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SIM Leadership Spotlight October 2012

"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 on this page.



October 2012
Name: Rob Rosko
SIM Role: SIM Philadelphia Chapter President



1.  Please provide a brief overview of the Philadelphia chapter 
The Philadelphia Area Chapter of SIM is a chartered chapter and is closely affiliated with SIM international.  Our purpose is to provide leadership and education in the successful management and use of information technology to achieve business objectives through:


  • Providing a forum for creating and disseminating knowledge for/to IT professional
  • Being the voice of the IT professional
  • Building the capability of the IT professional by providing high-quality and topical workshops and speakers        
  • Developing close working relationships with academic members
  • Recognizing excellence in the management and use of information technology and technical education
2.  What are/were your goals for your term as the President of the Philadelphia chapter?  

My first goal was to better understand our membership.  We initiated a project to build a dashboard to assist the Board in better understanding who our members are and what they were expecting.  Having this knowledge, we could provide an even higher quality experience for them.  My second goal was to focus on quality guest speakers at breakfast, lunch and dinner events.  This in the past was something that needed improvement, and it was a personal passion of mine.  My third goal was to expand our outreach programs in which I was very pleased with what we accomplished in this area.

3.  What are the hottest trends in the IT industry?  
My feeling in this area deals with mobility.   I’m not really talking about Smart phones, but more of how mobile technology will change the very work flow and day to day interaction with existing systems and the development of new systems.  It may not be the next "bubble” but I see this area expanding with incredible growth.  A few years ago, who would even think your phone could be your boarding pass, credit card, biometric scanner, etc.  It’s so much more.  The possibilities are only limited by the human mind.  When I see seniors sending text messages, I say to myself, wow we have really reached a level of technology that was inconceivable just a few years ago.  I see hand held devices with real-time response capability growing and changing how we live.  It’s exciting, yet intimidating, but the good news is the population has learned to adapt quite well and is receptive to the changes.



4.  What challenges is your chapter currently facing?  
With CIO’s being tasked with more and more responsibilities, we were finding less CIO attendance at our events.  Often, CIO’s were sending direct reports instead of attending in person.  This is still a current challenge, but with the creation of our dashboard, we now have visibility into some of the potential reasons and can implement changes to address this and other concerns.  We also can use this new tool to be proactive versus reactive, which had been our typical mode. 

5.  What is the one piece of advice you will give to the next President of the Philadelphia chapter?   
I would mentor my successor to continue to drive excellence at SIM events and champion efforts to gain synergy from other SIM chapters.  One thing I wish I could have done better was to foster more collaboration with other chapters.  Time of course, is the biggest obstacle to being able to reach out to our brethren in other chapters.  The ability to share knowledge around guest speakers could prove to be invaluable, as it’s always better to get multiple opinions before making a decision that could affect the quality of an event.



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