SIM Connect
Oct. 8, 2014

RLF and 21st Century leadership
Since its founding some 22 years ago, SIM's unique Regional Leadership Forum program has approached leadership development from an unwavering foundation of core values and principles wrapped in an ever-increasing body of knowledge and experiences tempered by today's business realities and challenges.

As you may have read in a recent SIM Leadership Nugget publication, on Sept. 9 Henry Kissinger; elder statesman, politician, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, loved by some and reviled by others; released his new book World Order. Whether or not you agree with Dr. Kissinger's views, politics, and policy influence; he has an undeniable depth of experience and knowledge about recent world history — and a unique perspective from which to view current events and assess their historical and political underpinnings.More

CIOs can curb cost cutting with storytelling
The Wall Street Journal
CIOs can vanquish the traditional cost-cutting exacted on their budgets by using plain, simple language to explain the value technologies deliver to the business, said Gartner Inc. analyst Barbara Gomolski. "CFOs, or even CEOs, may not have the IT vision in their head," said Gomolski, during a recent session at the Gartner Symposium IT/xpo. "CIOs need to be able to articulate how IT adds value."More

How the CIO role is changing as business needs evolve
A recent survey from IT staffing firm Modis reaffirms what we all know: The role of CIOs, and the IT department they direct, is changing. Not only do the vast majority of companies view their CIOs as critical members of company structure, they also expect that role to grow in the future. "With tech being more and more on the forefront of businesses, we were interested to find out, where is the CIO seat now, where is his relationship and does he have the same kind of impact other C-level people have?" Modis President Jack Cullen says.More

The born again CIO
How many CIOs does it take to screw in a piece of software? In the not-too-distant past, the answer was "as many as you can find." After all, this was the primary reason the CIO existed. But things are different today. Today, we are seeing the rise of the "born again CIO." Thanks to the cloud, CIOs are effectively transitioning from the traditional role of integration manager to the more strategic position of business process assembler. Rather than screwing in software, they are advising on how their organizations can leverage the cloud to unlock new innovation, enable new engagement models and spark new disruptive business models.More

Survey exposes CIO fears
Agility and speed of execution, budget, and lack of skills are the top operational concerns of local CIOs. By far the top effort is spent on aligning IT with business, as it is still largely perceived as a cost centre and a supporter but not a driver of business innovation. Despite much talk of the pressure to transform in an increasingly digitised world, driving digital strategy is a priority for a mere 1 percent of CIOs.More

CMOs are missing out on mobile marketing opportunities
Hey CMOs, how goes your mobile marketing efforts? Probably not well. Marketers struggle to define mobile objectives and manage their mobile performance, says Forrester. CIOs better listen up, too. You can help CMOs deliver on this missed mobile marketing opportunity. It's a big opportunity to drive revenue, as well as a chance to improve the CIO-CMO relationship.More

Moving to a digital enterprise, 1 step at a time
Digital, digital, digital. It seems to be all anyone is talking about in IT today, so much so that we decided to focus our FierceCIO Fierce15 awards on digital transformation. But how can you make your transition to a digital enterprise as smooth as possible?More

New Dell CIO brings commerce services with him
The Wall Street Journal
Dell Inc. Founder and CEO Michael Dell has promoted Paul J. Walsh to the role of CIO and merged the various commerce services he was managing into one organization that will report to him. Walsh's promotion is another sign that CEOs increasingly are looking to their technology leaders to build digital products in addition to managing computers and software.More

Mission impossible? White House looks for new CIO
Among Chief Information Officers, the U.S. federal government CIO stands in the unusual position of being a national policy leader and operational executive overseeing a $75 billion IT budget. At the same time, the size and political complexity of this role present significant challenges to accomplishing meaningful change.More