SIM Connect
Nov. 26, 2014

Congratulations 2014 Regional Leadership Forum graduates
Over 200 from SIM's 2014 Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) class participated in the 22nd Annual RLF Graduation Ceremony at SIMposium 2014. For many of these individuals (a few forums still have to meet for one last session), this ends a 10-month journey that began earlier in the year with the daunting task of balancing work, the RLF book list, the RLF sessions and assignments, work and family. The RLF program has helped them with this balance. The program does not teach one how to be a leader; rather, it helps each individual identify their own, unique leadership style that can be applied at work and at home. This was evident by the speeches and videos that were presented by the graduating class.More

Rompetrol CIO chalks corporate transformation pathway
Refineries are always considered strategic assets whether under public or private ownership. In a market riddled with cyclical volatility of the sort that is only too obvious at the moment, refinery operators face substantial challenges. From efficiency savings to operational cost mitigation, jurisdictional compliance in the digital age to process streamlining, tasks at hand and their ultimate execution is shaking up the sector and how companies move forward, says Marcel Chiriac, group chief information officer of Rompetrol.More

The questions every CIO should ask about Apple Watch
Enterprise AppsTech
Apple recently released the developer tools and guidelines for Apple Watch, giving users and developers a preview of how the device and apps designed for it will function. Apple Watch won't be the first wearable or smartwatch on the market, but it is the first such device that has generated significant positive interest among consumers and the mainstream press, and it is considered by many to be the first break-through smartwatch. The challenge is that these categories of devices are so completely new that understanding their potential as enterprise solutions as well as the risks that they may pose to corporate data is very difficult. More

Cyberattacks could complicate shift to mobile computing
The Wall Street Journal
Cyberattacks on mobile devices are accelerating, just as some companies are beginning to adopt a mobile-first approach to computing. That's not surprising, but it's up to CIOs and CISOs to address the security problems without derailing an important evolution of the business. National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers highlighted the threat recently, telling the House Intelligence Committee that hackers were targeting smartphones and tablets to infiltrate corporate networks.More

Finding CIO/CFO common ground
Arguably, it was the prospect of the Y2K bug that first propelled the CIO from a back-office operative to a front-line member of the executive team. The idea that the business faces catastrophic risk from computing — the very thing that promises to protect and improve performance — literally transformed the visibility and expectation of the CIO role forever. It also marked the point at which the relationship between CFO and CIO shifted. Even though they spoke different languages, they became peers — each now with a seat on the executive management team and equal voice in determining the strategy and successful management of the business.More

Tech and executive disasters put JC Penney in a bind
J.C. Penney's moves in the last few years stand as prime examples of how not to manage, how not to implement technology and how not to respond to looming business threats. More

Retired CIOs: 5 rewarding second acts
Is there life after information technology leadership? You bet. While some "retired" CIOs immediately dive back into the industry as consultants to those currently serving as CIOs, others decide it's time to do something completely different.More

IT spend is growing, but CIOs 'just don't get it'
The role of IT and CIO continue to evolve as broad economic and cultural changes shift business expectations of technology in the enterprise. As a result, this is a tumultuous time for IT and many of the old rules defining CIO engagement no longer apply. Technology disassociated from direct business consequence, decision-making, and action is not a viable strategy for today's CIO. Modern IT must help departments across the organization make better and faster decisions. Although infrastructure and security remain fundamentally important considerations, business improvement is the core mission of IT.More

Health IT success hinges on CIO-business collaboration
CIOs in all industries can face challenges aligning their work with the business units of the enterprise, but in the health care industry, perhaps more than most, it is critical to win the support of the executives and front-line workers in the operation, a panel of experts said at a recent health IT conference.More