There has never been a more challenging time to be in IT. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the value of IT as never before, as businesses rushed to digitize business processes and support work from home. But the pandemic wreaked havoc on the economy. The economic downturn shrank many IT budgets resulting in furloughs or layoffs.
NJ SIM, too, faces obstacles from the COVID-19 pandemic. I’ve heard from many of you that you miss our in-person events. NJ SIM had to cancel meetings and move to online events. We hoped to be able to hold our Summer BBQ in person, but no facility is yet ready to accommodate a large group with the required social distancing.
NJ SIM is embracing the “new normal” of the pandemic and filling the urgent need for us to communicate and collaborate on strategies and solutions, and to network to find the next opportunity for ourselves or our colleagues. We are planning to offer hybrid meetings in the fall, where members will have the option to attend in-person meetings, in limited numbers and with appropriate social distancing, or participate online. Our committees are planning a wider variety of events, including more frequent opportunities for us to engage with each other online. Aware that many of our members are suddenly in transition due to COVID-19, we are adding services to support our Members-In-Transition. As always, we welcome your suggestions for future programs and events. Please forward your comments and suggestions to email@example.com.
At the same time we were dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, our country saw a massive movement for social justice. As IT leaders, we in NJ SIM have a responsibility to develop future IT leaders and foster diversity, inclusion, and equality. We recognize the low participation in the IT profession of some groups, and we are committed to eliminating barriers to full participation. In that spirit SIM has supported SIM Women since 2007 and is exploring a partnership with ITSMF and BDPA to amplify the work they are doing. Watch this space for more information as the discussions progress.
With your support and commitment, NJ SIM will continue to be a community where IT leaders can share our insights and experience, develop personally and professionally, and add value to the businesses we serve.
As always, you can reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President, NJ SIM
CIO, Seton Hall University