SIM Connect
Apr. 3, 2013

2013 SIM Paper Competition
Each year, the Society for Information Management recognizes innovative business initiatives that use IT to drive measurable results. If you have researched an important and successful IT-related business initiative, the SIM 2013 Paper Competition Committee invites you to submit an abstract describing this initiative. The work described must be implemented and it must have had a significant impact on the organization involved. Winning papers will be a collaboration between academics and practitioners. Since SIM's focus is toward executive management, the work should describe an initiative of interest to senior IS executives. The abstract submission deadline is May 3. Click here for more information. More

5 strategic tips for avoiding a 'big data' bust
"Big data" has arrived as a big business initiative. But the hip, experimental, ad hoc veneer of blending data streams to surface bold discoveries belies a massive cultural and technological undertaking not every organization is ready for. Without a strategic plan that includes coherent goals, strong data governance, rigorous processes for ensuring data accuracy, and the right mentality and people, big data initiatives can easily end up being a big liability rather than a valuable asset.More

CIOs 'playing catch-up' in the cloud
The Wall Street Journal
Along with the many benefits of the cloud, CIOs are discovering that Web-based storage has the potential for some unwelcome surprises. For instance, a security firm found recently that nearly 16 percent of the Inc. directories it scanned could be perused by anyone online, revealing thousands of files containing sales records, passwords and personal data. To many, that came as a surprise.More

Looking to share your expertise?
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 Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More

The CIO's key role in workforce engagement
If your company is seeking ways to engage employees more effectively, you can play a critical role. CIOs, and the technologies they oversee, are central to the employee's experience, advises TJ Keitt of Forrester Research. Engaging experiences give employees the flexibility to succeed at their tasks, develop necessary skills and make their work more meaningful, Keitt writes in a post at ZDNet. Technology is at the core of creating this kind of engagement, but it isn't necessarily viewed that way in the business units, meaning that the CIO needs to be involved in discussions about engagement. More

Indian CIOs breaking in-house habit
Conservative Indian IT managers may be forced to adopt a more open approach toward managing their infrastructure as they face the need to deal with macro factors such as slower economic growth, rising wages, and the emergence of virtualization technology.More

CIOs must move from 'mobile 1st' to 'mobile only'
Mobile is top of mind for most CIOs today. However, while many IT leaders are focused on enabling existing business processes and operations in a mobile framework, CIOs with an eye to the future are thinking about how mobile can transform the business and enable new use cases.More

Leveraging big data for big business value
Despite the fact that there is no commonly accepted definition of big data, there is growing evidence that, when approached in the proper manner, there is big business value in big data. Industry publications are filled with articles that deliberate, sometimes even pontificate, around whether big data is hype or reality. The good news is that the trend is toward case studies that demonstrate how leveraging big data has created significant business value. More