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2015 SIM Leader of the Year Award program
SIM is pleased to request your participation in the 2015 SIM Leader of the Year Award program. This award recognizes members who contributed to the growth, advancement and excellence of SIM at the chapter level. If you know of a chapter member who went above and beyond to further their chapter, we encourage to nominate the individual. If your chapter selects a Chapter Member of the Year, you can nominate the same person for the 2015 SIM Leader of the Year!

The deadline to submit a nomination is Aug. 3, and we hope to have at least one nomination from every SIM Chapter! The Leader of the Year award winner(s) will be honored at SIMposium 2015 and receive a complimentary registration. We thank you in advance for your kind dedication, leadership and teamwork to help ensure that we can recognize your strongest SIM contributor(s) within the last 12 months.
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    Revitalize core systems for strategic growth
    The Wall Street Journal
    Many business and technology leaders view their enterprise core systems as overly complex, expensive and inadequate for meeting the evolving needs of their businesses. They represent decades of investment in custom systems development and packaged solutions. Upwards of 80 percent of IT's time, energy and budget are consumed by the care and feeding of these existing IT assets, on average, while many companies are saddled with technical debt, the long-term consequence of poor system design.
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    Why the future of the CIO lies in the cloud: Q&A with Netsuite CEO
    Zach Nelson

    Zach Nelson is one of Silicon Valley's most experienced business leaders. After roles at Oracle, Sun, and McAfee, Nelson became CEO of cloud provider NetSuite in 2002, leading the firm on its journey from a 2007 IPO to a business now worth more than $7 billion. ZDNet met with Nelson at the firm's SuiteWorld event in San Jose, where he talked about the impact of the cloud and the importance of entrepreneurial vision.
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    What digital realty's new CIO is up to
    Data Center Knowledge
    About 10 years ago when he was CIO at Align Technology, a Silicon Valley-based maker of dental aligners, Michael Henry applied Lean, a methodology for eliminating waste from the manufacturing process developed by Japanese manufacturers during the second half of last century to optimize the processes that occur between the time a dentist takes an image of the customer's dental structure and the time the customer's aligner arrives at the dentist's office.
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    4 warning signs that your team is not agile
    Agile projects involve close collaboration and very fast feedback loops. When it works, users' expectations are closely aligned to the project deliverables and very little time is wasted on nice-to-haves or perfectionism that has no business impact. Agile done right is a thing of beauty, and economical to boot.
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    Travelex CDO: Chief digital officer reporting to CIO? You're setting up to fail
    A management structure that requires a chief digital officer to report to the CIO or anyone other than the CEO will ultimately fail, according to the CDO of foreign currency exchange provider Travelex, Sean Cornwell. In an interview with Computing at Nimbus Ninety's IGNITE conference in London, Cornwell explained that the CEO of Travelex, Peter Jackson, had hired him — and not the CIO.
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    CIO as maestro: How automation is turning the CIO into a business visionary
    Information Age
    Trends such as the Internet of Things are set to exponentially increase the volume of data that businesses have to manage. Certainly IT infrastructure will need to be updated to enable and secure the myriad of new devices wishing to connect. However, for CIOs, improving IT infrastructure alone is no longer enough. Instead, they need to step up and work with their IT departments to employ effective strategies to analyse and extract value from the data available. This will ensure their business is in the best possible position to both compete and succeed in their relevant markets.
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    Developing a customer-first technology strategy
    There's an ongoing disconnect between what IT managers at many organizations consider as their immediate priorities and actual business requirements in the age of the digitally enabled customer. When asked to rank business priorities for the next 12 months, IT managers in Computerworld's 2015 Forecast Study ranked customer satisfaction dead last, behind other goals such as cost containment, business process automation and optimization of existing investments. Barely 15 percent of IT heads and just 10 percent of lower-level IT pros felt that getting better acquainted with customer needs was a priority.
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