SIM Connect
Dec. 7, 2011

Nearly 600 CIOs and senior IT executives gather at SIMposium 2011
SIM
Close to 600 CIOs and senior IT executives gathered at the Society for Information Management's 43rd annual SIMposium at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Fla., to discuss The Future of IT. During the three-day conference, attendees furthered their professional development in topics such as: Future Leadership Skills & Trends; Tomorrow's IT Workforce; Best Practices & Processes, Leading Edge IT; Global Trends & Developments; and Game Changing Vendor Developments.More

CIO: Top 10 tech predictions for 2012
CIO
As we end a transformational year in enterprise tech, you may wonder: What next? Michael Friedenberg, president and CEO of CIO magazine, weighs in with his top 10 predictions for what will impact the IT business landscape in 2012.More

Gartner: More cloud, consumerization, loss of IT control in 2012
Network World
IT budgets and responsibilities are moving out of the control of IT departments and into the hands of others, thanks to trends such as consumerization and cloud computing. That means, to be successful, IT organizations will have to excel at relationship management and be adept at coordinating more widely distributed activities, according to Daryl Plummer, managing vice president and Gartner fellow.More

How to use the cloud to speed up IT projects
CRN
Cloud computing has emerged as one of the most significant game changers to hit the technology landscape in the past 20 years. It has enabled the virtual world of development, product management, and project management in ways that were unforeseen in the last decade. However, the explosion of cloud computing and a mobile work force has been a bit of a "Catch 22" for IT departments and their solution providers.More

When IT gets to play: Skunk works projects deliver value
Computerworld
Its name may vary, but there's little doubt about it: The IT skunk works is making a comeback — not so much as a place to allow experimental projects to flourish away from the stifling corporate bureaucracy, but as an indispensable tool to breed innovation, learn about risk, build employee loyalty, conduct pilot projects and educate technical and nontechnical staffers in a time of rapid-fire technology change.More

Bold hiring strategies from fearless CIOs
CIO
Everyone's afraid. You can't read an article, watch a news broadcast or speak to another human being without tasting the fear. We all may agree that we'd be stupid not to be cautious, but smart leaders are working to mitigate fear and move their organizations forward.More

Preparing for the real costs of cloud computing
InfoWorld
Most experts agree: The cloud is moving past the hype stage and starting to deliver tangible benefits, primarily increased flexibility and agility. But moving to the cloud can also mean added costs, some of which are unexpected, according to IT executives whose organizations have implemented or are considering cloud services.More

Gameification: How 'kids' games transform business
CIO Update
Anyone who has children or who has been around them for a while knows that kids, as well as young adults, are attracted to video games like flies are attracted to light. And, while older adults may think the kids are being lazy or using their time idly when they're connected to their Wii or Xbox using a Kinect, in reality the kids are paving the way for business training and IT's role in tomorrow's companies.More

10 social networking tips for CIOs
InformationWeek
If you're thinking of bolting your company's social network activities onto your existing IT infrastructure, you're headed for problems. Your company will have a much better chance of success rebuilding your infrastructure around the social network environment.More

How do you solve a problem like communication? 5 tips for IT teams
Silicon.com
IT enjoys an unwelcome reputation for working behind closed doors. Even when the tech team comes up with a great solution to a problem, IT people often fail to communicate potential benefits in terms the business can easily understand. In a collaborative age, where engagement inside and outside the business is a given, IT leaders have to work harder to develop top communications skills.More