Your Success Newsletter - July - August, 2008 - Published Bi-Monthly

"Where there is no vision, the people perish" - Proverbs 29:18
CIO Conference Addresses
Challenges and Opportunities
It was, as most good things are, in the category of “A Revolution That Will Not Be
Televised.”
 I am referring to the CIO Forum and Executive IT Summit that took
place June 12th and 13th in Independence, Ohio.  The good news is that as a
member of Cleveland’s BDPA Chapter, I was given the opportunity to attend the
conference.  The bad news is that because of prior commitments, I was only able
to attend sessions Thursday morning.  I have learned however, to take the good
news from an experience and build upon that.

The conference was sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Chapter of SIM, and the
purpose was to address challenges and opportunities facing high-level Chief
Information Officers.  In the very short time I was there, the conference appeared
to easily exceed its goals.  Because Information Systems is so inextricably tied to
the survival and growth of every organizational entity I can think of, the impact of
the conference went far beyond Chief Information Officers and far beyond
Information Systems.

The conference included a variety of panel discussions and presentations that
expanded the knowledge base of those who attended.  Beyond that priceless
opportunity was the ability to network with peers and others.  The event planners
made sure there was ample time between the power-packed sessions to allow
informal conversation, and the opportunity to visit booths representing a diverse
mix of organizations and industries.  As a long-standing proponent of growing
personally and professionally through volunteerism and organizational
involvement, the conference was for me a match “made in heaven.”

It was ironic, or maybe not so ironic that the Tuesday following the conference I
was scheduled to speak to BDPA Cleveland members, about what else but The
Power of Association.  This event truly demonstrated that power
(See related
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PRESSING HERE!).

My thanks go to the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Society for Information
Management (NEOSIM) for extending the invitation, and for planning and
executing such a quality event.  And a special Thank You to Arthur Kaneen,
Conference Coordinator, for his quick and professional response in sharing this
opportunity.  Hopefully if I am invited again, my schedule will permit me to attend
the entire conference.  

About  SIM - Comments below from their web site at www.simnet.org

The professional network our members have established over the years is a result of
relationships based upon trust, openness, and mutual respect. Ever since its founding in 1969,
SIM has taken great pride in building decorum for knowledge sharing and participation that is
unencumbered by commercial bias.

SIM believes that IT leadership comes from many disciplines, including practitioners,
academics, consultants, and vendors. As such, the SIM membership criteria allows for both
consumers as well as providers of IT products and services. Membership acceptance is based
upon the candidate’s impact upon and contribution to professional practices that advance the
business value of Information Technology in the organizations we serve. This open door to a
diverse set of IT leaders requires a quid pro quo on the part of all participants to preserve the
decorum mentioned above, rather than serving as a platform for individual or organizational
commercial gain.
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