March Monthly Meeting Recap

At our April program, Mike Festa, Director of Wayfair Next and Boston Chapter President of AR/VR Association and Jim Martin, CIO at Shepley Bulfinch brought AR and VR systems for attendees to experience. This was followed by an overview of state of the practice for AR/VR technology and how organizations are using it to address business needs. With that context, attendees participated in a very lively and engaged table top exercise, brainstorming and sharing how their organizations might leverage this technology. The list of brainstorming ideas included: Group 1 Staffing – VR – Candidates can see & Visualize environment when … Read more…

Technology Leadership Roundtable Event: Leadership in the Digital Age (May 2, 2017)

Fourteen senior IT professionals from the Boston/Providence area met at Babson College for a lively discussion on “Leadership in the Digital Age.” The session was facilitated by Kim Crider, a partner and executive IT consultant at velocityHub and a Major General in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Kim framed the conversation with the proposition that IT leaders live in a “World of Surprise,” that disruptive and transformative technologies have fundamentally changed forever the way that we, as technology leaders, work. Consider that many recent technology advancements have relegated foundational capabilities, like storage and networking, to non-strategic commodities that can be … Read more…

SIM Boston Press Release

SIM Boston Press Release

SIM Boston Celebrates 40th Anniversary; Opens Registration for Annual Golf Outing SIM Boston boasts more than 425 current members; contributes more than $277K to local outreach programs since 1977 Boston, MA – April 11, 2017 – The Boston Chapter of SIM, the longest continuously running premier professional organization serving the needs of IT leaders in the Eastern New England area, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Since 1977, the organization has been influential in shaping the local IT market, cultivating the next generation of technology leaders and practitioners, and boasts a long, successful history of philanthropy, supporting a number of … Read more…

Life Sciences CIO Roundtable Recap

Life Sciences CIO Roundtable Recap

Over 35 Life Sciences IT, Marketing, and Legal professionals joined our March 2017 Life Sciences CIO Roundtable at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA. Our featured topic was “The Changing Landscape of Social Media and Data Privacy in Life Sciences.” Elizabeth Appeles, CEO of the consultancy Greater Than One, started the conversation with thoughts on how social media is transforming healthcare delivery, and attorney Michelle Axelrod from Porzio Life Sciences initiated a lively conversation about privacy expectations on social media, and privacy obligations around the world. Many thanks to our hosts at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals for providing the venue and food for … Read more…

Year Up Providence: Vannda Prak’s Journey to an IT Career

Year Up Providence: Vannda Prak’s Journey to an IT Career

In March, Vannda Prak spoke at PEM’s Annual Boston Premier CIO Forum that spotlighted one of SIM Boston’s important outreach partners. The chapter provides financial grants to Year Up both in Boston and Providence as well as connections with its members – several who sponsor students every year. Read more about Vannda’s journey: “My name is Vannda Prak and I am 25 years old. Fresh out of high school at the age of 18, I went straight to the University of Rhode Island as a nursing student. Nursing was something my parents wanted me to pursue, and something I had … Read more…