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Insights from the 2013 SIM IT Trends Study Team
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2013 has seen the highest response rate ever in the 34-year history of the SIM IT Trends Study. Nearly 600 senior IT leaders from 484 unique organizations answered the questionnaire, including 285 CIOs (the top IT professional in their organization).

Some insights drawn from this year's survey are as follows:
  • IT leaders are very concerned about meeting business needs, security, shortage of IT skills and talent, and business continuity.
  • Relatively smaller investments sometimes have bigger organizational risks and thus concern IT leadership much more than some large investments. For example, security and continuity of operations.
  • Managing IT is anything but easy. IT leaders must balance the often conflicting priorities of effectively serving the needs of their organizations and IT operational excellence.

    The results of the survey will be made available to all 2013 SIMposium attendees at the conference in November, and made available to the entire SIM membership in December of this year. Stay tuned for more highlights from the survey!
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    Picturing your social business in 2020
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    Futurists predict that by the year 2020, clothing will feature memory devices to capture our daily experiences and smartphones will beam images directly to our retinas. Doctors will test drugs that end the obesity epidemic and asteroid mining will be a new industry. But what will a "social business" look like seven years from now?
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    Fall is the season for CIO job changes
    CIO
    Fall has always been a hot season for new CIO placements. And 2013 does not disappoint. There are many exciting new appointments to announce from industries ranging from financial services, to real estate to high tech to pharmaceuticals.
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    How Obamacare will impact IT
    CIO Insight
    As the U.S. health care industry begins implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, insurance companies are experiencing a change in their business environment. For example, regulatory changes like medical loss ratio mandates require a reduction in administrative spend, while business model changes will force payers to invest in better management systems. What's more, the influx of new, uninsured customers has made business leaders rethink their member acquisition and retention strategies, due to the following challenges.
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    The ABCs of 'hire tough, manage easy'
    By Mel Kleiman
    When you make it a practice to "hire tough," everything else gets easier. "Hire tough" managers know exactly who they're looking for and refuse to lower their standards. They cover all the bases — from A to Z — and create a win/win situation for employee and employer alike.
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    Is your business ready for iOS 7?
    CIO
    Apple's latest mobile operating system upgrade, iOS 7, will be ready for public consumption Sept. 18. To help you prepare, enterprise mobility company Cortado has some suggestions (in infographic form).
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    How digitization is shaking up IT outsourcing
    ComputerWeekly
    IT outsourcing professionals face huge changes to how they work as a result of technology trends, which are shifting control of IT budgets to business executives. Some 90 percent of the IT budget could be controlled outside the IT department by 2020 as a result of trends such as digitization and consumerization, according to Gartner.
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    Fed CIO: Cloud industry needs to standardize
    Computerworld
    Frank Baitman, the CIO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was at the Amazon Web Services conference here praising the company's services. His talk was on the verge of becoming a long infomercial, when he stepped back and changed direction.
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    BYOD: The new battleground for CIO value
    ZDNet
    Today's business users expect instant access to all work-related services and data from their personal mobile devices, challenging IT to re-think long-held ideas about infrastructure, policies and governance. Because bring-your-own-device reflects massive growth in the consumerization of IT, it has become the battleground on which chief information officers must demonstrate value and relevancy.
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    5 reasons every employer needs an employee handbook
    By D. Albert Brannen
    The days of believing that a handbook can cause more harm than good are long gone. In today's business environment, a handbook serves both as a sword to carve out your legal rights, as well as a shield to protect them. A handbook sets expectations, encourages employees to behave in certain ways, helps ensure employees are treated consistently, publicizes employee benefits and helps win unemployment claims and lawsuits. These are just a few of the reasons why every employer, regardless of the number of employees, should have one.
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