Join Us at SIM Connect Live, April 11 – 13, in Dallas!

Join fellow IT leaders from around the country at SIM Connect Live in Dallas April 11 – 13. Three reasons why you should join:

  • More facilitation, no boring lectures
  • Incredible networking with decisions makers
  • Problem-centric tracks to inspire dynamic solutions for your business

If you haven’t already done so, register to secure your spot – prices increase on March 16!

Learn more and register today: http://bit.ly/2vBC3Em #SIMConnectLive18

 

SIM Austin February Happy Hour

Join your SIM colleagues for a casual happy hour at Red’s Porch, a South Austin institution with comfort food and second-story bar with beautiful views.


We’ll have a large meeting space, so please invite prospective members for an introduction to the Austin SIM Chapter.


SIM Austin Chapter Newsletter January 2018

Setting a Path for 2018!

The SIM Austin Executive Committee met recently for the first Board meeting of 2018  and shared in their excitement over the path they are setting with programs and fun events for 2018.

2018 SIM Austin Programs

As SIM Austin grows, we are continuing to look for ways to add value for our Members and Friends of SIM.  Our Chapter sponsors regular programs to network, hosts social and philanthropic events to enhance the community, and acts as a forum for business and technology leaders to partner with peers.  Benefits of your current paid membership include entry to all SIM monthly meetings plus the opportunity to introduce prospective members at no charge. Please register your guests through the Eventbrite invitation, and they will be included at no cost.

We welcome Friends of SIM to join us and participate in events and would encourage you to consider joining SIM to take full advantage of our programs (i.e., CIO Roundtable Breakfasts, SIM Lunch Events, InnoTech discounts, access to regional and national SIM events and programs, and more.).  This year we are introducing a fee of $25.00 to attend SIM’s monthly meetings for Friends of SIM to ensure we can continue to provide the strong base of programs, speakers and networking opportunities for everyone.  To learn more about becoming a member go to https://austinsim.org/membership/.

January Austin SIM Meeting:  Gartner Annual IT Trends Report

We hope you were able to attend our meeting on January 9th at project 202 and “join in the discussion” on  Gartner’s predictions and global technology trends for 2018.  Gartner’s Managing Partner, George Love, who was back by popular demand, presented and facilitated an engaging discussion on the topic.

A special thank you to our January event sponsor, Calavista (http://www.calavista.com/).

Save the Date

February SIM Event – 1st Happy Hour of the Year!

Join your SIM colleagues for a casual happy hour at Red’s Porch, a South Austin institution with comfort food and a second-story bar with beautiful views.  We’ll have a large meeting space, so please invite prospective members for an introduction to the Austin SIM Chapter.

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 13, 2018, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

LOCATION: Red’s Porch, 3508 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sim-austin-february-happy-hour-registration-42761501803#map-target 

Continue reading “SIM Austin Chapter Newsletter January 2018”

SIM January Meeting – Gartner Annual IT Trends Report

Gartner Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2018


Join us for an exclusive presentation of Gartner’s Strategic Technology Trends report, presented by Gartner Managing Partner George Love (LinkedIn). This analysis explores global technology trends which Gartner has derived through hundreds of industry assessments, including predictions at national and state levels. George is back by popular demand after his insightful and engaging 2016 and 2017 presentations.


This month, we will be hosted by our friends at projekt 202, an innovative consulting and collaboration space (https://projekt202.com/). We’ll have a large meeting space, so please invite a guest for an introduction to the Austin SIM Chapter.


Tremendous thanks to our January event sponsor, Calavista (http://www.calavista.com/).


Calavista

SIM Austin Chapter Newsletter December 2017

Happy Holidays to SIM Members & Friends!

Election of the 2018 Chapter Executive Committee

Thank you to everyone that voted for the 2018 Chapter Executive Committee.   To support the growth of our chapter, we added two new Board positions, VP Member Engagement and Trustee: Technology.  As a result of the voting, we are happy to present your 2018 Chapter Executive Committee:

  • President                                                                    Vijay George
  • President Elect                                                        Jim Keeler
  • Past President/STEM                                          Eric Hungate
  • Secretary/VP Communications                     Karen Calvert
  • Treasurer                                                                   Kathy Wetzel
  • VP Programs                                                           Wendi White
  • VP Membership                                                      Anh Selissen
  • VP Member Engagement                                  Robert King
  • VP Sponsorship                                                      Blake Holman
  • Trustee: Communications                                 John Burgtorf
  • Trustee: Technology                                            Bart Lauwers

In addition, four Board Partners were invited to work with the Board on initiatives throughout the year.

