SIM Connect
Feb. 29, 2012

Advanced Practices Council releases case study 'Delivering Effective Enterprise Architecture at Chubb Insurance'
SIM
Although the number of non-IT business executives who can describe the value of their firms' enterprise architecture is probably quite small, Chubb Insurance executives are not in that group. Chubb's 10-year journey towards comprehensive EA that enables the firm to move confidently into a world of rapidly changing markets and technologies is not completed, but it serves as an excellent example of the benefits of investing in EA, especially in a federated organization with multiple lines of business accustomed to operating independently. APC member Jim Knight shared Chubb's EA journey with APC members, who then requested that we capture the story in a case study. This case study is now available in the online store at no charge to SIM members. More

How mobile, BYOD and younger workers are reinventing IT
Computerworld
Despite big changes in technology over the past couple of decades, IT departments and the duties of their staffers have stayed pretty consistent. The classic IT operation involves help desk agents, desktop support staff, systems and network administrators, DBAs and developers, and managers at various levels reporting to a CIO or technology director. It's a system that's worked pretty well. Until now.More

CIO role set to disappear, according to CFOs in the UK
Computing
Nearly half (43 percent) of 203 senior finance professionals in the U.K. believe the CIO role will merge with the CFO role, according to a study released by IT services provider Getronics. The research also found that 17 percent of the finance professionals thought the CIO role would disappear altogether.More

Big data causes concern and big confusion
CIO
Big data gets a lot of buzz these days and organizations are increasingly concerned about the problem of managing it, but many don't really understand what big data is. A new study suggests many organizations are worried about managing big data, but most don't have a clear understanding of what big data means. Log management solutions can help organizations make sense of some of the data they're generating, but many resort to syslogs, spreadsheets or nothing at all.More

Accenture CIO vision emphasizes social, contextual IT
The Brainyard via InformationWeek
Social-driven IT is one of the major trends Accenture is tracking in its research on strategy for CEOs and CIOs, but social is also a piece of a megatrend toward context-driven services. Context is king in the Accenture Technology Vision for 2012. The consulting firm believes the most powerful information services will be those that know where you are and what you are doing, with the intelligence to present you with the most useful information tools for every situation.More

How to go hybrid
Network World
The industry consensus, according to experts, is that most enterprises will eventually end up with hybrid cloud environments. But that's easier said than done. A study conducted at Gartner's 2011 Data Center Conference in December showed that 78 percent of 2,500 attendees surveyed said they plan to build private cloud services by 2014. "We believe that the vast majority of private clouds will migrate or evolve into a hybrid model," says Gartner researcher Thomas Bittman. "We're telling clients to design and build their private clouds with hybrid in mind."More

In the tech world, management is not a promotion
Computerworld
Whenever Paul Glen hears a tech person say, "I just got promoted into management," he says he knows that person is in for a rough ride. Chances are, he (or she) doesn't understand what he's gotten himself into, and whoever gave him the job hasn't prepared him well. Very rarely do they realize that in technical work, this new role isn't a promotion — it's a career change.More

CIO success metrics in 2012
My IT View
Mobility, cloud computing, globalization of businesses reaching into emerging markets, and the expanding role of the CFO in many organizations is requiring the CIO and IT departments to transform from their traditional IT roles to become business leaders in order to drive innovation within an organization. What are the important IT trends in 2012 for organizations and the CIO to consider and how do we measure the overall effectiveness of a CIO's IT roadmap?More

BYOD and BYOC may change everything about security
CIO Update
If you were the CISO of a large enterprise you'd already know that an IT security earthquake may well be on the way because there is a fault line that runs beneath most of the assumptions upon which we have built the last decade of security progress. That fault line can be described using just four letters: BYOD. Bring your own device, or the growing practice of employees using their own devices — laptops, smartphones and tablets — blurs the line between enterprise and personal computing, and as a result, complicates the job of governance, risk and compliance management significantly.More