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SIM kicks off 34th Annual IT Trends Survey
The Society for Information Management's IT Trends Survey Team is excited to kick off the 34th Annual IT Trends Survey. This survey has been an important tool in benchmarking the IT industry since its inception in 1979. The survey first began as a SIM initiative based out of the University of Minnesota and has since been one of the main methods to inform practitioners and guide research on the priorities and activities of IT professionals. Journal publications began in the early 1980s and over the years university teams from MIT, Georgia State, Stevens Institute, University of North Texas, and other great IT programs have led the effort to distribute the information to the academic community.

As a benefit, SIM members are able to participate in the survey and shape the priorities of the IT industry through identifying key issues, activities and trends. Once the report is published SIM members can use the information to benchmark their organizations and see how they compare regarding priorities, salaries, budgets, turnover rates, CIO activities and other concerns. The data produced from the SIM IT Trends Survey has been recognized nationally and internationally as a major barometer of the industry.

Click here for more information and to view results of past IT Trends Reports. If you experience issues while completing the survey or have questions not answered at the link provided please contact professor Leon Kappelman by phone at 940-565-4698 or email
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How CIOs can keep in step with CEOs
Harvard Business Review
We know there's dissonance between corporate IT and the C-suite. New research, conducted with HBR, The Economist, CEB and TNS Global, reveals that CEOs believe CIOs are not in sync with the new issues CEOs are facing. CEOs also tell us that CIOs do not understand where the business needs to go and how IT should support strategic goals. The dissonance is due to the changes in the business world, and the resulting second- and third-order effects on IT. CIOs need to be aware of these changes in order to keep in step with their business leaders.
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How cloud is reinventing the IT department
Gartner predicts that by 2016, public cloud spending in Australia will reach $5.2 billion. The analyst firm is forecasting that Australian spending on public cloud will reach $3.2 billion this year, representing a growth rate in excess of 23 percent. It puts Australia ahead of the global average of 18.5 percent growth for 2013.
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3 gaps in employee productivity and what they mean for IT
CEB survey data collected from 23,000 employees over the last 24 months paint a fairly bleak picture for enterprise productivity. Fewer than 40 percent of employees are truly effective in the competencies shown to have the greatest impact on enterprise performance — right at the point where executives and managers consistently express the belief that they need at least 20 percent higher performance from employees to meet business goals. Where is employee productivity falling short, and what can IT and Infrastructure teams do to counter these figures?
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Hyper-curious and willing to fail: How you can be more like Steve Jobs
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was one of the most recognizable, respected and feared entrepreneurs in the tech industry. Aspiring business owners continue to look to Jobs' accomplishments for inspiration and motivation. Jobs led Apple to profitability through unparalleled leadership and innovation.
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What I learned after my 1st day as CIO
Enterprise Efficiency
Former CIO Brien Posey writes: "From what my uncle told me and what I observed on my own, I assumed that as a CIO I would probably be spending the bulk of my time in meetings. I assumed that it would be my job to come up with IT solutions that would help the organization meet its business goals. Certainly there was some of that, but it was a rarity. As I explained in my first blog post, the executive team really didn't want to have to deal with IT at all. They wanted me to handle things so that they didn't have to."
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Learn BYOD policy best practices from templates
No two BYOD policies are or should be alike. Here are four BYOD policy templates that might help you seed your BYOD policy discussion and development process. When drafting a Bring Your Own Device policy, you might be tempted to cut and paste from a template you find online. However, BYOD policies aren't one size fits all. You should think of BYOD policy templates as the starting point for your creation process.
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9 challenges to your mobile app strategy
Over the next few years, improving the convenience of mobile services will depend on improving the use of context in delivering mobile experiences. Your business will need to predict what your customers want when they launch a mobile application or website. Delta Airlines, for example, knows how close a passenger is to departure time and delivers relevant content, like a frequent flier's real-time status on the upgrade list for their next flight. Today that kind of context is uncommon. Tomorrow it will be table stakes.
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