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May 22nd 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! 

The Results Are In: 
Last week's question: " Are you experiencing Zoom burnout due to an increased number of zoom/video meetings?

Apparently, Zoom burnout is real and it's right here in the DC Metro area!  Approximately 67% of you said that you are burned out from the video calls you have on a daily basis.   

Here's the new Question of the Week

What support do your employees need most from your company's executive team during this outbreak?
(choose ONE option below)

*|SURVEY: Flexability to deal with home and work demands|* 
*|SURVEY: Help maintaining a sense of community|* 
*|SURVEY: Increased leadership training for managers|* 

*results to be provided in next week's newsletter. 
SIMCAC June Webinar: DevOps & Microservices - Lego IT or Letting go of IT?

Sign up today and join us on June 9th at 4pm for the DevOps & Microservices - Lego IT or Letting go of IT webinar. In this information packed session, we leave theory and market hype behind and focus on the reality of digital transformation and application modernization from the perspective of agility to market, security, cost, performance and reliability of core business operations systems and customer facing applications. The discussion focuses on real experiences of companies and industries that have evolved and continue to pave the future of how information technology is “letting go” of traditional IT structures.
Legacy host-based data centers and managed IT infrastructure hamper innovation and agility through human-created process roadblocks. These legacy processes are now automated by innovations in cloud infrastructure support. Organizations of all types and sizes are moving to cloud computing, saving substantial capital costs through reduction in spending on equipment, infrastructure and software. They are also gaining competitive advantage through adopting microservice architectures, enabling them to harness the power of code reusability – the “Lego approach”.

Our speaker, David DeLoye, is a world-class consultant and practitioner in helping companies “Let Go” and experience exceptional financial and operational results. He has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies, enabling them to leverage the power of DevOps, migrate entire data centers to the cloud, and help IT organizations adapt their team structure to the new way of computing. He has a keen perspective on what does and doesn’t work as IT teams tackle tough transformation challenges.

This is a session you definitely do not want to miss!

Register Here
Spotlight: SIMCAC Board Member, Fara Francis speaks at the Working Women of Tampa Bay Webinar

There comes a day when you just know you need to a make change in your career or business. It may be prompted by an inner voice that has started screaming, the numbers in your bank account, or by an unprecedented disruption such as a global pandemic.  

Shifting from running a business to working for someone else, or from being an employee to launching a new business can feel daunting.  You can see from social networks that other people have done this.  They survived, and some even seem to be thriving – but where did they start?

Ms.  Fara Francis was one of the panelists at a webinar designed to discuss how to navigate professional transitions. In 2018, Fara made the courageous decision to shift from a role she held for 11 years in order to grow into an expanded leadership position. She was a natural fit for this webinar!  Here were some of the major take aways. 

How can you pivot your career due to Covid19

  • Reinvent yourself!
  • Learn a new industry.
How do you know it’s time for change? 
  • Environment changes.
  • When you want to follow your passion.
  • Gut feeling.
  • When you are not challenged.
  • When you want to reinvent yourself.
  • Finances.
Other important take aways from the webinar
  • Change your wishes to action.
  • Choose wisely when building a network – find people that you have chemistry with and people that share the same values and interests.
  • Coaching is key, but make sure there is chemistry and genuine intention.
  • Perfect your ability to communicate what you can bring to the table?
  • Create a blue print of where you want to go professionally.  This is key for any successful move or career change you make.  

***SIMCAC Members, do you have a speaking opportunity coming up?  If so, please let Sulav Regmi ( and James Parks ( know.  We'd love to promote the event and recognize your contribution***

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