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SIM Members-In-Transition program offers a wealth of benefits to members
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One of the most important benefits of belonging to SIM is the extensive network of colleagues you can turn to if you find yourself searching for your next career opportunity. Another benefit you can take advantage of is the national Members-In-Transition program, which offers support to SIM MITs in a number of different ways. Click here to learn more about all the benefits.

Information technology costs must consider the human factor
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Though specific costs vary by industry and size of company, businesses for the most part spend more on labor or employee compensation than on anything else. One notable exception is the airline industry, whose expense for fuel averages about even with labor costs, with each at about 25 percent of operating costs. But since much of IT costs also consist of human capital, it quickly becomes obvious why the role of IT and transforming the IT department for the future should be core strategic functions for CIOs — as much if not more so than which technology to buy and to deploy. More

Prevent your CRM from becoming a big hassle
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CRM systems and services have proven themselves to be tremendous productivity enhancers, but if the deployment is flubbed, you're left with an equally tremendous mess. Find out what the most common CRM implementation mistakes are and how you can avoid them. More

Interview: Enterprise Business Partners CIO Pradip Sitaram
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In the two years since he joined Enterprise Business Partners, CIO Pradip Sitaram has helped the affordable housing and community development organization modernize its IT infrastructure, move to the cloud and transform IT into a proactive, problem-solving organization that serves a family of five businesses. In this article, Sitaram talks about the cultural and technical challenges of making that transition. More

How to set up, manage and maintain remote offices
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The evolution of the IT workplace is making geographical limitations a thing of the past. That brings both opportunities and challenges. Learn what it takes to get your remote offices setup and your IT workers productive. More

5 steps to build CIO relevancy
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CIOs today face a crucial choice: drive IT to become more responsive to customer needs, regardless of the difficulty, or risk losing strategic relevance. It's not easy. A tough economic environment, coupled with the rapid growth of cloud, social and mobile computing technologies, have plunged many IT departments into a fight for survival. More

VA deputy CIO: Vendors need to show value of offerings
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Dr. Paul Tibbits, the Department of Veterans Affairs' Deputy CIO for architecture, strategy and design, says vendors need to be ready to demonstrate the benefits of their offerings. In an era of tightening IT budgets and more transparent cost expenditure data, Tibbits said vendors are going to have far more success selling to federal agencies if they provide concrete-use cases — or a list of steps to achieve an explicit goal — rather that attempting to explain away complex technologies, terminologies and ideas to federal executives. More

Managing IT contractors presents unique challenges
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As companies ramp up projects postponed by the recession and attend to delayed maintenance, they're beginning to fill in the IT ranks — with full-time staffers, to be sure, but also with a breed of worker that once lurked at the edges of the organization: the IT contractor. More

Demand for cloud skills doesn't stop at the data center door
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The market for cloud-related jobs for technology professionals keeps expanding with tens of thousands of job openings. But cloud computing skills may be providing nontech professionals and managers an edge in the job market as well. More

Avoid vague social media policies
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A recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board, the first social media case the NLRB has decided, provides employers with some guidance on which types of social media policies may not be appropriate. The decision reminds employers that employee speech related to terms of employment is protected. More


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