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Leveraging Technology as a Strategic Advantage

Welcome to the Advanced Practices Council (APC), an exclusive research and networking program for Chief Information, Technology, Digital and Data Officers.

Executive Networking | Member Driven Research | Sales Free Environment

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Our Members Have Included

Senior executives in such companies as:

  • Allstate Insurance

  • Aquent

  • Armstong Building Products

  • Artera

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb

  • Campbell Soup

  • Carestream

  • ConocoPhillips

  • Covanta

  • CSC

  • DXD Technology

  • Ecore

  • Federal Reserve

  • Fish & Richardson

  • GSTV

  • Hussmann Companies

  • Integra Lifesciences

  • Janssen Research & Development

  • Johnson & Johnson

  • K. Hovnanian

  • National Life

  • PDC Energy

  • Penske Automotive Group

  • Pfizer

  • SoundExchange


  • Tompkins Financial 


  • Varsity Brands

  • Vista Equity Partners

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Member Benefits


Executive Networking

Our members are technology and data executives in multi-site, multinational, or multi-billion dollar organizations.  They share and learn from peers with similar challenges, and create solutions together.  Unmatched access, connections, peer-to-peer networking, and intimate discussions lead to significant breakthroughs and transformation.


Member Driven Research

Our research agenda are selected and driven by members, who gain true actionable insight from researchers.  We focus ONLY on what matters and select researchers from renowned institutions (e.g., Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, IMD) with records of delivering leading-edge practical & actionable results.


Sales Free Environment

We have no outside financial support from any vendors.  We do not accept, endorse, or support any products or services.  We promote a safe, confidential, intimate environment to help members build ROI.

Upcoming Events

To learn more about the Advanced Practices Council (APC) and attend one of our upcoming member meetings as a guest, please contact us (or email our team at

February 8-9, 2024 - Atlanta, GA

Topics Include:

  • How Generative AI is Transforming Companies (Dr. Kristian Hammond, Northwestern University)

  • Generative AI Strategy and Applications (Dr. Amit Joshi, IMD) 

  • Data Liquidity (Dr. Gabriel Piccoli, LSU and Barbara Wixom, MIT)

June 12-13, 2024 - Cambridge, MA

Topics Include:

  • Business to Business Digital Platforms (Dr. Didier Bonnet, IMD)

  • The Future Shape of the Digital Organization (Dr. Didier Bonnet, IMD)

  • More to come...

October 2-3, 2024 - More Details Coming Soon

Upcoming Events

Brad G. James, SVP/CTO
Tompkins Shared Services

Thanks to robotic process automation research by the Advanced Practices Council, we built a strategy that has helped Tompkins Financial achieve cost savings for 2018 and 2019. 

Patricia Coffey, Sr. VP
Allstate Insurance Co.

The APC researchers make it usable for us, practical for us; so that we may then take it back to our organizations.


Rich Hook, CIO
Penske Corporation

I've been part of the APC for a long time now.  Candidly, it's the best money spent each year due to the content, level of depth compared to most forums, and trusted network/friends.



Success Stories

The Advanced Practices Council allowed me to network with other CIOs.  The peer network helped!  We could have lost $Billion$ in a hacker attack.  Membership is a priceless asset for all IT leaders!


Join Us!

The Advanced Practices Council (APC) is the premier program for senior technology and data executives to learn from the best thought leaders world-wide and each other.  There are no sponsors and no selling.


A special program of SIM, a professional association of IT leaders, the APC was founded over 25 years ago by Professor Warren McFarlan of the Harvard Business School (HBS).  Although the APC has strong relationships to many premier business schools and research institutions worldwide, its connection to the Harvard Business School continues to run deep.


APC members learn together on topics they select from world-renowned researchers and each other throughout the year at in-person meetings as well as virtual discussions.


The APC is limited to 40 select senior executives to ensure intimacy within its unique peer network.


Advanced Practices Council Research Advisory Board (RAB)

The Advanced Practices Council Research Advisory Board (RAB) members --- world-renowned researchers --- connect APC to the global network of independent researchers, professors, and practitioners who deliver unbiased, independent research and practical advice to members.

Vijay Gurbaxani (UCI Paul Merage School of Business, Univ. of California - Irvine), Gabriele Piccoli (Louisiana State Univ.), Mike Wade (IMD Business School, Switzerland), Rick Watson (Terry College of Business, Univ. of Georgia), and George Westerman (MIT Sloan School of Management)


Recent research projects selected by members and performed by a world-class network of researchers and professors:

  • How Generative AI is Transforming Companies

  • Generative AI Strategy and Applications

  • Extracting Value from Large Language Models

  • Solution Architecture for Large Language AI Models to Generate Value

  • The Future Shape of the Digital Organization

  • Cybersecurity is Everyone's Business

  • New business model opportunities with Artificial Intelligence (AI)

  • Predictive analytics from possible to practical to valuable

  • The future of organizations

  • Digital Transformation: execution and dynamics

  • War for Talent

  • AI in the Enterprise

  • Dash-boarding your Transformation

  • Work, data, and AI: training the workforce of the future

  • Democratization of technology

  • Developing a digital mindset

  • Managing the dynamics of power in your roles and teams

  • Agile enterprise architecture

  • Scaling ML operations

  • Data Sciences

  • Unlocking value with digital transformation

  • Managing expanding multi-cloud infrastructure and associated costs

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More Information

For more information on the
Advanced Practices Council (APC)
please contact the APC team:

Ask us about our upcoming events and programs.  We will try to save a seat for you at one of our upcoming member meetings!

Thank you for your interest in the Advanced Practices Council.  We will be in touch soon!


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