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2015 SIM Paper Competition
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Each year, the Society for Information Management recognizes innovative business initiatives that use IT to drive measurable results. If you have researched an important and successful IT-related business initiative, the SIM 2015 Paper Competition Committee invites you to submit an abstract describing this initiative. The work described must be implemented and it must have had a significant impact on the organization involved. Winning papers will be a collaboration between academics and practitioners. Since SIM's focus is toward executive management, the work should describe an initiative of interest to senior IS executives.

The abstract submission deadline is Friday, May 22. Click here for more information.
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CIO all-stars ready to 'optimize and drive productivity'
Forbes
CIOs might have a tough job these days, what with the triple threat of cybersecurity, disruption and flat IT budgets, but that doesn't mean they're not loving every minute of the ride. Bill Pratt, senior vice president and chief information officer of SiriusXM, may well have been speaking for the group of all-star CIOs who appeared at the Oracle Industry Connect conference recently when he said, "This period is an incredible time to be in the world of technology because we not only have the analytic capabilities, but we also have the marketing capabilities we can use to deliver promotions, campaigns and pricing, all in real time across multiple channels — from contact centers to mobile devices."
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Modern CIO: The cloud is your ticket to full business engagement
Forbes
CIOs must seize the day and take advantage of a turbulent economic environment to become more deeply embedded in business decision-making. That will make their organizations more successful while also cementing their own role, says Oracle Cloud Service CIO Tom Fisher.
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Taking IT reorganizations to the extreme
CIO
Get ready for the disappearing IT department. Companies including Zappos, GameStop, Aetna and AccuWeather have restructured IT, sometimes radically, to respond to some harsh economic and technologic forces bearing down on CIOs. Zappos, which has been called "one of the most blissed-out businesses in America," is exploding its entire hierarchy to replace it with what might be the equivalent of a corporate commune. The company spent 2014 reinventing itself as a holacracy, embracing an organizing principle akin to democracy — including a 31-page constitution.
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How CIOs transform companies into digital leaders
CIO Insight
Orvis is an outdoor adventure brand with e-commerce, catalog, retail stores and endorsed fly fishing and hunting lodges all around the world. The brand promise at Orvis is to "inspire a deep connection to adventure and wonder in the outdoor world." Since 1856 when Orvis opened its doors in Manchester Vt., Orvis has built a brand based on quality gear that is field tested and authentic. Extraordinary customer relationships and personal connections are the foundation of the company's success, and increasingly technology is an enabler of this. Dave Finnegan is the company's CIO and vice president of Technology and Interactive, and he explains in this interview with CIO Insight contributor Peter High that the company's demographic segment is one of the fastest growing adopters of digital technology right now.
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5 strategies to win at enterprise change
CIO
Embracing innovative new technologies has the potential to fundamentally transform business. But at the same time CIOs are often challenged with introducing these new technologies into complex existing enterprise systems while avoiding business disruption, production outages, delays or rework. Failure to do so can result in high costs and project failures; success offers unparalleled opportunities for competitive advantage.
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Scaling the PEAKS of competence
By Dr. David Hillson
How can you know if you are competent to perform in your role? Many professional organizations produce competence frameworks that attempt to answer this question. Unfortunately, most of these frameworks are limited to assessing what you know or what you can do. But knowledge and skills are only two of the elements that are required for a person to be competent in a role. To provide a more complete description of competence, try using the PEAKS framework. This defines the factors that separate truly effective individuals from the rest.
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