SIM Connect
Oct. 22, 2014

Congratulations to the 2014 SIM Leaders of the Year!
The SIM Leader of the Year Award recognizes members who contributed to the growth, advancement, and excellence of SIM at the local, national and/or international levels. In addition, the award provides a vehicle for SIM to highlight member service in our local and broader communities.

All the nominees were exceptionally strong and the judges felt it especially difficult to choose a winner this year. This year's winners are Keri Pearlson of the Austin Area Chapter and Steve Pickett of the Detroit Chapter. Five finalists were also commended for their contributions to SIM and will be receiving an award: Judy Arteche-Carr of New York Metro, Dave Chatterjee of Atlanta, June Drewry of Central Florida, Jana Markowitz of Memphis, and Kevin Schwesinger of New Jersey. More

Why CIOs should be more involved in acquisitions
Here are five important reasons CIOs need to have a voice during mergers and acquisitions. Whether it's Facebook and WhatsApp or Burger King and Tim Horton's, we're living in a business culture that hinges on the next merger or acquisition, with hundreds of millions to billions of dollars at stake. All too often, however, CIOs and IT leaders are not part of the planning for mergers or acquisitions. More

Steps for selling the cloud to the business side
It's hard selling anything to the business side today, with tightened budgets and cost-cutting measures in place at many enterprises in the U.S. and beyond. But approaching the business leaders with something like cloud investment, for storage and backup needs, can be even trickier.More

Digital transformation changing the recruiting, job seeking process
IT managers and professionals alike must undergo dramatic change in the next few years in how they recruit new hires or perform on the job. That is the take of experts at the recent Gartner IT Symposium, which looked at the IT workforce impacts of a new digital economy.More

Partners CIO: Analytics will help care teams effectively adjust treatment
Healthcare analytics will ultimately move beyond being predictive to becoming prescriptive — helping healthcare teams change course as necessary, according Partners HealthCare Chief Information Officer James Noga. "With big data you're really talking about data that's fast moving and perpetually occurring, actually able to intercede rather than merely advise in terms of the care of patients," Noga told Healthcare IT News in an article.More

Employees excited, concerned about wearables in the workplace
A new report suggests corporate workers see clear value in enterprise wearable technology, but they're also worried about security and privacy implications, as well as their ever-increasing tech dependence.More

The use of portfolio management in the IT department
By Betty Boyd
A portfolio is defined by the Project Management Institute "as a collection of projects or programs and other work that are grouped together to facilitate effective management of that work to meet strategic business objectives." How does the use of portfolio management work in an IT environment? It all starts with the project management office where all the projects are centralized and coordinated.More

Parting cloudy issues between CIO, HR
Human resources executives and chief information officers don't always see eye to eye on the use of the cloud to support their operations. CIOs can be reluctant to shift to the cloud because of a perceived loss of control or security concerns. Some say that sensitive information should never move outside their walls and data centers.More

CMOs paralyzed by paradigm shift (and CIOs aren't helping)
The vast majority of companies are failing to seize great digital marketing opportunities, in part because overwhelmed CMOs are in over their heads with technology, while CIOs stand idly by watching this game painfully unfold. Fronted by a marketing paradigm shift and a flood of technology vendors spouting lofty promises, CMOs seem to have come down with a case of paralysis by analysis. More

A CIO lays out the 5 principles that sparked a business transformation
Business transformation is a hot topic in IT and business circles these days. But how do you actually make it happen? A CIO at a nationwide voluntary health organization tells his story here.More