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Happy New Year from SIM! As a continuation of last week's top 10 most accessed articles in 2014, here's the next 10 for your reading pleasure. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 7.


What California's BYOD reimbursement ruling means to CIOs
CIO
From Aug. 27: A recent California court ruling that requires companies to reimburse workers for business calls on personal phones adds fear, uncertainty and doubt to an already-complicated BYOD landscape. CIO.com's Tom Kaneshige talks to David Schofield, a partner at a mobile consultancy, to put the ruling in context.
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Survey: Half of IT leaders are 'cost-center' CIOs, 25 percent are 'digital' CIOs
ZDNet
From Jan. 22: There's a lot of talk these days about "digital" initiatives, which tend to be treated separately from plain-old information technology work. But are the two really so different? Yes, says CIO's Maryfran Johnson, who just presented the results of CIO magazine's "13th annual State of the CIO" study, which reveals "stark contrasts between traditional CIOs who focus more on internal operations and digital CIOs who expand IT's influence externally to work directly with customers and business colleagues."
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What's the CIO's role as marketing builds its digital empire?
PCWorld
From Aug. 20: The corporate landscape captured in marketing guru Larry Weber's new book, "The Digital Marketer: Ten New Skills You Must Learn to Stay Relevant and Customer-Centric," is one where the CMO might be seen as increasingly moving onto the CIO's traditional turf. Weber sat down with IDG News Service recently to talk about how that relationship can work in the successful digital enterprise.
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The modern CIO's business-focused role: 4 steps to ROI heaven
Forbes
From Aug. 7: Cloud services, social networking and big data are changing the IT investment landscape. So how do you avoid falling behind? And how can you line up your organization to seek out new, profitable investments? Here's your four-step ROI checklist.
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How to judge a job candidate's personality (and why you should)
CIO
From July 23: As an increasing number of companies are focusing on personality traits and potential cultural fit when hiring. These new interviewing tactics are designed to help recruiters and hiring managers uncover who candidates are — rather than just what they can do.
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What's your CIO legacy?
InformationWeek
From Sept. 17: 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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The Machiavellian CIO
Forbes
From Feb. 5: The CIO's territory is no longer the basement data center; it now has the potential to reach as far as the technology does. Yet as with the Roman Empire, with a greater territory to protect and maintain comes greater risks. Back in the 16th century, Niccolo Machiavelli advised that a leader should think like an animal because leaders are often embattled. He suggested that leaders should take inspiration from two "beasts": the fox to avoid the traps and the lion to scare away the wolves.
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AT&T CIO built IT career by taking on 'least comfortable' roles
SearchCIO
From June 4: VideoBriefHow do you build a CIO career? If you're F. Thaddeus Arroyo, AT&T CIO and 2014 winner of the MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award, forget about being a careerist. Arroyo tells SearchCIO Executive Editor Linda Tucci that the path to the top was "very long" and "divergent." Along the way he took many jobs that were "lateral" moves rather than promotions, because they allowed him to pick up new skills. And the roles in which he felt "least comfortable" were often the ones that spurred the greatest professional growth.
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Why CIO tenures aren't longer
CIO Insight
From Jan. 15: Today, at what is arguably the high point, CIO tenure is still under five years. In the 1990s a lot of this was by choice as venture capitalists were throwing wads of money at anything with .com in the name and IT executives were in high demand and living large. Things have settled down considerably these days. Therefore, having a short tenure now is due less to CIOs jumping ship for the next big job opportunity and more about a level of dissatisfaction with the way IT organizations are perceived by their internal stakeholders. What's this all about?
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Yes, the CIO still matters — but the balance of power is shifting
CITEWorld
From Feb. 12: Last year, Gartner predicted marketing officers and other business users will control a larger part of the technology spend than CIOs by 2017. This report generated a lot of controversy, with some companies like Salesforce quoting it with glee. If users can make their own decisions and buy their own cloud-based services without IT involvement, surely that would spell good news for newer enterprise players like Salesforce and Box and Evernote, at the expense of big traditional IT vendors like Microsoft and SAP, right?
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