SIM Connect
Apr. 2, 2014

The 35th Anniversary SIM IT Trends Study: 3 big reasons to participate
Each and every SIM member will receive their personal invitation to the 35th Anniversary IT Trends Study the second week of April. Last year's study took in a record of nearly 600 responses from top IT leaders from almost 500 organizations, and gave us an in-depth look into the priorities, concerns, budgets, practices, employment, and other aspects of our rapidly changing industry. This year we want to significantly increase the response rate and make SIM members the definitive voice of the industry. Why should you participate? Here are three big reasons. More

Gartner: Global IT spending to grow 3.2 percent in 2014
The Wall Street Journal
Global IT spending this year will grow by 3.2 percent to total $3.8 trillion — following almost flat growth last year — as companies shift into growth mode amid signs of economic recovery, according to research firm Gartner Inc. In enterprise IT, the uptick only tells part of what's happening behind the scenes. As companies opt for cloud technologies, the need for new hardware investments lessen, resulting in smaller IT spending increases.More

Amtrak's CIO changes the IT culture in the 1st 100 days
In 2012, Jason Molfetas joined the Amtrak family as the chief information officer. Prior to joining Amtrak, Molfetas had no direct experience in this particular industry, but he was very much familiar with the complexities of running IT in a diverse business environment. Molfetas' was able to quickly get up to speed by reviewing the company's corporate strategy, studying the Amtrak organization charts, reviewing information about his staff and more importantly, meeting with key business leader to learn the Amtrak business practices.More

Rise of the CSO: A CIO's power threat or job savior?
The series of high profile data breaches that punctuated 2013 brought intense scrutiny on data security and the accountability of IT. At most organizations, the ultimate responsibility for IT security falls in the lap of the CIO. But it shouldn't, argues Dr. Eric Cole, a SANS Institute faculty fellow and head of SAN's Cyber Defense Foundations program. FierceCIO spoke with Cole about the need at many organizations for a chief security officer, where that individual should come from and why the CIO should embrace, not shun, this new colleague. More

4 key trends that every CIO should watch
The dominant public-sector technology trends of 2013 — which include cloud, big data, cybersecurity and software as a service — are here to stay, and they continue to evolve in ways that open up new challenges and opportunities for federal CIOs. Four technology trends in particular are shaping up to occupy growing mindshare among government CIOs in the months ahead, and they are worth watching as the year progresses. More

CIOs take the lead with social media
Marketing expert Patrick Morrissey writes: "A common theme emerged from the conversations I had while attending SXSW: How do I get into social media data so I can do more? More precision. More insight. More and better analytics. Both senior business executives and senior IT execs expressed this same concern."More

How big data helped the Norman Rockwell Museum grow revenue
Think your business is too small for big data? Think again. Even small businesses can leverage big data into big revenue gains. Nestled among the Berkshire Mountains, along the Housatonic River, is the bucolic town of Stockbridge, Mass., which for centuries has served as a refuge and inspiration for writers, musicians and artists. More

How your business can harness the year of mindfulness
By Emma Fitzpatrick
2014 has been dubbed "the year of mindfulness." In fact, mindfulness has been named one of the top 10 trends that will shape the world this year. People are growing weary of being constantly connected to their digital screens. They want a way to detox, to unwind and rediscover peace, and this movement is spreading quickly. Happiness is being redefined, so it's time to brainstorm how your business industry fits into the mindfulness movement. Read on to learn why and how mindfulness is shaping 2014, and how your business can take hold of this movement.More

How CIOs can build a better business repertoire
Nearshore Americas
CIOs fall short in building bridges with corporate finance when they do not speak the language of the business. CFOs and other CxO-level executives are looking for IT executives to measure IT performance in the context of the corporation and to evaluate technology initiatives post-mortem from a business results standpoint. These are the sentiments expressed by Toby Eduardo Redshaw, CEO of Kevington Partners and former CIO for American Express, Aviva plc and corporate vice president of IT with Motorola, during a recent interview with Nearshore Americas. Redshaw believes that the most effective CIOs will have broad technology expertise while at the same time understanding that IT serves the mission of the larger organization.More

Are you a team player?
By Harry J. Friedman
It's a buzzword in corporate America: the exalted team player. We all want them. We ask for them in "help wanted" ads. We describe ourselves as one of them during job interviews. But what exactly is a team player? And is success achieved through teamwork? Most would agree that the answer is "yes," but there's an important distinction to be made. Teamwork is not an activity, it's a result. Much like a professional sports team, it's the result of the focused efforts of individuals utilizing their skills expertly and playing their position well.More

Why CIO and CDO must be separate jobs
David Coursey, veteran technology journalist, writes: I'll start with what might pass for a joke. How do you tell a CDO from a CIO? It's easy, just ask them, "Are you a chief data officer?" The CIO will answer, "No, but I wish I was" where the CDO will respond, "Why do you ask?" That joke is usually told about psychologists and psychiatrists, but it's also true that many CIOs, given the choice, would become chief data officers. Or, more likely, simply add CDO responsibilities to everything else they do, perhaps with the addition of a few "Office of the CDO" staffers.More