  • National SIM liason                                              Keri Pearlson
  • Programs                                                                  Heather Poggi-Mannis
  • Membership                                                            Ankur Gaba
  • Outreach                                                                   Jessica Taylor

A special THANK YOU to the 2017 Executive Committee for their leadership, time and commitment to the SIM Austin Chapter in 2017 and Congratulations to the 2018 Executive Committee and  Board Partners.

December Austin SIM Meeting:  “STEM Talent: Bridging the Gap”

Our lively December chapter meeting was held on December 12, 2017 at Indeed Headquarters, Austin, TX.

A panel discussion with representatives from  Austin Community College, Gemalto, Indeed, and Whole Foods shared their thoughts on how to attract, retain, and grow the next generation of STEM leaders.  The panel also explored the growing role of workforce analytics in talent management.

Thank you to our Sponsor, Genuent, and to our host,  Indeed.com.

Save the Date

January Austin SIM Meeting: Gartner’s Strategic Technology Trends for 2018

Join us for an exclusive presentation of Garner’s Strategic Technology Trends report presented by Garner Managing Partner George Love.

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, January 9,,  2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

LOCATION: projekt202, 1300 Guadalupe St Ste 300, Austin, TX 78701

REGISTRATION: Information to follow.

SIM Connect Live –  IT Transformation: Mining the Next 50 Years for Innovation

being held on April 11 – 13, 2018 at the Sheraton Dallas

Join your colleagues and friends at SIM National’s Annual Conference, SIM Connect Live.  This is not your typical conference!The conference promises to be a truly collaborative and interactive experience.

DATE: April 11 – 13, 2018

LOCATION: Sheraton Dallas (downtown Dallas)

REGISTER BY NOVEMBER 15 @ www.simconnectlive.com to receive a discount.

InnoTech Austin 2018

Mark your calendars to attend next year’s InnoTech Austin conference scheduled for October 2, 2018.

COMMITTEE UPDATES

Austin SIM Membership News!

Thank you for your SIM Membership in 2017! This year was full of great events and we look forward to providing more valuable programming for 2018.  If your SIM membership expires on December 31, 2017, we strongly encourage you to renew your dues so you continue to receive year-round benefits, such as:

  • Free Monthly Programs with speakers/panels )
  • Free Registration to Austin’s 2017 Symposium and a discount on Austin’s 2017 InnoTech conference ($99 value)
  • Networking with Austin IT Leaders as well as Leaders across the country (Priceless!)
  • Special Interest Groups (SIGs):
    • 2017 SIM Golf Event for Scholarships
    • STEM Outreach Efforts
    • SIM Austin LinkedIn Group
  • Leadership Development programs for you & direct reports
  • Visit simnet.org/members/membership.asp

Help us build our membership so we continue to have a vibrant and growing chapter.  Bring a colleague or two to a SIM Austin meeting.  Email Anh (anh.sellissen@cpa.state.tx.us) with a couple of prospects so that we can add them to our membership campaigns.

Sponsorship

If you know of a great vendor that you have worked with and can recommend their work to others, please contact Blake (blake.k.holman@gmail.com)

OTHER

RLF – “Leadership for Life” (a leadership program of SIM)

Do you want to improve your company’s future by investing in your high-potential performers? Do you believe in developing and growing our Next Generation of IT Leaders?

The facilitators of SIM’s signature RLF program are famous for delivering leadership development differently.  More than 4,000 rising business and IT professionals from top U.S. and global companies have experienced the RLF program with life-changing and career-enhancing results.

Here’s a snapshot from an endorsement written by a former RLF graduate that captures the ‘heart’ of the program::

“Leadership is not a position, it is a skill.  This became clear to me after my experience attending the Regional Leadership Forum several years ago.  Unlike the expected messaging received from the usual leadership training programs we’ve all attended throughout the course of our careers, my experience in RLF was a consciousness raising experience.  The program has existed for decades and is rich in history. More importantly, the round table that sets the curriculum and the program facilitators are also rich in experience.  I would call them leadership legends. The structure of the course is a guided journey into the essence of true leadership.”  (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/leadership-position-skill-adriana-callerio/).

To learn more about the program, please feel free to visit the 2018 RLF website or contact RLF Facilitator Karen Calvert anytime @ kcalvert@austinsim.org.

Have ideas for the newsletter or other news? Send any ideas, promotions, article links, book reviews, etc. to Karen Calvert, kcalvert@austinsim.org.

 2017 SIM Austin Executive Committee: Vijay George (President), Jim Keeler (President-Elect), Wendi White (VP Programs), Bart Lauwers (VP Membership), Kathy Wetzel (Treasurer), Karen Calvert (VP Communications), Joanne Corum (Trustee), John Burgtorf (Trustee), Kevin Cheesman (Trustee), and Eric Hungate (Past-President)

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SIM December Meeting – Sponsored by Genuent

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math 
STEM Talent: Bridging the Gap


Each our of organizations struggles to find and retain top STEM talent. Conversely, much of the emerging workforce has difficulty finding the right career opportunity.


