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Invitation to Advanced Practices Council
If you are a senior IT executive looking to up your game, SIM's APC may be right for you. We expect to have a few member openings available for the 2016 program year. Please visit to learn more about how the APC can help you. Then consider coming as a guest to our upcoming Sept. 30 - Oct. 1 meeting in Philadelphia to meet APC members and experience first hand the benefits of joining the APC. The agenda will include:
  • Innovation contests: the good, the bad and the valuable (Sam Ransbotham of Boston College and George Westerman of MIT)
  • Ambient organization/new way of organizing (Niels Bjorn-Andersen of Copenhagen Business School)
  • The human cloud (Erran Carmel of The American University)
  • The Strategic CIO (Phil Weinzimer)

    Please contact APC's Director Madeline Weiss at
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    The role of CIO in the Internet of Everything — chief strategy officer?
    The Enterprisers Project
    In part one of The Enterprisers Project interview with Dr. David A. Bray, an Eisenhower Fellow who recently traveled to Taiwan and Australia to discuss the Internet of Everything with industry and government leaders, Bray discussed how a hyper-connected, Internet-enabled future may impact the role of both the CIO and the CEO. While his 2015 travels abroad as an Eisenhower Fellow were in a personal capacity only, Bray is also CIO for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Here he dives deeper into what CIOs can do now to lead their organizations into an Internet of Everything era.
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    As big data hype increases, CIOs will need to manage expectations
    Business executives see value in projects that seek to leverage enterprise data in new and innovative ways. That's why data-driven initiatives are enjoying a rise in management support. IDG's 2015 Big Data and Analytics survey found that just 16 percent of respondents from large organizations said lack of management support was an impediment. Which might explain why the number of organizations that have deployed or implemented data-driven projects increased by 125 percent over the past year.
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    5 common mistakes when hiring A CIO
    Having worked with some of the U.K.'s largest companies both helping define their technology needs and identifying future leaders, it has become clear that technology success depends strongly on finding the right CIO. No surprise there, but the challenge is that there are very different types of CIO and which one you need can depend on your company and even where you are in your technology projects.
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    Board member: Cybersecurity policies need to be centralized
    The Wall Street Journal
    Companies need to centralize cybersecurity policy and not leave it up to business groups in various countries, said Richard Goodman, board director and chair of the audit committee at several Fortune 500 companies. The breaches at Target Corp. and Sony Pictures Entertainment have raised awareness of cybersecurity in general by boards. One consequence is that boards now are calling for clear and consistent cybersecurity policies, said Goodman, who is on the boards of Johnson Controls Inc., Kindred Healthcare Inc., Western Union Co. and Toys "R" Us Inc.
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    How to deploy tablets to your mobile workforce
    When Wakefield Canada, the exclusive distributor for Castrol in Canada, set out to replace the tablets used by their sales team, it went right to the source to figure out what to buy: The people who would be using them in the field. "A big part of this was really involving our end users in the tool selection," says Kent Mills, Wakefield Canada CTO. The company landed on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Here's why — and how they made an easy transition.
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    Platform business model picks up steam — what's the CIO role?
    The platform business model, a rapidly growing economic force, requires a fresh take on how organizations build and manage IT architectures. Interviews with academics, consultants and technology executives reveal that platforms represent a sharp departure from traditional product-oriented businesses and, accordingly, call for new thinking about IT infrastructure. While experts advance various platform business model definitions, there's general agreement on the main ingredients: a focus on external communities, a set of ground rules for community participation and an infrastructure that lets participants easily plug into the platform.
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    How Obama's new proposed overtime rule affects your business
    By Jessica Taylor
    An important change in the American workplace is occurring — and it could affect you and your business. A proposed new rule regarding overtime pay would mean increased paychecks for up to 5 million workers, according to the Obama administration. A proposed adjustment to the Fair Labor Standards Act — establishing the 40-hour workweek and rules for working overtime — would raise the salary threshold for overtime for the first time since 1975.
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