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Record response for SIM's IT Trends Study!
SIM
SIM's 36th Anniversary IT Trends Study received a total of 1,218 responses representing 23.56 percent of all SIM members. This eclipses last year's participation rate (1,002 responses, 22.1 percent) and helps ensure we can continue to keep "taking the pulse of IT" thanks to the commitment, experience and knowledge of SIM members. We have already begun analyzing data and look forward to sending all participants their personal report in late September or early October. The 36 participants who won a $250 gift card have been notified too. And we will also be presenting results at SIMposium 2015 and releasing the Comprehensive Report at that time. We hope to see you there!
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Customer engagement the top driver of competitive advantage
CIO
The primary mission of the CIO is no longer to drive competitive advantage by balancing a cadence of enterprise-wide deployments with the ongoing maintenance of legacy infrastructure. The best CIOs will embrace public cloud technology, free themselves from infrastructure maintenance, and instead focus on ways to increase employee and customer engagement that drive business results.
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Adobe's CIO: IT leaders a 'catalyst' to bring together digital transformation
ZDNet
How are IT leaders succeeding in adapting to today's fast-moving technology trends, especially as a) digital shifts to the very forefront of business itself and b) corporate focus moves to being consistently customer-centric across all channels? It's clearly a major challenge to lead a large organization towards better adaptation to today's digital operating environments, yet the data is also increasingly clear that most organizations' growth opportunities lie in new digital markets and channels. To make matters acute, we now know that the top performers in most industries tend to offer superior customer experiences, especially through their technology-based products and services, according to recent data from PwC.
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IT retention is all about top-notch job satisfaction
FierceCIO
Never has so much been demanded of IT professionals and never has IT retention been as critical as today. Indeed, survey after survey confirms that there is a growing skills gap in the IT workforce that is only getting bigger. With the retirement of the baby boomer generation, that gap may grow to crisis proportions. All of this makes IT retention one of the most important topics on the CIO's "to do" list. Unfortunately, despite all the attention that IT recruiting is getting, IT retention has been a second-class cousin in comparison.
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President Barack Obama's former CIO says the government will end up regulating the algorithms found in apps like Uber and Lyft
Business Insider
It's easy now to open up an app on your phone and do anything from ordering takeout to calling an Uber or posting status updates. But the moment we need to do anything related to the government, we're back to paper forms and standing in line. Vivek Kundra joined Salesforce in 2012 after serving as the first U.S. Chief Information Officer for President Barack Obama. It's not sufficient for governments to become an app, though. When asked by Business Insider to elaborate, Kundra explained that he sees governments becoming a platform and forming a golden triangle of shared data with NGOs and private companies.
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Brocade CIO says company mobilizing all applications 'that drive
significant value'

The Wall Street Journal
Brocade Communications Systems CIO Ari Bose says he is developing mobile versions of all applications that matter most to the business, a shift that is leading to greater efficiency and speed. "We are mobilizing all applications that drive significant value," Bose told CIO Journal. Most recently, he has developed a mobile version of the software that the company uses to approve requests for spending.
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Late to the game, Oracle finally sees the value of the cloud
FierceCIO
Oracle introduced new cloud services and sought to position itself as a leader in the cloud market, during a webcast event recently. But while Oracle surely has a good shot at converting its legacy software business to the cloud, it's late to the game and has a lot of work to do before it can claim a leadership position in the broader cloud market.
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CIOs share their secrets to unplugging on vacation
CIO
Reconfiguring infrastructures, transitioning to the cloud and cross-training staff are some measures that CIOs and other tech executives have taken to reduce stress in the IT department and improve the business in general. Stress, when it forces people to learn time-management strategies and make processes more efficient, can be a good thing. However, stress can also be a health risk and lead to burnout in the workplace.
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An attitude of gratitude in the workplace
By Betty Boyd
How often do you get a thank you from anyone in your organization? Is it once a week, a month or a year? A study conducted by the John Templeton Foundation discovered that the workplace is the least likely place that someone would get a "thank you." In fact, according to the Templeton survey, 60 percent indicated "they either never expressed gratitude at work or do so perhaps once a year." So how can an organization overcome this trend and up the percentages?
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