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Nominate a fellow SIM member for Leader of the Year!
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SIM's Leader of the Year Award nominations are now open. Nominate a SIM member who has contributed to the growth, advancement and excellence of SIM at the local, national or international levels. If your chapter selects a Chapter Member of the Year, you can nominate the same person for the 2014 SIM Leader of the Year!

The deadline to submit a nomination is Aug. 15, and we hope to have at least one nomination from every SIM Chapter! We thank you in advance for your kind dedication, leadership and teamwork to help ensure that we and you can recognize your strongest SIM contributor(s) within the last 12 months.

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  • Click here to complete the nomination form online.
  • Click here to download the nomination form.

    Downloaded nomination forms must be returned to Vincenzo Nelli.
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    Why IT needs to drive the risk conversation
    CIO
    It's a familiar complaint: Executives from a business department learn about a new, often cloud-based product and they want to try it. Only they can't, because IT has decreed that this wonderful new product creates too much risk. The frustrated business execs gripe that IT is standing in the way of progress. As one business executive said, IT is "where dreams go to die."
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    Verizon: Internet of Things growing more than 100 percent a year
    The Wall Street Journal
    The Internet of Things is growing at a triple-digit pace in sectors such as energy, transportation and municipal government, according to Mark Bartolomeo, vice president of connected solutions at Verizon Inc.'s enterprise business. Companies are using this type of technology to better manage supply chains, equipment in the field, and customer demands. The notable industry laggard is health care, Bartolomeo said recently in an interview with CIO Journal.
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    One CIO's leadership beliefs
    IT World Canada
    What do you believe in? Does your team know what to expect from you? Have you clearly communicated your expectations? Are you being the best CIO that you can be? For CIOs, expectations have never been higher. The pace of technology and business change has multiplied and the margin for missteps has been dramatically reduced.
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    Female CIOs: Great work, little progress
    Channelnomics
    The gender inequity among information technology workers is bad enough, but it pales in comparison to the gap among executive leaders in IT. That stark and persistent problem is more than just unfair; it's detrimental to the business and the industry. The point was brought home this week in a research note from Gartner focused on data that shows female CIOs expect to increase their IT budgets at a higher rate than their male counterparts. That's an interesting and important finding, but it's hardly the most striking thing about the report.
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    FCC's new rules put net neutrality's future into question
    By Ross Lancaster
    The Federal Communications Commission just approved new, controversial net neutrality rules that may allow Internet service providers to charge companies for preferential "fast lane" connection speeds to their services. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler initially unveiled the proposal in April, in the wake of a Court of Appeals ruling Jan. 14 that judged the FCC overstepped its regulatory authority by enforcing net neutrality. Since then, the commission has come under intense scrutiny from net neutrality backers, consumer advocate groups and tech companies large and small.
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    CIOs are increasingly being plucked from other functions
    Forbes
    Information technology is becoming much more of the business by the business and for the business than ever before. This is true because almost all business trends have deep technology components to them. Not only every industry, but practically every function within every company needs IT to run its most strategic processes and platforms. Lastly, customers are becoming ever more technology savvy. As a result, companies are demanding that IT leadership reflect this business-centricity.
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    How to attract and retain talent with the right benefits
    CIO
    With multiple generations in the workforce at the same time — millennials, Generation X and baby boomers — it can be tricky to navigate benefits offerings when recruiting and hiring talent. But ignoring the issue could leave businesses without a crucial tool for attracting and retaining top talent.
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    Cloud migration: Harder than it looks
    InformationWeek
    Federal IT leaders say moving email and human resources applications to the cloud is not easy but claim their efforts have been successful.
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    'Bring communications into IT'
    ITWeb
    Speaking at the HP World conference, HP executives noted that IT drives all aspects of business today, saying capitalizing on the key technology trends depends on business understanding the value they can deliver. "It's time to 'de-geek' IT," said Paul Muller, HP's worldwide vice president for Strategic Marketing. "Business needs to understand the main technology trends — this information needs to be delivered in layman's terms. But there is a burden of knowledge within IT. The IT department tends to assume everyone knows what they are talking about when they use jargon and acronyms. The fact is, they don't. If business is to buy in to the value of new technology, business needs to understand it."
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    Top 10 technical SEO issues (and how to fix them)
    CIO
    In the age of "Penguin," "Panda," "Hummingbird" and other big Google algorithm updates, winning the search engine optimization game means publishing high-quality content that earns links. But all the quality content in the world won't help your search rankings if your site has structural or other technical issues.
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