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Register now for the 2013 SIM Regional Leadership Forum
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Registration for the 2013 Regional Leadership Forum is now open. SIM's Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) is an intensive, 10-month leadership development program focused on creating authentic leaders. Since 1992, over 3000 graduates and more than 300 sponsors have found RLF the key to developing leadership effectiveness. To view the forum dates and locations and to register, click HERE.

The RLF utilizes a core group of books which have been the foundation of our program for 20 years. Additionally, this book list is strengthened each year with additional writings from recent publications that our facilitators select for their specific forums. Check out this year's list.
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Enterprise Transformation and Integration

Penn State, in affiliation with Gartner, is delivering a unique executive education program for creating an effective enterprise architecture that drives business outcomes. This 4-day program provides insight on critical enterprise principles and a roadmap for achieving sustainable organizational integration and transformation. Date: December 3 – 7, 2012. Location: Penn State University Park Campus. Learn more.


IT: Becoming less about tech skills, more about integration
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It's an amazing time to be in the IT industry, as we're witnessing a seismic shift the likes of which rival the move to connected computing inspired by the Internet in the late 1990s. While the Internet had near-universal appeal to IT workers, this next shift has raised some eyebrows. Increasingly, working in IT is becoming less about technical skills and more about integration. Whereas in decades past your key players in most IT departments were the exceptional developers, key roles are increasingly filled by those who can best integrate readily available components. More

Who's embracing BYOD? Probably not who you think
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We all know that our work lives have changed dramatically in recent years, as technology has both let us do more and shackled us to our work at all hours and in practically all locations. A new Dell-Intel survey reveals surprising attitudes among workers about consumerization, mobile technology and today's changing tech. More

BYOD: The CIO catch-22
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Consumer technologies are evolving at a much faster rate than corporate IT. The proliferation of mobile devices in the workplace has exposed a new threat landscape previously unseen in businesses today. It's leaving IT in a constant state of catch-up, where the end game is striking the right balance between 24/7 employee access to business data, and the need to secure corporate information. More

IBM announces customer tools to keep the CMO and CIO happy
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According to Gartner, by 2017, the CMO will have greater control of the IT budget than the CIO. As businesses realign around marketing and technology, the CMO and CIO can no longer afford to operate on separate stages. To succeed, they will have to forge a shared agenda to deliver the right business results. More

Tips on how IT leaders can attract (and retain) millennials
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Hiring and retaining millennials — young adults in their 20s — can be challenging for IT organizations that don't understand how to attract and engage them. While compensation remains important, millennials are really looking for social and fun workplaces with plenty of new challenges to tackle. More



Most CIOs on the board but have little business influence
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Most CIOs are now on the board but they have little influence over core business strategy, according to research. A survey carried out by Bull Information Systems has found that 79 percent of CIOs now have a seat at the boardroom table and almost all (93 percent) report directly to the CEO. But the study of 150 CIOs found that despite their newfound status, most still struggle to have any real influence on the strategic direction of the businesses they work for. More

10 big predictions about big data
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Will Big Data be a force for good or evil within a decade? Will humanity find new and innovative ways to analyze, visualize and extract value from massive and growing data sets, or will we become overwhelmed by information that's simply too abundant to manage effectively? These are just a few of the questions the Pew Internet Center's Internet & American Life Project and Elon University asked more than 1,000 Internet "experts," including educators, business executives, pundits, scientists and other tech industry observers. More

Is mobile device virtualization the answer to BYOD?
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Mobile device virtualization promises the benefit that made server virtualization such a big hit in the enterprise: Being able to run multiple operating systems on a single piece of hardware. In enterprise computing, where CIOs are under tremendous pressure to adopt BYOD policies and where mobile endpoints are multiplying like locusts, a dual persona solution sounds like paradise regained. More

IT spending is top board-level priority
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Corporate boards are prioritizing IT spending as highly as investments in sales operations, according to research by Gartner. Nearly 90 percent of survey respondents said IT's "strategic contribution" to company operations would rise by 2014. Half said they agreed that IT can "change the rules of competition" in their industries. The survey also found that board members are increasingly interested in diversifying their companies' offerings and lines of business. To that end, CIOs and other IT managers should take time now to analyze their strategies for absorbing technologies and systems gained through acquisitions, Gartner said. More

How to be an IT social media star
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Social media outlets like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and blog networks give IT executives invaluable opportunities to network, improve company operations, learn from other thought leaders and become thought leaders themselves. But the transparent, real-time nature of social media can be daunting. More


 

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