Memphis Chapter - Society for Information Management
Quarterly Newsletter  |  2013, Vol 2 
About the Newsletter
Introducing the new format for the Quarterly Newsletter. We've added an executive summary and shortened many of the articles for easy reading. Please feel free to provide your feedback on the new format and any other thoughts.
Executive Summary
Strategy Series
Take your IT innovations to the next level - with rapid progression of technology and changes in the IT environment, we cannot afford to fall behind.  Make plans to join IT professionals in the Memphis and Mid-South for Memphis SIM's Strategy Series for Executives on September 11, 2013 at the Hilton Memphismore>>
 
Membership News
Help us get to 100 members by inviting associates to networking events like The Strategy Series and as guests at our monthly meetings. Today, we currently have 90 members and a healthy number of prospective members. 

 

Welcome New Members!
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Community Outreach


Build a Computer Workshop Held at Hutchison School
A brand new offering by Hutchison's Center for Excellence, the Build A Computer workshop was attended by (19) twelve year old girls. The idea for the workshop came out of Jana Markowitz's work to raise awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics(STEM) in the local girls' schools. more>>

 
Introducing the 2013 STEM Grant
In an effort to continue our mission and inspire students to pursue higher education and technology-based careers, we announced to the media our intent to offer an award totaling $7,500 to 501(c)(3) organizations or post-secondary institutions who have projects that advance student development in STEM careers. Looking for applicants now! more>>

 

Strategy Series
by Jim Boyd & Jarrett Morgan
Strategy_SeriesStrategy Series
By Jim Boyd & Jarrett Morgan

 

Take your IT innovations to the next level - with rapid progression of technology and changes in the IT environment, we cannot afford to fall behind.  Make plans to join IT professionals in the Memphis and Mid-South for Memphis SIM's Strategy Series for Executives on September 11, 2013 at the Hilton Memphis

 

This one day program will offer keynote presentations on preparedness for unexpected events, issues surrounding mobility, and protecting systems from security intrusions.  Smaller, interactive break-out sessions will cover a broad menu of topics - Project Management Success, Navigating Change, Leading and Managing Expectations of the Under 30 Workforce, Learning to Lead, Outsourcing/Insourcing Decisions and Consequences, the Need for Governance, and a variety of other topics.

 

The lunch presentations will feature the Outreach activities of your Memphis SIM chapter, highlighting programs where IT professionals in the Memphis community promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

 

Janz and Wharton 2011 SS The Memphis Strategy Series is designed specifically for CIO's and their management teams. You have an unprecedented opportunity to gather and explore new ways to maintain competitive advantage in a global economy, and collaborate across the region's Information Technology population.  Throughout the day, participants will have networking opportunities with peers from throughout the region.  The ability to share ideas and collaborate on common IT issues with local and regional peers makes this event both rewarding and productive.

 

The Memphis Strategy Series  is the premier IT event that innovators cannot afford to miss! Register online now at www.MemphisStrategy.com  and plan to join us on September 11th.  Watch for announcements of keynote speakers in the next few weeks.

 

Membership_NewsMembership News
by Susan Caldwell

 

We currently have 90 members and a healthy number of prospective members we hope to welcome into the society before the year is out.   Help us get to 100 by referring senior IT executives in your organizations and networks.   


The Strategy Series is an outstanding opportunity to introduce prospective members to SIM; help spread the word.  Prospective members can also attend up to two regular monthly meetings as our guests, giving them a chance to see what SIM is all about.

 

New_MembersNew Members!

  

 

Dan Gabrielson  

Director IT Infrastructure, Wright Medical Technology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Raney  

V.P. CIO, Wright Medical Technology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lakshmi Visvanathan

Director Applications Services, Wright Medical Technology

 

Members on the Move!

 

Barry DeWitt has accepted a new position as Director Managed/Technical Services Division, Celerit Technologies, Little Rock, AR.

