SIM Connect
Dec. 28, 2011

The most mismanaged IT asset of all — the CIO
CIO Update
From March 30, 2011: Many business executives would like to direct their CIOs to stop mucking about with bits and bytes and instead focus their time on finding ways to add dollars and cents to the bottom line or help them grow the top line. Unfortunately, there are three key challenges that stand in the way of both business executives and CIOs getting what they want.More

Dawn of the hybrid CIO
From Aug. 10, 2011: Does a new strategic frontier lie at the intersection of technology and marketing capabilities? A new report says it does, but to realize it requires a fundamental shift in some long-standing attitudes and beliefs.More

How to get involved without micromanaging people
Harvard Business Review
From March 30, 2011: One of the more vexing problems most managers face every day is how to get involved in the work of their people without doing the work themselves or micromanaging those doing it. This is especially true of the CIO, who often gets sidetracked by mundane tasks.More

Recent SIM Industry Trends survey heavily cited
From Oct. 26, 2011: The SIM 2011 IT Trends Survey, in which many of you participated, has been commonly cited recently among news outlets across the World Wide Web, as evidenced by this collection of articles and slideshows referencing the study and its findings.More

The 6 hottest new jobs in IT
From June 22, 2011: IT job seekers have real reason to hope. No fewer than 10,000 IT jobs were added to payrolls in May alone, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics, reflecting a steady month-over-month increase since January. And in a June survey by IT jobs site, 65 percent of hiring managers and recruiters said they will hire more tech professionals in the second half of 2011 than in the previous six months. But which jobs have the greatest growth potential — and stand the best chance of withstanding outsourcing or another economic downturn?More

Is IT facing a leadership crisis?
From Oct. 26, 2011: The CIO role is undergoing yet another shift, and the emerging CIO position requires a mix of capabilities that many existing IT leaders lack. investigates what abilities are needed to be successful in this new CIO role and where future CIOs will come from.More

What you should tell your CEO about cloud computing
CIO Insight
From March 30, 2011: To borrow from Mark Twain's famous remark about the weather, everybody talks about the cloud, but nobody knows anything about it. At a time when companies' use of clouds is just getting started, the chief information officer's judgment and store of knowledge are invaluable assets. These are especially important when the CIO sets out to educate that most important stakeholder of all, the chief executive officer.More

Top 10 questions for CIOs concerning tablets for their organizations
CIO Zone
From March 30, 2011: In just 12 months, iPad has redefined expectations of what a computer should be: instant-on, highly portable, all-day batteries, always-connected and app-driven. According to Forrestor research, there are many issues surrounding tablets that should be considered by IT managers when deploying tablets. These considerations include both tablet options and the security issues relating to the tablets.More

Giving back — SIM community outreach
From May 11, 2011: SIM Chapters across the nation are helping to fulfill an important part of the SIM mission by funding college scholarships, providing grants to technology training programs and making donations to various charitable causes.More

CIO salaries, satisfaction and standing rise
From May 18, 2011: Results of a recent CIO survey conducted by executive search firm Harvey Nash show that CIOs are earning more money, expanding their responsibilities, and enjoying greater strategic standing and job satisfaction inside their companies.More