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Aug. 17, 2011

Register for the SIMposium 2011 Golf Tournament
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SIMposium 2011 will host a golf tournament Sunday, Nov. 13, benefiting several Orlando, Fla.-area charities. Register for SIMposium 2011 by Aug. 31 to save $100 and confirm your participation in the tournament. Space is limited.More

Can CIOs learn to love Google+?
Silicon.com
Google recently relaunched itself into the social media market with the announcement of its Google+ service, but technology executives are split as to whether they really need yet another social network to worry about. So has Google+ been welcomed with open arms by CIOs or is it just another social burden of monitoring and updating?More

CIOs on the move: Week of Aug. 12
CIO Zone
CIOs come and go from fortune 2000 companies, here is a select summary of companies, locations and their recent CIO post changes from around the U.S.More

The CIO's role morphs yet again
CIO Update
The CIO role continues to morph in the face of changing economic and technological pressures. The good news is that the CIO's new role surpasses the initial goal of winning a seat at the table with the other C-suite players. Unfortunately, that's also the bad news. "Never has the pressure been higher for the CIO to be on top of his game," said Raj Sabhlok, president of ManageEngine, a division of Zoho Corporation. "Whereas in the past, the CIO focused on outfitting the organization with networks, servers, desktops and applications at well negotiated prices, the CIO now is on the hook for the success of the business as a whole."More

Talent wars: Are your IT staffers being poached?
CIO
Dan Herrington says his first inkling of a brewing IT talent war came early this spring, when he noticed that "college kids weren't accepting our offers on the spot." This was a first for Herrington, who is executive sponsor of college recruiting for IT at USAA, a San Antonio-based Fortune 200 insurer and financial services company that has been No. 1 on Computerworld's Best Places to Work in IT list for two years in a row.More

How to close the gaps that lead to project failure
CIO Update
It is time to face reality. The spending cuts caused by the recession have lead to gaps between your enterprise software applications and the most current releases. The longer you wait to upgrade, the larger the gap; the larger the gap, the bigger the project. Although most organizations have accepted and plan for application upgrades, more than 60 percent of technology projects result in missed implementation dates, cost over-runs or fewer features and functions than originally planned. With such high failure rates, even the thought of a large scale enterprise application upgrade is enough to give any executive heartburn.More

When collaboration with rivals makes sense for IT
Fierce CIO
Caron Carlson writes, "In a tough economy where Darwinian competition seems to be the name of the game, is collaboration with rivals wise? In the health care business in Wisconsin, some providers are finding it to be so. Last week I spoke with Will Weider, CIO for Ministry Health Care in Wisconsin. We talked mostly about application performance management and how it has helped him implement electronic health records technology. In discussing EHR deployment and adoption, Weider touched on some intriguing examples of collaboration, and I think they bear highlighting."More

CRM and sales: If it's broke, fix it
CIO
CRM systems are a reflection of the sales and marketing teams. So when both are broken, should you fix the CRM first, or fix the organization first? The answer: Yes.More

Can cloud really replace offshore outsourcing?
CIO Update
The cloud is changing much about how IT is done. But has it changed or possibly even eliminated the need for offshore outsourcing? In the short term, the answer is no. That's mostly because the cloud is not yet in full play. However, given the current momentum behind the cloud, change is inevitable and the impact on offshore outsourcing is unavoidable.More

Cloud CIO: What 'Consumerization of IT' really means to CIOs
CIO
The latest trend (or over-hyped term, if you like) is "consumerization of IT." As with cloud computing, the term is somewhat ambiguous and is applied to a number of things that are recognizably related, but which differ in details. Consumerization of IT is usually contrasted with "enterprise IT," which carries connotations of interminable rollouts, bewildering interfaces, obscure functionality and high prices. The poster child ordinarily cited for "enterprise IT" is SAP, which seems to raise particular ire in commentators.More