SIM Connect
Aug. 29, 2012

The SIM EAWG's IS management practices research survey is now under way — Please participate!
For the past 18 months the SIM Enterprise Architecture Working Group has been working on a follow-up to their 2008 study (as reported in the SIM Guide to Enterprise Architecture (2010, CRC Press) and other publications). On Aug. 27, emails went out to all SIM members inviting them to participate in the new SIM Information Systems Practices and Capabilities State of the Art Survey. The purpose of this research is to help us all improve and prosper as IS professionals by better understanding the basic capabilities that enable us to align information technologies with the needs of the organization. Please help SIM and the EAWG in this important research and complete the questionnaire. Your personal link to the survey is provided in the email invitation sent to you. For more information, or if your invitation did not arrive, please contact professor Leon Kappelman at

The CIO as the (IT) supply chain manager
The role that IT plays is transforming. Thus, the skills, roles and tools for CIOs have to transform too. Why? If the trend toward cloud-based services continues, then the role of the CIO will shift from being a builder/technologist to becoming an integrator/vendor manager. More

The secret of developing a culture of innovation? Hint: It's free
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Futuring should be job No. 1 for IT
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CIOs flock to social media
Public CIO
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Enterprise mobile user empowerment: BYOD brings a heavy price to the CIO
Wireless Developer Network
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How smart businesses reorganize for social
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12 IT certifications that deliver career advancement
In today's competitive IT job market having the right certification can help push your resume to the top of the stack or push you ahead of your colleagues when the opportunity for a promotion arises. To help you meet this challenge, here is a manageable list of the most relevant IT certifications for the remainder of 2012.More

Why you should cultivate project management skills
The responsibilities of the project management office are expanding from technology, business and leadership tasks to all of these plus talent development. Cultivating the skills of project and program managers is one of the most important elements in a mature and successful PMO, writes Lynn Haber at CIO magazine. More