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SIMposium 2014: You are not alone...
SIM
Did you know that someone created a National Procrastination Week holiday? During this particular week you are supposed to do anything EXCEPT what you are supposed to be doing. Spoiler alert: it was in March, not September.

We all do it. Maybe we think we'll have more time "tomorrow," or maybe we think some new bot technology will do it for us (if we wait long enough). Maybe Siri forgot to remind us. Researchers believe there are several different types of procrastinators, but listing them here would only lead to more procrastination.

If you have not yet registered for SIMposium 2014, taking place in Denver from Nov. 2-4, stop procrastinating — now is the time!
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What's your CIO legacy?
InformationWeek
CIOs and other IT leaders help create and shape an organization's technologies and culture. The work they do creates a legacy that lives on after them. Box CIO Ben Haines has given some thought to the notion of a CIO's legacy. In the following interview, he shares his own experiences helping to shape two very different organizations: Box, a completely digital business, and Pabst Brewing, which makes beer.
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When it comes to a mobile strategy, don't be paralyzed
CIO
Getting ready for mobile really boils down to one thing — taking some sort of action and not letting fear or uncertainty overwhelm you. Yet many organizations aren't doing much and meanwhile, employees are increasingly using mobile devices to do their work. It's up to the CIO to step up to the plate and be a leader and prove their value to the business.
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The cloud, the transformation, and the CIO
Forbes
The cloud is accelerating the transformation of IT from a services organization constituted around technology infrastructure and maintenance to one that helps drive business innovation through emerging digital capabilities. That's the compelling takeaway from a recent research report by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services. The report, titled "The Leadership Edge in Digital Transformation," was sponsored by Oracle.
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Dell CIO andi Karaboutis helps Dell put the customer first
Forbes
Much has been written about the benefits and risks of the rise of prominence of the CMO to the CIO. Some have pontificated that it will mean the death of or at least the diminution of influence of the CIO, as CMOs have more authority over technology. Dell Global CIO Andi Karaboutis scratches her head at this notion. She describes Dell's strategy to put the customer first and the role that each functional and business unit head must bring in order to realize that vision. It means that IT must shape its unique perspective and apply its unique lens to opportunities and issues.
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Is a remote-wipe policy a crude approach to BYOD security?
CIO
It's a good bet the Bring Your Own Device policy your employees mindlessly signed gives the right to remotely wipe their lost or stolen phone or tablet. It's an even better bet that they're not OK with it. Email data protection company ZixCorp commissioned a survey of more than 1,000 employed individuals and found that seven out of 10 would avoid using a personal device for work if they knew an employer could remotely wipe it. Yet two-thirds say they are allowed to use their device to access company information.
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Dice study reveals fastest-growing IT skills
FierceCIO
CIOs looking to hire IT pros this quarter can expect to pay more for certain top in-demand skills, including those involving big data, cybersecurity and cloud computing. Online job site Dice.com has just released its quarterly report of the fastest-growing tech skills. The report serves as a guide for IT pros on where to focus their training efforts. It also tips off CIOs on where they can expect to see salary increases in the job market.
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BYOA: 4 steps for CIO success
InformationWeek
Great leaders look for new ways to motivate their workforce and technology provides a path accomplish that goal. Faced with a generation of employees inclined to embrace the latest tools, CIOs should encourage individuals in their organizations to build their own applications. Supporting a build-your-own-application (BYOA) policy allows business users to meet their own needs. It's empowering in a way that's similar to bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies. Workers no longer have to wait for an IT-supported and approved application to be built for them.
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3 things your CIO wishes you knew about the cloud
Business 2 Community
Depending on who you talk to, the cloud is either (A) the future of business (and personal) computing, (B) a ruse by providers to get everybody stuck paying ever-increasing rates, (C) an epidemic of security breaches waiting to happen, or (D) an overhyped development that will lead to some interesting technological advancements but won't ultimately be all that earth shattering. So what is a business leader to do when faced with the decision of whether to move to the cloud?
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