SIM DFW Fellows

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About the SIM DFW Fellows Program

The SIM DFW Chapter Fellows were identified and chartered as a new membership category in 2013.  The first official meeting of the Fellows was held in December of that same year.

The Fellows are a select group of senior professionals that represent a cross-section of the DFW SIM Chapter.  Practitioners, academics, business partners, and senior IT consultants are currently among the ranks of the Fellows.

The Fellows are those individuals who throughout their careers have demonstrated a level of involvement that is not only very apparent within the broader IT discipline but also within their selected industry and within SIM.  They have given of themselves to their SIM colleagues through their membership tenure (whether that time has been within the DFW Chapter or any SIM Chapter in which they have belonged) and have given to the SIM International organization as well.

The Fellows represent decades of experience and lessons learned, and are always very willing to share the practices, expertise, and the lessons acquired over those years to any SIM colleagues. It is through this sharing that others may take value and apply those lessons and “pearls of wisdom” in their own businesses and their own careers.

Once accepted as a DFW SIM Chapter Fellow that honorific is held for all time.  Once a Fellow, always a Fellow.
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For Your Consideration, News about Security and Privacy 
Chris Feola | September 21, 2020

 

Portland Passes Groundbreaking Ban on Facial Recognition in Stores, Banks, Restaurants and More

Established as two pieces of companion legislation, one ordinance makes Portland the first U.S. city to prohibit use of facial recognition technologies inside privately owned places accessible to the public, such as stores, banks, Airbnb rentals, restaurants, entertainment venues, public transit stations, homeless shelters, senior centers, law and doctors’ offices, and a variety of other businesses. This new law also gives people the right to sue and win damages for the unlawful use of facial recognition, one of many components of the legislation that prompted opposition from business groups. It lets people sue noncompliant private entities for $1,000 per day for each day of violation or for damages sustained as a result of the violation, whichever is greater. 

https://onezero.medium.com/portland-passes-groundbreaking-ban-on-facial-recognition-in-stores-banks-restaurants-and-more-571a9f06229d

In China, GitHub Is a Free Speech Zone for Covid Information

One collaborative project, known as a “repository,” was named #2020nCovMemory. Founded by seven volunteers from around the world, it included everything from investigative reports published by Chinese news magazine Caixin to the diary entries of Wuhan writer Fang Fang, who criticized the local government’s suppression of information and initial failure to warn the public about the virus. Another repository, called Terminus2049—named after a planet in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series—collected sensitive articles that were otherwise inaccessible behind China’s Great Firewall, such as an interview with Ai Fen, the doctor who first discovered the virus in December. In February, Zeng joined a repository called 2020nCov_individual_archives, to crowdsource online diary entries and citizens’ accounts of everyday life during the pandemic.

  https://www.wired.com/story/china-github-free-speech-covid-information/


Facebook Fights Irish Privacy Watchdog’s Data-Transfer Curbs

Facebook Inc. sought to derail proposals by the Irish data protection watchdog that the tech giant warns could curb transfers of vast amounts of commercial data across the Atlantic. The social network giant said it sought a judicial review of the Irish Data Protection Commission’s preliminary decision that the company may have to halt trans-Atlantic data transfers using the most commonly used EU tool still available to firms

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-11/facebook-sues-irish-privacy-watchdog-over-data-transfer-spat


…Finally, on the (hopefully) lighter side…


A robot wrote this entire article. Are you scared yet, human?

The mission for this op-ed is perfectly clear. I am to convince as many human beings as possible not to be afraid of me. Stephen Hawking has warned that AI could “spell the end of the human race”. I am here to convince you not to worry. Artificial intelligence will not destroy humans. Believe me.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/08/robot-wrote-this-article-gpt-3

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Taking Your Business to the Next Level
Andrew Jackson | September 9, 2020

 

While watching a webinar the other day, a presenter made a comment that caught my attention. He said, “this pandemic is not just a tsunami…it’s climate change!”

As a business owner and manager, that line got me thinking. The presenter was making the point that some, perhaps many, of the changes we’re going through as a result of the pandemic may not be temporary.  Yes, there will be a recovery, but COVID-19 will have lasting effects on our businesses and the economy – some of which may be permanent.

This means that we are not just tasked with weathering the current storm -- we are charged with adapting to a new normal that is not yet fully defined. What are we doing now to ensure that we are agile and responsive enough to grow and prosper in the future?  Are we looking at this as systemic change versus just an event?

I do have confidence that in time, vaccines and therapeutics will mitigate threat of life-threatening illness due to this virus. At the same time, some aspects of how we work and do business are being forever changed. The changes will differ for every business, but a few examples are:

  • Managing remote teams: How will we manage, motivate and enable the success of workers who do not return to an office environment?
  • Supply chains: What have we done to shorten, strengthen and increase their effectiveness? What weaknesses were revealed that need to be corrected?
  • Customers: What have we done to make their access, engagement and level of experience better and on their desired terms?
  • The business: Have we accurately allocated for and forecasted sales and cash flows, and have we built in resilience for a fluctuating economy?
  • Technology: How are we ensuring that we have the right tools to run an efficient operation and serve customers – anytime and anywhere?

These are just a few areas to consider. The pandemic is more than a bump in the road – it is forcing us to reevaluate, retool and improve. What are you doing to take your business to the next level? If you would like to share your idea on this topic, contact me at ajackson@bravotech.com.
Watch our SIM Fellows interview technology leaders on how they are leading their organizations through the COVID-19 Pandemic.




Interview with Caren Shiozaki, EVP-CIO for TMST, Inc

Interview with Debbie Jowers, Administrative Director, Texas Health Resources
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