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Feb. 1, 2012

Make connections through SIM's Members In Transition group
SIM
Are you in between jobs, looking to help a colleague on the hunt, or recruiting talented professionals? Consider joining SIM's Members In Transition support group. The MIT group is open to all SIM members and connects through an email distribution list, weekly teleconferences and monthly face-to-face roundtables. Participation is easy and as frequent as you want it to be. Contact Veronica Noble today for more information or to join the online collaboration group!More

Time to shut up about the death of the CIO
Silicon.com
It's a perennial question, is the role of the CIO doomed? And yet, like the paper-less office, the obsolescence of the CIO seems to forever be 10 years away. The idea that the CIOs will no longer be needed in a decade is absurd and it's time for IT leaders to fight back, argues silicon.com chief reporter Nick Heath.More

Apple's dramatic rise in the enterprise tests CIOs
CIO
A report from Forrester says 1 in 5 information workers now uses an Apple product for work. Is Microsoft's dominance at an end? One thing is for certain: CIOs must deal with the Apple impact.More

Why IT and business just can't get along
InfoWorld
When IT and business staff clash, things can get ugly quick. Everyone has experienced some measure of tension across the business/IT divide. But is that tension a simple clash of personalities — or is it a clash of cultures? Solve the wrong problem, and tensions are likely to escalate.More

CIOs must prove value of technology investments
Search CIO
It's a question as old as IT itself: How do I prove the value of technology investments to the business? The answer to that question is that there isn't any real answer — but that doesn't mean it can't be done. Whether by using new monetization technology tools and business metrics, or by working with technology they already have, smart CIOs are finding ways to shed their department's reputation as a cost center.More

Writing win-win into SLAs
CIO Update
The term service level agreement has been around since the 1920s, when it was used to hold data processing departments accountable for providing financial reports on a regular basis. That was back when data processing (the forerunner of IT) was considered an adjunct of the accounting department. Now that IT has become the nervous system connecting all departments of an organization, as well as customers, partners and service providers, the term SLA is showing up everywhere. Today, everyone recognizes the acronym, but not everyone understands what it has come to mean in its present context. This article looks beyond popular assumptions to the art and science of developing SLAs, shows how they are developed, and puts them in context at the back of a service contract.More

2012: The year storage becomes a celebrity
Computerworld
While data storage has always been a necessary building block for technology, it's rarely garnered as much attention as it has in the past two years. The reason: Corporate and retail consumers are being forced to store greater amounts of data, and they need to make that data more useful — and accessible.More

How the CIO learned to love the Mac, thanks to the iPhone and iPad
Silicon.com
Apple's products are so widely used in business that Window's dominance is now at an end, according to research which also found CIOs feel "protected" by the Apple brand. The iPhone and iPad have been gradually seeping into offices over the last few years, at first sneaking under the CIO's radar, but increasingly as part of the corporate procurement process. And this is now extending to Macs, as well. According to analyst group Forrester, one in five information workers claim to use an Apple device for work, with 11 percent using iPhones, 9 percent using iPads and 8 percent using Macs.More

Why you can't afford to resist the cloud
ZD Net
While many are still digging in their heels against moving to the cloud, they're finding it harder and harder to do so. Not only because the business case becomes stronger every day, but also because cloud platform providers are acting to address the objections that used to slow or stymie adoption.More

IT outsourcing deals show decade-long decline
CIO
The proliferation of IT and business process outsourcing contracts worth less than $100 million is creating governance headaches for CIOs. How are IT outsourcing service providers responding?More