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SIM Memphis Quarterly
Volume 7, September 2010
About the Newsletter
The Memphis Quarterly SIM Newsletter is designed to share information about its members, upcoming meetings and other events, to reflect on recent accomplishments, and to provide information about SIM.  It will also focus on opportunities to serve the chapter as well as to participate in SIM Memphis' philanthropic activities. 
In This Issue
Teen Tech Camp 2010: A HIT!
Community Outreach Update
Membership News
2010 Strategy Series Successful
SIMposium 2010
Cyber Security Expo Invitation
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November 4, 2010
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About SIM
Established in 1968, the Society for Information Management (SIM) is the premier network for IT leaders.  SIM is comprised of more than 3,600 members including CIOs, senior IT executives, prominent academicians, and foremost consultants.  Through its 31 chapters, SIM provides resources and programs inspired by IT leaders for IT leaders that enable CIOs to further develop their leadership capabilities and those of the emerging leaders in their organizations. SIM provides the premiere collective voice to advocate policy and legislation on behalf of the IT profession.
Teen Tech Camp 2010: A HIT!!
by Dennis Norton and Rick San Roman
Once again, Teen Tech Camp (TTC) was a hit! Twenty campers participated in the week-long camp which ended July 24. They learned how to develop computer games with animated graphics, music and video. They also learned some basic concepts of enterprise resource planning.

The campers were a very bright and engaged group of 12-15 year-olds, with an equal mix of boys and girls. They attend a variety of public and a few private schools - seventeen schools were represented in all.

The daily routine began at 9:00 with a half-hour Bright Shiny Object (BSO) session conducted by SIM. Historically, these sessions have involved exposing the kids to a new technology. This year, we tried something new; we started a fictitious company called "Jump Start, Inc." and coached the kids through an exercise to produce jump ropes. TTC Committee Chair Rick San Roman adds, "The intent of the supply chain exercise was to allow the campers to experience how technology is used in a simple and fun business context."

During the daily BSO sessions, we covered sales order processing, production planning, manufacturing and quality assurance, and billing and shipping. Each student placed an order for their desired rope length and color. They used a bar code reader to scan the order number and their name. They took turns entering their order details into the computer. Production requirements reports were then printed which provided the information needed to assemble the materials (rope, handles, and washers) needed for manufacturing. The jump ropes were assembled and scanned into the computer as finished goods. The final step was for each camper to take delivery of the product, scanning their name badges to indicate the completion of the billing process. During the entire process, the campers were able to experience real life business events such as techical glitches, raw material inventory concerns, and un-claimed finished product inventory. The campers did a great job grasping the importance of these problems in their company.

After the BSO sessions, the Library staff (John Lloyd and Hillary Pesson) spent the rest of each day coaching the students in the use of SCRATCH, an open source application for developing video games and presentations. They also worked with related programs such as Audacity for multi-media editing. Each student was issued a laptop to use for the week and was given a headset and flash drive they could take home and keep. The students worked to create projects such as a video game or music video.

The Saturday morning recognition ceremony, also held at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, was an opportunity for parents and other family members to get involved. The program opened with an enlightening talk "Careers in IT" presented by Jana Markowitz. During the presentation, Jana made a convincing case that IT is relevant in virtually any career students might pursue. After Jana's talk, the campers spent time demonstrating what they learned by presenting their SCRATCH projects to SIM and family members. The program concluded at noon with each camper receiving a framed certificate.  

(2010 Teen Tech Camp Graduate Class)

A number of SIM members were involved in this year's camp. Rick San Roman served as the TTC Committee Chair and Rick, along with Ed Charbonnet, Larry Raines, and Dennis Norton, worked to develop and present the "Jumpstart, Inc." BSO program. Larry recruited his SAP Account Manager, Mark Marcus who contributed enormously to the program. Mark came up with the jump rope theme. He developed the MS Access database application for data entry and reports, and supplied the jump rope materials. Mark travelled here from Orlando for the week to lead and assist with the daily sessions. Diane Coons, along with her husband John, did video interviews with some of the campers on Saturday. Other members who supported the camp by participating on Friday or Saturday were: Sue Conklin, Christi Daigre, Jay Eckles, John Oglesby, and Dick Vandenberg. Including Jana, there were a total of 11 SIM members who participated in this year's camp!

