SIM Connect
Jan. 22, 2014

SIM Members In Transition program
The Members In Transition program was developed to assist SIM members who are in transition or looking to make a career change, by providing a forum to share leads, connections, opportunities and advice. We encourage all members to join, whether you are looking for a change or just want to help fellow members in need. Start expanding your network today! Visit or contact Veronica Sullivan for more information.More

CIOs gaining confidence in IT hiring, investments
CIO Insight
It would be a stretch to describe the U.S. economy as "robust." However, it sure appears to be moving in the right direction. And that's good enough for CIOs to boost their forecast for both hiring and IT investment in 2014, according to a recent survey from Robert Half Technology. The accompanying "Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report" reveals that an increasing percentage of CIOs are planning to expand current technology department staffing levels. More

Wearable tech offers promise (and potential peril) for the enterprise
Wearable technology is not just for consumers. CIOs who want to stay ahead of the curve need to start preparing for this new wave of gadgets today. Here's a look at the current state of wearables in the enterprise, along with some examples of how your company can begin to realize the technology's potential for business.More

The tech trends that will disrupt, create opportunities in 2014
The Wall Street Journal
The visual, social, virtual, and mobile transformations that are already happening are creating a new golden era of technology-enabled innovation, and the CIO needs to be leading the charge. Based on the technology-enabled hard trends that are already in place, we will transform how we sell, market, communicate, collaborate, innovate, train, and educate over the next five short years. To stay competitive, your organization needs to anticipate the most significant technology trends that are shaping your business and changing your customer, and then develop innovative ways to use them to your advantage, both inside and outside of your organization.More

Survey: Half of IT leaders are 'cost-center' CIOs, 25 percent are 'digital' CIOs
There's a lot of talk these days about "digital" initiatives, which tend to be treated separately from plain-old information technology work. But are the two really so different? Yes, says CIO's Maryfran Johnson, who just presented the results of CIO magazine's "13th annual State of the CIO" study, which reveals "stark contrasts between traditional CIOs who focus more on internal operations and digital CIOs who expand IT's influence externally to work directly with customers and business colleagues."More

How to avoid 5 IT career missteps
Even if you aren't currently looking for a job, both errors of omission and errors of commission can come back to haunt when you are looking for a new position or gunning for that promotion. Here are five common career-limiting mistakes IT pros make. More

Half of IT workers ripe for recruiters?
Despite continued uncertainties about the overall economy, the IT industry is on track to experience moderate growth in 2014. That is the conclusion of the latest research from CompTIA, released recently. In its IT Industry Outlook 2014, the information technology association says the IT sector should experience 3.4 percent growth globally this year. The association cites an "upside potential" (best case scenario) of 5.9 percent growth possibility. More

Digital fear and loathing in the CIO ranks
CIO Insight
We're entering a period of great digital uncertainty that is trying the souls of senior IT and business leaders alike. That's one of the main takeaways from a new global survey of 2,339 CIOs conducted by Gartner, which notes that more than half of CIOs say the pace at which digital technology is affecting their business is too fast for them to cope with. Just as troubling, 42 percent say their organization lacks the skills to manage a truly digital business. More

'Democratization of data' pushes big data trends in 2014
CIO Today
Putting data into the hands of more enterprise users — is fueling enterprise big data and BI investments. This trend will drive opportunity for data management and security vendors to step in and offer some controls to make that democratization of big data a little bit more trustworthy, secure and safe, said Brad Shimmin, an analyst at Current Analysis.More