The Society for Information Management (SIM) — a community of more than 3,000 of the information technology (IT) industry’s CIOs, senior IT executives, prominent academicians, consultants, and other IT leaders — and Forrester Research, Inc. (Nasdaq: FORR) today announced a new form of relationship to help each other share knowledge, trends, and insights among the leading practitioners in the IT profession. Under the agreement, Forrester will become SIM’s newest partner.

“We welcome Forrester into our networking community of IT thought leaders. The new partnership level we’ve created leverages the unique value Forrester brings to our membership,” said Jim Noble, SIM president. “This partnership grants SIM members with unprecedented access not only to acclaimed Forrester research, but direct interaction with Forrester analysts for access to information on ensuring business value and professional development.”

“Forrester’s new partnership with SIM benefits all parties involved,” said Charles Rutstein, chief operating officer at Forrester Research. “It enables Forrester to extend its network of senior IT professionals creating additional insight for Forrester client offerings. It also complements our existing Forrester Leadership Boards for IT professionals. Conversely it provides the SIM organization and its members with select access to Forrester’s research and analysis.”

As part of the partnership, key Forrester analysts will join local chapters and participate in national SIM events, sharing ideas and best practices. Forrester experts will also speak at SIMposium, SIM’s premier practitioner-driven annual conference for IT leaders on technology and business integration. In addition, Forrester will provide expertise through a series of analyst-led Webinars on critical issues facing IT leaders, such as IT management’s need to nurture the IT-business relationship and drive business innovation.

The new Independent Technology & Research Partner Program is an outgrowth of SIM’s existing Partner Program which provides members with the opportunity to develop relationships with industry-leading product and service providers in a neutral environment. The addition of Forrester to the roster of nine technology and professional service providers offers SIM members value-added, independent research services at a discounted rate. A goal of the new SIM program is to provide members with access to this research and these specialists for assistance in furthering both their professional growth and the growth of their organizations.

About SIM

Established in 1968, the Society for Information Management (SIM) is the premier network for IT leaders comprised of more than 3,000 members including CIOs, senior IT executives, prominent academicians, consultants, and other IT leaders. SIM is a community of thought leaders who share experiences and apply rich intellectual capital, and who explore future IT direction. Through its 31 chapters, SIM provides resources and programs inspired by IT leaders for IT leaders that enable CIOs to further develop the leadership capabilities of themselves and the key and emerging leaders in their organizations. SIM provides the collective voice to advocate policy and legislation on behalf of the IT profession across