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SIM PHILLY DIGEST 2009 Digest Number 4 NEXT MEETING: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2009 - 3:30 p.m. The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia Parking/Directions at: http://www.unionleague.org/directions-parking.php (IMPORTANT - NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE LOCATION) Register Online: http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=190715 Agenda: 3:30 PM Technology Session – “Agile and What It Can Mean for You” – Joe Weitzman, Senior Director, Application Development, CIGNA; Jared Rakes, Managing Director, LiquidHub 5:00 PM Cocktails, Networking 6:00 PM Evening Session – “Stop Aligning IT with the Business” – Bob Evans, Senior Vice President and Director, Information Week, Global CIO Business Unit 7:15 PM Dinner Evening Speaker: “Stop Aligning IT with the Business” Bob Evans, Senior Vice President and Director InformationWeek's Global CIO Business Unit Thought provoking discussion . . . Have you ever heard anyone argue successfully that IT should be out of alignment with the business? Have you ever heard anyone make a compelling case that IT should be at cross-purposes with the company's strategic mission? So why do we keep resurfacing, year after year and decade after decade, the tired old bromide about how "the CIO's job is to align IT with the business"? I mean, have we found it necessary to repeat ad nauseum through the centuries that the CFO's job is to align financial reporting with the business? So why do CIO's put up with this? "Aligning IT with the business" is a broken-down cliché that deserves to be scrapped for many reasons, with these two being the primary ones: first of all, the very statement itself quite explicitly says that IT is not part of the business, and that's a terrible position for a CIO to take. And second, while that phrase might have had some equity 15 or maybe even 10 years ago, the world today is a very different place, and the alignment imperative has shifted to this: The CIO's job is to align IT with the customers. About Our Speaker: Bob Evans is Senior Vice President and Director of InformationWeek's Global CIO business unit, which he has been leading since its launch at the beginning of 2009. Evans jumped at the chance to lead the transformational Global CIO brand, which enhances and extends InformationWeek's strategic focus on rapidly evolving and increasingly vital role of the CIO in today's high-volume, high-velocity global economy. Before that, he was TechWeb's SVP and content director, with responsibility for content strategy across TechWeb's online, print, and live-event brands. Prior to taking on that company-wide role, Evans was Editor-in-Chief of InformationWeek during its years of massive growth, and later began weaving together the InformationWeek and TechWeb content teams and properties as editorial director. Evans is an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University, has won a number of awards in the business-technology market, and speaks frequently at technology and business events and at universities. You can access his Global CIO columns at http://www.informationweek.com/authors/showAuthor.jhtml?authorID=1097. Technology Session: "Agile and What It Can Mean For You” Joe Weitzman, Senior Director, Application Development, CIGNA; Jared Rakes, Managing Director, LiquidHub We have two excellent speakers that will address the questions that you have on Agile. We have Joe Weitzman, who is a Senior Director at Cigna, who has used Agile for his development, and Jared Rakes, who is a Managing Director at LiquidHub. He is also the founder of the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN), and he can answer all your questions on Agile. Some of the areas they will be addressing: ● Key issues for execs to understand when undertaking Agile development projects ● Measuring Agile's overall impact on your business ● The promise of doing more with less, and the "gives" to get that result. About Our Speakers: Joe Weitzman, Senior Director, Application Development, CIGNA Since April, 2009, Joe Weitzman has led the Intracorp IT organization. Joe is responsible for the delivery of all IT applications and services required to support the Intracorp business. Joe has over 25 years of IT experience, including extensive experience in application development and IT Architecture planning. Prior to Joe’s appointment in Intracorp, he was responsible for all application development for CIGNA Group Insurance. Joe joined CIGNA in 2000, and previously headed up Technical Services supporting Group Insurance and Corporate business functions. Joe has worked in information technology since 1982, beginning as an application developer. Prior to CIGNA, Joe headed up the Technical Architecture function at Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia. Joe received a B.A. in International Relations from Saint Joseph’s University. Jared Rakes, Managing Director, LiquidHub Jared Rakes is a Managing Director in LiquidHub’s Management Consulting Practice, where he runs their Project Management and Governance COE. Jared has extensive experience creating customized project management frameworks and re-engineering SDLCs and other processes for clients in financial services, pharmaceutical, and non-profit organizations. He teaches classes on project management, including preparatory courses for the Project Management Institute’s PMP certification, as well as classes on Agile software development methods. He is the founder of the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN). Jared is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), as well as a certified ScrumMaster Practitioner. Jared holds a B.A. from Ursinus College and an M.A from the Ohio State University. How to Register for the Meeting: The fee for cocktails and dinner is $75.00 for guests, $60.00 for academic members, members in transition, RLF members and retired members. Corporate members' dinner fees were included with the 2009 membership dues. Register online at http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=190715 and pay by credit card. You can also pay by check by registering online and mailing your dinner fee to SIM Philadelphia, c/o Patricia A. Brown, 240 Center Point Lane, Lansdale, PA 19446 Reservations will be accepted up to the close of business