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SIM Leadership Spotlight - February 2017

"Leadership Spotlight" includes interviews with Chapter Presidents, SIM Board members, Management Council members and other SIM leaders.  "Leadership Spotlight" will not only highlight SIM’s leadership and chapters,  but it will offer insight from our leaders on topics, treads and issues facing the Society, our chapters and the IT industry.


An archive of interviews will be found HERE.



February 2017
Name: Nelson Still
SIM Role: SIM Wisconsin Chapter President


Question 1  |  Question 2  |  Question 3  |  Question 4  | Question 5

1. Please provide an overview of the SIM Wisconsin chapter.
SIM Wisconsin was formed in 1982. We currently have around 60 members.

We realize the importance of high quality programs in terms of attracting and retaining the right type of members and have made this a focus of our efforts. We have 8 meetings on our calendar for 2017. We meet once a month on (usually) Tuesday mornings, with the program starting at 8am, followed by a board meeting. We will host our 16th annual SIM Charity Golf Tournament on July 21st, our SIM Wisconsin Holiday Gala Happy Hour on December 5th, at the University Club which is a beautiful venue looking out over Lake Michigan.

2. What are your goals for your term as the President of the SIM Wisconsin chapter?
During my term as SIM Wisconsin president, I will focus on: 

  • Improving the interaction with our members, by better using the social media tools at our disposal to ensure interaction outside of the monthly meeting.
  • Heightening the profile of SIM Wisconsin so we are seen as technology thought leaders by business and technology executives, through image, social media presence and programs. At the same time continue to “do good” through outreach programs, scholarships and charity work.
  • Maintain, build, encourage and empower a strong board which will help to make this the IT think tank we want it to be. We need and welcome your energy and ideas.

3. What are the hottest trends in the industry? 
Information security is front and center for most CIO’s, while Cloud computing continues to trend upwards.. 

Managed services and SaaS solutions continue to grow, enabling companies to avoid wasted effort on commodity functionality and focus more on the things that drive their strategic direction. As IT leaders our job is to help steer that ship because everything comes at a cost - be that reliability, flexibility, control, strategy, integration.

Any companies that are consumer facing, are putting themselves at risk if they do not have a mobile presence. That rolls up under the digital banner and there are certainly a lot more discussions around digital transformation.
4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing?
We have to compete for people’s attention, not only with other conferences which are often freely available from vendors but also with what appears to be a shrinking amount of time for non-critical activities. So, we have to ensure we provide value-for-time (and money) through networking, educational and altruistic returns.

SIM Wisconsin, I believe, also needs to improve its image to attract the high level executives we seek. By that, I mean our meeting facilities, online presence and programming.

5. What is the one piece of advice you will give the next President of the SIM Wisconsin chapter? 
We need to meet our constituents in their convenience zone which nowadays is defined largely by technology. We are always looking to enhance our use of technology to communicate with and engage with our members.The status quo is not protected - leave your mark.

An archive of interviews will be found HERE.


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