SIM Connect
Apr. 15, 2015

SIMposium 2015: It's all so confusing...
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No matter who you read — Forbes, WSJ, CIO Magazine, etc. — you know that we IT leaders have many priorities for 2015 and beyond:

  • We're supposed to be visionaries — to know when the next new opportunity or threat is going to affect our businesses. And to thwart the threats and capitalize on the opportunities.
  • We're supposed to transform ourselves from IT leaders to business leaders, change agents, business transformers.
  • We're being told that security is a huge issue for 2015 (as though it wasn't last year).
  • As IT Leaders, we are told it is our responsibility to lead the social charge.

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