SIM Connect
April 6, 2011

Register for the SIM Chapter Leader Summit
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The SIM Chapter Leader Summit is your opportunity to shape the agenda and future direction of the SIM organization. Take this opportunity to meet leaders from other chapters, share your experiences and learn about the experiences of other chapters. Register today for the 2011 SIM Chapter Leader Summit.More

How the 3Cs are redefining the CIO
CIO Update
In the past, life for a CIO was hard work but not an impossible undertaking. Today, however, things are getting more difficult faster and faster. For those who love a challenge, the CIO is the best seat in the house. The main challenges CIOs face can be summed up with the 3Cs: Consumerization; cloud; compliance.More

Survey: SOA is alive and well
IDG News Service via Computerworld
Not long ago, the buzz-phrase "service-oriented architecture" saturated the IT industry, before being overtaken by the cloud. But SOA remains alive and relevant, Forrester Research recently reported. According to Forrester's report, 71 percent of the 1,035 enterprises that responded to its recent survey are already using SOA or will be by the end of this year.More

Overworked IT employees looking to leave
CIO Zone
Employers, beware. Your overworked employees may not be around much longer. Once they sense the job market has improved, they plan to bolt and let the door close on their immediate boss. This is the message being sent in MetLife's ninth annual Study of Employee Benefits Trends. At least one third of employees said they hope to be working somewhere else in the next 12 months, according to the survey. And employees who plan to leave are more likely to report greater job insecurity and workload increases.More

The CIO's dilemma: Disruptive innovation vs. performance improvement
SearchCIO
CIOs focused on continuously improving their IT products and services might want to heed the lessons of now-defunct market leaders who got upended by disruptive innovation.More

IT outsourcing: Study highlights impediments to innovation
CIO
Most IT organizations and outsourcing providers remain too bogged down in the day-to-day management of their outsourcing arrangements to focus on innovation, according to the results of a recent study on outsourcing innovation.More

Industry group: Data centers growing larger, not prepared for disasters
FierceCIO
Industry group AFCOM has unveiled its "State of the Data Center" survey, which polled 358 data center managers from around the world. The results offered a glimpse into the data centers powering today's Internet economy. Surprisingly, more than 15 percent of respondents said their data center has no data backup and recovery plan, with half indicating that there is no plan in place to replace damaged equipment in the wake of a disaster. More

IEEE hopes to drive cloud computing standards
IDG News Service via InfoWorld
Standards organization IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) has decided to get involved in cloud computing, starting with two development projects related to cloud interoperability. The current state of cloud computing is comparable to the nascent Internet, according to IEEE. Cloud computing is primed for explosive growth, but "without a flexible, common framework for interoperability, innovation could become stifled, leaving [users] with a siloed ecosystem," the organization warned in a statement.More

Is cloud boon or bane for IT staffers?
CIO Update
In an industry that has seen thousands of jobs leave for foreign shores and cheaper labor, it is understandable there is much wringing of the hands over how many more IT jobs might be lost to the cloud.More

CIOs must join the era of empowerment
Computerworld
Talk to any CIO and one issue inevitably surfaces: How do CIOs cope in a world where they can't keep up with what their employees are doing? The answer, according to Forrester Vice President and Principle Analyst Ted Schadler, is to join them.More

5 ways to combat stress in the IT organization
CIO Zone
If you're a CIO or IT director, you obviously don't want your best people to jump ship. But how can you cultivate a less stressful environment while making sure that the needs of both IT staffers and the business are being met?More