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SIM IT Procurement Working Group
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The SIM IT Procurement Working Group was organized by SIM in 1994 as a self-managing working group to define best practices and deliver value to SIM members. The first deliverable was a series of mainframe contract provisions that were sent to interested SIM members.

Over time, the group's function changed somewhat to focus on learning and sharing between members to further IT sourcing. The most popular part of the semi-annual group meetings is roundtable time, where members share, in confidence, tactics (and vendors) that work and don't work in the IT Sourcing profession. Read more.
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Stephen Gillett's rise from CIO of Starbucks to COO of Symantec
Forbes
Stephen Gillett first became a chief information officer in his early 30s. He rose to become a CIO-plus at Starbucks, holding the CIO role in addition to being the executive vice president of Digital Ventures. After a brief stint as president of Digital, Global Marketing & Strategy at Best Buy, he took on his current role as chief operating officer of Symantec. Still in his mid-30s, Gillett embodies the characteristics of that rare but growing number of executives who have risen beyond CIO.
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Measuring your team's change-ability
FierceCIO
Technology changes quickly — that's a given. But people don't change quickly — that's also a given. And companies are collections of people, bound together by a layer of rules or processes. No wonder companies are often really, really bad at changing quickly. Since IT is the department most immediately affected by rapid technology advances, your department should be wired for constant change, and an enabler of change throughout the organization.
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How to keep terrorists, hackers and other bad guys from stealing your data
CIO
Public cloud providers offer inexpensive application hosting and data storage services. However, relying on a service provider to secure your data is risky business, so you need to take your own precautions. Here's what it takes to ensure security without breaking the bank.
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Former GM, BP CIO stresses need for CIOs to focus on business outcomes
SearchCIO
As the CIO at GM, Jim Noble focused his technology strategy on quality. As the CIO at British Petroleum his focus was on safety. Today, he is focused on guiding other CIOs toward positive business outcomes. His upcoming book, "The CIO's Secret Playbook," promises to help CIOs, in Noble's words, "save their companies a fortune" with street smarts and a keen emphasis on driving business results with technology.
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3 steps to creating a culture of creativity
CIO Insight
In a recent study by IDG, more than half of the IT and business executives surveyed said that IT professionals must be business-savvy, collaborative and innovative. These attributes are effectively reflections of a creative approach to the profession of IT. These are not about simply executing consistently and reliably. These attributes all require creative and strategic thought.
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20 people who changed tech: Max Hopper and the CIOs
InformationWeek
The man who invented the title chief information officer was Bill Synnott, who was a senior vice president of First National Bank of Boston. Up to that point, the only "C" titles were CEO, COO and CFO. Now there are so many in the C suite, they're spilling out everywhere. But Synnott, who later worked at The Yankee Group, was on to something: that information was exploding so rapidly that the old director of IT job had to be tackled with a higher-level management philosophy; that doing the job "right" could give a company a sustainable advantage; that doing it "wrong" could bring a corporation to its knees.
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10 ways to be an authentic IT leader
CIO
If you follow the news you can find a litany of examples of poor leadership. People are distrustful or cynical of today's leadership and many times with good reason. That's why being an authentic leader is so important. Getting all your people onboard and moving in the same direction is paramount to success in the fast-paced environment of IT.
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To survive in 10 years, your business will need …
By Emma Fitzpatrick
For any business, it's really easy to get caught up in the day to day, but stepping back and taking a look where your business needs to be is the key to success. Big or small, no business is guaranteed a fruitful financial year. In fact, maintaining your popularity with customers is hard work — and you always need to be 10 steps ahead. A recent study surveyed professionals about the next 10 years of marketing. Read on to discover what your business needs to remain thriving (and relevant) in 10 years.
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Industry Pulse: Which social media platform will emerge as top dog in the next 10 years?
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