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January 25 Newsletter


Welcome to the SIMCAC Weekly Newsletter....
....Where each week, we'll share SIMCAC announcements, member spotlights, local/national industry news, upcoming events, and recaps of past ones! 

Unlike the many event vendors that constantly target tech leaders in our area, we are the only professional association of senior technology leaders, run solely by volunteers, that offers a tight-knit community of peers, meaningful opportunities for peer learning around hot topics, and the ability to make an impact through our STEM charitable foundation.  If you are a senior technology leader in the DC metro, please consider joining.  Our chapter is rapidly growing and we have an ambitious agenda for 2019. Come be a part of it.

Event Recap: "Amazon HQ2: What does it mean for our companies and communities?"

      On Wednesday, January 21, about 80 attendees heard about the ramifications of Amazon moving their HQ2 into National Landing. Experts from academia, industry, and government shared their insights on how technology, entrepreneurship, and the labor and housing market will experience booms in the years to come. The moderator, Mike Cannon, guided the conversation and ensured each panelist provided a valuable perspective of how the new headquarters will impact stakeholders.
      Steve Hartell, the Director of Public Policy at Amazon, shared the many reasons National Landing was chosen. He believed there is an inextricable link between the success of Amazon and local transportation, the labor market, local and state investments made into the community. The Metro will serve more people with the expansion and renovation of stations in the area. The talent in the labor market will help amazon fill positions with a local workforce. The infrastructure will allow for new offices. The impacts of Amazon will be far reaching and will be seen throughout the community. Steve commented, “National Landing is a long-term opportunity for us to make a difference in this community.”
      Arlington County representatives, Jack Belcher and Christina Winn, shared the enthusiasm for National Landing. The overarching reason is that investments made into the infrastructure will serve all citizens and help attract a strong base of entrepreneurs, companies, and workers who could utilize the space in Crystal City. Amazon moving into the area will allow for the vacancy rate to decrease – which the localities have struggled to decrease since BRAC. The new leases will boost the tax base and help the County meet its immediate needs and allow for tax dollars to be reinvested into the community.
      Representatives from Virginia Tech, Brandy Salmon and Charles Clancy, were able to address how the Commonwealth’s investment into the education system will create a strong pipeline of talent for Amazon and companies in the technology sector. With over one billion dollars invested into education and the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, there will be unparalleled opportunities for groundbreaking research. “The big wildcard we are looking at is quantum computing and how it will allow for greater innovation in this region,” touted Charles Clancy.
      Christie Struckman of Gartner addressed a concern many local-area executives have at the top of their list. What about retaining talent, in an already tight labor market, after Amazon moves into Arlington? She had a five point plan and in one of her points, she directly addressed “Create an EVP, Employee Value Proposition, and make sure you [managers and business owners] allow employees to see their value.” Ensuring this element into the plan is important for employee retention and worker satisfaction. In the end, you want to keep the good workers, and ensure they stay in Arlington and with your company for the right reasons.
      The panel agreed. Arlington’s future is bright. Many attendees left with the same impression. There is no doubt that the harmonious interplay between government and industry will last for years to come.

Feb 20, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM at Tower Club, Tysons Corner
      We sometimes read about emerging technologies and wonder how, or if, these new approaches will benefit my organization. The SIM Advanced Practices Council (APC) consists of 30-35 CIOs nationwide who participate in directing research into emerging technologies and share the results of applying those technologies with each other. At our February event, we are fortunate to have a panel of SIM APC members who will share how they are using several new technologies in their organizations to either improve effectiveness, reduce costs or be more agile in the marketplace. This is a must attend event as these CIOs will be sharing real experiences with technologies like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Automation.
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Event Speakers 

Julia Anderson

Julia Anderson - Julia Anderson is the Global Chief Information Officer at Smithfield Foods, a $15 billion global food company. As a member of the executive leadership team, she supports the company’s strategic targets by executing enterprise wide strategies to allow the company to scale its operations.  Julia is focused on innovation and her team is building out the foundation for Smithfield’s future including a Hybrid Cloud platform, Enterprise SAP S4/Hana ERP foundation, advanced analytics platform and digitization of business through IoT, Blockchain and AI.

Julia serves on the Board of Directors for Make-A-Wish Virginia and the CGT Consumer Goods Technology, Executive Advisory Council.  Julia has been active in SIM (Society of Information Management) since 1999.  She served on the board of the Fairfield Westchester chapter for three years and is a member of the Advanced Practices Council since 2006.

Stephen Heilenman

Stephen C. Heilenman - Steve Heilenman offers three decades of extraordinary success in a series of high-level roles at top tier companies that include Computer Aid Inc., Vanguard Investment Group and Price Waterhouse LLC. Upon being named Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Computer Aid Inc., Steve has demonstrated a record of success and achievement at this $600M global provider of information technology services and products, marked by a promotion to a position of increased influence, authority, and accountability. With a forte for successfully building strong teams and holding a key role leading all facets of technology and strategy, Steve has successfully positioned Computer Aid Inc. as a leading expert in its field with respect to IT services and transforming the company from a traditional IT services company to a services and products company.

Prior to assuming the role of Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Computer Aid Inc., Steve gained over two decades of experience driving positive outcomes across Information Technology Leadership, Strategic Development, Team Leadership, Revenue Growth, Operations Management, and Continuous Innovation in multiple roles with Ashton Technology Group, Vanguard Investment Group, Price Waterhouse and Electronic Data Systems (EDS).

Steve is on the SIM National Board (Society for Information Management) as a member of the finance and the strategic board committees.  He is a current member of SIM’s Advanced Practices Council, and a former Philadelphia SIM board member and past President.  He has co-authored a book “Inside the Minds: Driving Business Value with Innovative Technology Strategies” 2014 – Thomson Reuters.  Steve was Philadelphia SIM’s 2016 – Leadership of the Year award, Smart CEO’s – 2015 Executive Management Award winner, and 2013 CAI’s Associate’s Choice Leadership award winner.  He is valued speaker on innovation and IT transformation regularly presenting at CIO forums and IT executive conferences.

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      Smart communities are starting to transform where we live and work and will become a $2 trillion industry by 2020. Come learn more from a panel of experts on how ubiquitous broadband and WiFI, IoT, AI, Machine Learning, and Big Data will be part of these new and exciting communities.
      As companies strive to better meet the needs and expectations of its customers, CIOs and technology executives play a critical role in identifying how advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, Big Data, analytics, the Internet of Things, blockchain and cloud computing can be leveraged to enhance the customer experience, craft customer-focused business models and gain a competitive edge. The innovative mindset and courageous leadership required to partner with the C-suite and board of directors to transform the business will be the focal point of the 2019 Washington, D.C CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

SIM Connect Live 2019
The clock is ticking... discounted early-bird registration ends on February 14!

SIM National's flagship national event, provides a multi-day, immersive learning experience for top IT leaders. On May 15-17, more than 500 CIOs, senior IT executives, leading academicians, and prominent consultants will convene in Orlando to explore cutting-edge trends and identify strategies for business success. The 2019 program offers premier opportunities for expanding leadership competencies amidst today's disruptive and exciting business environment.
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