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September 30 2016
Almost 400 people were in attendance at the September 29, 2016 SIM Boston Technology Leadership Summit. The event kicked off with a fascinating presentation by the New Balance President & CEO, Rob Demartini, and senior leadership from his IT and Customer Experience teams, Ravi Shankavaram and Chris Ladd. Anytime an executive takes the stage in matching red sneakers and pocket square, you can expect an interesting and engaging presentation. Rob and his team did not disappoint. They gave attendees a great overview of the challenges they have faced bringing their shoes to the international market while competing with big name brands, such as Nike and Adidas, and meeting their customers’ demand for customization… fast. Innovation was a focus in their presentation as well as in that of Bhavani Amirthalingam, VP of IT & Business Transformation at Schneider Electric. Bhavani spoke about the need to innovate in order to meet an international and rapidly growing demand for electricity. While the products delivered by New Balance and Schneider Electric are vastly different, their need to innovate stems from a similar passion for delivering the best product to their customers. With the need for innovation has come the opportunity for IT to move from the back seat to the drivers seat.
Other highlights from the Summit included engaging breakout sessions, networking opportunities with attendees and sponsors, as well as the closing keynote presentation by Matt Light, former Patriots player and founder of The Light Foundation. Not only did attendees get an entertaining look at what it was like for Matt to play in the NFL, they also learned about the similarities between a successful IT business and a winning O-Line.
Overall, it was a successful event, and we look forward to an even bigger Technology Leadership Summit in 2017 as we move from the Marriott Newton to Gillette Stadium.
September 23 2016
At the Breakfast Meetup on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, attendees enjoyed an inspirational presentation by Tim Hebert, President and CIO at Atrion, Inc. Tim told the story of his challenging climb up Mt. Kilamanjaro. He had to do a lot of training to prepare himself and in the end he attributes his success, and that of his team, to purpose, vision, discipline, and pace. Now that he is back on sea-level, Tim has found that these qualities are necessary to be successful in business as well. We appreciate Tim Hebert taking the time to speak to us and wish him luck on his future adventures! Thank you also to the Appalachian Mountain Club for hosting this event at their headquarters in downtown Boston.
September 06 2016
This summer, SIM Boston members came together to enjoy the beautiful weather, exchange ideas, and of course network!
On August 17, 2016, members got together in a Super Suite at Gillette Stadium for a Special Summer Networking event. Over 45 IT practitioners and executives enjoyed a night of casual conversation and a tour of the under-belly of Gillette Stadium. A few highlights from the tour were walking through the press box, viewing the “time-out area” for over exuberant fans, and walking through the visitors tunnel after posing for a group photo on the field. This event was sponsored by Millennium Consulting and widely praised by all in attendance.
Our CIO Roundtable groups also took advantage of the summer slow-down to take a moment to share ideas and get to know each other better. On June 30, 2016, members met for Tapas in Providence, RI. Then, on August 25, 2016 the Boston group congregated at the Branch Line restaurant in Watertown, MA. It was a beautiful evening and attendees enjoyed playing bocce, having a terrific meal along with a few drinks, recapping their summers and even broached a few technology issues along the way.
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