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IT leaders provide value to the business: SIMposium 2012
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This year's theme, "The CIO Means Business," says it all. Come the to SIMposium, in wonderful Dallas, to listen to, talk to and learn from dozens of industry leaders who know how to provide value to help grow the business. Network with hundreds of attendees that you can rely on to help you quickly and quantitatively improve your company's bottom line. Check out this video to learn more or simply register today. We will see you in Texas! More

Managing change, starting with the CIO
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Target Corp. is among the top three or four U.S. retailers, depending on who's doing the ranking. That's a coveted position in such a volatile industry. To continue climbing, Target has chosen expansion on multiple fronts: into city centers, into mobile, into Canada and on it goes. IT is a critical player in each move, if not a keystone. More

CIO suicide and the fight against conventional wisdom
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Conventional wisdom asserts that deploying technical infrastructure, building useful applications and generally handling an organization's technology needs will create CIO success. Although these activities are foundational, achieving CIO greatness requires another dimension entirely — understanding the company's business strategy and helping the organization absorb business process change. It's time for CIOs to rise up against the conventional wisdom of feeds and speeds to become true leaders. That's the only way to avoid four threats that can lead to CIO suicide. More

Gartner: CIOs begin 3-year shift in responsibilities
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This year marked the start of a three-year shift in the fundamental responsibilities of the CIO, according to Gartner group Vice President Mark McDonald, co-author of the Digital Edge newsletter. The shift is marked by the following characteristics, according to McDonald: From a focus on cost to a focus on growth, from automation to amplification and from IT to technology. More

IT pay raises to be almost twice national average
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Salaries for tech workers in the U.S. will rise almost twice the national average in 2013 — some will increase even more, up to 12 percent — a symptom of how competitive the competition for talent has become. "The hiring environment for technology talent is only going to become tougher for employers in the year ahead," says Robert Half International. As a result, tech salaries, already among the richest in the country, will see an average increase of 5.3 percent, compared to a national average for all occupations of about 3 percent. More

Does the rise of the CMO threaten CIOs?
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Investments in IT have long been the domain of the CIO, but all of that is changing as CMOs increasingly make IT investments in this cloud and data-driven age. Many times these investments are ones IT didn't approve and doesn't even know about. "Ten years ago, marketing was always at the bottom of IT's to-do list," says Kristin Hambelton, vice president of Marketing for Neolane. "IT wasn't discriminating against marketing, but IT usually has five or 10 projects going at any one time, and marketing was always at the bottom of the list." As a result, marketing pros got tired of waiting and sidestepped IT. More

Hudson: Changing business demands are changing CIO role
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Both the role and skills requirements of CIOs are being transformed as a result of changing business demands and the big technology trends — cloud, mobility, the consumerization of IT — according to Hudson's latest ICT Leaders Series report. Titled "Cloud, BYOD and Teleworking: Mastering the skills mix for today's IT function," the report indicates that there has been a major shift from operationally focused IT function to business teams who work with the organization to drive business outcomes. More

6 IT trends tight budgets won't kill
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At first glance, consulting firm Corporate Executive Board's 2013 IT budget benchmark findings make dispiriting reading. But underneath the headline numbers are clear signs that CIOs are pressing ahead with new ways to create business value. CEB collected and benchmarked 2013 budget plans from about 200 companies globally, representing $52 billion in IT spending. Based on our analysis, the average corporate IT budget will increase 1.8 percent next year. More

How CIOs cope with rapid changes in technology
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At a time when technology advances almost daily, and companies are under pressure to deliver results based on systems that should not only work but also help guide their next move, how do CIOs formulate strategies? How do they stay on top of the complexities, and how do they prioritize? In this article, five CIOs discuss how they cope with rapid technological change. More

Governance and leadership lessons from a health care CIO
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"My personal style is very collaborative," Catherine Bruno explained. "And yes, there were politics, but the best way to handle that in this community was with transparency and openness. Meetings were open. Nothing was secret." Bruno, vice president and CIO at Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, was talking about her role as executive sponsor — the CEO, if you will — of a health care initiative in the Bangor, Maine, region that is leveraging electronic health records to help people with chronic diseases. More

CIOs and CSOs have a costly disconnect
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When it comes to securing business-technology systems, CIOs face a challenge that won't go away. The problem isn't necessarily new attack techniques, insecure software or even the latest government regulations. Rather, it's the challenge of seeing eye to eye with the CSO about how much security is enough. More

10 things every CIO should know about Google
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For years, CIOs didn't care at all about Google. Now, they need to start caring. It's odd, but true. Here is a look at the things that every CIO should know about Google. From the company's odd quirks to its corporate shortcomings, the following items will give you real insight into Google and its value to enterprises. More


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