SIM Connect
May. 22, 2013

Last call: IT Trends Survey — have your voice heard, win $500
The IT Trends Survey will close at midnight May 26. SIM members are exclusively invited to participate in the survey and your data and opinions matter! The IT Trends Survey is recognized nationally and internationally as a major barometer for the industry and helps gain recognition for SIM. Once the report is published you can use the information to benchmark your organization and see how it stacks up against other industry organizations regarding priorities, salaries, budgets, turnover rates, CIO activities and more. Complete the survey by May 26 and you will be entered into a drawing to win one of five $500 gift cards (or a donation to the winner's charity of choice).

Click here for more information and to view past IT Trends Reports. If you experience issues while completing the survey or have questions not answered at the link provided please contact professor Leon Kappelman by phone at 940-565-4698 or email

CIO challenges: IT skills gap, growing cloud, mobile demands
CIOs operate in a more complex environment than ever, which calls for shifting priorities and changes in IT management practices, according to a new report from recruitment and employment firm Harvey Nash Group. The study, based on a poll of more than 2,000 CIOs, examines technology and market changes and their impact on CIOs and other IT pros. More

Why the chief data officer is more vital than ever
Information Management
Sometimes overlooked in the trends and tech in the information management space is the way careers are transformed (or merely relabeled). One such role that enterprises are attempting to get a handle on is the chief data officer. Professor and industry adviser Peter Aiken estimates that only about 10 percent of CIOs "know what they're doing" when it comes to managing data as an asset, and he's aiming to reframe data's leader in the enterprise in his new book.More

CIOs face new security challenges
As CIOs are asked to assemble more data to demonstrate their organization is providing high-quality care at a lower cost, their role in ensuring privacy and security is evolving, says technology specialist Harry Greenspun, M.D., of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.More

Gartner: Big data will transform customer relationship management technology
Computer Weekly
Big data is set to transform the way companies manage their relationships with their customers and CIOs need to start planning now, claims analyst group Gartner. Kimberly Collins, Gartner Research vice president, said that big data will be the next major "disruptive technology" to affect the way businesses interact with customers.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

How strategic CIOs can collaboratively build smart cities
Local governments must address the needs of diverse and often growing constituencies with limited and often dwindling resources — following that age-old mandate of doing more with less. This predicament has forced the hand of many city administrations both big and small, leading them to elevate the status of IT to drive more strategic use of technology. To head this transformation, cities have begun appointing cabinet-level CIOs who are being given more power and more responsibility than in the past.More

CIOs say they want creative employees, but most rate their own staffs poorly
Budget cuts and pay freezes are forcing many federal IT employees to retire or leave their jobs, causing major challenges with the IT talent pool, according to a new survey. In addition, 72 percent of CIOs said creativity and innovation are critical skills in the federal workplace, but only 14 percent rated their own IT staff highly on those areas.More

What to look for when hiring a business analyst
Applications groups struggle to understand who is a good fit for the BA role, particularly when the role involves a broader range of responsibilities and candidates apply from a variety of backgrounds. Hiring based on the criteria that delivered results in the past may not suit for what will be needed in the future, based on the shifts we've been seeing in project portfolios and business engagement model. Looking for a great business analyst for the next five years? Do these three things.More

Keeping your corporate social media accounts secure
Does your company have official social media accounts like Twitter or Facebook? How do you protect them from unauthorized access? Get a few tips here and take our poll on security measures.More