and Business. He has authored five books and over 70 articles. He is an author of books on: "Implementing IT Governance," "Implementing Strategic Sourcing," "Strategic Planning for IT," and "Office Automation- A Manager's Guide to Improved Productivity."

Dr. Gad J. Selig is Managing Partner and founder of GPS Group, Inc., a consulting, research and education firm that focuses on business and technology transformation, IT strategy and governance, program/project management, innovation, entrepreneurship and strategic sourcing issues and opportunities. Dr. Selig has thirty+ years of diversified domestic/international executive, management and consulting experience withboth Fortune 500 and smaller organizations in multiple industries. He started a second Mentoring Group for SIM in Fairfield County.

Dr. Selig is Co-Chairman of the Board of the CTech, Inc., UBator and has been a Board member of Telco Research, BIS Group, LTD. and AGS. He is a Board member of the Crossroads Venture Groupin New Haven and a member of: the Academy of Management, Society for Information Management (SIM), Project Management Institute (PMI), ASEE, IAOP and ISACA. He holds a Top Secret Clearance with the Federal Government.

Larry Bonfante
Larry Bonfante has held executive leadership positions over the past 30 years in the Financial, Pharmaceutical, Not for Profit, Consulting, and Sports and Entertainment industries. He has received numerous industry accolades including being nominated for the CIO Hall of Fame in 2013, being named as one of CIO Magazine's CIO 100 in 2011 and one of Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders in 2009. As Chief Information Officer at the United States Tennis Association, Larry's team is responsible for all information technology related services supporting the US Open, the most highly attended annual sporting event in the world. Larry is the founder of CIO Bench Coach, LLC an executive coaching practice for IT executives and the author of the book "Lessons in IT Transformation" published by John Wiley & Sons. Larry has been a guest lecturer for the Masters' Degree programs at Columbia University, NYU, and Polytechnic Institute. He is an accomplished public speaker who has delivered keynote presentations at many major industry conferences, runs leadership workshops for world class organizations and writes leadership blogs for both CIO Insight magazine and Enterprise Efficiency.                        

Larry has served as a mentor and executive coach for many IT leaders in various industries. He has served as both President and Chairman of the Fairfield-Westchester Chapter of SIM and is a founding member of the CIO Executive Council.

Hunter Muller
Hunter Muller is the President and CEO of HMG Strategy, LLC, the fastest growing provider of innovative thought leadership and networking events for CIOs and senior IT executives. Hunter is a globally respected IT strategist with more than 20 years of experience in IT leadership consulting and research. His concepts have been used successfully by corporations worldwide to improve executive performance, enhance collaboration, elevate the role of IT, and align strategy across the enterprise. Hunter's focus over the past five years has been researching the work and leadership styles of top transformational executives at leading organizations around the world. He has built an extensive network of senior IT leaders at companies such as: IBM, Microsoft, VMware, Boeing, McKesson, Caterpillar, Flextronics International, Intel, Waste Management, Shell Oil, CVS Caremark, Terex, Boston Scientific, and many more. Given his research findings, Hunter has published several books: The Transformational CIO (Wiley, March 2011) and On Top of the Cloud (Wiley, January 2012).  Given the unprecedented opportunity IT leaders have today to drive innovation and business results, Hunter's third book The Epic Revolution will be published in early 2013. As a result Hunter's unique position of knowing the thoughts, challenges, and opportunities of the IT Leader, he is asked to speak at a variety of venues such as IBM's Cloud Expo and on

Hunter and HMG Strategy support a variety of IT related charities, and Hunter personally gives back his time and ideas as a member of the Executive Committee of the Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of the Society for Information Management, serving as the Vice President of Programs.

What We Can Learn from the US Constitution About IT Governance

January 17, 2013
Hyatt Regency Greenwich

Click here to view the presentation.

About the Event:

"If men were angels, no government would be necessary."- James Madison

was created in 100 days, is less than 5000 words long, is over 220 years old, and still functions for a group that has grown by 7500%?  With its immortal three opening words, We the People, the Constitution for the United States of America is a model of rapid development, brevity, durability and scalability.  How many IT Governance Models have those characteristics?  Through a series of entertaining and educational questions about this 18th century document, you will gain new insights into the fundamental principles of governance and how to apply them to the IT governance challenges of the 21st century. Topics covered will include how governance models can balance the needs of large and small client groups, how to distribute authority amongst corporate and divisional IT groups, and how to balance security, privacy, and information access.

About Our Speakers:

Jim Tosone
Tosone Associates

Jim Tosone was a researcher, writer, and contributor to "The Complete Idiot's Guide to The U.S. Constitution" (Penguin, New York, 2007), and is listed in the Acknowledgements as a "constitutional scholar." He is Managing Director of Tosone Associates; its flagship program, Improv Means Business TM, helps organizations enhance their creativity, collaboration, and communication skills using the techniques of improvisation.
Prior to Tosone Associates, Jim was head of the Pfizer HealthCare Informatics group, and also had responsibility for leading the Pharmaceuticals Business Technology Groups supporting Sales, Marketing, Medical, Finance, Employee Resources, and Infrastructure Technology Architecture. He represented Pfizer on the SIM Advanced Practices Council, graduated from the SIM Regional Leadership Forum, and was named the Regional Leadership Forum's first Visiting Expert. Jim has been VP National Programs on the SIM NY Metro Board since 2008.
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