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SIM New Extra - September 2017


September 2017



In This Issue

Leadership Spotlight: Jim Kidd, Central Connecticut President
Register for SIM's 1st Cybersecurity Virtual Summit today
Nominations open for Leader of the Year
Register Now: SIM Connect Live -- Not Your Typical IT Conference
Senior Leaders Complete The 2017 Executive RLF
2017 SIM IT Trends Personal Benchmark Reports Coming Soon!
Advanced Practice Council Release Report on Predictive Analytics


Leadership Spotlight: Jim Kidd, Central Connecticut President 

1. Please provide an overview of the SIM Central Connecticut chapter

  • Approximately 120 members
  • Formed in 1990 
  • Programs/events include
    • 9/19 – Networking and Problem Solving working session
    • 10/17 - Enabling Trust, Resiliency, and Security through Micro-Segmentation – Presented by Unisys
    • 11/3 – First annual Charity Gala. Supports SIM Scholarship Fund and partners with the charity Random Hacks of Kindness Jr
    • 11/15 - O&A Workshop Invitation: New Skills for High Performing IT – Presented by Dan Roberts and Hosted by Aetna
    • 2018 Schedule is TBD

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

  • Continue driving our mission around:
    • IT leadership networking,
    • Continuous learning focused on new technologies, and
    • Giving back to the community through IT scholarships and development of the next generation of IT leaders  
  • Maintain and grow chapter membership and the increased engagement of women and leaders with diverse backgrounds in chapter events and leadership
  • Broaden our key event portfolio beyond annual Spring CIO Forum and Summer Golf event.  In 2017 we are introducing a Fall Gala event in November 2017

3. What are the hottest trends in the industry? 

  • Digital Transformation
  • AI/Robotics
  • Expansion of Dev/Ops and SAFe delivery tools and process

4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing?

  • Membership growth and engagement considering the work demands and time limitations faced by IT leaders
  • Balancing service to our members with vendor engagement driving new technologic learning and sponsorship
  • Delivering events that keep pace with the speed of change across the technology spectrum recognizing our membership is comprised of leaders from organizations with varying positions in terms of business objectives and related technology currency priorities

5. What is the one piece of advice you will give the next President of the SIM Central Connecticut chapter? 

  • Continue the focus on our three pronged mission and keep the organization relevant through recruiting and maintaining diverse chapter members and vendor partners

Register for SIM's 1st Cybersecurity Virtual Summit today
SIM's Cybersecurity SIG is holding its first virtual conference Thursday, Sept. 28. This is an executive-level event for chief executives and their direct reports. Visit the website to see the full program and speakers, and secure your spot today.


Register Now!

SIM Leader of the Year Award: Top 5 Reasons to Submit a Nomination Today!
Nominations for SIM’s Leader of the Year award are now being accepted. The award recognizes leaders within our chapters who contribute to the growth, advancement and excellence of SIM at the local level. The winner will be recognized at SIM Connect Live in April 2018 in Dallas, Tx. 

Individuals may nominate themselves or another deserving candidate within SIM. Here are the top five reasons to nominate a fellow chapter member for the award:

1. It Celebrates Local Chapter Leaders
The lifeblood of SIM’s chapters are its volunteers. Without the volunteers’ dedicated efforts and contributions your chapter’s educational and networking events would not be possible. This is your chance to let one of your chapter leaders know how appreciated they are on a national stage.

2. It Motivates Others to Action
Recognizing the efforts of our local leaders helps prompt others to action and participation.

3. It Recognizes the Breadth and Diversity of SIM Nationally
The award recipients for 2016 came from Portland, New York, St. Louis and Chicago.  The winners were recognized for their contributions in promoting membership to leading their chapter to giving back and impacting their community.

4. Winners Receive a Complimentary Registration to SIM Connect Live
Besides being recognized on stage at SIM Connect Live 2018, the winner receive a complimentary registration to attend.

5. It’s Easy
Nominations are easily submitted online. Click HERE to start your nomination.


Join Us for SIM Connect Live -- Not Your Typical IT Conference 
Planning for SIM Connect Live, April 11-13, 2018, is in high gear! There are several ways to get involved, and it's a great time to make your plans to join the leading IT thinkers from around the country for three days of learning, collaboration, and connection. Visit the website for the latest program updates, registration info, and more! Please note the upcoming deadline -- October 1 -- for speaker proposal submissions. 


Senior Leaders Complete The 2017 Executive RLF 
Senior leaders from Massachusetts to California enhanced their executive capacities via SIM’s 2017 Executive RLF. 

Fifteen senior leaders from organizations across the United State have completed the 2017 Executive RLF program.  To read a list of the 2017 participants and their sponsoring organizations click HERE

During the six month program, participants connected and closely interacted with more than a dozen nationally- recognized industry experts covering a wide range of strategic topics.  The program offers each participant important platforms to:

  • Raise consciousness about extending oneself amid the increased complexity when rising through the organization.
  • Expand world views on relationships and communication at every level.
  • Develop, demonstrate and utilize influence power.
  • Enable mental presence amid stress.
  • Build intellectual power and strength in order to be influential, have impact and make a difference.

Registration for the 2018 Executive RLF program will open soon.  The 2018 program will be held in St. Petersburg, FL and will be led by June Drewry, CIO Hall of Fame member, and Kevin Ryan, longtime RLF facilitator.  Drewry and Ryan also are co-directors of The Institute For 21st Century Leadership.   


2017 SIM IT Trends Personal Benchmark Reports Coming Soon!
European Data Collection Ending on September 30
Over the past two months, the SIM IT Trends Study research team has been working hard to extract meaningful insights from the 1,178 responses that were received. We are pleased to announce that personal benchmark reports will be sent out to all those that participated in the study by early October.  Each report will compare your individual responses to the aggregate of the entire sample so you can compare your organization’s IT characteristics to general trends observed around the country.

If you missed out on participating in this year’s study, no need to worry!  Next year’s SIM IT Trends Study Questionnaire will be released in April 2018 and you can complete it to receive a benchmark report next year.  Deeper analyses and discussion of the most important topics in IT will also appear in the Comprehensive Report, set to be released in December (free of charge to all SIM members).  The SIM IT Trends Study research team will also be presenting results of the study at SIM Connect Live in Dallas, TX in April 2018. Read more…

Advanced Practice Council Release Report on Predictive Analytics
IT governance has become an essential part of current IT organizations. Coordinated decision-making on allocations and practices based on corporate priorities are well-honed. But the proliferation of predictive analytics brings new challenges not covered by current IT governance arrangements. What happens when different parts of the organization embed different predictive models in systems that are uncoordinated? Risks, some of which bring unintended consequences to organizational reputations.

In this report, Michael Goul documents emerging good governance practices and presents an Analytics Capability Reference Model that does for predictive analytics what COBIT, ITIL, and CMMI did for processes, infrastructure, and capabilities.


You can download the report from the SIM online store.




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