Upcoming Events


  • Thursday
    23
    January

    SIM Boston Member Career Development

    Thursday, January 23, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET
    Leading Technology Transformation and Your Career Through Volatile Times featuring David Brown, Principal, Point B Consulting - 2019 was a year of great volatility, and there is little on the horizon that suggests 2020 will be much different. As uncertainty looms and technology increases the pace of change, companies are struggling more than ever to build organizational agility to respond quickly and efficiently to changes in the marketplace - Using Point B’s Five Dimensions of a Technology Transformation model, an approach to help companies understand, build and lead a successful technology transformation in these volatile times, we will offer insights into the way companies are addressing these challenges - We will also discuss some of the influences these trends have around career planning David Brown is a Principal with Point B Consulting. He has over 25 years of experience and has held numerous leadership roles as an information technology practitioner and consultant. David has extensive experience transforming an organization to meet the needs and challenges of an evolving business environment through process change and/or technology. He has worked in the consumer packaged goods, life sciences, manufacturing, retail, and professional services industries. David has a long relationship with SIM, serving as the Boston Chapter President in 2004 and a SIM International Board Member for a number of years. He is also an RLF graduate. David holds an MBA and MS in Computer Science and is a retired US Army Officer. He lives with his wife Naomi and son Jacob in Dover, MA.

  • Thursday
    23
    January

    SIM Boston Technology Leadership Series Meeting

    Thursday, January 23, 2020, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET
    Keeping All the Balls in the Air (How to Cope with Constant Change... & Still Stay Sane!) featuring Rob Peck, Founder and C.E.A. (Creative Education Advocate) of Zestworks Speaking & Training As the pace of change accelerates, leaders and teams clearly need to juggle more multiple responsibilities than ever. What isn’t so clear is how to keep pace without feeling constantly overworked and chronically under-slept. (Jugglers aren’t the only ones tossing in their sleep!) With humor and heart Rob shares true stories of how to keep the right balls in the air, and have less distress, and more success. Based on his book- It's A Juggle Out There (A Guide to a Better Balanced & More Fulfilling Life) his keynote integrates stress reduction tools and mindfulness techniques. Throughout, Rob illustrates how to synthesize IQ and EQ (Emotional Intelligence) and create a daily practice of ‘Kind Management’ that revitalizes our powers of concentration, motivates positive mind-sets, and leaves attendees energized, encouraged, and uplifted. Rob Peck is an author, humorist and recovering perfectionist! True to the title of his new book- IT’S A JUGGLE OUT THERE, Rob’s moving speeches and uplifting seminars combine comedy and content with 'outside the briefcase' ideas to have less stress and more zest. Rob's guiding principle is that high spirits mean low attrition, and when workplace morale goes up, energized job performance fuels organizational growth. Rob Peck is a long time member of the National Speakers Association, who has appeared on CBS, NBC, CNBC and was a featured presenter at Harvard University and the Smithsonian Institute. He is the recipient of numerous public speaking awards, and three time winner of Toastmaster International’s humorous speech contest. From Harvard to Hewlett Packard, Rob’s expertise in “juggling” has helped thousands of multi-tasking professionals reduce burnout, regain a better life balance, and combine a sense of purpose… with a spirit of fun!

  • Tuesday
    4
    February

    SIM Boston Service Desk Roundtable

    Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET
    Join us as we discuss the following topics: Data Privacy • Current status at your organization, have you identified relevant data? • Who has access? • How do you monitor compliance? Self Service • To what degree are you utilizing self-service? • How has it improved your service (resolution time, communication, customer satisfaction, etc.)?

  • Wednesday
    5
    February

    SIM Boston Member Orientation

    Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
    Participate in a webinar designed to help you get the most from your SIM Boston membership! We will cover the organization, its programs (both national and local), and have ample opportunities for Q&A. Open to any members who could use more information to take better advantage of all SIM Boston has to offer.

  • Wednesday
    5
    February

    SIM Women Meeting

    Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM ET
    From Surviving to Thriving as an "Only" in IT Leadership Information technology needs more diversity among its leaders and role models to inspire future generations of under-represented groups to pursue this profession and bring their varied experiences to inspire better problem-solving and innovation. Evolving into a leader involves much more than being put in a leadership role, acquiring new skills and adapting one’s style. It involves a fundamental identity shift. In a profession built upon ever-evolving technology, the susceptibility to imposter syndrome is already high. The internalization of leadership can be particularly challenging then to those who feel added scrutiny as an “only” in the group, who must also find personal resilience to navigate conflicting mindsets that support biases about expected behaviors and performance. This workshop empowers attendees to emerge as confident leaders by promoting awareness of self-limiting habits and nurturing an authentic leadership identity that aligns with your personal values and advances organizational goals. Participants will develop skills to: • Challenge negative self-talk using a set of rational questions to focus on evidence, competencies and strengths • Comfortably promote your achievements and skills in a manner that reflects your personal values • Leverage a few existing or new connections in your professional network to advance an organizational or personal goal Sandy Silk is the Director of Information Security Education and Consulting at Harvard University, Founder of Cyber Risk and Resilience Consulting, and co-chair of the SIM Women group within SIM Boston. At Harvard, she leads a team that consult with researchers, faculty, and departments on security risks and controls for the data, technology, and vendors they use within projects. Sandy is involved in several Women in Technology (WIT) organizations and seeks opportunities to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion for under-represented populations within the IT profession. Sandy’s prior information security career included positions with Fidelity Investments, Bose Corporation, and Wellington Management Company. Evening Agenda: 5:00-6:00 Arrival/registration, networking, and light refreshments (cash bar) 6:00-7:00 Workshop 7:00-7:30 Wrap-up and additional networking

  • Thursday
    13
    February

    SIM Boston Member Career Development

    Thursday, February 13, 2020, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM ET
    The Virtual Transition Help Roundtable Please join us for a webinar designed to help SIM members who are actively searching for a new role. Any SIM members who are currently employed are always welcome to attend to offer job leads, insight, and assistance. This Virtual Transition Help Roundtable will focus on peer coaching and assistance with your transitional search. Come prepared with questions or challenges that you are facing - the group will brainstorm together to develop options and suggestions. If time allows, we will also discuss networking techniques and tools that may assist with your search.

  • Wednesday
    26
    February

    SIM Boston CIO Roundtable

    Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 2:00 PM - 7:30 PM ET
    Cloud Deployments We will be exploring how to plan for and manage cloud infrastructure and services with invited experts from this space. We will explore such questions as: What makes sense to run in the cloud and what doesn't? How do you plan for migration? How do you staff for cloud management? How do you track and manage cost? Stay tuned for more details!