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SIM Leadership Spotlight November 2013

"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.

November 2013  
Name: Joseph Marcella
SIM Role:  SIM Las Vegas Chapter President

1. Please provide a brief overview of the SIM Las Vegas chapter.

Las Vegas is one of the newest and fastest growing SIM Chapters. We started in October 2012 and less than a year later we already have 36 members. We conduct regularly meetings and with the help of our members we organized a SIM IT Education Summit. Its goal was to bring the industry and education together and raise awareness of the current issues in our community. 


2. What are/were your goals for your term as the President of the SIM Las Vegas chapter?
My major goal is to create awareness about the problems and opportunities in the Las Vegas area. The best way to do that is by engaging IT leaders in bringing back to the community. We can positively impact the growth of Southern Nevada by sharing our knowledge and experience. I am also focused on building the bridge between education and industry. I believe today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders and I this is one of the directions our Chapter is going to. 


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

  • Mobile applications and devices – client landscape has shifted due to their emerging dominance
  • Smart organizations and sustainability – global economic recession forces all industries to depress spending while increasing quality of services
  • Hybrid IT and cloud computing – as the cloud continues to affect virtually all aspects of IT, new disruptive elements and approaches continue to evolve
  • Strategic big data – analytics is evolving to be more transparent, in context and embedded in real-time applications accessible


4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing?
As a new Chapter our biggest challenge is how to engage more local IT leaders and create a positive image of the organization. We rely on our personal and professional connections to spread the word and raise awareness of the initiatives we are working on. We need to reach out more to individuals and organizations to improve together the Las Vegas area.

5. What is the one piece of advice you will give to the next President of the SIM Las Vegas chapter?
I would encourage my successor to have a clear vision of the direction the chapter needs to go and to initiate collaboration with other SIM chapters. We have just started the Las Vegas chapter and our initial focus was to establish it among leading IT professionals. Future goals can be related to expanding our relationships in the area and working together with other chapters to share knowledge and experience.


An archive of interviews will be found HERE.


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