Join us to discuss how to attract, retain, and grow the next generation of STEM leaders. Hear insights and innovative practices leveraged by Austin Community College, Gemalto, Indeed, ClearData, and more, and explore the growing role of workforce analytics in your talent management strategies. 


Bring a friend or colleague to introduce them to the Austin SIM chapter.


Thanks to Genuent for sponsoring our December event, and to our hosts, Indeed.com.




Genuent




DIRECTIONS TO THE SIM MEETING AT THE INDEED CORPORATE CAMPUS: 
When you arrive, look for Building 1. Parking is available in the attached parking garage. 


Park on the first or second floor of the parking garage if possible. The first floor entrance will be unlocked. To get to the event, walk up the stairs in the reception area and turn right at the top of the stairs. Stop by the SIM table to get your nametag.


“Algiers” meeting room is at the end of the hallway on the right side.

InnoTech – Austin’s Premiere Technology Innovation Conference & Expo

Join us for one of Austin’s premier technology events, InnoTech Austin, being held on November 16, 2017 at the Austin Convention Center.

Register here www.innotechaustin.com for general InnoTech and any of the following special events:

  • Women of Tech Summit
  • Austin DevOps & Microservices Summit
  • CIO Gala Luncheon and more.  (An extra registration fee is required for these special events.)

New Speakers and New Topics – Here are a few InnoTech conference tracks (all great reasons to take part in InnoTech):

  • Network and IT Security Track hosted by ISSA
  • Blockchain, State of Open Source, AI & Machine Learning & More
  • IT Leadership
  • Cloud Based Technologies
  • Data and Analytics Track
  • Infrastructure, Mobility & More

Prizes – including iPad, Xbox, Beat headphones, flat screen TV and more

InnoTech Happy 45-Minutes (the perfect place to mingle over complimentary beverages and exhibits)

Plus, much more!

For all the latest conference session additions, or to register, visit www.innotechaustin.com

Austin SIM Chapter Newsletter October 2017

SIM “Oktober” Happy Hour – Sponsored by BTB Security

Held on Tuesday, October 10th

Austin SIM Members and Friends welcomed-in the fall season on October 10th at North by Northwest enjoying an evening of craft brews and delightful food while networking with colleagues and meeting new friends.

A special thanks  to BTB Security for sponsoring our October event!

Austin SIM 2nd Annual STEM Golf Tournament – Thank You for Making it a Success!

Held on Monday, September 18, 2017

Thank you for making the Austin SIM Chapter’s 2nd annual STEM Golf Tournament a success!  Not only was this a great day of golf, fun and camaraderie, it also marked the third year of raising money for STEM initiatives at UT Austin.

Over the past 3 years, the Chapter will have contributed $13,500 to STEM initiatives at UT Austin.  We couldn’t have done this without you!

Here are a few stats from this year’s event:

  • # of Players:  48
  • 1st Place Prize: Gold Medals & RTIC 18 oz Steel Bottles
  • 2nd Place Prize: Silver Medals
  • Last Place Prize: Medals
  • Varonis provided $50 gift cards for longest drive and closest to the hole winners.
  • Long Drive winner also received a plaque (provided by Austin SIM)
  • Closest to the Hole winner also received the coveted bobble head (provided by Austin SIM)
  • Goodie bags for each player were provided by Experis, Clear Launch (t-shirts), & Varonis

A big THANK YOU to our Golf Tournament Sponsors – InMotion Software, Varonis, Catapult Systems, Computer Futures, and Experis.

SAVE THE DATES

Join us for one of Austin’s premier technology events, InnoTech Austin, being held on November 16, 2017 at the Austin Convention Center.

Register here www.innotechaustin.com for general InnoTech and any of the following special events:

  • Women of Tech Summit
  • Austin DevOps & Microservices Summit
  • CIO Gala Luncheon and more.  (An extra registration fee is required for these special events.)

New Speakers and New Topics – Here are a few InnoTech conference tracks (all great reasons to take part in InnoTech):

  • Network and IT Security Track hosted by ISSA
  • Blockchain, State of Open Source, AI & Machine Learning & More
  • IT Leadership
  • Cloud Based Technologies
  • Data and Analytics Track
  • Infrastructure, Mobility & More

Prizes – including iPad, Xbox, Beat headphones, flat screen TV and more

InnoTech Happy 45-Minutes (the perfect place to mingle over complimentary beverages and exhibits)

Plus, much more!

