SIM Connect
July 20, 2011

Register for SIMposium 2011 and get a great reward
There are many reasons to attend SIMposium 2011, including over 40 presentations, great networking with your peers, meetings with your suppliers, and a great social program. Now there's another reason. For each paid, new registration completed in the month of July, you will receive your choice of an iPod Shuffle or a $50 hotel credit at the Hilton Bonnet Creek valid for November 2011. Register Today!More

CIO time management at the speed of light
According to Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, time is just another linear dimension, no different from forward and backward, up and down, or right and left. Not only that, we're all traveling at the speed of light, all of the time ... mostly into the future, which is why we can't turn around and head the other way. It would take too much energy to change direction. If you're a CIO, this might also explain why the end of the week always arrives long before the week's work is finished. It isn't that you're too busy. It's that you're moving into the future way too fast.More

The Transformational CIO
CIO Zone
IBM successes over the years have come by hiring and retaining great workers. They create solutions, not just products companies need, and their customers are fiercely loyal as a result. One of the vital lessons IBM has learned is that in order to survive for a long time organizations have to constantly transform themselves and they must get out ahead of the changes that are coming rather than reacting defensively to them. There is no aspect of a business where this lesson is more important than in the IT department.More

Look out IT department - the citizen developers are taking over
Thought all of a company's app development work took place in the IT department? Think again. According to Gartner, by 2014 over 25 percent of new business applications will be built by citizen developers. The trend towards citizen development is being accelerated by factors including simplified development tools and the emergence of cloud services that can be deployed in the business without the IT department's involvement.More

10 hard truths IT must learn to accept
In a perfect world, your network would suffer no downtime and be locked down tight. You'd be in perfect compliance with all government regulations, and your users would all be self-supporting. The cloud would take care of nearly all your infrastructure needs, and there wouldn't be a single device accessing the network you didn't first approve of and control. Also, you'd finally get the respect and admiration you truly deserve. Good luck with all that. The gap between your dreams and cold hard reality just gets wider every day.More

Outgoing federal CIO warns of 'an IT cartel'
In a wide-ranging discussion Friday with President Barack Obama's top science advisors, Federal CIO Vivek Kundra warned of the dangers of open data access and complained of "an IT cartel" of vendors. He also believes the U.S. can operate with just a few data centers. Kundra, who is leaving his job in mid-August, offered a kaleidoscopic view of his concerns about federal IT in an appearance before President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.More

5 key reasons IT initiatives fail
CIO Update
People too often jump into new projects without a clear understanding of what it is going to take. When the project fails they point to external reasons such as "the tool doesn't work" rather than looking inwards. Maybe this behavior is part of the "Human Condition," however with a little focus on five points, your chances of completing any project successfully will rise dramatically.More

Should CIOs have a foreign policy?
Power outages, weather events, political unrest or even something as mundane as a ship dragging its anchor over a fiber-optic cable can disrupt your operations in unexpected ways. Data centers could go offline. Data stored in remote locations could become unavailable, as could your supply chain. You could lose contact with offshore service providers due to interrupted communications. Software-as-a-service applications could go offline. And although cloud-based infrastructure is mostly hosted in the U.S. now, that's expected to change in the next few years, posing even greater risks.More

CIOs see promise in public cloud storage
Three quarters of companies are either currently using or plan to use public cloud storage offerings. What's more, all organizations with more than 500 employees are using or planning use of public cloud storage, mostly for email, data protection and front-office applications like CRM, especially SaaS-based CRM solutions such as

10 technologies that will change the world in the next 10 years
Network World
As computational power rises exponentially, not linearly, so does the rate of change — and that means the next 10 years should pack in far more technological change than the last 10. Disruptive technology is, by its very nature, unpredictable, but it is still possible to look at the work being done by R&D labs around the world and see clues as to what the future holds.More