Dennis Norton, Community Outreach Committee Chair, was delighted with SIM's member involvement this year. "Teen Tech Camp provides our members a number of opportunities to contribute - even if they can only spare an hour to join the kids for lunch on a Friday; it can make a difference in the life of a young person; it helps make Memphis a better community; and it builds relationships among SIM members. It was great fun working with Rick, Ed and Larry on Jumpstart, Inc., and gratifying to see so many other members coming out to support this important Outreach program." 

For more information, see the Commercial Appeal summary  or view photos on our SIM Memphis SMUGMUG site. 
Community Outreach Update
STAX Grand Finale
by Mary Jo Greil and Sue Conklin 

As a part of our community outreach programs, the Memphis SIM chapter is a supporter of the Stax Music Academy. To recognize our contribution to this program, the Soulsville Foundation extended an invitation to all SIM Memphis members to attend the Academy's Summer Grand Finale concert, which was held on June 25, 2010. Mary Jo Greil, SIM Memphis member, attended the event and provided a review. "The auditorium at Victory University was filled with parents, relatives and music lovers. Kirk Whalum is now the CEO of the Stax Foundation and his global reputation is taking the program to a new level.   His personal commitment to this next generation of Memphis musicians is an invitation to others to join in supporting the Stax's mission.   Carla Thomas made a surprise visit and enjoyed the rendition of "Gee Whiz" sung by one of the youth.   The music brought the audience to their feet many times.I am proud of the support SIM has for this wonderful community program."

IT Career Day at the University of Memphis 
by Kevin Morgan and Dennis Norton
The Memphis Chapter of the Society for Information Management sponsors Career Day at the University of Memphis to stimulate student's interest in a career in Information Technology. This is an annual event coordinated by Kevin Morgan and is open to all higher education institutions in Memphis. The session consists of speakers and interactive discussions about potential careers in the field of Information Technology Management.
This year's event is tentatively scheduled for November 11, 2010 and will again be held at the University. For more information on the event, please contact Kevin.
Membership News
New Members!
Della Adams
GIS Manager, City of Memphis
Della has over fourteen years experience in the technology and GIS sector.  Most recently under her direction the City of Memphis won a global honor, Environmental Systems Research Institute's (ESRI) "2008 Special Achievement in GIS Award" (SAG Award) for the development and deployment of an Enterprise GIS. 
Della is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a Masters Degree in Geography/GIS Technologies.  In her current position as GIS Program Manager for the City of Memphis, she is responsible for the development and management of an Enterprise GIS platform and establishing all GIS-related technology policies for the City. 
Previously Della has held positions serving as Director of the Memphis Technology Council, Director of Technology Business Development and Director, Data Systems & Information Services and GIS for the Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Adams is an adjunct Instructor at Southwest Tennessee Community College and has several professional affiliations.  She is Past President and founder of the Memphis Area Geographic Information Council (MAGIC), current President of the YWCA of Greater
Memphis' Board of Directors, and member of the Board of Women in Technology, Mid-South Chapter.
Welcome to SIM Memphis
Members on the Move!
Kevin Morgan has joined the McDonalds Corporation as Regional Strategy & Communications Manager for the US Great Southern Region. In his role, he will be responsible for strategic business planning, owner/operator relations, and communications. His role is integral to ensuring that the region, business and operations are aligned for optimal organizational performance.  Kevin graduated with his Executive MBA from the University of Memphis in May 2010.
Andy Field has been named VP/Manager of Data Architecture & Governance at First Horizon National Corp (FHN).  This is a new role at FHN so Andy will have considerable latitude in defining what this means.  Initially, it will largely be an organizational development effort to centralize some information management functions, while ensuring alignment of these functions and information management governance across the enterprise. Traditionally these have been focused vertically on specific applications and/or lines of business.  FHN has recognized the need to place more emphasis on good information management and has initiated the development of a new enterprise data warehouse as part of their strategy to address this.  Andy will be instrumental in guiding the development of this data warehouse and assisting the business through the data governance process to ensure alignment of the effort with corporate priorities and needs. 
Congratulations to you both, Kevin and Andy!
Members in the News! 
Congratulations to Bruce Livesay, EVP and CIO of First Horizon National Corporation and SIM Memphis chapter member.  As noted in the Commercial Appeal on September 18th, his IT organization came in 20th on Information Weeks' 2010 list of top 500 "Innovative users of business technology."  Named among First Horizon's accomplishments were mobile banking options, use of social media, in-house management of infrastructure and its "bonefish strategy" of performance-enhancing objectives. To quote Bruce, "The bonefish portal is part of our increased emphasis on information technology solutions that support First Horizon's corporate strategy."
The local SIM chapter is always delighted to see its members receive much-deserved recognition! 
2010 Strategy Series for Executives:
"Thriving In Any Economy"
by Stephen Schaefgen 
The twenty-third Memphis Strategy Series for Executives took place September 23rd at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn addressing "Surviving and Thriving in Any Economy."  Keynotes covering current and anticipated economic conditions, how IT leaders can make an important impact on their organization, and perspectives on innovation highlighted the networking and thought sharing event for 150 area leaders.
In addition to providing an opportunity to renew and build new relationships, the annual event demonstrates the thought leadership embodied in the Memphis Chapter of the Society for Information Management and provides the resources necessary to continue and expand the community outreach efforts of SIM Memphis.
A tremendous round of applause is due the committee leadership for their efforts in delivering another successful Series:
- Jana Branham, Sponsorship
- Steve Green, Venue and Logistics
- Rebecca Jones, Marketing and Communications
- Tony Rooney, Program
Thinking ahead to 2011, become part of the future and the next Strategy Series for Executives.  It's worth the investment.
If you have any questions contact:

