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SIMposium 2014: We live in interesting times — blessing or curse?
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Remember the good old days when innovation was a word reserved for product development teams trying to build better mousetraps? Outside of product development, conventional wisdom dictated a "wait and see" approach — we let others adopt the new technology while we watched from the sidelines. If (and when) these "others" were successful we would take another look. Those days are OVER.

The pace of change, driven by incredible technology leaps, is dizzying. Successful companies (and successful people) must innovate everywhere:
  • Human Resources — competition for talent is fierce, retaining talent is critical
  • Marketing — a social media plan is not enough
  • Customer relations — we're a demanding lot, aren't we?
  • Product development — still working on that mousetrap...
  • Technology — helping (or hindering) the innovative process for all

    Join us in Denver as we explore the topic of innovation. We are assembling an impressive list of innovative minds to help us navigate our stormy, but thrilling, business environment.

    In the words of Jim Highsmith, we must get "comfortable being uncomfortable." Check out Jim Highsmith — he's one of our speakers. Click here to register now for SIMposium 2014.
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    CMOs want CIOs to add 'fast' to their vocabularies
    The Wall Street Journal
    Far from wanting to compete with chief information officers for IT dollars, chief marketing officers are spending more on department IT efforts in large part because their counterparts in IT aren't responsive enough for their needs. Marketing has taken on a broader range of IT projects than previously, but are eager to coordinate their efforts with IT, and hand over the controls whenever feasible, according to a panel of three CMOs speaking during a luncheon sponsored by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association.
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    How leading CIOs deal with shadow IT
    CIO
    Learn how three innovate CIOs are minimizing the risks of shadow IT, optimizing opportunities and building better partnerships.
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    Can your agency's CIO stop a project that isn't performing?
    Nextgov
    The federal government expects to buy some $82 billion in information technology this year alone, and agency chief information officers are key to keeping those outlays on the up and up. The problem? Many of them don't actually have the power to do so.
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    Target top security officer reporting to CIO seen as a mistake
    Computerworld
    In hiring its first CISO to prevent another massive data breach, Target made a mistake in not having the top security officer report directly to the chief executive, experts say. Target recently hired Brad Maiorino, who was chief information security and information technology risk officer at General Motors. In his previous position, Maiorino overhauled the automaker's global information security organization.
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    Hackers use YouTube to sell stolen credit card cumbers, group says
    CIO
    YouTube has thousands of videos promoting compromised credit card numbers, with the site sometimes running advertisements for legitimate credit cards or retail outlets alongside the hacker videos, according to a new report from an online safety group. YouTube advertisements from credit cards and compromised retailers are, in effect, paying for videos advertising compromised credit card numbers, the Digital Citizens Alliance said in a recent report.
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    More cybersecurity startups get funding
    The Wall Street Journal
    CIOs are getting more choices every day as they consider options for fighting off a slew of attackers, from nation-state to criminal enterprise hackers. Cybersecurity software company Cyber-Ark Software Ltd. recently submitted a preliminary filing to list on the Nasdaq Stock Market, the WSJ's Orr Hirschauge and Telis Demos report. The Israeli startup, which makes software aimed at protecting users' accounts and lists 17 of the world's largest banks as customers, is seeking an initial, overall valuation for the company of around $500 million to $1 billion.
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    The CIO's evolving role in the digital enterprise
    CIO Insight
    Over the last decade, the typical enterprise has watched pixels replace paper and real-time communication and collaboration eclipse faxes, phone calls and in person meetings. At the same time, mobility, cloud computing, big data and social media have washed over the business world like a tsunami — and forever changing the way business takes place and the way employees work.
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    The CIO's role shifting focus to compliance, brokerage
    Business Cloud
    As cloud services increasingly make their way into organizations the role of the CIO will likely become centered on compliance and service brokerage, if it continues to be relevant at all, according to a number of senior U.K. IT decision makers.
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    The CIO guide to keeping the CFO happy
    Information Age
    According to Gartner, worldwide IT spending is set to grow to $3.8 trillion in 2014, as organizations look to spur growth in the wake of economic malaise. This tremendous investment gives a clear image of technology's value — quite simply, as IT forms the backbone of more and more crucial business functions, its proportion of the overall business budget needs to increase.
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