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SIM Capital Area Chapter selected to receive Year Up Community Partner Award
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The Society for Information Management Capital Area Chapter has been selected by the National Capital Region Year Up organization to receive the 2012 Community Partner Award. SIM will be presented with the award at the Year Up National Capital Region Geek Gala 3.0 in National Harbor, Md., on Nov. 17.

The Community Partner Award is presented to SIM in recognition of their dedication and commitment to empowering young adults throughout the Capital Area. The award was established by Year Up in 2010 to recognize individuals and organizations for their dedicated efforts on behalf of their mission: Closing the opportunity divide for low-income young adults.

Year Up National Capital Region Executive Director Ronda Harris Thompson wrote, "SIM's dedication to young people — whether through its generous scholarship fund, hosting Year Up at the annual CIO conference, or investing in our young adults to create pipelines of talent in technical careers — is a testament to the potential you see in them and your commitment to Year Up's mission. We look forward to recognizing your exemplary service at the Geek Gala 3.0 this November."

To learn how your chapter can get involved in the Year Up program, visit their website at

CIOs need to evolve or be left in the dust
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The centralized IT function of old is under tremendous pressure from trends such as cloud computing, proliferation of consumer-focused mobile devices in the enterprise and big data analytics. According to a report by The Economist, as these trends erode the entrenched IT structure, CIOs and their teams must better align themselves with business needs or find themselves put out to pasture. More

Top CIO distractions (and how to avoid them)
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The CIO's job description is a bit mercurial compared to other C-level positions. It's clear what the CFO, CMO and COO are responsible for, yet the average CIO might be tasked with anything from deeply understanding a marketing strategy and determining how to best manage complex customer data, to being summoned to the boardroom to fix a broken projector when the directors are in town. The average CIO is expected to understand diverse and complex topics ranging from modern networking to the latest malicious software and criminal hacker groups that might come knocking. With this diverse and nebulous body of content, it's easy to get distracted. More

IT change management: The 4 C's for success
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For CIOs today, there's no escaping change. Technology advancements such as consumer technologies and cloud computing models are forcing IT transformation. Meanwhile, IT is the lynchpin for crucial business change, be it growth in emerging markets, a need for more agile business models or increased dependence on collaborative, globally dispersed teams. But change is not only a constant companion; it is also an uncomfortable — even threatening — prospect to many people. More

Survey: Many business leaders see IT as 'commodity'
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A majority of business leaders believe their information technology functions are on the verge of a major, impending disruption, and 43 percent say their company will increasingly use IT "as a commodity service that is bought as and when needed." More

How to help HR help you on technology hiring
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Technology hiring is tough. IT nomenclature remains challenge No. 1, especially for positions requiring deep technology skills. The same role — enterprise information architect, for example — can call for radically different skills and responsibilities at different companies depending on their IT strategy. Throw in the high demand for such complex, high-end skills as data, cloud and mobile management; couple that with a three-year low in IT unemployment; and the hiring process becomes even tougher. More

'Heebeegeebees' slowing tech spending
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Depending on whom you ask, the IT market is up, down or holding steady. Gartner keeps readjusting its 2012 IT spending forecast downward, but according to the latest CDW IT Monitor, IT spending is up. So what does all this conflicting information mean? They can't all be right, can they? Yes, it turns out, they can. More

How to win at the IT outsourcing negotiating table
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If CIOs want to get the most from IT outsourcing deals, they need to treat negotiation as an organizational business process — with training, tools and processes — rather than an IT purchasing arrangement. More

IBM: CIOs strengthen marketing efforts
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A recent survey from IBM suggests that including CIOs in marketing decisions gives campaigns a better chance to succeed. The study found 51 percent of high-performing companies, which self-identified as having higher sales and profits relative to industry peers, had marketing programs that were well integrated with IT. More

Feds begin work on BYOD policy
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One month after introducing a new digital government strategy, federal CIO Steven VanRoekel announced the formation of a Digital Services Innovation Center and said a new advisory group has begun working on a bring-your-own-device policy for federal employees. More
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