Past Events

CEO's Expectations from CIO 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Event recap – SIM SF Bay Area members and guests participated in an interactive panel discussion with David Politis andThomas Donnelly, respectively the CEO and CIO of BetterCloud.

BetterCloud is the leading SaaS Management Platform (SMP) that enables IT professionals to discover, manage and secure the growing stack of SaaS applications in the digital workplace. David and Thomas shared their perspectives on their roles and relationships to each other, the board, their IT users and customer base. Their discussion and responses to questions from our members touched on the following areas:

For tech (solutions) company
  • CIO's role as a user - involved in product management and support
  • CIO's role as a product evangelist - customer facing, with KPIs tied to that role
For all companies
  • CIO's role being elevated to COO type of responsibility. Every process in companies are being automated, CIO is architect/owner of the technology supporting those processes
  • Evolution in traditional IT roles/responsibilities
  • Business analysts becoming functional relationship managers & product manager for the technology supporting other functions; earlier engagement of IT in the business product/application lifecycle
  • Importance of Enterprise PMO to improve coordination between business units and IT
  • To help move from tactical to strategic partner, establish business productivity success metrics and reinvest portion of resulting savings/value back into next strategic projects
  • CIO's relationship w/ Board of Directors – CEO has to support the IT agenda, help translating the IT roadmap/spend to the business objectives and KPIs that the board is focused on. Position IT leaders as driving growth/cutting costs, vs. owning a cost center
We thank David and Thomas for participating in such an engaging and informative conversation with our members!

How Leading Valley CISOs are securing Edge and IoT 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

How Leading Valley CISOs are securing Edge and IoT: The proliferation of IoT is driving deployment of other edge network resources including local and micro data centers, and traditional centralized security frameworks and solutions are struggling to keep up. The threats are bi-directional – bad actors can get to the core network by compromising edge devices, or get to edge resources if they have already compromised the core network.

Join us for an interactive panel discussion with two leading security practitioners to share their experiences and lessons learned in managing security in an increasingly more complex environment.

Jason Hengels, CEO Exposure Security
Curtis Simpson, CISO Armis

Holiday Special

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

In addition to giving 2020 the old heave-ho, we will share the events scheduled for 2021, celebrate our philanthropic activities you made possible, solicit input on what you, our stakeholders, want to get out of SIM in 2021, and have some fun and games!

*First 24 Zoom time-stamped registrants will receive a bottle of wine.

Securing the Cloud
(Virtual Event) 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

An interactive panel discussion with local technology executives sharing their experiences and lessons learned

Must-Have REMOTE WORK Technologies
(Virtual Event) 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

An interactive panel discussion with local technology executives sharing their experiences and lessons learned

How COVID-19 has changed hiring and getting hired
(Virtual Event) 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

An interactive panel discussion with local technology executives sharing their experiences and lessons learned

Back to the Office - the Bigger Challenge!
(Virtual Event) 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

An interactive panel discussion with local technology executives sharing their experiences and lessons learned

Real Life Experiences Using AI to Create Intelligent Security 
(Virtual Event) 

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Panel discussion with local IT Security Executives discussing how they are applying AI to create intelligent security solutions.

CIO War Stories About Transitioning Entire Enterprises to Remote Work During COVID-19 (Virtual Event) 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Panel discussion with 3 local well known CIO's from software and bio-tech industries sharing their personal experiences on this rapid transition.

A case study – Building Digital Talent Teams (Virtual Event)

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Case study led by Venkat Ranga, Head of Business Information Systems - Aryaka Networks

A case study – how RPA & AI improved employee experience and productivity at Autodesk

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Case study led by Prakash Kota, CIO Autodesk


Holiday Happy Hour

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

A fun-filled evening celebrating 2019 accomplishments and giving back to the community.

How Executives Influence the Agile Organization

Tuesday November 12, 2019

Panel discussion led by Technology executives in the Bay Area on how to scale agile development and delivery to maximize the rewards while dealing with all the pitfalls.

AI In the Enterprise

Wednesday October 9, 2019

This was such a fun and insightful evening - ~30 startup visionaries and senior technology leaders debating topical issues and building relationships at this event hosted by Sapphire ventures. Primary focus was on the role of innovation framework and landscape in order to drive the adoption of emerging technologies with special emphasis on AI Ops.
Look forward to seeing this group reconvene early next year.

The Cloud Journey

Tuesday September 10, 2019

Strategy and lessons learned from moving on-premise business applications and chip design engineering to the public Cloud – by Naidu Annamaneni, CIO eSilicone

Building Digital Talent

Thursday June 6, 2019

AI, ML, and Cloud Disruption

April 18, 2019

We enjoyed breakfast and a discussion led by technology icon Muddu Sudhakar on AI, ML, Cloud Disruption and the benefits to Enterprise Service Management.

REAL Digital Transformation

Thursday March 18, 2019

Panel discussion lead by Technology executives from in the Bay Area on how to increase sales, improve customer experience, and reduce costs.