Stephen J Schaefgen, CPA.CITP

Chair, Memphis Strategy Series for Executives
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SIMPosium Atlanta 2010
by Sue Conklin
As you know, it is important to stay connected with colleagues and expand our network of peers and professional contacts.
SIMposium is the event that hundreds of  SIM members attend each year, as it provides an opportunity to engage and share experiences with senior IT leaders and learn from international thought leaders and practitioners in an intimate, open environment.
I invite you to join us in this chapter and other executives at SIMposium2010, October 3-5 in Atlanta. I can assure you that this year's program will impart knowledge valuable to you and your organization. The program includes:
 Breakout sessions covering the latest views of the key market trends and the challenges they introduce. More than twenty-five interactive breakout sessions covering Leading Innovations, Emerging Trends, Leadership, Key Technologies, and Applications, Top Challenges and others offer ample opportunities to share best practices and experiences with other senior IT leaders in an atmosphere of candor and trust.
 CIO Open Forum strategy series with key CIOs that address major topics and trends and the significant leadership challenges.
 Peer-to-peer networking events to build new relationships and strengthen existing ones in a comfortable and relaxed setting including the Sunday Night Welcome Reception, Monday night's reception at the fabulous Georgia Aquarium, Award Winner presentations for The SIM Leaders of the Year Award and The Paper Award winners, and  closing Tuesday night with casual fun and great food at a Charm of the South BBQ dinner.
I invite you to visit the SIMposium2010 Web site for additional information and to register. The event is only a few weeks from now!! Now is the time to make hotel reservations and purchase airline tickets; some of the airlines are offering attractive fares to Atlanta!
                           See you in Atlanta!
Cyber Security Expo
Submitted by Judy Simon
October is National Cyber Security Month and the Center for Information Assurance at the University of Memphis is celebrating in a big way! We invite you to join us for the 3rd annual Cyber Security Expo themed "Online Fraud, Insider Threat, and Cyber Crime," to be held at the FedEx Institute of Technology on October 15, 2010. Presentations from prominent cyber security experts will begin at 8:30 am and end at 5:00 pm. The event includes lunch and refreshment breaks in the lobby, where cyber security products and related materials will be shown.
Michael Grimaila, Ph.D., CISM, CISSP, IAM/IEM - Associate Professor of Information Research Management, Department of Systems and Engineering Management, Center for Cyberspace Research, Air Force Institute of Technology
Steve Chan - Chief Software/Web Architect and Security Compliance Lead, Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 Hal Roberts - Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School
 Brian Elrod, CCSE, CISSP - Information Security Officer, Information Sciences, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
 Brian Burns - Manager of Customer Satisfaction, Information Risk Management, AutoZone
 Natalie Granado - Associate Director of Training, Center for Information Assurance and Security, University of Texas, San Antonio
 And others!!
Information on topics and updates: HERE 
Registration Options:
Early registration (through October 8th) is a reduced rate of $85 and includes lunch, refreshments, speaker sessions, and parking.  The registration form may be printed and mailed with a check, or you may prefer the secure online payment system.  Registration site: HERE 
Visit: for more information.