SIM Connect
Aug. 8, 2013

RLF — Invest in your current and future leaders
Register for the 2014 program now!

Registration for the 2014 SIM Regional Leadership Forum program is now open. This is your opportunity to invest in the current and future leaders of your organization. The Regional Leadership Forum is in its 21st year of developing authentic leaders in the IT industry and utilizes a core group of books which have been the foundation of the program. Additionally, this book list is strengthened each year with additional writings from recent publications that our facilitators select for their specific forums. If you would like more information about the RLF, please contact SIM Program Manager, Vincenzo Nelli. Register now! More

CIOs need to push BYOD policies to lure millennials
In less than two years, millennials will make up the largest segment of the workforce. If you hope to attract generation Y technology professionals, your IT strategy better include a bring-your-own-device plan that plays to the strengths of this tech-dependent generation. More

IT's C-suite problem
Harvard Business Review
Employees in today's interdependent, knowledge-intensive workplace have IT needs that are diverse, fast-changing and difficult to articulate. But when we at CEB ask CIOs who in IT is responsible for understanding and responding to these needs, we get an uncomfortable silence. For years, CIOs have sought a "seat at the table" by building strong links with senior business leaders. Their approach has been driven by the assumption that senior leaders speak for employees on the front lines. This may have been true in the past. But as the workplace becomes more collaborative and knowledge-intensive, and as employees' IT needs diversify, the assumption no longer holds true.More

Death by hacking: Tomorrow's IT worry?
Technology has permeated virtually every aspect of our lives. That has many benefits and some negatives. But it also means the United States, and the world, have become highly dependent on technology. And as that dependence grows, so does our vulnerability to system failures and cyber attacks. This year, cybersecurity experts forecast that in 2013, nation-sponsored cyber warfare will go mainstream, and some believe certain cyber attacks will lead to actual deaths. More

The problem with project risk management
Risk management in projects involves identifying, quantifying and managing risks. All projects have some measure of risk. Projects using new technology face the prospect of that technology failing to deliver on expectations; highly complex projects deal with the problem of being able to accurately estimate time and costs; and even the smallest and simplest projects have some element of risk. But what about the unknown risks that take you by surprise and knock a project completely off-track?More

The growing IT gap
Human Resource Executive Online
While the need for computer and IT jobs in the United States has increased over the past decade, the number of degrees completed in those fields has dipped lower than levels reported in the early 2000s, new research shows. What gives? More

6 ways employees are putting your company's data at risk
IT walks a fine line between balancing security issues and giving people the tools they need to get the job done. Every day companies move sensitive data around and IT is in charge of securing that data, but what about the little things that tend to fall through the cracks? More

5 ways to be a stronger IT mentor
It's no secret that having a smart, dedicated mentor can advance your career. According to one report, which followed Sun Microsystems' mentor program for five years, sharing your expertise as a mentor can benefit both your career trajectory and your bank account. The study, which followed 1,000 mentors and mentees, found that while the employees who received mentoring were promoted five times more often than those who didn't, mentors were six times more likely to be offered a bigger job. More

Big data and midlevel managers
Human Resource Executive Online
While most information technology professionals and many senior executives may already have well-developed analytical skills, experts say more middle managers need to hone their big-data skills to make the most insightful — and impactful — decisions for their organizations.More