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Effective leaders mitigate uncertainty in organizations, giving employees the confidence and security they need to get the job done. Do your team members possess the skills needed to lead your organization? Develop leaders in your organization by registering them for SIM's Regional Leadership Forum (RLF), an intensive, nine-month leadership development program that prepares the next generation of IT executives. More


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4 cloud trends on the CIOs radar
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There is continuing innovation in today's cloud computing service offerings, so where should a CIO primarily focus their attention? The answer is straightforward according to an IDC analyst speaking at a recent CIO Summit in Australia. IDC analyst Chris Morris said there are at least four trends to keep on the CIO's radar at all times. These include: A scaling of services; data center transformation; big data provisioning and a consolidation in vendors. More

Firms cautious on IT spending, but confidence up in survey
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Corporate and other information-technology professionals are signaling some increasing economic confidence — with a survey registering small rises in some IT spending and staffing plans — although uncertainty still seems to be the order of the day. More

CIO career killer: Lack of influence
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What does a CIO need to be successful? Some may say that technical excellence and knowledge counts most; others might place the emphasis on business awareness, relationships or just hard-core ambition. Certainly, all of these are necessary to reach a certain level in an organization. But to take the final step and be accepted as someone who is truly a member of the C-suite, you need one more thing: Influence. More

4 ways social media improves work productivity (and 3 ways it doesn't)
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The corporate world's response to the phenomenal growth of social media has ranged from enthusiastic embrace to abject horror. What one enterprise may consider a fantastic tool for building its business, another may determine to be a threat to the bottom line. Both are right, depending on how social media tools are used by their employees. Here are some ways social media can help your employees be more productive, along with some ways it accomplishes the exact opposite. More

Telework works
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Teleworkers, defined as people who work from home at least one day a week, are finding their niche as technology and corporate attitudes continue to enable this growing trend. According to a recent survey from Staples Advantage, telecommuters say they feel and work better when working from home. In fact, 86 percent of telecommuters say they are more productive in their home office. More

IT outsourcing: How offshoring can kill innovation
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IT service providers are touting the benefits of outsourcing's increasingly higher-value and more complex IT work to lower-cost locales. And IT customers still hyper-focused on cost cutting in today's economic doldrums are more than willing to consider the pitch. But Harvard Business School professors David Pisano and Willy Shih argue that "moving up the value chain" with offshoring can irreversibly damage a company's — and a country's — competitiveness and ability to innovate. More

Former Google CIO says business misses key people marks
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The former CIO of Google and founder and CEO of ZestCash, Douglas Merrill, says companies stuck in traditional management practices risk becoming irrelevant and leaders should not be afraid to do "dumb" things. He says a successful product is not about having perfect project management, rather "the more project management you do the less likely your project is to succeed." More

Business expertise defines top IT talent
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IT professionals once were relegated to back offices, only surfacing when there was a problem. They played an extremely limited and non-strategic, one-dimensional role in the business. Today that isn't — and can't be — the case. IT professionals have evolved into a mission-critical part of the company, playing a multidimensional role that is both business strategist and counselor. They also now hold a highly-coveted seat at the decision-making table. More
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