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2014 SIM's IT Trends Study: 6 reasons to participate
SIM
The 35th Anniversary SIM IT Trends Study is underway and more than 250 SIM members responded to date; but that's a far cry from last year's 650. The study is SIM's opportunity to be the voice of the industry, translating our members' countless years of experience and knowledge to help define the direction of IT and the role of modern IT leadership.
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3 ways your CIO can say 'yes' — with softwarization magic
Forbes
IT is changing. CIOs are rethinking their roles: They want to move from being "builders and operators" to "brokers of services." So IT departments are having to be more agile, as their offerings get measured against slick consumer services. For example, they're changing from being the team that runs Microsoft Exchange email — "take it or leave it" — to competing with Gmail, iCloud and other rich consumer email cloud services. Can CIOs help build business agility? The answer is yes. But how?
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How IT can help manage corporate complexity
The Wall Street Journal
Technology has become a lightning rod for criticism in an age of growing resistance to the complex, pervasive and often overwhelming nature of work. But Boston Consulting Group partners Yves Morieux and Peter Tollman argue in their new book, "Six Simple Rules," that technology can help alleviate the conflict, stress and dysfunction of contemporary corporate life, if it is properly integrated into the right kind of business culture. "Technology is on balance neither good nor bad, in itself. It depends upon how we put it to work," Dr. Morieux said.
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The courage of the transparent CIO
CIO Insight
Charles Araujo writes: "It had been one of the most frustrating weeks of my life. We had been working with a very large manufacturing firm for quite some time. We had become their 'trusted advisors.' Or so we thought. Then we learned the CIO was bringing in a big management consulting firm to present a business case to his board. At the end of the week, we were having dinner with the CIO and members of his senior leadership team, so I figured I'd have my chance to get to the bottom of this decision."
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Federal CIOs squeezed by budgets, executive buy-in
CIO
Technology chiefs in the federal government say they struggle with their role within their departments and agencies. A bill passed in the House and pending in the Senate could give federal CIOs more authority, though.
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Broadcom CIO: The 7 habits of innovative CIOs
The Huffington Post
VideoBriefWith more than 25 years in a variety of information technology leadership roles, Broadcom's CIO Bill Miller Jr. says the secret to Broadcom's amazing company profile boils down to leading with innovation. For Broadcom this means providing efficiency to the world by designing a form factor that is as small, super-low power and cost efficient as possible — without sacrificing functionality. As a builder, user, seller and supporter of their own products, Miller enjoys the unique perspective gained from sitting at both sides of the table.
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A strong information security program is a competitive gain, not just a cost
SearchCIO
CIOs are often asked to quantify the value of technology investments, but the CIO of an East Coast company was caught off guard by one such recent request and whom it came from. "The marketing chief wanted to know if we should use our security and privacy measures as a competitive differentiator to market our business and services," said the CIO, who is still in the midst of his research and asked not to be named.
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How does the Heartbleed bug affect your business?
By Ross Lancaster
If you've followed the tech world in the last two weeks, chances are that you've heard of the Heartbleed bug. According to various sources since it was confirmed April 7, the bug is a massive threat that puts nearly every piece of personal information on the Web at risk for theft, an overblown hazard and something that will "slow the Internet to a crawl." But what exactly is Heartbleed, how serious is the risk, and how will it affect your business?
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Coding error protects some Android apps from Heartbleed
IDG News Service via CIO
Some Android apps thought to be vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug were spared because of a common coding error in the way they implemented their own native OpenSSL library. FireEye scanned 54,000 Android applications in Google's Play store on April 10 to see which ones are vulnerable to Heartbleed. The flaw, publicly disclosed on April 7, is contained in OpenSSL, a code library used to encrypt data traffic.
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CIO interview: The IT behind the academic cycle
Computer Weekly
August is the busiest time for universities, when, following the publication of A-level results, students hunt for course places. David Swayne, CIO at London South Bank University, is responsible for making sure the university's IT copes with the peaks experienced during this time.
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