 

 

 
Jay Eckles has accepted a new position as Director of Enterprise Systems & Web Services at Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA.
  

 

Congratulations to both Barry and Jay!

Members in the News!

 

Kevin Morgan, Director of Digital and Wi-Fi Products at Hilton Worldwide, has accepted the role of chairperson for the University of Memphis MIS Advisory Council - Membership Committee. 

 

The University of Memphis has always been a close partner of SIM Memphis, Kevin will join the advisory board among many fellow SIM members: Brian Brittain, Lloyd Brooks, James Dutkosky, John Flack, Maria Lensing, Bruce Livesay, Dennis Wilson, Dave Miller, Brent Nair, John Oglesby, Rick Pride, David Ulloa, and Dick Vandenberg.

SIM Membership Benefit - Career Center

 

One of the many benefits of SIM membership is the Career Center, a resource for assisting you with managing your career.  Some of the resources and tools you will find are:

  • Career Portal
  • On-line Collaboration - coaching, sharing, communications, and connections
  • Members in Transition Programs such as the MIT LinkedIn Group, National Weekly Telecom (the world is flat -- you never know who knows whom), and more
  • Helping Hands Program - directory of those MIT willing to provide part-time contract work
For more information, click here
Community_OutreachCommunity Outreach
by Dennis Norton
Build_A_ComputerBuild a Computer Workshop Held at Hutchison School
By Dennis Norton
 
A brand new offering by Hutchison's Center for Excellence, the Build A Computer workshop was attended by (19) twelve year old girls.  
Photo by Barry Markowitz
Ed Charbonnet shares the magic of technology with Build A Computer students at Hutchison School
 

The idea for the workshop came out of Jana Markowitz's work to raise awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics(STEM) in the local girls' schools.  The class was taught by Hutchison teacher Katherine Kent. Three sixteen year old girls assisted.  

 

Ed Charbonnet provided the technical consultation and assistance to design and launch the workshop.  To prepare, Ed built ten "computer in a box" units so the students could get a good look at each component and see how they were wired together.  Ed also showed the Raspberry Pi, which is a computer on a chip.  The class was held Wednesday June 12.

STEM_GrantIntroducing the 2013 STEM Grant
By Dennis Norton
 

In an effort to advance the knowledge and skills related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), our Chapter is introducing a new funding program.  

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In an effort to continue our mission and inspire students to pursue higher education and technology-based careers, we announced to the media our intent to offer an award totaling $7,500 to 501(c)(3) organizations or post-secondary institutions who have projects that advance student development in STEM careers.

 

The Grant is looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

  • Non-profit 501(c)(3) organization or accredited post-secondary educational institution based in Memphis
  • Desire funds for a program or project focused on advancing STEM awareness to K-12 students in the Memphis area
  • Can describe program or project, complete Grant Request Form, and submit it by August 15, 2013

Organizations that meet these general qualifications are encouraged to contact Outreach@simmemphis.org via email to receive a Grant Description and Grant Request Form.  Proposals will be accepted through August 15, 2013 with awards presented in September, 2013.

 

For more background on STEM and initiatives, reference the following report issued by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology named Prepare and Inspire: K-12 Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for America's Future. In this report, the advisory group strongly encourages that "we must prepare students so they have a strong foundation in STEM subjects and are able to use this knowledge in their personal and professional lives.  And we must inspire students so that all are motivated to study STEM subjects in school..."

 

The Grant being issued by the Society for Information Management's Memphis Chapter is designed to support this initiative and is built on a long history of contributions to the Memphis Community by the Chapter.

 

Reference: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/pcast-stemed-report.pdf

David Ulloa on Fox TV Promoting Teen Tech Camp
By Dennis Norton

 

Teen Tech Camp is a partnership between SIM Memphis and the Memphis Public Library.  The SIM co-leaders for the event are Ed Charbonnet and David Ulloa.    

