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Coming soon: The 35th anniversary SIM IT Trends Study
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SIM members are among the top thought leaders in IT, with countless years of experience and valuable insight into our constantly changing industry. As the premier organization for IT leaders, SIM strives to make sure that our distinguished members' voices are heard. To achieve this, SIM's Academic Team is pleased to announce the 35th anniversary of SIM's IT Trends Study. 2013's survey ranked as the most comprehensive to date, featuring a record 659 respondents from 484 different organizations.
This year, we're aiming to boost those numbers even higher. With questionnaire improvements, more prize drawings and a personalized report for every SIM member who completes the survey, we want to make this the most authoritative and useful survey to date! The IT Trends Study is SIM's opportunity to represent the IT industry and to give a voice to our challenges, successes, and continued evolution. Don't miss out on that chance! Stay tuned this spring for more information on how to participate.
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How to make the CIO the most popular kid in the building
Forbes
The whole CMO-CIO zeitgeist seemed to explode recently, with multiple exhortations and explanations as to why and how these two peers should collaborate better. The urgency stems from companies increasingly demanding their CIOs focus on external customers as well as internal customers (great, one more thing for the to-do list). The increased focus on the CMO-CIO relationship may have actually started at the beginning of the year, when NetworkWorld noted that CMOs and CIOs will team up to become a "C-suite power couple," while quoting Forrester analyst Sheryl Pattek as saying the relationship "is in need of serious couple's therapy."
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What CIOs need to know before relying on startups
CIO
It seems there's a startup for everything these days. Sure, there are benefits from introducing new, more efficient systems to your enterprise, but there are also technical, financial and practical considerations before signing on with a startup tech company. Here are the pros and cons.
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5 skills CEOs prize in CIOs
InformationWeek
You want to be a CIO? The road to the top isn't about what you want. It's about fulfilling the expectations of your boss and peers. A common question is: What should I focus on if I want to be a CIO someday? The answer is complicated and doesn't always please the person who asked. You must understand technology, of course, but most of what it takes to become an effective CIO has nothing to do with technology. The better question to ask is: Which skills do most CEOs want their CIOs to have?
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Health care CIOs share their to-do lists
The Wall Street Journal
With federal mandates looming, health care CIOs are under the gun to develop systems that better organize the delivery of care and do a better job of analyzing outcomes. Scott Joslyn, CIO of MemorialCare Health System, said both goals are "key activities" at his hospital in 2014. Although these changes are being spurred by government mandates, they could do much to improve the long-term prognosis for the health care industry — if the CIOs implementing them don't burn out first.
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Is your mobile workforce exposing you to unseen risks?
By Paul Starkman
Bring-your-own-device to work has fast become a popular trend as employees often prefer to use a single smartphone, laptop and tablet for both work and personal use. Initially, companies embraced BYOD as a workforce management strategy that fulfilled employees' demands for flexibility while lowering telecommunication expenses. Now it's become clear that BYOD also comes with many business risks that require further review, evaluation and action to reduce growing concerns with security, compliance and privacy issues.
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5 trends affecting legal CIOs
CIO
The ongoing economic instability plaguing developed economies has impacted many vertical markets and the legal sector is no exception. Law firms need to innovate and grow despite reduced demand. Although these changes do potentially represent risk to law firms, they also offer the savvy legal CIO a tremendous opportunity to use technology to create competitive advantage. Here are five trends that CIOs at law firms should be keeping an eye on this year if they are to help their firms improve productivity and profitability.
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Avoid extinction: Become a new breed CxO — 4 must do's for CIOs and CMOs
Forbes
CMOs and CIOs are a dying breed. The role of the CMO as someone focused on brand stewardship or demand generation is rapidly evolving into something much more. Today's successful CMOs are taking responsibility for technology choices of the brands they steward. In fact, the Gartner Group predicts CMOs will spend more on IT than CIOs within three years! More than ever CMOs have direct responsibility for the digital and technical elements that power both the business and brand experience. This requires not only being technically adept but relying on strong partnerships with CIOs.
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Big data hiring: 5 facts from the field
InformationWeek
IT recruiting always has to have a bright, young, new thing. The data science role has been hogging the spotlight for months now, with recruiters citing strong demand and CIOs griping about where to find big data pros. One key question: Should you be hiring from the small pool of outside experts, or training up existing staff from the inside? Also, how can you break into big data from another IT path?
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Quiz: Careers in information technology and how to get ahead
SearchCIO
Careers in information technology are hot, hot, hot, but capturing one — especially when it's a high-level position like CIO — is no easy feat. Project emphases change and new "must-have" skill sets emerge; even once you snag your coveted role, your compensation may be in flux. How can IT professionals develop careers in a fast-changing industry and make their way to the top of the business ladder?
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