Time is running out to respond to the 2012 SIM IT Trends Survey; make sure your voice is counted
Each year, SIM conducts a survey of its members to gauge trends within our industry. The results have been recognized as a major barometer of our industry. We ask that you take a few minutes of your time to compete this year's survey.
Members' responses help SIM organizations benchmark various areas within the IT industry, such as major issues, technologies, sourcing, CIO roles, staffing, spending and salaries. All information provided will be aggregated and individual responses will be kept confidential. The valuable survey input allows SIM to stay at the forefront of the issues impacting our members, as well as extending the SIM brand.
Is 'salesperson' a must-have attribute of the CIO role?
As IT organizations move forward into the Information Age, opinions abound about which skills are most desired in the CIO role. Some focus on harnessing burgeoning technologies, such as mobility and cloud. Others call for a focus on softer skills, such as leadership and team building, or being able to make the right hiring decisions. Robert Naylor, CIO at the Federal Communications Commission, believes there is one requisite skill set for CIOs that envelops all the above. More
Why the CIO position is in jeopardy
Disruptive market forces generated by IT are now turning on IT's builders and managers. The number of CIOs will decrease during the next five years, according to former FedEx Vice President Larry Tieman in this post at InformationWeek. More
SAP CIO: You're putting your executive career at risk if you're not social
Welcome to the new world. It's the same as the old — only faster, smarter and a bit more effective. The role of the CIO has been changing and it always will. But CIOs aren't known for their social skills, which means CIOs will need to adapt. But, according to SAP CIO Oliver Bussmann, adapting has its benefits. More
BYOD strategy: Why it's not about devices
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Organizations seem to be tripping over themselves trying to sort out strategies for bring your own device, now that they realize employees expect to use their favorite consumer gadgets for work. The impetus for many appears to be more about not wanting to be left behind. But businesses that think they'll save money just by saying, "BYOD? We're cool with that," are setting themselves up for a fall. More
Can we get a CIO-CMO do-over?
If you had to pick the department at your company that's most likely to be engaging in a little rogue IT, which one would you suspect? There's a good chance you just muttered, "marketing," possibly with an expletive modifier. Armed with their corporate credit cards and pressured by whacked-out deadlines, those creative right-brainers are a favorite target for the endless array of cloud vendors eager to replace your IT department. More
Digital business is a strategic priority for CEOs ... but not for CIOs (yet)
Executives expect that new digital technologies will transform their businesses, but many admit their companies are far from prepared in developing capabilities and meeting challenges. More
Mobile devices bring cloud storage — and security risks — to work
Dropbox made headlines recently when Gawker.com reported that an unnamed hacker broke into Mitt Romney's hotmail account with the same password used for a Dropbox account also associated with the GOP presidential candidate. That followed on the heels of a decision last month by IBM to rollout a bring-your-own-device policy that bans the use of Dropbox. Whether its Romney's email and Dropbox account or IBM's 400,000 employees, the risks associated with BYOD and cloud storage services highlight a problem IT shops now face: The potential loss of corporate data to an insecure public cloud. More
Who knows more about tech?
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It seems like such an easy question: Who needs more hands-on tech skill and experience — the CIO of a small business, a medium sized company, or a huge enterprise? But alas, like all things tech, the answer is as clear as the bottle of Pepto that all CIOs end up gulping at some point in their career. More
Why marketing goes rogue IT
Rogue or shadow IT — when business departments make their own arrangements with external vendors without consulting IT — is the bane of many CIOs. But from a marketing department's perspective, it's easy to understand the appeal. More