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Deadline extended to respond to the 2012 SIM IT Trends Survey — make sure your voice is counted
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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.

Enterprise Transformation and Integration

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: December 3 – 7, 2012. Location: Penn State University Park Campus. Learn more.

How CIOs can find time to think strategically
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Your day is already jam-packed and long. Yet, every pundit says you need to be more strategic. How do you find the time to think strategically about positioning your business to gain and sustain competitive advantage? At a recent meeting of the Society for Information Management's Advanced Practices Council, successful CIOs shared their techniques for carving out time to think strategically. More

The changing role of the CIO
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Is the CIO role really needed today? This is one of the questions that flicker past the minds of the people occupying the corner rooms at some of the Fortune 500 companies. On deeper reflection, one will realize that the question is not totally unfounded, when the IT investments and IT product choices are being made directly by the CXOs — after evaluating the alternate products and the business impact and value add that these products will have on their business goals and strategies. Another interesting trend is the shrinking of the CIO's team, due to the multi-pronged forces such as outsourcing, cloud and increasing role of the product vendors and systems integrators. More

CIOs making the big bucks
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According to a Network World examination, CIOs and senior IT leaders have ascended the ranks of corporate America, and in some cases, they rate among the most highly paid executives at the largest U.S. companies. More

Does your CIO have what it takes?
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At every level of an organization, clear benchmarks exist for gauging the performance of an employee, vis-a-vis set goals. But when it comes to the top level, the CIO, what are the signs that the situation is fixable? What signs indicate a lost cause? How do you know if your CIO has the right stuff? More

The CFO evolution: Fusing finance with technology
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Business functions once had very clear roles and responsibilities: Finance looked after the money and IT was a distinct unit responsible for back-office technology and communications. However, responsibility for IT decisions has evolved. Responsibility for IT has increasingly become a matter for the entire business leadership group to weigh in on, including the CFO. This change in responsibilities requires CFOs to extend their skills based on the kinds of capabilities that IT empowers. More

Severe weather intensifies focus on disaster planning
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Severe thunderstorms knocked out power to 1.2 million homes in the D.C. area. Wildfires ravaged more than 2 million acres in the Rockies. Two-thirds of the country is in drought conditions, and flooding is expected to get worse as the time between rainstorms lengthen and, in turn, grow more intense. The cloud, which was supposed to guarantee high availability, was significantly affected by power outages caused by recent storms. Disaster recovery plans may need to be rethought, experts say. More

CIOs warming (and moving) to cloud technology
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Research from Host Analytics and Dimensional Research indicates that IT is spending significantly for cloud services. CIOs are practicing what they preach, too, as IT departments outpace all other business units in cloud adoption. More

Best practices for BYOD on a budget
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With BYOD becoming an inescapable reality, how can businesses embrace it without having to completely overhaul their security system? Here are several ways to start implementing BYOD securely onto a network without having to buy the next shiny business security tool. More

BYOD is a user-driven movement, not a secure mobile device strategy
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Regardless if you call it the consumerization of IT or the bring your own device movement, the trend of people using their own mobile devices to access corporate resources is unstoppable. Some users simply want to check their social networks, while others want to connect to their organizations' sales applications and other business apps while on the road. Many organizations have tried to fight the tide, but it's a losing battle. More


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