SIM is not afraid of the bigwigs. Not only did the SIMposium 2004 conference in Chicago open last week with Does IT matter? author Nicholas Carr talking about how IT can't make any lasting impression on the industry as a whole, but the show also featured Jim Collins, author of Good to Great: Why some companies make the leap ... and others don't, offering advice on how good companies become great ones. Collins offered valuable advice to the senior IT audience, by answering high-level questions such as "What makes a level-5 executive?" and "How do you keep the right people in the right seats on your bus?"
The various breakout sessions at the show also catered to the senior-level IT audience by presenting real-life IT case studies. A particularly useful session was led by Arkalgud Ramaprasad and C. Ranganathan of the CRIM Forum on Enterprise IT Sourcing Strategy. These experts gave a wonderfully detailed presentation on how to decide if you should outsource, what to outsource and how to manage the implementation process.
We'll be posting a number of stories and CIO interviews from the show over the coming week. So stay tuned.
If you were also in attendance at last week's SIM show, I'd love to hear from you. What were your impressions of the keynotes and breakout sessions? What are your thoughts on Nicholas Carr's controversial take that IT doesn't really matter? What policies have you found to keep the right people on your bus? Did you find the various case study presentations valuable? Let me know.