SIM Connect
Jan. 18, 2012

Resolve to change your life in 2012 — register for a Regional Leadership Forum today
SIM's Regional Leadership Forum is not just another workshop or seminar. It is a highly interactive, participant-driven learning experience in which the participants strive to discover their authentic leadership styles. An extensive set of books by noted authors, leaders and thinkers of both the present and past is used to stimulate the conversations, as are the confidential dialogues with a dozen CIOs and business executives. The nine-month curriculum includes a large range of topics such as listening, trust, creativity, leadership vs. management, work-life balance, managing change, and personal values. The results include increased self-awareness and self-confidence, which lead to more effective leaders.

The RLF program is looking to have one of its most successful years ever, as registrations for all seven of the forums are ahead of last year. Haven't registered yet? Don't worry, there is still limited space available in six of the seven RLF locations. Most forums are holding their first session in February and are filling up fast, so don't wait, register today! To register, view the latest curriculum and learn more about the program, please visit here.More

How to get the most out of IT conferences
Technology professionals and experts offer tips to make attending events pay off for your IT career. It's more than just handing out a bunch of business cards. Success takes planning and follow-through.More

Cyber insurance offers IT peace of mind — or maybe not
If your company were hit with a cyber attack today, would it be able to foot the bill? The entire bill, including costs from regulatory fines, potential lawsuits, damage to your organization's brand, and hardware and software repair, recovery and protection? It's a question worth careful consideration, given that the price of cyber attacks is rising at an alarming rate.More

5 areas that will drive IT spending
Gartner is getting cold feet on its original forecast for worldwide IT spending, ratcheting it back to 3.7 percent growth in 2012 from its earlier forecast of 4.6 percent growth. Gartner's reasons: Slowing global economic growth, the eurozone crisis, and the impact of Thailand's floods on the production of hard disk drives. When assessing IT spending, doesn't anyone ask the folks who manage IT budgets anymore?More

With cloud strategies abundant, CIOs must exercise command, control
Search CIO
Just about every organization is faced with a vexing question: What do we do with the cloud, and when? While we sit and ponder, we risk having the decision made for us. The rapid expansion and adoption of Software as a Service, Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service mean we must quickly but correctly figure out our cloud strategies, be they public, private or hybrid.More

BYOD movement is forcing IT to adapt
IT departments in the age of mobile computing must adapt to newly empowered users who select not only their own devices but their applications as well. This adaptation — as difficult as it may seem — has a strong benefit: Enabling a modern workforce, said Maribel Lopez, president of Lopez Research.More

Trusting the business to drive technology?
CIO Update
Business technology executives have different notions about what comprises a technology strategy. Most of these notions are wrong. For some, it means high-level summary statements about the direction of technology. For others, it consists of a tactical set of plans around a major application suite, such as an integrated enterprise resource planning application. These limited views represent the conventional wisdom across most industries and within most organizations. But they have little or nothing to offer when it comes to creating and sustaining true alignment (let alone synchronization or convergence) of business and technology.More

Bandwidth bottlenecks loom large in the cloud
With all the talk about cloud, it can be easy to forget that there are risks that go beyond security. Users, by now accustomed to LAN-like speed and quality, could rebel if they experience performance or latency issues. Many of today's applications are interdependent and if they have to communicate across long distances, such as data center to data center, then slowdowns or even outages are possible. Also, if storage and backups suffer too many hops, they could stall out and fail. Despite these potentially catastrophic outcomes, many businesses do not include bandwidth considerations in their cloud strategies.More

IT pros lament: Low pay, no perks
Network World
Non-competitive pay is the main reason for high turnover rates among IT pros in their 20s and early 30s. That's the consensus from dozens of comments posted on Network World's website in response to an article published over the holidays entitled,"The CIO's Lament: 20-something techies who quit after one year." More