David Ulloa talks with Fox13 News Anchor Brooke Thomas about SIM Teen Tech Camp - Memphis Library

 

This year's camp will be held the week of July 15th.  SIM members are invited to have lunch with the campers on Friday July 19th at noon. Members are also invited to review student presentations and hear Jana Markowitz's talk "Careers in IT" on Saturday July 20.  See Ed or David to sign up.

 

Click Here to View the Interview 

Girls Get IT
By Dennis Norton
 

Jana Markowitz and her SIM Memphis Girls Get IT (GGIT) team have been working very hard carrying the STEM message to girls.  They now have programs up and running in all four of the city's girls' schools.   

Photo by Barry Markowitz

Robin Markle, Teresa Cheek and Debbie Smith speak at an IT Career Panel at Hutchison School.

  

Programs conducted during Q2 include:

  • Immaculate Conception Career Day.  On April 4, SIM speakers presented (7) 30min sessions during the school day on IT career topics. (80) students attended.  GGIT leader: Debbie Smith
  • Hutchison Career Shadowing.  On April 17, (4) Hutchison sophomores were hosted by IT departments of local employers.  GGIT leader: John Lewis
  • St. Agnes Video Conference. On April 17, (30) St. Agnes students participated in presentations from IBM and State Farm on Human Factors (study of designing equipment and devices that fit the human body and its cognitive abilities.)  GGIT leader: Susan Caldwell
SIM Gary Lasko Scholarship Winner Named
By Dennis Norton

 

The 2013 winner of the SIM Memphis Chapter Gary Lasko Memorial Endowed Scholarship is Tevin Chapman.  Tevin is a junior in Management Information Systems at the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis.  He is a graduate of Central High School in Memphis.  In addition to a full load of coursework, Tevin works 20 hrs per week for Servicemaster.  He expects to complete his degree next May.  

 

Participants in the SIM selection panel were John Halbert, Judy Brown, Judy Simon, and Dennis Norton  

  
Upcoming Meetings
@ the Crescent Club
6075 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38119

 

 

July 11, 2013
CIO Productivity Tools for Mobile, Desktop, & Cloud
Roundtable sharing of applications and devices that members find helpful. What favorite apps do you use to manage your work and time and increase your productivity? Whether it's a nifty mobile app, something in the Cloud, or a can't-live-without-it desktop app, come prepared to share, perhaps even demonstrate.
 
August 1, 2013 
BYOD Issues and Practices 
Greg Jackson, International Paper 
Last year it was all the rage: we must allow employees to bring and use their own computing devices. Mostly the discussion was about cell phones and tablets and the requirements of Gen X'ers and Millennials. Many companies took the plunge, most by putting some kind of policy and perhaps some device management tools into place. Others launched studies. Tonight we look into the results of all this activity - what did we learn, what worked, what didn't, what do we believe the right practices are today.  

    

  
Have SIM Memphis News to Share for the Next Quarterly Newsletter?
  
Please email Kevin Morgan

 

  
SIM Memphis

2013 Board of Directors

  

PRESIDENT

Della Adams

 

VICE-PRESIDENT

Mario Simmons

 

TREASURER

Deborah Campbell

 

MEMBERSHIP CO-CHAIRS

Jana Branham

Susan Caldwell 

 

PROGRAM CHAIR

John Oglesby 

 

COMMUNITY OUTREACH CHAIR

Dennis Norton

 

MARKETING CHAIR

Kevin Morgan

 

STRATEGY SERIES CO-CHAIRS

Jim Boyd

Jarrett Morgan

 

SIM INTERNATIONAL LIAISON

Rick Pride 

 

PAST PRESIDENT

Dick Vandenberg

  
  
Have SIM Memphis News to Share for the Next Quarterly Newsletter?
  
Please email Kevin Morgan

 

  
Newsletter Contributors
  Dennis Norton

Dick Vandenberg

Ed Charbonnet
Jana Markowitz
Jarrett Morgan
Jim Boyd
John Oglesby
Kevin Morgan
Susan Caldwell
  
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. 

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