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SIM Memphis Chapter funds Teen Tech Camp
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The Society for Information Management Memphis Chapter President, Rick San Roman, was featured on Fox 13's Good Morning Memphis show. San Roman was interviewed by Fox news anchor Valerie Calhoun about the upcoming SIM Teen Tech Camp at the Memphis Public Library. Teen Tech Camp is funded by the Memphis Chapter of SIM. The camp provides hands-on computer technology learning opportunities for students 13-15 years old. During this full-day, week-long camp, students will start the day working on a project with professionals in the field. Campers will also work with the "Scratch" programming language, developed by MIT, and other creative software such as Audacity and Artrage. The goal of this free program is to provide teens with the opportunity to: Develop a better understanding of IT career choices prior to graduating high school; be exposed to some fun aspects of technology; be exposed to good role models for IT careers. Watch the interview here.

Enterprise Integration & Transformation

Penn State, in affiliation with Gartner, is delivering a unique executive education program for creating an effective enterprise architecture that drives business outcomes. This 4-day program provides insight on critical enterprise principles and a roadmap for achieving sustainable organizational integration and transformation. Date: February 20-24, 2012. Location: Penn State University Park Campus. Learn more.

CIOs in search of IT simplicity
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Old technology builds up as departments move to the next new thing. Mergers and acquisitions bring someone else's IT to your doorstep, adding layers to your layers. Shadow IT runs parallel to sanctioned IT. CIOs fail to set or enforce standards. And all along, consolidation and integration projects that cost money lose the struggle for funding to customer-facing projects that promise to make money. Today's tangled mess of technology hurts business agility and the bottom line. Some CIOs say it's time for a war on complexity. More

The 10 most demanding jobs in IT
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What are the 10 most demanding jobs in IT? A study by Emerson Network Power says it's executive director/administrator, followed by IT procurement and then CIO. CIO scored highest on "dependencies and multi-tasking," according to the survey. Responses showed particularly high requirements to work on many projects at once and make important decisions quickly. More

CIO vs. CMO: 5 tips to see eye-to-eye and win with mobility
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For the enterprise, mobility is creating opportunities for competitive advantage and both CIOs and CMOs are eyeing it as a tool to benefit their segment of the bottom line. Historically, technology choices have been the domain of the CIO. However, with BYOD trending and new consumer-inspired enterprise applications entering the market, the sales force too is pushing the technology agenda with their CMO. So how do these two roles come to the table and agree on the best timeline and ways to integrate mobility into their workflows and customer offerings? More

BYOD security concerns: Does IT protest too much?
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The bring-your-own-device phenomenon has really stirred up the hornet's nest in the enterprise, particularly among CIOs. They're worried that BYOD gives too much control to employees and may even be the beginning of the end for IT. More

Cloud collaboration required
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The business benefits of cloud computing can be significant. However, as with any truly disruptive technology, there are a number of pitfalls (both technical and financial) that must be avoided. These factors create a necessity for CFOs and CIOs to work collaboratively on developing a strategic roadmap to cloud that helps uncover these pitfalls. More

From annoyance to harmonizer: Cloud computing's maturity curve
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One of the issues information technology managers raise about cloud computing — as well as the overlapping BYOD phenomenon — is that the stuff end-users bring into the workplace sooner or later becomes IT's headache. It may be the security issues that are introduced, it may be the support issues that crop up when users run to their IT departments for help when things stop working. More

What to do when you can't find qualified staff
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The unfortunate fact for CIOs facing skills challenges is this: Work still has to get done. It's one thing if your company refuses to adequately fund staff positions to meet ongoing workload demands. In these situations, it's only reasonable to push back to ensure that the work that can get done gets done well. However, when the company is willing to spend the money, CIOs may be hard-pressed to push back even if the skills are tough to find. So, how might you be able to go about meeting critical organizational needs when you're having trouble finding well-qualified staff? More

The biggest threat to your private-cloud deployment? Your IT staff
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People are the No. 1 reason why private clouds fail. The traditional IT staff is a tactically driven, deeply technical group of hardware and software problem solvers who aren't familiar with strategic IT thinking and don't have time for it. They aren't accustomed to aligning IT processes with business drivers. They're more comfortable with explaining why something can't be done than finding a way to make it happen. And they will be the downfall of your private cloud deployment. More


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