SIM Connect
Oct. 17, 2012

SIM members honored at Georgia CIO of the Year Awards
Two SIM members were recently honored at the Georgia CIO of the Year event. Brian Shield, former CIO, The Weather Channel, received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Lee Crump, CIO and group vice president, Rollins Inc., received the Georgia CIO of the Year Award in the global category. Both Shield and Crump have very generously donated their time in participating in SIM Atlanta events, and we are very proud to have them as our members.More

IT leaders provide value to the business: SIMposium 2012
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

Cloud, consumerization of IT makes life tough for CIOs
VideoBriefCIOs that try to thwart user demand for latest-and-greatest consumer technologies in the workplace could be an endangered species, according to speakers at Structure Europe. Better to accommodate and bring that new technology under IT's big tent. More

Google's CIO dilemma
CIOs torn are torn between wanting to back a company that represents the future and needing predictability. Google executives must now ask CIOs the right questions — and be prepared for stubborn answers.More

Whom should you hire: The fresh new graduate or the seasoned professional?
When looking to fill an IT position, it is tempting to seek candidates that possess the wisdom that only comes with experience. Then again, fresh new graduates with the latest tech training offer their own appeal as well. In a new look at the perennial debate over who makes the best hire — the veteran or the new graduate — Network World spotlights a case for each alternative. More

Data scientist role is clear, even if job description isn't
The data scientist job, as well as the job title, is a mashup of existing expertise that is generally a few steps removed from the everyday realities of the businesses that employ them. Like most mashups, though, this is leading to something equally new and innovative.More

CIOs may have no choice in supporting Windows 8
It's more than obvious that an enterprise migration to Windows 8 will not look like the migration to Windows 7. In fact, many organizations remain in the midst of their Windows 7 deployments and won't even consider a look at Windows 8. Other organizations have completed their Windows 7 projects while still others remain firmly and happily planted on Windows XP. For those CIOs who intend to ignore Windows 8: It's not going to be as easy to do as you think it is.More

CIOs get no respect from the C-suite
CIO Insight
Do you feel left out of the most critical conversations between top executives in your organization? You're not alone. The vast majority of CIOs say they're not part of their company's business planning, according to a recent survey from CA Technologies. The resulting report, "The Future Role of the CIO: Digital Literacy," presents a pessimistic picture of the relationship between the CIO and the rest of the C-suite. Senior IT managers are being marginalized, saddled with the "tech guy" reputation and left out of decision making. Technology is perceived as a cost that burdens the business instead of a tool for growth.More

A cloud hangs over CIO budgets and tech hiring
Maybe it's a bit soon for hard-and-fast pronouncements on CIO budgets and tech hiring — most CIOs are just embarking on next year's plans. Early signs, however, suggest CIOs will face even more pressure to cut costs in 2013 than this year.More

Career suicide and the CIO: 4 deadly new threats
Today's business challenges and the rapidly evolving pace of technology change are combining to generate a new set of career-ending threats for the CIO. This article covers four in particular. This list isn't meant to be all-encompassing and doesn't include catastrophic failures such as transaction systems going down for extended periods, lousy security or out-of-control spending. Rather, these new threats arise from the parallel new opportunities that await business-driven CEOs who are willing and eager to transcend the old confines of the CIO position and move up to being strategic leaders primarily focused on growth, innovation and customers.More