SIM Connect
May. 14, 2014

Ray Kurzweil to open SIMposium 2014
The opening keynote from Ray Kurzweil will set the stage for SIMposium 2014 — it's all about innovation. The democratization of innovation is a turbulent process with rapid creation, violent destruction, many winners and many losers. Despite the apparent chaos, we can discern predictable patterns. The pace of innovation itself is doubling every decade. The overall price-performance and capacity of every form of information technology grows exponentially, generally doubling in a year or less. As information technology achieves each new level of price-performance and capacity, new applications become feasible and existing business models lose their viability. Another implication is that the tools of disruptive change have been democratized. A couple of students created Google on their thousand-dollar laptops. A few years later, a couple of undergraduates created Facebook with tools that everyone has. The rate of change is now so rapid that even three- to five-year business plans need to consider that every level of an industry will undergo major changes during that period. It’s not just the devices we carry around that are influenced by these exponential changes.

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4 ways CIOs should approach IT change
Change caused by new technology can be multifaceted. On the one hand, technology improves productivity, reduces costs and makes possible what wasn't before. On the other hand, it disrupts vocations, replaces human labor and even eliminates entire industries. Many technologies fail at either the invention, innovation or implementation stage. But those that succeed create value and result in incredible user adoption.More

Women CIOs report higher IT budget increases than their male counterparts
Help Net Security
In 2014, female CIOs expect to increase their IT budgets 2.5 percent, whereas male CIOs report an average increase of 0.2 percent, according to a survey by Gartner Inc. The worldwide survey was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2013 and included 2,339 CIOs, representing more than $300 billion in CIO IT budgets in 77 countries.More

Budget 2014 — $10 million for child safety online
The federal government will spend $10 million over four years to help improve online safety for children. Funding will be provided in three parts: $7.5 million to provide online safety programs for schools; $100,000 to support Australian-based research and information campaigns on online safety; and $2.4 million to establish and operate the Office of the Children's e-Safety Commissioner.More

CIOs face challenges in managing remote teams
CIO Insight
Business legend Richard Branson has said that offices one day will be "a thing of the past." While that may amount to a bit of hyperbole, it's projected that 43 percent of U.S. workers will work remotely by 2016, according to industry research. Additional studies have found that telecommuting boosts productivity, performance and overall engagement levels. That said, managers still encounter considerable challenges in supervising remote teams, and CIOs are no exception, according to a recent survey from Robert Half Technology. More

8 essential elements of a disciplinary warning form
By D. Albert Brannen
Disciplinary counseling of an employee is one of the most unpleasant but important tasks a manager can perform. If done properly, counseling can rehabilitate an employee, prevent termination of the employee's employment and avoid legal liability. Having a good form to document the warning is critical to making the disciplinary process work. While there is no "one size fits all" form to document disciplinary warnings, the best forms have the same essential elements. More

Looking to share your expertise?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of SIM Connect, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of SIM, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More

CIOs can't dismiss data management in the digital era
Equinix CIO Brian Lillie knows about an always-on business, whose technology needs are driven by the consumerization of IT services. Lillie, a panelist at the upcoming MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, says that consumerization and the immense influx of enterprise information have created new dictates for CIOs. He heads IT at the data-center colocation provider based in Redwood City, California, which has more than 100 data center facilities dispersed among five continents.More

CIOs must adapt or risk being replaced
Michael Keithley has more than two decades of experience as a CIO. However, the IT veteran says he's seeing more change now than ever before.'s Tom Kaneshige sat down with Keithley to talk about the challenges he and his colleagues face, the need to speak the same language as the business side and the reality of what lies ahead for CIOs who refuse to change their approach.More

BYOD still a headache for IT
Computerworld India
Just because BYOD has become standard operating procedure in most workplaces doesn't mean the practice has stopped causing challenges for IT.More

6 steps to strengthen your CIO resume
Trying to make the leap from IT director to CIO? Here's how to better sell yourself on paper.More

5 tips for Target's new CIO
Retail giant Target closed out 2013 with one of the largest data breaches in history. Shortly thereafter the company's CIO became a high-profile victim of the negative publicity brought on by the attacks. That was followed recently with the resignation of the CEO. In a recent InformationWeek article, Jonathan Feldman suggests how Target's new CIO, Bob DeRodes, can reclaim the position and help get the company's IT department — and reputation — back on the right track. More

How to manage millennials: Let them do whatever they want
Got millennials in your workforce? Well, you might want to give them lots of space and freedom to work wherever and whenever they want, ask them often about their personal lives, pat them on the back regularly, listen attentively to their creative ideas, and let them make important decisions early in their careers — basically, everything you wouldn't do for GenXers and baby boomers.More