SIM Connect
Oct. 10, 2012

IT leaders provide value to the business: SIMposium 2012
SIM
This year's theme, "The CIO Means Business," says it all. Come the to SIMposium, in wonderful Dallas, to listen to, talk to and learn from dozens of industry leaders who know how to provide value to help grow the business. Network with hundreds of attendees that you can rely on to help you quickly and quantitatively improve your company's bottom line. Check out this video to learn more or simply register today. We will see you in Texas!More

The great CIO debate
InformationWeek
Is the role of the CIO to be an innovator or a custodian of the IT infrastructure? While the desire is be the champion of innovation, the reality is that CIOs and the IT department are often measured and paid for, as they say, "doing more with less." More

CIOs eye more outsourcing, less hardware in 2013
ZDNet
For 2013, chief information officers are planning to spend more on outsourcing and less on hardware and consultants, according to the Society for Information Management. The data comes via SIM's annual CIO survey, which will be presented at the group's conference Oct. 28-30 in Grapevine, Texas. SIM's CIO survey is instructive since it outlines 2012 actual IT spending and projections for the year ahead. Here are some key takeaways. More

The DNA of the CIO: Less tech geek, more business leader needed
CMSWire
Recently, CMSWire took a closer look at the chief information officer and learned about the challenges that evolving and emerging social, mobile and cloud technologies have brought to the position. Recently, Ernst & Young released a report that further illustrates how critical it is for CIOs to not only assert their technological experience but their business savvy as well.More

So far, so good: Fortune 500 CIOs seem happy with cloud computing
Forbes
Many organizations are still in the early stages of their cloud computing journeys, and the reports are: so far, so good. No major flaws or "gotchas" have emerged in nascent cloud engagements, and CIOs are saying full steam ahead. Still needed, however, are more security assurances and more vendor flexibility.More

Global IT industry trends guiding CIO strategies, technology budgets
SearchCIO
VideoBriefShouvik Bhattacharyya, CEO at global IT consulting firm Valtech, is a firm believer in the value of the CIO — and he says that global IT trends are shifting technology investments in a way that emphasizes the CIO's value to the enterprise. In this video Q&A, Bhattacharyya sits down with SearchCIO.com Executive Editor Christina Torode to discuss the global IT industry trends having the biggest effect on CIOs.More

5 ways 'big data' is changing the world
Entrepreneur
Computers are leaner, meaner and cheaper than ever before. With computing power no longer at a premium, we're swimming in numbers that describe everything from how a small town in Minnesota behaves during rush hour to the probability of a successful drone strike in Yemen. The advent of so-called "big data" means that companies, governments and organizations can collect, interpret and wield huge stores of data to an amazing breadth of ends. From shoe shopping to privacy concerns, here's a look at five ways "big data" is changing the world.More

How CIOs can become more influential
CIO
Paul Glen, CEO of Leading Geeks, writes: "Nobody believes that 'CIO' stands for 'chief influence officer.' CIOs themselves know better, though they'd like to contribute to decision making. I recently facilitated a conversation among a group of CIOs who collectively seemed both mystified and hurt by their own lack of influence within their organizations. 'I give them what they want, but when it comes to the big decisions, I don't get a seat at the table' was a typical sentiment. The consensus was that if organizations would seek out the CIO's perspective when deliberating on decisions, they could reduce costs, become more competitive and avoid costly mistakes. So we discussed how to become more influential."More

CIOs: Foreign nationals are the answer to your labor shortage
CIO Insight
Recruiting (and retaining) high-quality IT staff has always been a challenge for CIOs. But it's about to become an absolute nightmare. Over the last year, numerous private and public institutions, including the U.S. Congress's Joint Economic Committee, have published reports highlighting the growing gap between the number of science, technology, engineering and math jobs that need to be filled in the U.S. and the diminishing number of qualified STEM graduates. Despite the efforts of a few innovative educators to build interest in the sciences, the vast majority of U.S. educational institutions continue to see a decrease in STEM degrees. More

Avoid vendor-driven overspending
FierceCIO
Ten years of cost-cutting directives have driven many CIOs to streamline IT and focus on ROI, but at the same time there remains a tendency among even some of the most cautious to overspend. Although it's not a topic many IT leaders like to discuss, there are a number of vendor-driven reasons behind the overspending, writes Jeff Muscarella, executive vice president of information technology at NPI. More