SIM Connect
Nov. 1, 2012

Outstanding leaders recognized at SIMposium
During SIMposium in Dallas, two chapter members were named Leader of the Year at a luncheon on Oct. 29. The awards went to John Cole from the Dallas Fort Worth chapter and Jeff Skulsky from the New Jersey chapter. SIM International sends congratulations to these gentlemen for their participation in advancing SIM and involvement among members of the IT community.More

What's keeping CIOs awake at night
The biggest monster lurking under the CIO's bed this season seems to be mobile security, and while infrastructure issues remain a constant challenge, there are plenty of other bugaboos rearing their ugly heads as well. How can organizations generate the capacity to innovate at a sufficient pace? How can IT and business alignment be sustained once it has been established? More

Managing change, starting with the CIO
CIO Insight
Target Corp. is among the top three or four U.S. retailers, depending on who's doing the ranking. That's a coveted position in such a volatile industry. To continue climbing, Target has chosen expansion on multiple fronts: into city centers, into mobile, into Canada and on it goes. IT is a critical player in each move, if not a keystone. The conventionally smart company wanting new IT leadership for this degree of tumult, brings in a grandly pedigreed CIO. Target didn't see it that way. In 2008, as strategies were being formed, it brought over Beth Jacob from an operations post at Target.More

CIOs must craft a hiring strategy for the 'perfect storm'
IT staffs are stretched thin. Finding the right IT resources gets tougher every day. The HR hiring strategy that sufficed in the past isn't up to the task. Those have been perennial CIO complaints for years, but heading into 2013, these laments are starting to sound more like a wail.More

When incremental IT change won't cut it
No business technology buzzword gets worn out quite like "transformation," but there's no other way to describe what Indian pharmaceutical company Cipla is embarking on. The 77-year-old company, publicly traded but family controlled, is one of the world's largest generic drug makers, with a presence in more than 170 countries. But until six months ago, it didn't have a CIO and was the poster child for shadow IT. Each company department negotiated with tech vendors on its own, deployed its own systems and then looped in the IT department — which consisted of only 17 core internal people, serving a company with 20,000 employees.More

Thornton May: 3 questions every CIO must answer
Thornton A. May, executive director of the IT Leadership Academy at Florida State College writes: "The most important strategic question that organizations can ask themselves is "What business are we in?" according to the formulation of revered Harvard Business Review editor Ted Levitt. Lacking the succinctness of the late professor, I see three strategic questions that successful next-generation CIOs must answer."More

10 ways to ensure disaster protection in the cloud
CIO Insight
In a sense, the cloud is all about trust: You're outsourcing critical IT functions such as storage, data management, tech support and application oversight to a third party. The cloud is saving organizations a lot of money on operational and capital expenses, and it's freeing up in-house teams to focus on tech initiatives that support the company's core strengths and strategic mission. But what happens in the case of a disaster?More

CIOs and startups: A natural fit
It is a well-worn debate: When companies identify needs that may be met by engaging vendor partners, should they turn to large, established players or small startups? All things being equal, most companies tend to hire the established player, as there is a perception that the risk is lower. Just as the old adage of "no one ever got fired for hiring IBM" suggests, many people think that partnering with a larger vendor will be less risky for several reasons. More

6 business dashboards that help CIOs manage employees, Web services
These six dashboards help IT executives make key decisions by putting data from a variety of enterprise applications and services at a CIO's fingertips so he or she can better manage employees, website activity, development projects and more.More