For all the latest conference session additions, or to register, visit www.innotechaustin.com

December Austin SIM Meeting: STEM Supporting the Future of Innovation – December 12, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

SAVE THE DATE for an interactive discussion on STEM, its Importance in the Austin Community and What We Can Do to Support the Future of Innovation

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

LOCATION: Indeed Headquarters, Austin, TX

REGISTRATION INFORMATION WILL BE UPDATED

SIM Connect Live –  IT Transformation: Mining the Next 50 Years for Innovation

being held on April 11 – 13, 2018 at the Sheraton Dallas

Join your colleagues and friends at SIM National’s Annual Conference, SIM Connect Live.  This is not your typical conference!The conference promises to be a truly collaborative and interactive experience.

DATE: April 11 – 13, 2018

LOCATION: Sheraton Dallas (downtown Dallas)

REGISTER BY NOVEMBER 15 @ www.simconnectlive.com to receive a discount.

COMMITTEE UPDATES

Austin SIM Membership News!

New Members – Special Discount Offer:  any new and approved SIM members that pay their dues now will be given a discount.  The discount will provide the member with SIM membership for the remaining months of the current year (2017) and all of the following year (2018)

Join Today: Visit  www.simnet.org

Current Members:  Help us build our membership so we continue to have a vibrant and growing chapter.  Bring a colleague or two to a SIM Austin meeting.  Email Bart (blauwers@austinsim.org) with a couple of prospects so that we can add them to our membership campaigns.

Sponsorship

If you know of a great vendor that you have worked with and can recommend their work to others, please contact Jim @ jkeeler@austinsim.org.

OTHER

RLF – “Leadership for Life” (a leadership program of SIM): Early Registration is Open!

Do you want to improve your company’s future by investing in your high-potential performers? Do you believe in developing and growing our Next Generation of IT Leaders?

The facilitators of SIM’s signature RLF program are famous for delivering leadership development differently.  More than 4,000 rising business and IT professionals from top U.S. and global companies have experienced the RLF program with life-changing and career-enhancing results, including:

  • A unique understanding of their personal leadership style
  • Increased self-awareness and self-confidence
  • A heightened ability to connect with others in a genuine, inspiring way
  • Introduction to new ideas and how to challenge traditional ways of thinking
  • Dialogue and interaction with CXO speakers and experts sharing their experiences and guidance on issues that will impact tomorrow’s leaders

To learn more about the program, please feel free to visit the 2018 RLF website or contact RLF Facilitator Karen Calvert anytime @ kcalvert@austinsim.org.

Have ideas for the newsletter or other news? Send any ideas, promotions, article links, book reviews, etc. to Karen Calvert, kcalvert@austinsim.org.

 2017 SIM Austin Executive Committee: Vijay George (President), Jim Keeler (President-Elect), Wendi White (VP Programs), Bart Lauwers (VP Membership), Kathy Wetzel (Treasurer), Karen Calvert (VP Communications), Joanne Corum (Trustee), John Burgtorf (Trustee), Kevin Cheesmen (Trustee), and Eric Hungate (Past-President)

Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter!

InnoTech Austin Returning November 16, 2017 – Register Now!

Join us for one of Austin’s premier technology events, InnoTech Austin, being held on November 16, 2017 at the Austin Convention Center.

Register here www.innotechaustin.com for general InnoTech and any of the following special events:

  • Women of Tech Summit
  • Austin DevOps & Microservices Summit
  • CIO Gala Luncheon and more.  (An extra registration fee is required for these special events.)

New Speakers and New Topics – Here are a few InnoTech conference tracks (all great reasons to take part in InnoTech):

  • Network and IT Security Track hosted by ISSA
  • Blockchain, State of Open Source, AI & Machine Learning & More
  • IT Leadership
  • Cloud Based Technologies
  • Data and Analytics Track
  • Infrastructure, Mobility & More

Prizes – including iPad, Xbox, Beat headphones, flat screen TV and more

InnoTech Happy 45-Minutes (the perfect place to mingle over complimentary beverages and exhibits)

Plus, much more!

For all the latest conference session additions, or to register, visit www.innotechaustin.com

SIM October Happy Hour

 


SIM October Happy Hour – Sponsored by BTB Security



Hello, SIM family! Due to scheduling conflicts, we have postponed our annual STEM event until the December 12th meeting. Fortunately, this opens up our schedules for an “Oktober” happy hour at North by Northwest!


Come kick off the fall with craft brews, delicious food, and excellent company. We’ve reserved their covered outdoor Pavilion, and will have plenty of room to introduce a friend to the Austin SIM chapter.


Thanks to BTB Security (http://www.btbsecurity.com/) for sponsoring our October event!