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SIM Colorado celebrates 2012 CIO of the Year
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In partnership with the Denver Business Journal, the Colorado Chapter of SIM recently celebrated the 2nd annual CIO of the Year at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver. This year's event featured keynote speaker Major General Dale Meyerrose. The former CIO shared his views on the role of the CIO as a leader and change agent. More

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.

Why CIOs decide to move on
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Great CIOs and IT executives help drive their companies by being agile, innovative managers. They nurture their employees, build talented teams and foster creativity in their people. They try new things; they lead by example. And then they leave. Or some do, at least. The CIO role has always been volatile, but above and beyond the normal movement in the industry, the past several years have seen an uptick in anecdotal reports of talented and visionary CIOs leaving their posts. More

6 habits of successfully decentralized IT departments
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As IT departments seek to strengthen their positions as strategic business partners and increase delivery speed, more CIOs are choosing to decentralize their IT shops. Granting various business lines greater and more independent access to IT operations becomes necessary. However, many CIOs chafe at granting unfettered access to IT operations, fearing that relinquishing control will only give to rise to rogue activities, procurement nightmares and integration headaches. A hybrid approach may be an excellent way to reap the benefits of self-service and increased productivity without having to relinquish complete control of powers. More

The influential CIO
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The CIO role spans and must influence all parts of an organization without directly controlling them. Today's trends — global, mobile, data-driven virtual business — increase the stakes and make CIO influence not only important for the CIO's personal success but for the success of the company as well. This requires skills and competencies that may not come naturally to many IT leaders. More

The CIO as chief systems officer
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CIOs are increasingly being asked to play the role of chief systems officer, someone who understands the strategic requirements of the business and has the tools and the business ability to operationalize the strategy in a timely way. This confluence between previously separate processes has been taking place across different parts of the business. More

How the CIO can gain CEO's mind space
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Gartner recently released a survey of over 220 CEOs in organizations across 25 countries. The survey results clearly indicate that CEOs head the innovation advancement agenda of their organizations, a more purposeful way to gain competitive advantage and cut costs in times of economic stress. The survey further reveals that most CEOs still regard their CIOs as itinerant specialists. This definitely comes as a surprise in this age of disruptive digitisation where technology can play a decisive role in the innovation game. So how can CIOs make their presence felt in the CEO's innovation advancement agenda? More

The rise of the IT business analyst
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The hottest job in IT right now might be the least "T" of them all: Business analyst. Tech purists may shudder but 23 percent of the IT executive respondents to Computerworld's Forecast 2012 survey said they planned to hire for business analytics skills in the next 12 months, up from 13 percent in the previous year's survey. More

Has the social media bubble burst?
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Social media companies have become the new heavyweights of the technology world, with markets giving massive premiums to companies such as LinkedIn and Facebook, while industry stalwarts like Apple and Microsoft struggle to keep up. But is the bubble about to burst? More

What food trucks can teach IT pros
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One of the hottest spots for startups isn't in the cubicles and incubators of Silicon Valley. It's on the streets nearby. Literally. Food trucks — an exploding number of them — are serving up meals in San Francisco, Chicago, Austin and other metros. Maybe food trucks are coming to represent the way that companies of all sizes need to operate in today's complex and fast-changing marketplaces, even when it comes to IT. More


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