SIM Connect
Dec. 10, 2014

IT Trends Study wishes you a happy and healthy holiday season!
The results of the 35th Anniversary SIM IT Trends Study point to a time of profound change. The pace is increasing in the technology, economic, and geopolitical environments; and they are getting more complicated. The enterprise is becoming more digitized and connected. In order to ensure robust, aligned and secure IT services for their progressively more complex organizations, the CIO and their team must manage increasingly multifaceted infrastructures, organization structures, vendor portfolios, and governance processes, while also constantly scanning for new and emerging technologies to provide business value and help shape the future of the enterprise. And that's only part of the reason we believe that the CIO position is the most complicated and demanding job in most organizations today.More

4 ways building a better brand attracts better IT talent
Without a positive brand as an employer, you'll be hard-pressed to attract and retain the quality talent your business needs to stay competitive. To build a positive employer brand, you must shift your thinking to focus on your single greatest asset — your employees — and improve employee engagement.More

The workplace will never be a democracy
Paul Glen, CEO of Leading Geeks, writes: "One of the most persistent ideas I've heard in my decades in IT is that we geeks want democracy at work. Surprisingly, I've heard it from managers and executives as often as I have from front-line geeks. But when you scratch the surface, you see that we don't really want democracy at all. We want a lot of other things related to what we value and how we'd like our workplaces to operate. Somehow this gets shorthanded to 'we want democracy,' but what we really want are much more specific things."More

Ram Charan: Never a better time for CIOs (and algorithms)
The Wall Street Journal
It's no secret that algorithms rule in the era of Google Inc., Inc. and Facebook Inc. Chief information officers that understand how to help the business use technology to create and measure those equations predicting customer behavior stand to succeed, said leadership expert Ram Charan. "There's not a better time for CIOs than now," Charan, who has coached CEOs at companies such as Bank of America Corp. and General Electric Co., said in a recent interview at CIO Journal's office. "This is the best time for them, if they rise to the challenge."More

Gartner's 2015 CIO agenda: Flip 3 leadership behaviors
What do Volvo Cars, Quicken Loans and India's BJP party have in common? Their CIOs used a digital first mindset to deliver innovative value to their customers and constituents. These business technology leaders exemplify a broader trend from the Gartner 2015 CIO Agenda of 2,800 global CIOs, representing $12.1 trillion in revenue/public sector budgets across industries and our interviews with 11 CIOs.More

Here's something your CIO can do for you: Integrate all those business apps
It's time to reconsider the role of the chief information officer. While new technologies have dramatically changed the way businesses operate in the last several years, the structure at the top has largely remained the same. The rapid growth of applications designed for specific business users, especially those offered through SaaS and mobile platforms, has led to what many refer to as the "consumerization of IT." But the traditional CIO still often assumes the role of a gatekeeper, making top-down decisions about which technologies the company will adopt and when.More

5 information security trends that will dominate 2015
In information security circles, 2014 has been a year of what seems like a never-ending stream of cyberthreats and data breaches, affecting retailers, banks, gaming networks, governments and more. The calendar year may be drawing to a close, but we can expect that the size, severity and complexity of cyber threats to continue increasing, says Steve Durbin, managing director of the Information Security Forum, a nonprofit association that assesses security and risk management issues on behalf of its members.More

Role of the CIO
VideoBriefAs today's business evolves, so does the role of the CIO. From a need for having technology leadership, today's CIO needs to work in a role that focuses as much on business strategy as it does on technical.More