SIM Connect
Jan. 16, 2013

The Mayans were wrong — safely renew your SIM membership today
SIM
Renewal season is upon us so if you haven't renewed your SIM membership, please do so today. Membership is on a calendar year for most members and expired on Dec. 31.More

CIO role become business strategist finds US CIO research
CIO
The measure of a CIO is in how everyone else in the company views the IT organization. Many CIOs strive to create an IT group that is the department people call first when a new business idea strikes. Even better: They strive to be there at the idea's birth. Building such a strategic IT group takes time and it's a journey of increasing importance, according to State of the CIO survey.More

Mentoring tips and leadership advice for building a diverse IT team
SearchCIO
VideoBriefRoyal Philips Electronics, a Netherlands-based company known globally for its health care offerings, lighting, grooming products and flat-screen TVs, has much more to offer the world than revolutionary toothbrushes. The IT team behind the company's consumer staples — particularly, its executives' focus on mentoring and leadership — is a big part of the Philips success story.More

Dear CIO, chief marketing officer's success depends on you
The Huffington Post
Vala Afshar, CMO and chief customer officer of Enterasys Networks, writes: "A recent post in CIO.com listed the 10 best IT resolutions for 2013 with a fantastic list of future technology trends and analyst projections. The one resolution that stood out for me was labeled: 'Become buddies with the CMO.' An IDC analyst noted: 'If you're in a consumer-driven industry, you need to get very close to the CMO because that's where the real innovation and strategic investment is going to happen.' The post also noted that 40 percent of new IT investments will be the decision of the line of business executive and not with IT"More

Training, not outsourcing, is key to success say CIOs
TechRepublic
CIOs who focus on training staff to meet their skills' needs tend to run more successful IT operations than those who rely on buying in talent, a global study has found. IT leaders who favor training and retaining staff reported completing a greater proportion of IT projects on budget and time, as well as greater range of business success than their peers, according to Gartner's 2013 CIO Agenda report, it's annual survey of more than 2,000 CIOs.More

CIO And CFO: Achieving success together
FutureGov
CIOs and CFOs have a lot in common. They face the same challenges and issues in the organization — staff, budget, intervention from management and project prioritization. They both have a bird's-eye view of the entire organization. They both face rising expectations from higher management, but need to have the entire organization engaged and on board in order to implement new, effective policies. More

Call to contributors
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of SIM Connect, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of SIM, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment.More

New year, new CIOs
CIO
2013 has started with a bang when it comes to CIO moves. Big firms like CSC and KPMG have new CIOs, and startups like Groupon are seeing CIO changes as well. With every company becoming a technology company (whether they like it or not), CEOs will be reviewing their IT leadership very carefully. We should see some major changes this year. More

How to scare off your best IT people
InformationWeek
Another talent war is shaping up for 2013, especially for highly skilled people. Demand for tech skills in particular is on the rise, according to 71 percent of the respondents to a recent InformationWeek survey. Attracting the best and the brightest is hard enough without shooting ourselves in the foot. And CIOs regularly do that in two ways.More