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Invitation to January Advanced Practices Council
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SIM's Advanced Practices Council has openings for a few good men and women in its 2014 program. If you are a senior IT executive interested in participating in APC's highly collaborative experience, we invite you to come as our guest to the Jan. 21-22 meeting in Atlanta to meet our knowledgeable and generous members and experience first-hand the benefits of joining the program. The meeting agenda will include:

  • Leveraging external relationships for IT business value
  • New strategies and business models
  • Enhancing collaboration across global IT teams
  • Integrating legacy and new systems
  • Managing risks in deploying mobile apps

    RSVP to APC Director Madeline Weiss to learn more and reserve your spot. To view the APC's newsletter and highlights from the October Meeting, click here.
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    6 tips to help CIOs manage shadow IT
    CIO
    With the increase in cloud computing and BYOD in the workplace, it's become increasingly difficult for IT departments to keep track of and manage software and hardware — and maintain a secure environment. So what can CIOs and other IT leaders do to identify and manage Shadow IT — software and hardware not directly under the control of IT — and mitigate the potential risks?
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    Network Rail CIO opens competition to encourage more women into IT
    Computer Weekly
    Network Rail's CIO has launched a competition to encourage women into IT by offering to pay the winner's first year of university fees. Susan Cooklin, CIO of Network Rail, is leading a competition — Could IT Be You — to introduce women to IT and demonstrate career opportunities.
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    Pentagon CIO talks tech achievements and challenges
    Forbes
    It's been three years since Teri Takai was appointed chief information officer of the Department of Defense, one of the most important and influential information technology leadership roles in any organization. Takai has just provided an update on how things are going, including a status report on several of the Pentagon's top tech priorities.
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    Iconic shoe company leans on CIO, 'fast data' for better business returns
    SearchCIO
    VideoBriefThe next two weeks of tech conferences can be boiled down to one phrase: Cloud computing. Another thread worth noting is whether CIOs and their departments will increasingly become irrelevant due to the cloud. Amazon Web Services will kick off its Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. Last year's AWS powwow was an inaugural voyage that highlighted a broad customer base and plenty of C-level types running around. This year's AWS event will be much larger.
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    6 things managers should not talk about at work
    By D. Albert Brannen
    Managers have a special role for employers because they are legal agents. What they say, do and know can be attributed to their employer. Depending on the issue, employers can be strictly liable for the conduct of managers. Several laws come into play here, but there are certain things that managers should absolutely not talk about with employees or anyone else at work. This article lists six of these topics, but by no means is this an exhaustive list.
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    Why you need an IT career coach
    CIO
    Consistently moving forward in your career is a challenge and the IT field is particularly daunting. Because it includes so many facets, you must be constantly learning and growing — and doesn't leave much time for professional development. If you are feeling like something is missing in your career, you're not alone.
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    AWS, Salesforce conferences highlight CIO conundrum
    ZDNet
    The next two weeks of tech conferences can be boiled down to one phrase: Cloud computing. Another thread worth noting is whether CIOs and their departments will increasingly become irrelevant due to the cloud. Amazon Web Services will kick off its Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. Last year's AWS powwow was an inaugural voyage that highlighted a broad customer base and plenty of C-level types running around. This year's AWS event will be much larger.
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    3 challenges in moving to the cloud (a CIO's story)
    Forbes
    At NetApp, like in other organizations, we found ourselves facing application sprawl. There were many variables and contributing factors, including our "get things done" culture. This enables many creative solutions, which in turn leads to end users and departments pushing outside of the IT boundaries. You might call this shadow IT — solutions with inconsistent standards and often lacking certain basics. In reality, not all shadow IT is bad. But without a solid technology framework in place, it can ultimately slow your organization down.
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    1 CIO's biggest accomplishment
    Becker's Hospital Review via FierceHealthIT
    For Keith Neuman, senior vice president and CIO of Lutheran Health Network in Fort Wayne, Ind., his biggest accomplishment has been not "shot-gunning" everything; rather, he's found success in putting structure into all of his hospital system's processes. In an interview with Becker's Hospital Review for Becker's and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives "Life of a Healthcare CIO" series, Neuman said putting structure into all processes has helped him focus on where the future is going — not only what's going on today.
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    Who cares about 'likes' anyway?
    By Jeffrey Dobkin
    The answer is no one. Do you have a big "like" button wasting space on your website? Do you send visitors unimportant requests to "like" you, instead of valuable requests such asking for referrals? I guess you see where this is heading. What's the value of a like? Not much, really. When likes started, they seemed to be such a great idea: Google and other data collection sites could measure your popularity. The more likes, the more popular. So what happened?
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