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Feb. 5, 2014

Have you renewed your SIM membership for 2014?
The clock is ticking... the renewal grace period ends March 31. If you haven't renewed your SIM membership, please do so today.

You don't want to miss out on SIM's year-round benefits, including:

  • Networking: SIMposium 2014 (Nov. 2-4 in Denver); roundtables and seminars
  • Knowledge Sharing: Advanced Practices Council research; Working Group deliverables;
  • SIM Connect; SIM News Extra; Webcasts and
  • Education: Access to SIM Regional Leadership Forum, providing industry-specific training for future IT leaders
  • Advocacy: The collaborative "voice" of SIM on issues such as cyberspace security and software licensing
  • Industry Leadership: Access to peers who understand and manage similar challenges and issues

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    IT struggling with file management
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    CMOs and CIOs need to get along to make big data work
    Harvard Business Review
    A global telecoms company recently decided to do what many companies are doing: figure out how to turn big data into big profits. They put together a preliminary budget and an RFP that asked vendors to take the data the company had — customer call and payments behavior, online searches, social network activity, billing, etc. — and identify opportunities.More