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SIM 2012 leadership announced
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SIM is pleased to announce the results of the 2012 Board of Directors election: Chair, Jim Knight, EVP–Global CIO, Chubb & Son, Inc.; Vice Chair, Eric Gorham, Director of Information Technology, REJIS Commission; and Chair Emeritus, Patricia A. Coffey, Vice President–Technology, Allstate Insurance Company. Each elected officer will serve a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2012, and will join those who are continuing their Board of Director positions through 2012. Continuing members include: Treasurer Caren Shiozaki; Director and Medium Chapter Representative Rick Pride; Director and Small Chapter Representative Kevin Sauer; Director and Extra Large Chapter Representative Kristin Valters. More

Where the IT dollars are headed in 2012
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Mobility and wireless network infrastructures are the big takers when it comes to IT budget planning for 2012, according to the latest IT Investment Patterns Study. Even so, organizations are moving to the next stage of the IT infrastructure build-out across multiple budget areas, and the study shows how the strategy trends of innovation, integration and reversion are having a significant impact on 2012 spending patterns. More

5 reasons why it's time for CIOs to move to the cloud
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Despite numerous market research forecasts predicting that small- and mid-size businesses would be in the vanguard of adopting today’s rapidly expanding array of cloud-based services, the truth is that most mid-sized businesses have been slow to join the migration to these "on-demand" alternatives. In too many cases, it has been hesitancy or even overt resistance among IT decision-makers within mid-sized businesses which has let to these organizations staying away from cloud services. THINKstrategies believes there are five reasons why it's time for CIOs in mid-sized businesses to move to the cloud. More

Should the CIO run HR, too?
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Rarely have IT and HR been led by the same individual. But similarities between these departments, combined with the need to think creatively about each, has caused some progressive companies to consider this combined role. More

IT's winning (and losing) job titles
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Sure, there are still some Cobol systems on their last legs in the deep recesses of just about every large IT organization. But they are most assuredly on their way out — as are the programmers who coded them. Also due to disappear, CIOs say, are virtually all other single-purpose IT job titles. Today's trend toward services-based software, mobile apps, cloud and consumer technologies means it is the breadth, not the depth, of knowledge and experience that wins — or keeps — the IT job. More

How to avoid future shock
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C-suites spend a lot of time focusing on execution. The problem is they may not be executing on a full strategy. Too often, a strategic plan is a static document. We have a meeting and write it up, including objectives, goals, timelines and accountability. But then it's fixed in time until the next time we have a strategic planning session and come up with a new one. We need to make the strategic plan alive in the minds of our people. More

Top 13 Security Trends to Watch in 2012
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The security challenges facing businesses and consumers in 2012, will begin to merge as "always-on, always-connected" gives way to "hyperconneted" — a world where mobile devices double as everything from ATMs to heart-rate monitors, credit cards and network access endpoints. More

2012: Year of fast changes for IT professionals
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2012 is set to be a year in which new opportunities start to rise for IT professionals, even though budgets are tight, according to the predictions of industry participants. But they also warned that control over technology budgets will start seeping away from IT departments. The news comes as experts predict a strong take-up of cloud computing, and bring-your-own devices at work. The money available will continue to be strained, but the ambition for new projects is understood to be slowly returning. More

2012 IT budgets favor business intelligence projects, end-to-end IT services delivery
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The CIO Executive Board of The Corporate Executive Board recently released its 2011-2012 IT Budget Benchmark. CEB surveyed CIOs at 178 organizations globally to assess technology spending, staffing and outsourcing. IT budgets will be scaled back in 2012 after rapid rises in 2011, the study showed. It's also expected that the new year will see more companies adopt an integrated IT services model, with a majority of those surveyed planning to offer some end-to-end IT services by year's end. More

2012 looking ripe for disgruntled IT pros to switch jobs
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Are you underpaid, underappreciated and overworked in your IT department? Cheer up, because 2012 looks like an opportune time for IT professionals to look for new, higher-paying jobs. The IT job market did a 180-degree turnaround in 2011, and it is poised for continued growth in 2012, experts say. For CIOs, the trend means that they could lose their best technical talent unless they are proactive with compensation, flexible work arrangements and exposure to emerging technologies. More
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