SIM Connect
May. 2, 2012

SIM IT Workforce Research Team unveils two new publications
SIM
The SIM IT Workforce Research Team consists of nine U.S. and Australian researchers who seek to understand current and future needs for IT skills and capabilities in private and public sector organizations. The team has recently released two publications: "A Comparison of Critical Skills of Clients and Service Providers" and "Information Systems Skills Differences Between High-Wage and Low-Wage Regions: Implications for Global Sourcing," which are available for download here on the SIM website.More

Top CIOs predict future of the CIO role
ARN
Five years from now, the CIO will be a better, faster, stronger version of today's top IT leader, practically running the company single-handedly. Or maybe other business executives will become more educated about IT and decide to hire cloud companies to do it all, leaving the poor CIO to wither, enforcing service-level agreements for a living. For almost as long as there have been CIOs, we've heard breathless speculation about whether the position will last, and if so, in what form.More

Tough times, social technology and the innovative CIO
CIO
The combination of tough times plus the spread of social technology makes this a great time for the CIO who has some innovative ideas about how to use the latter to respond to the former. Sure, innovation is more risky than business as usual. But when business as usual isn't working so well, then innovation is actually less risky — because you know you're going to get clobbered if you do nothing.More

Social media and the enterprise: CIO as enabler
CIO Insight
The average day is no longer divided into work time and leisure time. As CIOs, we need to ask ourselves: Are we enabling this anytime/anywhere approach to life, or are we constructing artificial barriers to this new way of living?More

BYOD, meet 2-factor authentication
CanadaIT.com
There are some technological concepts that simply go better together. Consider the cloud and information explosion; the cloud offers the potential for unlimited storage for a torrent of ever-increasing data. However, one combination that might not seem so obvious is the bring your own device movement and security. In fact, when many CIOs and CISOs think of BYOD their focus is often on the various security and management challenges associated with this rapidly spreading trend, not how BYOD and security have a symbiotic relationship.More

Are BYOD workers more productive?
CIO
Bring-your-own-device, or BYOD, is a movement blurring the line between work and personal life. After all, BYOD is all about employees using personal smartphones and tablets for business purposes. So does this mean people check Facebook when they should be working or reading job-related emails on weekends? In other words, does BYOD help or hinder worker productivity?More

How to sculpt a private cloud
CIO Update
Transitioning your IT infrastructure to take advantage of cloud computing is a long journey that passes through a lot of uncharted territory. IT pros are right to be skeptical and a little anxious. Sitting this one out is not an option, however. CEOs and CFOs want the efficiency, business agility and pay-as-you-go affordability that their trade magazines are telling them is possible with cloud technology. Their mandate to do more with less is being revised so IT can do still more with even less.More

Need for speed in project management methodologies
Search CIO
Just a few short years ago, it was cited as a coming trend: Regardless of company size, IT project management methodologies need to be smaller and faster. That trend is now upon us. Rather than plotting a big project from start to finish before they pull the trigger, CIOs must be comfortable with shorter projects, staying focused on the customer to learn to manage unknowns until they are known.More