Complimentary Advanced Practices Council webinar Nov. 7
Do your firm's social media initiatives fully exploit cross-functional opportunities such as managing your brand enterprise-wide, leveraging customer choice and preference data, applying knowledge management and realizing product innovation? Munir Mandviwalla, associate professor at Temple University, will present a strategic framework for planning and identifying the enterprise-wide social media portfolio. The framework consists of four elements: Listen and brand; mine and decide; converse and share; and co-create and innovate. Register for the Advanced Practices Council Lunch and Learn Webinar: Framework for Managing the Social Media Portfolio on Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. EST — complimentary for SIM members. More
Are you ready for networking in the cloud?
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The two primary forms of public cloud computing, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), are both growing dramatically in popularity. Recently, cloud service providers have begun offering a new class of solutions, which have historically been provided by the IT infrastructure group. In addition to the communications and collaboration, this includes network and application optimization, security, management and virtualized desktops. More
What your cloud consultant is trying to tell you
Consultants have been a mainstay of IT departments forever. But in the cloud the commercial language is filled with a new set of euphemisms you need to understand. Here are some to look out for. More
Creative destruction for IT management
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CIOs should take on "creative destruction" was the suggestion of Gartner Analyst and Vice President Tina Nunno at the annual Gartner Symposium. The real call at the symposium was a challenge to CIOs to take on more of a leadership role in their respective businesses. 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.
Getting everyone on board your data strategy
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By now, most firms recognize that data is a business asset, and many are investing millions of dollars in cleaning, managing, securing and harvesting it. These companies are realizing hard cost reductions and competitive advantage, but these benefits come at a cost because defining and implementing an enterprise data strategy is hard. More
Researchers find 'massive' security flaws in cloud architectures
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German researchers say they found flaws in Amazon Web Services that they believe exist in many cloud architectures and enable attackers to gain administrative rights and to gain access to all user data. While the researchers say they have told AWS about the security holes and AWS has fixed them, they believe the same types of attacks would be effective against other cloud services. More
Nominate a colleague for SIM membership
The 3rd annual SIM National Membership Campaign is currently underway! Share the benefits of membership by nominating senior IT executives, prominent academicians, selected consultants and other IT thought leaders for membership in SIM. You can nominate IT leaders from your personal and professional network from anywhere in the country!
The process is easy. Fill out the nomination form and let us do the rest! Your nominee will receive an email from the Membership Chair of the closest SIM Chapter congratulating them on being recommended for membership. The email will also contain additional information about the membership process. Keep your network strong and share the value of SIM with your colleagues by nominating someone today!
Why Microsoft's vision of the future will really happen
Microsoft released a video in 2008 and another one this week that together predict the sleek, wireless, connected gadgets we'll all enjoy by the year 2019. Called Productivity Future Vision and Future Vision 2019, the videos fascinate in the way that science fiction does. But what's even more interesting is that this vision will almost certainly come true. More
8 best practices for reliable UC
Enterprise UC platforms rarely fail outright. They just stink to use: Voice quality is choppy and videoconferencing looks like a bad VHS tape. Who wants to talk to customers that way? Nobody. So IT's carefully crafted ROI models are out the window, and the CIO is left in the embarrassing situation of having equipment worth tens of thousands of dollars sitting idle while employees use Skype. If you're in this predicament, you can make it right. More
Are CIOs' ambitions being crushed by 'digitally illiterate' boards?
Some grim reading for ambitious CIOs: While you might be ready to make the leap to CEO, your technophobic board is unlikely to give you the chance. According to a recent survey, just under half of CIOs feel they have the necessary skills to do the CEO's job. However, for the vast majority this is a pipe dream as boards remain reluctant to promote the IT guy. More
US CIO: Changing the culture of federal IT
U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel hopes cloud computing, Web services and a new IT culture of sharing can reap huge savings and prop up Uncle Sam. More