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Stream the latest APC webinar: Delivering Value Through Business Analytics
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SIM's Advanced Practices Council partnered with the Capital Area SIM chapter to host the webinar "Delivering Value Through Business Analytics." In this webinar Barbara Wixom, of MIT's Center for Information Systems Research, described 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

    To stream the webinar click here.

    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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    How to kickstart your data-driven marketing efforts
    CIO
    Marketing professionals agree that big data analytics will become a major component of their business over the next several years. In fact, according to a survey conducted by Teradata in March and May last year, 71 percent say they plan to implement big data analytics within the next two years — all part of taking their data-driven marketing efforts to the next level.
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    The CIO is dead, long live the CIO
    Forbes
    Over the last 20 years, many businesses have transformed IT's role from a cost center to a strategic business contributor. Driving the transition is a new type of CIO — a business leader who, rather than looking to technology to simply keep the business running, analyzes technology innovations and determines how to apply them to advance the business. While technologists or engineers held the CIO positions up through the late 90s, today's CIOs are mainly businessmen and women. These new IT leaders look to IT to deliver new services in new ways to new markets to support business growth.
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    Experience and skills are no match for talent
    By Mel Kleiman
    Human knowledge is now doubling every 3.7 years. This means 50 percent of what you now know will be out of date in less than four years. Just to bring it home, let's imagine you need open heart surgery. How would you like to have it performed by someone who hadn't learned anything new about the procedure in the past 48 months? For this reason, it is no longer about hiring skills and/or experience. Today, it's all about hiring talent. So, what is the difference?
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    5 tips from a CIO on dealing with massive distributed denial-of-service attacks
    Network World
    LiveJournal is a social media blogging site that attracts millions of users each month from across the globe, especially the U.S. and Russia. Owned by Moscow-based SUP Media, its website is hosted in a Montana data center, and according to Tim Turner, the firm's London-based CIO, LiveJournal regularly faces massive distributed denial-of-service attacks.
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    Are CIOs at risk?
    CIO Insight
    There's perhaps no executive position in today's enterprise fraught with as many challenges as chief information officer. As organizations look to go digital and meld mobility, cloud computing, social collaboration, big data and a spate of other initiatives with legacy systems, the pressure to perform is extreme. "CIOs are under a tremendous amount of scrutiny," says Daniel Benton, global managing director at Accenture. "It's an extraordinarily difficult time to be a CIO."
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    Punish careless employees to reduce security breaches, vendor says
    Network World
    Security could be vastly improved by holding employees accountable for carelessly clicking on emailed links and attachments that lead to malware being downloaded to a corporate network, an awareness-training vendor says. Rather than simply re-training employees who are prone to fall for phishing attacks, KnowBe4 advocates reporting them to immediate supervisors and human resource departments that can pressure workers into becoming more careful.
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    Red Hat takes customer service to next level with predictive analytics
    CIO
    You might think that Red Hat's core business is software. But to company leaders, it's actually customer service. The better the support, the greater the competitive advantage in the open source market. To take customer service to the next level, Red Hat wanted to apply predictive analytics to its large customer service data sets in order to make its support function more proactive.
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    Study reveals top skills for IT leaders; must-have tech skills for today's educators
    FierceCIO
    CIOs who want to truly succeed as leaders should focus on transformation, transaction and network leadership skills. That is the message from a new research study conducted by the Corporate Executive Board, a member-advisory firm that provides insights, tools and solutions to more than 10,000 companies, including 85 percent of the Fortune 500.
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    Should the CIO become the CINO?
    EdTech: Focus on Higher Education
    A quick Google search of the phrase "changing role of the CIO" recently returned 208,000 results in 0.44 seconds — a hot topic, to be sure. Articles can be divided loosely into two groups: the CIO as strategist and the CIO as plumber. While this bifurcated role has been dissected and discussed ad nauseam, a new role for the CIO has emerged: the CIO as chief innovation officer.
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    Seriously! Stop using Facebook this way
    By Mark MacDonald
    Social media has changed our lives. This month we say happy 10th birthday to Facebook. Time flies. Since Facebook has 1.2 billion active users, it assures that almost everyone is on it. Most businesses didn't jump on the Facebook bandwagon until about 2009, but it makes sense that many have a page that communicates to their customers. But why do people follow you? If we understand that, we'll understand how to get more followers and what content to develop.
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