on Friday, October 2, 2009. Please make your reservations promptly so that we may have an accurate count. Appropriate business attire is required, and the Union League has a dress code which is posted at http://www.unionleague.org/dress-code.php Please advise if you have any special dietary restrictions or requests. FOR YOUR CALENDAR: 2009/2010 MEETING DATES and EVENTS 2009 Chapter Meetings: October 6, December 1 2010 Chapter Meetings: February 2, April 6, June 1, October 5, December 7 MEMBER NEWS: The Chapter Welcomes Our New Members David Steinberg, Senior Vice President Citigroup Angelo Valletta, Senior Vice President and CIO Sun National Bank Stephen J. Haindl, Vice President IT ARIFleet David Armstrong, Director of Technology and Network Operations PEI Genesis David Saggiamo, Senior Director Shire Pharmaceuticals TEEN TECH CAMP: Check out the terrific 2009 Teen Tech Camp at http://simttc.org/SIMTTC/Blog.asp. Thanks to all of our SIM members and sponsors who contributed to this worthwhile and fun annual event. Special thanks goes to our own John Connolly and his team at InspiriTech who once again managed, organized and planned a special time for some special campers. OF INTEREST TO OUR MEMBERS: Nominate your candidate for the 2009 SIM Leadership Award at www.cioleadershipawards.com Do you know we have a SIM LinkedIn Group? If you’re not LinkedIn yet, go to www.LinkedIn.com and join the SIM-Philadelphia Chapter group. The Fairfield/Westchester Chapter is hosting The CIO Executive Leadership Summit on October 27, 2009 at the Stamford Plaza Hotel and Conference Center. The theme is “The Transformational Leader - Transforming IT into a Highly Valued Business Partner.” For more information or to register, go to: http://www.hmgstrategy.com/eventinfo/oct2709/default.asp NJ SIM CIO Technology Exchange & Charity Golf Outing October 5th, 2009 Please join us on October 5, 2009 for this year’s SIM NJ CIO Technology Exchange and Charity Golf Outing at Neshanic Valley Golf Course. This unique all-day event combines the best of networking, information exchange and fun, as well as an opportunity to support the NJ SIM Foundation and Scholarship programs. Last year in addition to great golf, networking and great sponsor interaction, we raised over $40,000 for the NJ SIM Technology Enablement Foundation which provides among other services, a local Educational Scholarship Program. Last year, in addition to supporting the Foundation, we gave away thousands of dollars in prizes, and we anticipate 2009 to be even bigger and better! This event is free for SIM NJ members and SIM Practitioners outside the NJ Chapter. Hold your reservation by paying a $100 deposit. Deposits will be refunded when you sign-in at the outing at registration. Note: Registration closes at 10AM, after that no deposit refunds will be issued. For information on guests, sponsorships, and vendor’s participation, please see the website. If you are interested in registering for this event now, please send your full contact information via email to Karen Kostulas (email@example.com) Please join in the SIM NJ Golf Group on LinkedIn. We have also included a Subgroup where we will be posting information about our Corporate Sponsors for our members to review. Are you being interviewed by a reporter? Posting info onto a Blog or other industry website? Be sure to mention SIM and things like Teen Tech Camp the next time to help keep us in the news. WEB RESOURCES: Keep current with SIM International by visiting www.simnet.org. While there, visit the Philadelphia Chapter page at: http://www.simnet.org/Chapters/Northeast/Philadelphia/tabid/207/Default.a spx NOTES: Solicitation - In order to ensure high standards and professionalism in our organization, we would appreciate that all members keep in mind our chapter’s strict policy of non-solicitation at SIM events and the prohibition of using the SIM membership list for commercial purposes. Violation of this policy may result in loss of the offending member’s membership. If you encounter a problem of this nature, please let us know so that the matter can be addressed and corrected. If you know of a prospective SIM member and are not certain whether he/she meets our membership criteria, please contact our Membership Chair, Cari Kraft, at firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance. CHAPTER GUEST POLICY (Note: The December meeting is open to spouses, personal guests and colleagues) The Philadelphia Chapter of SIM has endeavored to keep our membership balance of senior-level executives, practitioners, academics and consultants in line with the guidelines established by SIM International. In an effort to keep that balance and maintain a standard of conduct at meetings, the Board of Directors has approved the following policies regarding guests and a SIM Code of Conduct. As the number of members within the Chapter expands along with the number of guests at meetings, the Board of Directors feels that a formal policy concerning guest attendance at Chapter functions will assist members in offering invitations and help guide proper behavior at Chapter functions. The goal is to ensure that attendees at our events reflect the balance of practitioners and non-practitioners in our bylaws and preserve SIM meeting etiquette. Please note that this policy is not meant to reduce the number of guests attending meetings. We recognize that our meetings are one of the most valuable ways to attract new SIM members and encourage everyone to bring guests that meet the SIM practitioner criteria. Who qualifies as a guest? Members are permitted to invite colleagues to any SIM regular dinner meeting or breakfast meeting under the following guidelines: Guests meet the Chapter practitioner membership criteria. Practitioner members may bring a subordinate or another member of their company who has a particular interest in the topic being covered at a workshop or evening session. Members of other SIM chapters In order to ensure that the 15% consulting cap we maintain in our membership makeup is reflected in our event attendance, members will not be permitted to bring consultants as guests unless prior approval is received from the Membership Chair. If you have a question about your category of membership, contact the Chapter administrator (Pat Brown) at email@example.com.
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