Recent SIM Industry Trends survey heavily cited
The SIM 2011 IT Trends Survey, in which many of you participated, has been commonly cited recently among news outlets across the World Wide Web, as evidenced by this collection of articles and slideshows referencing the study and its findings. More
SIMposium offers attractive opportunity to SIM members
Recognizing that the SIM board of directors is keenly interested in making SIMposium more attractive and affordable for SIM members, the CEO of Meeting Track, the events management company producing SIMposium, agreed to continue to offer significant SIMposium discounts to SIM members, including reduced registration fees for multiple registrations from the same chapter or same company.
Encourage others from your company or chapter to take advantage of this attractive opportunity and share the SIMposium experience. Don't miss what should be one of the best programs in SIMposium history.
SIMposium 2011 is at the Bonnet Creek Hilton in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 13-15. The program is excellent with great speakers, interesting topics, ample opportunities for fun activities and time for networking with other SIM members. Due to the special features of this members-only opportunity, please contact Meeting Track directly to register. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is IT facing a leadership crisis?
The CIO role is undergoing yet another shift, and the emerging CIO position requires a mix of capabilities that many existing IT leaders lack. CIO.com investigates what abilities are needed to be successful in this new CIO role and where future CIOs will come from. More
The strategic value portfolio and program management
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If a business has any hope of transforming its technology management, it must first structure and organize all of the disparate pieces of information held by the organization. It's really no different than anyone trying to organize hundreds of photos on a hard drive or clean out a basement. Management must discover what it has, sort it into logical piles, and assess the value of the individual items against some larger goal. More
Gartner: Private clouds are a last resort
Enterprises should consider public cloud services first and turn to private clouds only if the public cloud fails to meet their needs. That was the advice delivered by analyst Daryl Plummer during Gartner's IT Symposium recently. Plummer said there are many potential benefits to deploying cloud services, including agility, reduced cost, reduced complexity, increased focus, increased innovation and being able to leverage the knowledge and skills of people outside the company. The trick for IT professionals is to perform a thorough analysis that identifies which benefits the company hopes to achieve by moving to the cloud. More
Outsourcing fatigue: Why CIOs have gone from fans to fed up
Outsourcing has been a staple of corporate strategy for years, but CIOs may be getting weary of it — and wary of its consequences, says silicon.com editor Steve Ranger. More
4 key reasons to include cloud computing in your business strategy
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The issue of success or failure in moving your company data, IT storage, servers or software to the cloud is often driven by technical issues, including performance, bandwidth, security and total-cost-of-ownership considerations. While many of these factors are key criteria for selecting cloud solutions, they usually don't align with the bigger picture that C-level executives must consider when adding new IT solutions. More
Federal IT spending hits the brakes
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Federal information technology spending is expected to remain mostly flat over the next five years, with agencies receiving little or no additional funding for administration priorities such as cloud computing and data center consolidation, according to a new IT spending forecast by TechAmerica Foundation. More
How CIOs can help curb e-waste
Many have seen it — that picture of a small child playing in a heap of discarded metal scraps and wires in a Third World country. Images such as these have raised awareness about a fact of life in the computer era that's tainting corporate brands and creating a huge environmental problem: Electronic waste. More
FedEx CIO: 'You have to be masochist to be an IT person'
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"You have to be a masochist to want to be an IT person," says Robert Carter. And he would know. Carter is the soft-spoken, hard-driving CIO who has been fighting for the past 11 years to transform IT operations at FedEx, where "the planes don't fly and trucks don't roll without IT services." More
Virtualization security checklist
What's the most dangerous threat to your virtualized systems? Hint: It's not the latest zero-day exploit. The most pressing risk is IT staff who have full privileges in these systems. More