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SIM EA Working Group to meet in Dallas May 15-16; met in Ft. Lauderdale in January
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The first 2014 SIM EAWG meeting was held Jan. 30-31 at Novo Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Attending from the DFW chapter were: Dr. Leon Kappelman (UNT), Debbie Jowers (THR) and Barbara Stewart (Celanese). The meeting was led by the current chair, Bill Peterson (LiquidHub). Other SIM EAWG members attending were from Pariveda, Church & Dwight, Harvard University and City of Charlotte, N.C. Debbie presented "Texas Health Resources Enterprise Architecture Journey" and Barbara presented "Thoughts on Competencies for Enterprise Architecture Success." Other presentations were made by LiquidHub and Pariveda. The team worked on the 2014 IT Trends Survey composition, as the SIM EAWG is now responsible for this annual survey that is presented each year at SIMposium.
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Top 100 CIOs on Twitter
ZDNet
Politics, diplomacy and technology define today's best chief information officers. These CIOs use communication and dialog to bridge the gap between innovation and infrastructure while getting closer to stakeholders and constituents. Although building infrastructure is central for any CIO, being a technologist is only one part of the job. When IT is staffed with good people, the CIO can delegate the nuts and bolts of technology and therefore spend more time with business users. Savvy CIOs recognize that business people care about results rather than IT metrics such as system uptime, bug counts and project completion rate.
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CIO's real boss: The customer
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Creating an IT team on a budget
Healthcare Finance News
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On the importance of customers and employees
By Mel Kleiman
Is it as important to value your employees as highly as you value your relationships with your customers? You bet it is! There is a direct correlation between employee job satisfaction and length-of-service with profitability. This means treating employees with respect and delivering what they want from their jobs is a crucial to long-term success. It may seem obvious that what every employee wants is money — every employer passes out paychecks. Just because you do as well, it won't inspire the kind of outstanding customer service and teamwork that keeps customers coming back and attracts new ones.
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Out of the shadows: Rogue IT is becoming CIO business as usual
SearchCIO
There's no place in Bart Murphy's organization for rogue IT. The CIO/CTO at the CareWorks Family of Companies in Dublin, Ohio, makes it part of his IT mission to ensure that surreptitious technology purchases just don't happen. That's because another big part of his mission is to make sure the 1,000-plus employees at CareWorks don't need to buy technology on the side to get their jobs done.
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CIOs must become technology consultants
CIO
If the "old" CIO had a reputation of throwing up barriers, the "new" CIO must focus on breaking down barriers to show marketing, finance, HR and other business leaders how IT services can help them become better within their particular operations.
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Key strategies as CIO role evolves
ITWeb
As the role of the CIO evolves and organizations face further challenges, CIOs are required to juggle many roles with different business units in order to meet their mandates. This is according to Len de Villiers, group CIO at Telkom, who says many CIOs are often perceived as unpopular or unsuccessful in their attempts to effectively engage different sectors of the business.
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Stop coddling or punishing vendors, or else they'll treat you badly
TechRepublic
Most companies that have been delivering IT services for more than a few years have been exposed to all manner of customers and can quickly determine how serious a potential customer is and how difficult they'll be to deal with should a contract be consummated. The worst customers seem to take a paradoxical pleasure in bullying their vendors during the procurement process, doing everything from demanding book-length request for proposal responses to taking months to pay invoices while demanding instantaneous responses.
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Convincing the C-suite to fund IT security
FierceCIO
It is said that the best defense is a strong offense, but when it comes to IT security, too many companies have neither. That is the take of Alex Moss, managing partner of security consultancy Conventus. He says most corporate executives are still ignorant of their organizations vulnerabilities and risks. Indeed, they may not even know the difference between the two. The result is that for too many, IT security is an afterthought — done in reactive mode rather than as proactive strategy.
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Efficient employee onboarding critical for long-term success
CIO
When you hire a new employee for your IT team, a successful onboarding process involves more than just free food and a new-hire packet. According to a survey of more than 1,000 U.S.-based employees conducted by BambooHR, a human resources software and services provider, 52 percent of new employees crave a structured and organized process, relevant and well-timed content, and continuing on-the-job training.
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Changing roles: the CIO as transformer
Information Age
The speed of change in the technologies available to organizations over the last five years has been astonishing. In enterprise organizations across EMEA, there is widespread recognition that IT has become an enabler of business and a key force in driving innovation and new ways of working. As a direct result, the role of the CIO has fundamentally shifted; IT now has a place at the top of the table, advising the board on strategic business investments.
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Don't learn email etiquette the hard way
By Suzanne Mason
Recently, a marketing professional came under fire when her nasty email response via LinkedIn to a job-seeker went viral. Diana Mekota sent an introduction email of herself along with her professional experience and education over to Kelly Blazek, who runs an online job bank for marketing professionals in Cleveland. Mekota asked Blazek to join her member jobs list, but Blazek forgot the first rule of business communication — remaining professional at all times. And we can all learn an important lesson about email etiquette from this case.
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