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2012 SIM membership 'crushes' previous years
SIM International has finalized the 2012 Membership Report and are pleased to announce that the Society for Information Management closed the year with 4,100 members, a 12 percent increase over final numbers for 2011. Here are a few facts to highlight 2012:

  • 70 percent of Fortune 100 companies are SIM members
  • 48 percent of Fortune 500 companies are SIM members
  • 2012 saw a 91 percent renewal rate, up from 74 percent in 2011
  • 762 new members joined SIM in 2012

    2013 is poised to see SIM reach even greater achievement and improvement as everyone works together. A special "thank you" goes out to all chapter leaders and volunteers, the lifeblood of the organization. This would not have been possible without their hard work and dedication.

  • Gartner: Top 10 digital technologies, business priorities, changing role of CIO
    CMSWire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It's been a slow start this year in terms of predictions and lists. There are many possible reasons why this year is different, the most likely reason however could be the economic uncertainty and how businesses will deal with it this year. That said, Gartner has still been able to identity a top ten digital technology wish list for 2013. More

    IDC: Don't put innovation on hold
    Computerworld    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    CIOs say innovation is a top business priority this year, but acting on their plans will be crucial as they face increasing pressure to innovate while keeping day-to-day IT operations running smoothly, according to researcher, IDC. IDC analyst Raj Mudaliar said due to such a competitive market, CIOs and enterprises cannot afford to put innovation on hold and it now needs to be part of their IT strategies. More

    Evolving sourcing needs spur changes in provider, customer relationship
    FierceCIO    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    With the celebration of President Barack Obama's second inauguration, the election season is definitively behind us, along with the high-pitched anti-offshoring rhetoric that tends to accompany presidential campaigns. This does not mean that it's back to outsourcing as usual, though. For a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with politics, companies are pursuing new sourcing models to meet needs that go well beyond cost-cutting. More

    Lawmakers look to reduce waste in US government IT contracts
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    U.S. lawmakers recently urged government officials to clamp down on bad IT contracts and limit duplication across projects, with an estimated one quarter of federal spending on IT wasted every year. The U.S. government will spend nearly $80 billion on IT this year, making it the largest purchaser of such products on the planet, but a significant amount is wasted through duplication, unsuccessful implementations and other problems, said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. More

    Office productivity software choices, once easy, now are complicated
    SearchCIO    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Among the many (and growing in number) complex choices CIOs and IT leaders faced in the past few years — cloud computing, mobile/BYOD and data management — building a standard desktop wasn't one of them. Basic desktop infrastructure — consisting of Windows PCs and laptops, Microsoft office productivity software, and maybe the odd new Dell server — was a no-brainer. Suddenly, those easy choices have become complicated, as the erstwhile giants of technology are hitting. More

    CIOs: Cloud computing is really, truly a priority this time
    InfoWorld    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In a recent survey of 2,000 CIOs, a Gartner report revealed that the execs' top tech priorities for 2013 include cloud computing in general, as well as its specific types: software as a service, infrastructure as a service and platform as a service. No surprise there. Of course, every year since 2008 has been deemed the "year of the cloud." Yes, small cloud projects exist and Amazon Web Services did not get to be a billion-dollar company due to a lack of interest. However, the adoption has been slow if steady. It isn't exploding, as everyone has predicted for each year. More

    Close the BYOD security hole
    InformationWeek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A bring-your-own-device policy is a low-cost way to let employees use Apple devices without a huge capital investment. But the downside is security. In a recent Virgin Media Business survey of 500 British CIOs, more than half reported network breaches from employee-owned devices accessing the network. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, a major northern New England healthcare provider with nearly 8,500 employees, has policies and processes that let its staff use Apple devices on the network securely, without having to manage them centrally. More

    Call to contributors
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    In an effort to enhance the overall content of SIM Connect, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of SIM, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment. More

    8 tips for how to fire an employee
    CIO    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Firing people is awkward and uncomfortable, even if they were a habitual nonperformer, says Stephen Van Vreede, resume strategist and IT career coach. Assuming you're a human being, letting an employee or multiple employees go may be one of the most difficult and emotional experiences you have to perform as a boss. More


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