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We are very pleased to announce 2 new extensions of our acclaimed Regional Leadership Forum program: Inaugural European RLF Offering – November 2014
SIM RLF will be offering its one-of-a-kind executive leadership program in Europe under the name Transformation Leader Program. The class will be co-sponsored with CIONet and KPMG Netherlands and taught in Amsterdam by RLF Facilitator Christine Atkins, retired Ahold CIO, starting in November of this year and through May of 2015. By offering RLF in Europe, SIM members from global companies will now have the opportunity to send their European team members to the same RLF program that is taught in the U.S. Please refer any questions to Christine Atkins,

Inaugural SIM Graduate Regional Leadership Forum (G RLF) Program – October 2014

Building on 22 years of success with our unique leadership development program, we have designed the G RLF Program to extend the RLF approach and philosophy for RLF graduates. During four two-day sessions over eight months, participants will:
  • Engage in strategic dialogues and interact with many executive business leaders and subject matter experts
  • Complete business action learning assignments
  • Select a business executive Program Mentor from their company
  • Experience deeper development of their authentic leadership style

    Registration is open for the October 2014 program. Click here to learn more. Please refer any questions to Bart Bolton, or Mary Jo Greil
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    The modern CIO's business-focused role: 4 steps to ROI heaven
    Cloud services, social networking and big data are changing the IT investment landscape. So how do you avoid falling behind? And how can you line up your organization to seek out new, profitable investments? Here's your four-step ROI checklist.
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    Rise of the 'business consumer' presents opportunities, demands for IT
    Research firm Gartner has identified the rise of the "business consumer," and need for IT to create a more flexible digital workplace for these employees to thrive in. On the firm's blog, Gartner research vice president Matthew Cain noted that, "Starting with the rise of PCs and the Internet era, users have a greater influence on IT strategy and we are currently witnessing the rise of what Gartner calls the "business consumer" — an employee for whom business activities are one part of a wider lifestyle. Individuals do not stop being consumers when they to go work. Business consumers often make more consumer-like choices in their workplace computing tools and styles to increase efficiency."
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    CIOs need to understand every facet of how tech impacts business
    Forrester advises CIOs to focus on winning, serving and retaining customers by keeping the customer at the center of conversations and decisions when crafting a business technology agenda.
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    How to build a respectful workplace
    By D. Albert Brannen
    There is honor and dignity in work. Successful employers understand this axiom and build workplaces in which their employees are respected. As a result, they experience lower employee turnover, less employment-related litigation and fewer problems caused by meddling unions. Their employees also are happier and more productive. This article outlines 10 tips for building a respectful workplace and reaping these benefits.
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    How to avoid a CMO vs. CIO war
    According to a 2013 report by Accenture, only 1 in 10 marketing and IT executives say collaboration between CIOs and CMOs is at the right level. That may sound surprising, but when you consider that CMOs are projected to spend more on information technology and analytics than CIOs by 2017, it probably shouldn't be.
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    Managing complexity, realigning staff distinguish top IT organizations
    World-class IT organizations now deliver services at 22 percent lower cost than typical companies, and operate with 9 percent fewer staff, but whether they will be able to continue those benefits will depend in large part on available IT skills in the job market.
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    3-D printing: Time for the CIO to build a business case?
    Tech chiefs are constantly bombarded with technologies promising to be the next big thing, making it hard for them to know what to watch and what to ignore. 3-D printing is a digital technology that many observers feel will become increasingly important: Analyst firm Gartner, for example, has put 3-D printing on a list of critical technologies that CIOs need to understand, and argued that 3-D printing has "formidable, transformational potential" that CIOs should not underestimate.
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    Why CIOs must rethink how they measure success
    "Ask finance chiefs about their frustrations with IT and you are bound to get an earful," begins the recent Deloitte report "Evaluating IT: A CFO's Perspective." "Excessive investments made. Multiple deadlines missed. Little ROI achieved. The list goes on." After nearly a decade of talking, reading and wringing our hands about business/IT alignment, relations between IT leaders and business leaders are better than they once were, but they're still not great. And for our organizations to succeed in an increasingly tech-dependent future, better-but-not-great is insufficient. Now that technology is a key element of every organization's success, no one can afford an IT-business disconnect anymore.
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    Are your virtual servers safe?
    CIO Insight
    More than half of businesses using virtualized infrastructure have only "partially" implemented a security solution to protect their virtual servers, according to a new survey by Kaspersky Lab. This troubling statistic — essentially, one in two virtual servers is vulnerable to cybercriminals, spies and assorted malcontents — is especially troubling given that businesses are increasingly storing valuable business information in their virtual environments.
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        Forrester: CIOs still lack respect from executive peers (The Wall Street Journal)
    Is the CDO a real threat to the CIO's role? (CIO Insight)
    Secrets to CIO longevity (TechWorld)
    Cloud wars, CIOs and dollar signs: What the Amazon quarterly report means for your cloud budget (FierceCIO)
    Business leaders who think strategically about IT infrastructure drive results (CIO)

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