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2012 SIM Best Paper Awards Competition winners
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SIM would like to formally recognize the winners of the 2012 SIM Best Paper Awards Competition. The first place winners are Dr. Donald Marchand of IMD and Jim Barrington of Novartis for their paper titled "SMS For Life: A CIO Led Public-Private Collaboration to Prevent Stock-Outs of Life Saving Malaria Drugs in Africa." The paper received an average of 4.6 out of a possible 5 points across all criteria. Dr. Marchand and Mr. Barrington have graciously asked SIM to donate their $1,000 travel stipend to an anti-malaria foundation. Read more about the foundation here. View the press release here.

Women in IT: How deep is the bench?
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According to data from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2011 women made up 57 percent of the country's professional workforce but held just 25 percent of the jobs in professional computing occupations. And those Fortune 500 female CIOs? They still account for just 12 percent of the total, according to data from Boardroom Insider. The persistently lopsided male-to-female ratios distress pioneering women like Nora Denzel, a former senior vice president at Intuit and Hewlett-Packard who graduated with a B.S. in computer science in 1984. More

CIOs shatter 'successor paradox'
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Most companies look externally to recruit CIOs even though naming and grooming a successor is widely seen as the duty of a CIO. This is a problem because IT plans and projects are long-term endeavors, requiring continuity in direction, writes Martha Heller, president of recruiting firm Heller Search Associates. Lately, however, there have been a few CIOs who have broken this "successor paradox." More

How to hire, manage and even appreciate millennial IT workers
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A recent survey reveals that hiring managers are far more likely to hire IT professionals from Generation X or baby boomers than they are to hire from the millennial generation. Find out what's behind this trend and why you have to learn to stop worrying and love millennials. More

CIO strategy: Be relevant or die
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VideoBriefBeing relevant requires IT to become open and transparent, shifting away from an insular and unresponsive relationship with users. For many IT shops, making that transition is hard because historical, cultural, technical and organizational conditions drive IT toward commoditization, the antithesis of relevancy. IT can overcome these obstacles by learning to engage, listen and transform itself. In this video Phil Komarny, CIO of Seton Hill University, shares his experience and advice for addressing issues around relevancy and value for IT. More

10 secrets of success from top CFOs speak volumes to CIOs
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What are the secrets of success of today's high-performing CIOs? It may surprise some to realize how alike they are to the critical success factors voiced by top CFOs. Rather than the oft-heard natural born enemies that the CIO and CFO are supposed to be, they turn out to be two peas in the corporate pod — both buffeted by rapid change, beset by complexities no one person could possibly resolve and still battling old stereotypes. More

Why your data center TCO and location matter
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From tax incentives to energy rates, there are several key factors that directly impact the total cost of ownership over the lifetime of your data center. Building your facility in the right place, then, is no small task. Here's what you need to know to keep costs down. More

5 innovative ideas for enterprise CIOs
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The role of the CIO is changing rapidly. These innovations could help you keep pace and increase the value of your business. More

10 tips for successfully navigating a transformational IT project
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A new report from Novarica provides advice for insurance CIOs looking to facilitate the type of enterprise projects needed to remain competitive. More


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