SIM Connect
Aug. 31, 2011

How can SIM better serve you?
SIM is interested in discovering which of our member benefits are most important to you. Please take a few minutes to complete our 2011 SIM Member Satisfaction Survey. Some of the questions in the survey relate to your local SIM Chapter and others deal with benefits at the national level. Your views on both are important to us. We will use the results of the survey to help understand your needs as we develop future programs. Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback.More

Survival 101: You must continually reinvent and redefine
CIO Update
As a CIO, you are keenly aware that rapid change in business and technology is the "new normal." However, in the 21st Century, "change" is actually too weak a descriptor. Today, it's all about transformation. This means you can't go backward, and you can't stand still. You can't rest on your laurels and you can't keep doing what you've always done — even if you do your best to keep doing it better. The only way for your company to survive, let alone thrive, is to continuously reinvent and redefine.More

Is your CIO a morning person?
CIO Zone
Those workers that are able to burn the midnight oil may also have a reputation for creativity, but recently published research by HBR suggests that early risers are more likely to make significant progress on their long-term goals. So this brings to mind the question, who will make a better CIO or senior IT professional - the night owl or the early-to-bed, early-to-rise type?More

The challenges of competing with cloud computing providers
There is no question that corporate IT departments need to change their cultures and their organizational structures to compete with cloud providers, but doing so introduces a variety of practical challenges — including convincing the CFO to embrace a new funding model for IT.More

Linux at 20: New challenges, new opportunities
Twenty years ago, when Linus Torvalds first announced his new operating system project to a Usenet discussion group, he had no way of knowing that his creation would one day conquer the world. The rise of cloud computing and mobility could elevate the open source operating system to a level of unprecedented dominance.More

The emerging world of non-traditional and synthetic data
Fierce CIO
Few companies these days seem to have too little data on their hands from the perspective of data management, but some are hard at work acquiring more, even if it means creating it synthetically.More

Facebook CIO: Social media driving major IT changes
CIO Zone
Addressing a crowd at the NASA IT Summit in San Francisco recently, Facebook CIO Tim Campos described how he sees social media changing information technology in the next decade. In a nutshell, the IT industry and the Internet at large are both on the start of a major shift as social media becomes more important.More

Dell set to launch public cloud service
IDG News Service via Computerworld
Dell will launch its first cloud infrastructure service later this year through a partnership with VMware, continuing its push to move beyond PCs and into higher-margin software and services. The service will be based on VMworld's vCloud platform and delivered from Dell's data center in Plano, Texas. Customers will be able to rent compute and storage capacity on a pay-as-you-go basis, or on longer-term contracts that include reserved or dedicated hardware.More

Survey: IT pros split on allowing end users to download, install software
Network World
In their efforts to keep malware off their networks, some IT and security pros restrict end users' rights to install apps on company machines, and the majority restrict the individual applications that are allowed on the network, a survey says. Companies are essentially split on whether to allow users to install applications — 51 percent yes, 49 percent no, according to a survey of 765 professionals by security vendor Bit9.More