SIM Connect
Apr. 25, 2012

SIM 2012 Paper Awards competition
If you have researched an important and successful IT-related business initiative, the SIM 2012 Paper Awards Committee invites you to submit an abstract describing this initiative. The work described must be implemented and it must have had a significant impact on the organization involved. Winning papers will be a collaboration between academics and practitioners. Since SIM's focus is toward executive management, the work should describe an initiative of interest to senior IT executives.More

CIOs can strengthen the board of directors
As technology permeates new products and services across industries as diverse as retail, media, manufacturing and financial services, companies ought to appoint more CIOs to their boards of directors. IT-based products are the very future of business. Boards hold the heart of a company in their hands. They have to understand this stuff.More

From IT to ET: Cloud, consumerization and the next wave of IT transformation
Network World
IT is being replaced by ET, or enterprise technology: Technology that's no longer confined to offices and office workers, but is embedded throughout the enterprise. ET, in a nutshell, is the combination of technologies that enables embedded, networked intelligence. It includes a range of wireless/mobile technologies; display and form-factor technologies; next-generation computing; and last but not least, so-called big data.More

6 must-have skills for aspiring CIOs
At the top of every organization is the boss, the man or woman who has the ultimate responsibility for making decisions, setting directions and making sure the job gets done right. The position comes with perks and pressures. And while many may yearn to have the word "chief" in their title, not everybody is cut out for such a challenge. Here's what it takes to earn the much-vaunted acronym of CIO on your business card.More

The upside of shadow IT
Tech-savvy employees have long bypassed IT to get their hands on hot technologies. Rather than standing in the way, smart CIOs are now embracing and even encouraging shadow IT. Here's why.More

The BYOD era may be ending already
Few technology trends have forced their way into business as fast as the bring-your-own-device movement, which started weakly in 2007 with the release of the iPhone but gathered momentum in mid-2010 when Apple added corporate-class management and security features in iOS 4. A year later, IT's "no way will user devices get into my network" policies were in tatters, with a majority of companies having accepted BYOD for at least a portion of the employee base and for iOS devices. The iPad sealed the deal. Or maybe not.More

Common vision is the best kind of alignment
CIO Update
We've all been there. The business announces an exciting new project. You organize an implementation team. The team is excited; the kick-off is great; the first stand-up meetings rock. Then, fast forward three months and the team is struggling; decision makers are hard to find or uninvolved in the day-to-day; business decisions still haven't been made; stakeholders are fighting for their political must-haves that were hardly mentioned at the start. What happened?More

How to lose your best IT employees
Two out of every five IT pros are looking for a new job, 2012 U.S. IT Salary Survey data shows. IT leaders have the advantage here, and not only because of the shaky job market. Most of those IT job seekers are only casually looking, and based on how highly data shows they value job stability, they'd rather stay where they are. So if IT leaders understand the few, critical job elements that matter to their employees, they have a good shot at retaining them.More

IT outsourcing deals slow from hangover effect
Analysis of IT and business process outsourcing transactions in the first quarter reveals a sharp decrease in number and value of contracts signed. As deals get smaller and shorter, contract restructuring and expirations now dominate the IT service provider landscape.More