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SIM’s IT Trends Study: Four Decades of Change in the Role of IT Leadership

April 13, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Since SIM began its IT Trends Study almost four decades ago, the percent of national spending on information and technology has increased over 1000%, and for households about 3000%. Major changes in just about everything have accompanied this massive increase in the information intensity of life and work. SIM’s Trends Study has had a ring-side seat, recording these changes in the management and leadership of IT in organizations through the eyes of SIM members. Join us as we take a look at a few of these with a focus on the accelerating magnitude and rate of change in the role of IT leadership.

Dr. Leon Kappelman

Dr. Vess Johnson

Dr. Chris Maurer

Dr. Ephraim McLean

Dr. Russell Torres



Dr. Vess Johnson, Assistant Professor of Business Information Systems, University of Arkansas, Little Rock

Dr. Vess Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Business Information Systems at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock where he currently teaches a variety of courses in the area of data analytics.   He received his PhD in Business from the University of North Texas, MS in Computer Science, BA in Philosophy and BS in Mathematics from Mississippi State University.  Prior to returning to academia he served as the President and CEO of multiple companies in a professional carrier spanning over 20 years.





Dr. Leon Kappelman, Professor of Information Systems, University of North Texas (UNT)

Dr. Leon Kappelman is a research scientist, teacher, author, speaker, expert witness, and adviser dedicated to helping organizations better manage their information, human, and technology assets.  He is Director Emeritus of the Information Systems Research Center, Professor of Information Systems, and Chairman in the Information Technology and Decision Sciences Department of the College of Business at the University of North Texas (UNT).  He is also primary investigator of the Society for Information Management’s IT Trends Study.





Dr. Chris Maurer, Assistant Professor, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia

Dr. Chris Maurer is an Assistant Professor in the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. He received his PhD from the University of Georgia and was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of Tampa.  His research interests include cybersecurity, enterprise systems, and IT-business alignment.






Dr. Ephraim McLean, Regents’ Professor & G.E. Smith Eminent Scholar’s Chair in IS at Georgia State University

Dr. Ephraim McLean is a Regents’ Professor, the G. E. Smith Eminent Scholar’s Chair in Information Systems, and the Director of the Center for Health IT, all in the Computer Information Systems Department in the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, in Atlanta, GA.  Prior to joining GSU in 1987, he was on the UCLA faculty for 18 years; and before that he worked for Procter & Gamble for seven years, where he began his career in computing in 1962.  He has been a member of SIM since 1974 and has served on the SIM Executive Council three times.  He was the founding chair of the Southern California SIM Chapter and helped found the Atlanta SIM Chapter.  In 1999, he was named an AIS Fellow and in 2007 was recognized with the LEO Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest recognition in the world for an IS academic.



Dr. Russell Torres, Assistant Professor of Business Analytics, University of North Texas

Dr. Russell Torres is Assistant Professor of Business Analytics at the University of North Texas. He is the co-author of A Survey of Core Research in Information Systems and numerous scholarly publications on the topics of maximizing the value of business intelligence and analytics investments, information technology management, business process management, and mobile computing. Prior to his work in academia, Russell served as a Senior Manager with Accenture where he spent 14 years helping design, develop, and deliver custom applications as a member of Accenture’s Architecture, Development and Integration practice.  Russell holds a PhD in Business Computer Information Systems from the University of North Texas, as well as an MS in Management Information Systems and a BS in Bio-Environmental Science, both from Texas A&M University.