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SIM Advanced Practices Council webinar: Delivering Value Through Business Analytics
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Insights from data are only valuable when they turn into action — IT and business teams collaboratively creating meaningful initiatives directly related to the organization's strategy, mission or business model.
Join Dr. Barbara Wixom for this free webinar Jan. 14 as she describes three kinds of action best practices, along with proven approaches that will maximize the value of data efforts at your company:
  • User-centric development
  • Hybrid roles and people
  • Value-oriented governance
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    SIM's Advanced Practices Council is a unique CIO forum that combines the benefits of leading-edge practical research, global and strategic cross-industry perspectives, and an intimate network of trusted advisors.
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    3 tips for finding and keeping your next CIO
    The Wall Street Journal
    Chief information officers are finding themselves spinning out of a revolving door that just keeps going faster and faster. According to a recent Gartner survey, the average tenure of a public sector CIO is 3.4 years, which is down significantly from the 4.2 year average the survey reported just one year ago. Why are so many CIOs leaving their companies at such a rapid rate? There are three reasons, each with their own challenges.
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    IT leadership lessons you can learn from failure
    CIO
    In the world of IT, things can and will go wrong. Failure can come from a number of things such as rushing to get too much done in a single project instead of breaking it down into smaller, more manageable projects. It can come from not allowing enough lead time for developers to do their part on the back-end or even from a consultant or vendor that led you down the wrong path.
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    Obama's new IT project initiative — a step in the right direction
    Forbes
    The Wall Street Journal recently had a front page article on the White House initiative to create a new agency to manage large IT projects and increase federal hiring of key IT specialists from industry. The White House has stated this is in response to the failure of the Healthcare.gov rollout.
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    In an effort to enhance the overall content of SIM Connect, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of SIM, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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    Inside the data center transformation
    CIO Insight
    A new report published by QuinStreet Enterprise, titled "2014 Data Center Outlook: Data Center Transformation — Where Is Your Enterprise?" investigates how the usage of data centers is changing. Once viewed as a necessary expense to keep day-to-day operations running to meet business needs, data centers are now perceived as possessing the potential to add great value to the business. In addition, enterprises are realizing that it requires significant new investments in their data centers to achieve this business potential.
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    Machine learning, embedded analytics and big data march ahead in 2014
    SearchCIO
    Will we look back on 2014 as the year that marked a new era in business? According to faculty at the International Institute for Analytics, advances in big data, along with machine learning and embedded analytics, will drive new products, reinvent old business processes, and quite possibly mean a lot more work for lawyers.
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    CIOs must balance cloud security and customer service
    CIO
    When CIOs in the federal government talk about their customers, they are often referring to the nontechnical employees within their agencies. So, like their colleagues in the private sector, federal CIOs face the challenge of rolling out user-friendly applications and services, while at the same time ensuring that those products are secure enough to meet government standards and can stand up to an ever-more varied and sophisticated body of threats.
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    Half of organizations targeting big data, led by CEO charge
    FierceCIO
    Big data is past the hype phase now, with half of organizations now implementing or planning to implement a big data initiative. That is the word from International Data Corp, which recently released its 2014 IDG Enterprise Big Data report. IDC surveyed more than 1,700 IT and security decision makers to get a sense on what they are doing and plan to do with big data. One of the top technology trends for 2013, big data is expected to dominate again this year, and the IDC data confirms that trend.
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