SIM Connect
Nov. 9, 2011

Share the value of SIM with a colleague
As you know, the strength of SIM has always been the quality of its members — IT leaders like yourself who are setting the standards and strategies for the industry today and tomorrow. Share the benefits of membership by nominating senior IT executives, prominent academicians, selected consultants and other IT thought leaders for membership in SIM.

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! More

5 hot tech projects to boost your IT career
Too many projects, too little time: That's the sad lament of many IT professionals who must constantly balance the needs of the enterprise against the desires of business users — all while keeping a close eye on the newest technologies coming at them from every direction. Still, some less obvious projects may pay bigger dividends in the long run, both for the company and for your career.More

Legacy application fixer-uppers
Legacy applications are one of the most difficult issues to face within IT. A rip-and-replace approach is expensive and thus difficult to justify; plus, it tends to interrupt operations. Meanwhile, the aging software lingers in accounting's ledgers, overstays its welcome in sales and causes poor network performance throughout the organization.More

Can you trust one outsourcing provider to manage the rest?
Big IT service providers are offering up their skills as service integrators, promising to help CIOs reign in their multi-sourcing messes. But can this "fox watching the henhouse" model really work?More

CIOs, CTOs shed yet more techie cred
Network World
Should any doubts linger, CIOs and CTOs are techies first no more. The corporation's top IT executives are spending more of their time than ever on business issues, such as finding ways to generate revenue and speed products to market through the adoption of new technology, rather than worrying about day-to-day operations of data centers or networks.More

Most execs don't feel they can secure cloud infrastructures
Dark Reading
Enterprises are using cloud infrastructures, but they aren't very confident in their ability to secure them, according to a new study. Fewer than half of enterprises believe their organizations have adequate technologies to secure their cloud infrastructures, according to a survey of 1,000 IT security practitioners and enterprise compliance officers conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by encryption vendor Vormetric.More

Report: Economy in turmoil, IT budgets and new projects fading
With the recession officially over in 2010, this was supposed to be the year when IT budgets bounced back. Long-deferred equipment refreshes were back on the table. CIOs were advised to ready their organizations for business expansion. There was talk of a hiring crisis. But that was before the European debt mess and the threat of double-dip recession rattled markets anew. An IT budget benchmark report from Forrester Research shows that projected growth failed to materialize.More

Even at NASA, CIOs get practical on cloud
It's easy to believe, after three or four years of unmitigated hype, that the IT industry is completely cloudified. But reality is always a buzz-kill. CIOs are attuned, but cautious, choosing to dabble in Software-as-a-Service experiments, largely with CRM or new offerings, and building test environments for development efforts using Amazon and Rackspace infrastructure services. But beneath the crazy thrum of the hype, a new drumbeat gets louder.More

The CIO's guide to e-discovery in the cloud
CIO Update
In 2008, Gartner touted cloud computing as "an evolution of business that is no less influential than e business." Gartner was right. This year has seen cloud computing begin to reshape the very idea of an enterprise IT infrastructure. Your organization is likely in the midst of either formulating a long-term cloud strategy or already beginning to implement one as "on-demand IT services" and "everything as a service" promise business agility and significant cost savings. However, if you haven't already seen some pushback from your legal, records information management and compliance colleagues, it's likely to come very soon.More