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SIM's Advanced Practice Council now accepting membership applications for 2015
SIM's Advanced Practices Council, which limits its membership to 40 senior IT executives, has a few openings for the 2015 program year. APC members continue to renew their memberships each year because of APC's unique delivery of customized, independent research on subjects members choosen by the best researchers worldwide and an intimate, trusted network of cross-industry senior executive peers. The 2015 program agenda includes:
  • Enterprise Internet of things
  • Business innovation accountability and the IT department
  • Organizing to manage and exploit big data
  • Wearable technology
  • Enterprise management of the human cloud
  • Staff optimization
  • Predictive analytics and business intelligence.

    Click here to learn more, and call APC Director Madeline Weiss (301-229-8062) to express interest in joining the APC.
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    AT&T names new CIO amid IT reorganization
    The Wall Street Journal
    AT&T Inc. has named a new CIO as part of an internal technology reorganization meant to keep pace with the carrier's shift, started earlier this year, toward a software-defined public network. Pam Parisian, senior vice president of mobility and home IT solutions at AT&T, will be chief information officer of AT&T Services.
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    Offshoring, outsourcing and start-up salaries: The CIO's hiring headaches revealed
    TechRepublic
    Even in an industry which is so apparently obsessed with feeds and speeds, getting the right staff with the right skills is still the key to success — and a tracking them down remains a big problem for IT. Because the market for tech jobs is so varied it's hard to generalize, but finding workers with the necessary abilities is a perennial problem, which might even be getting worse.
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    Detroit CIO: City's computers 'fundamentally broken'
    USA Today
    The city's chief information officer painted a devastating picture of the city's computers, software and email system in a recent testimony of Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial. Beth Niblock, a former information technology chief for the city of Louisville, Kentucky, who was recruited earlier this year by Mayor Mike Duggan, testified that the city's information technology is "generations behind" current standards.
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    CIO plus CFO doesn't equal Mars versus Venus
    InformationWeek
    Keith Fowlkes writes: "Once upon a time in a land far away, one of my first CFOs told me that "technology is the toilet that keeps on flushing." These were not encouraging words for a then-young CIO. I took them as a punch to my professional gut. Now, with a few more years under my belt and a better understanding of the bigger picture, I understand what he meant. He was saying that technology is a costly resource that has no obvious return on investment. My job as a CIO then (and now) has been to translate technology expenditures into positive business and educational outcomes to show an ROI. I hope I do a better job today than I did back then."
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    How to ensure a smooth IT reorganization
    CIO
    If you spend enough time in the upper tiers of technology leadership, you will eventually reach a point where you need an IT department reorganization. Here are the key things to consider before you set the wheels of change in motion.
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    Proactive management: A formula for success
    By Harry J. Friedman
    "Sales are down from last year." "The whole industry is down." "It's tough right now." "We're just trying to minimize our losses." In both good times and in bad, you've probably heard these comments if you haven't said them yourself. But there are always companies that are making their goals and many that are even exceeding them. So how is it possible for some companies to prosper while so many others are struggling to keep their doors open? The difference lies in upper management's style: reactive or proactive.
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    Why the CIO should 'own' IT security
    TechRepublic
    Should IT security be the direct responsibility of the CIO? After exploring the arguments of both sides, Patrick Gray explains why his answer to this question is yes.
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    Digital marketing and CIO/CMO relationships
    ZDNet
    Relationships between IT and marketing are a perennial source of interest, analysis and concern. With the growth of technology budgets inside marketing, the impact on IT and the CIO is undeniable. Consulting services firm, Avanade, interviewed marketing and IT executives to gain their perspective on how both groups can develop a collaborative perspective, and published the results as a report in the form of an ebook.
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    9 rules for the developer-ization of IT
    CIO
    The acceptance of SaaS, the cloud and other easily accessible technologies allow the lines of business to drive innovation without necessarily turning to IT for help. While the CIO can take back some of that ground by becoming a broker and orchestrator of services, the real key to driving innovation and change today is app development, according to Jim Franklin, CEO of SendGrid, a largest provider of email infrastructure as a service.
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    CIO worries: Security, talent and (sadly) 'alignment'
    InformationWeek
    Which issues are keeping CIOs and other IT leaders up at night? According to the latest IT Trends Study by the Society for Information Management, to be released publicly in October, their No. 1 priority/worry is securing their enterprises against attacks and leaks — no surprise given the rash of breaches at Target, eBay, Michaels, Home Depot, Montana Department of Public Health, and other organizations. CIO priority No. 2 is finding and hiring talented people, followed by the age old "aligning" IT with "the business."
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