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SIM's Advanced Practices Council is the only program of its kind that combines the benefits of leading-edge practical research, global and strategic perspectives of peers across multiple industries, and an intimate network of trusted advisors. APC recognizes the leaders in the IT industry and propels their success with exclusive research by helping them stay ahead of emerging trends and providing cross-industry perspectives. This quarter the APC recognizes Steve Pickett as member of the quarter. Read on to learn more about Steve.

Is stolen IP walking in the door with new employees?
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More than half of employees who left or lost their jobs in the past 12 months took confidential corporate data with them and most plan to use it in their new jobs, creating the potential for IP contamination. How can you protect your IP? More

What makes a great CIO?
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Does your CIO sit at the proverbial "table" with you and the rest of the company's C-suite to discuss and plan business strategies? If you were asked this question five years ago, more than likely, you would have said no. Today, that is not the case. More

Xbox in the data center?
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There are many situations where enterprise hardware and software are the right solution for a business problem. Storing critical corporate data on a consumer grade NAS purchased from the local office supply store is always a bad idea, just as running your corporate firewall on a $40 consumer "all-in-one" router is a shortcut out of an IT career. However, there are classes of business problems that lend themselves to looking outside the enterprise box. Generally, these are business problems that require a rapid, cost-effective response, or overlap with something already available in the consumer space. More

Federal CIO details concerns on looming budget cuts
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As dramatic across-the-board cuts to the federal budget appear more likely with each passing day, part of the automatic sequestration plan passed in 2011, federal officials are raising concerns about the cuts' effects on federal IT. "By cutting technology, it's going to put us into situations where we either stagnate progress or have to rethink the delivery of things," federal CIO Steven VanRoekel said. "It puts us on our heels from a forward progress standpoint." More

Education key to IT success
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One of the ways Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder plans to improve Michigan's government and economy is through information technology innovations, and that job — improving Michigan's IT department — falls into the hands of its Chief Information Officer, David Behen, who holds a seat on Snyder's cabinet. More

When will mobile commerce be ready for primetime?
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Mobile commerce offers great deal potential, but like many technology trends, it may take time to really catch on. If your business is looking to implement mcommerce, there are some important factors to consider beyond the technology. First and foremost, think about your customer, and the customer experience. More

Looking to share your expertise?
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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

Cloud security issues may require doing it yourself
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When the cloud can't meet your security requirements, do it yourself. That's the lesson learned by a relatively small nanotech company called Novati Technologies that wanted to shift to Google Gmail, according to Patrick Meyer, the company's IT director. Novati was using Microsoft Exchange and wanted to shift to cloud-based Gmail for its 130 mailboxes. The problem: With a collection of aerospace and defense contractors as customers, the company had to comply with federal security requirements known as International Traffic in Arms Regulations. More

3 ways that IT still fails itself
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CIO Jonathan Feldman writies: "My InformationWeek colleague Chris Murphy recently wrote a pair of columns: "6 Ways IT Still Fails The Business," followed by "5 Ways Business Still Fails The IT Organization," both of which struck a nerve with some of my colleagues at the city where I'm CIO. But let me suggest another way to look at this complex relationship: There are times when we in IT fail ourselves. Change starts from within, and IT leaders must examine with brutal honesty the ways we act as our own worst enemy." Change starts from within, and IT leaders must examine with brutal honesty the ways we act as our own worst enemy. More


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