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2013 SIM Chapter Leaders of the Year Award
SIM
The SIM Leader of the Year Award recognizes members who contributed to the growth, advancement and excellence of SIM at the local, national and/or international levels. In addition, the award provides a vehicle for SIM to highlight member service in our local and broader communities.

We are grateful to the all the nominees for their significant contributions, which serve as wonderful examples of the fabulous work that occurs throughout our membership. We thank all the nominators for their submissions. Most of the nominees were exceptionally strong!
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This C-suite recognizes that failure is part of innovation
CIO
When George Borst made the jump in 1997 from general manager of Toyota's Lexus division to head of the company's finance group, he was faced with a big decision. The finance group's four core systems were in woeful shape, needing upgrades to improve performance and keep up with the rapid growth of finance operations. Borst came to the job long on strategy but admittedly a bit short on the intricacies of IT and finance, having come from sales, marketing and product-planning groups.
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The Top 5 IT budget killers and how CIOs avoid them
Computing
There are certain elements of the IT estate that have a habit of springing nasty surprises on those drawing up the annual budget. In this documentary, these expensive and unpredictable elements are investigated. Find out how some of the U.K.'s top CIOs deal with them.
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CIOs are evolving from improvers to influencers to transformers
FierceCIO
CIOs are quietly but steadily moving from a position with a focus on business improvement to one with a focus on business transformation. In addition, the demands on the CIO for speed, re-invention, agility and innovation have dramatically increased in the past few years. At least those are among the findings of a new survey of CIOs in the United Kingdom conducted by Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software tools for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, and The Manufacturer magazine.
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Management lessons learned from HealthCare.gov launch
By Mike Wokasch
The embarrassing and problematic launch of HealthCare.gov is nothing short of incomprehensible in our well-established technology driven world of commerce. How could it be that the U.S. government could not put up a functioning website to support applications and enrollment for health insurance? If you are managing a small or large project, here are a few axioms that don't appear to have been taken into consideration when HealthCare.gov was constructed and launched. These lessons apply not only to launching new websites, but also to understanding how to manage large and small projects regardless of their complexity and regardless of the industry in which you work.
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A wake-up call for CIOs
Forbes
If you're not doing your job as CIO, lots of people are suggesting that somebody else should be. Haven't you noticed this burgeoning trend calling for chief-something-officers to handle responsibilities that rightfully fall under your purview? Chief digital officer. Chief data officer. Chief mobility officer. Chief security officer. This drumbeat isn't new — CSO magazine has been around for years and Gartner trumpeted its prediction — that by 2015, 20 percent of U.S. organizations will have a chief digital officer — at its conference just about a year ago.
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The CIO's role in driving customer profitability
1to1 Media
Customer experience leadership is required to drive growth, customer data, and linking the silos to create a united experience is also elevated to the top of the list. The CIO is in a unique strategic position to help out and emerge as an unexpected customer champion.
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Self-service IT catches on
CIO
When Red Hat needed to replace an IT ticketing system that had proven inflexible and costly, CIO Lee Congdon wanted a solution consistent with his goal of making 70 percent of the company's IT cloud-based within two years. That strategy, says Congdon, "probably puts us ahead of all our peers, but behind a lot of startups."
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6 tips to make the most of industry trade shows
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Trade shows are one of the best places to garner new business, attract new customers and interact face-to-face with trade show attendees. But, realistically, they also are a huge investment of money. Are you making the most out of every dollar that you're putting into industry trade shows? Chances are your business could be doing more. Read on to discover six tips for tip-top trade show performance.
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