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RLF's impact on our lives and the community
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RLF Facilitator, Corky Valenti, recently attended a SIM Fairfield-Westchester chapter meeting to describe SIM's Regional Leadership Forum and the value that it provides to both participants and sponsoring organizations. Like many SIM chapter meetings, the main value in such events occurs during "networking" time. After dinner, as the meeting was winding down, Valenti spoke with a 2007 NYM RLF grad. Valenti happened to graduate from RLF the same the same year, but from a different forum. However, the common bonds developed in RLF endure across forum boundaries and time, so networking was easy! Read more.
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Keeping projects on track — especially in the face of constant change requests and additions — is a project manager's greatest challenge. And when project managers don't properly set expectations from the start — with senior management, the client or their team — and don't have a strategy in place for dealing with scope creep or last-minute requests or changes, deadlines can suffer.
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CIOs still own IT budget
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While CMOs and other senior business leaders have taken on a larger role when it comes to influencing business technology spending, ownership of the IT budget is still largely in the hands of CIOs, according to a new report from Forrester Research. Business-only accounts for about 6 percent of U.S. new technology purchases and is rising slowly toward 7 percent, according to the study. About 10 percent of new IT purchases in the U.S. start with the business but shift to the CIO, it says.
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CIOs eye the corner office
The Wall Street Journal
Who is today's chief information officer? Still the techie in the windowless office behind the mainframe? Not by a long shot. Today most CIOs have a more expansive role — and a set of aspirations to match. Now that the CIO manages the ever more complex information flow that drives a company's internal decisions as well as its links to customers globally, the job has the look of a corporate steppingstone to higher ground.
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Ways to crack the IT talent retention problem when money isn't the answer
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Finding ways to attract and retain top IT people is a major battle for today's CIOs. The quest for IT talent can be especially difficult for nonprofit organizations, where workplace culture and mission must often make up for the heftier paychecks offered by for-profit businesses. That's the case for Jim Noga, vice president and CIO for Partners HealthCare, and Anne Margulies, vice president and CIO for Cambridge, Mass.-based Harvard University.
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4 benefits of cloud computing for business travelers
By Nadine Miller
Taking the lead on trade show exhibits and event planning can leave management personnel spending more time on the road than in the office. Travel is an essential part of the job. How can anyone stay on top of a busy travel schedule, manage a booth, make thousands of contacts and stay on target for company goals? Using cloud collaboration tools makes things much easier and provides more agility. Here are just a few of the ways in which migrating to a truly virtual office can make the travel lifestyle easier for the sophisticated professional.
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The new CIO mandate
ZDNet
Keeping up with the relentless pace of technology advancement has become one of the top challenges for organizations as they seek to modernize and adapt to today's digital marketplaces. Perhaps foremost on the hot seat these days is the chief information officer. That IT leadership role has been under growing tension between two implacable forces: 1) applying the latest technology innovations to the business and 2) maintaining infrastructure and keeping existing IT systems running smoothly.
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Leadership's tug of war
CIO
They are senior and strategic IT managers within their organizations. They cover the medical profession, education, engineering and property services, and banking. They firmly believe business skills are just as, if not more, important than technological ones. And they are also women. The challenges facing women in IT have been discussed for years. They begin with technical subjects in primary and secondary school, and perhaps earlier.
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Are CIOs losing power?
Computerworld
There's a school of thought that IT departments — and CIOs — are disappearing. As more and more businesses buy cloud-based services, and turn to self-service and bring-your-own-device models, IT decision making is spreading throughout an organization, some experts say. A new study by Forrester illuminates the changing IT landscape. It found that the share of IT projects primarily or exclusively run by IT department will decline from 55 percent in 2009 to 47 percent in 2015.
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What it takes to be the boss
By Michael J. Berens
Who wouldn't want to be the boss? You get to call the shots and tell everyone what to do. You get a nice office, an even nicer paycheck and all those perks. What's not to like? It turns out, though, not as many employees as you might think aspire to being the boss. Fewer than 1 in 4, according to a Pew Research Center report. That figure is all the more surprising since bosses express higher levels of job satisfaction than do workers, are as likely to maintain work/life balance and are more satisfied with their home life as well. Are bosses just lucky, or is there something different that sets them apart from their co-workers?
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