SIM Connect
Oct. 24, 2013

SIM wager for the 2013 World Series Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Kevin M. More, CIO of May Institute Inc., writes: "There is a friendly wager going down between the Boston and St. Louis Chapters at this year's SIMposium in Boston! Here are the stakes:

1. At SIMposium, a member(s) of the losing chapter must get on the main stage wearing the winning team's baseball cap and acknowledge to the entire SIM community the winning team (Boston or St. Louis) is the better team. The winning chapter, of course, gets bragging rights for at least one year.
2. If Boston loses, they will send the St. Louis SIM Chapter one gallon of their famous New England Clam Chowder. If St. Louis loses, they will send the Boston SIM Chapter a basket of St. Louis-style ribs.

I look forward to some great baseball, some St. Louis-style ribs and of course seeing all of you at SIMposium!"More

Time for a makeover: CIOs are people too
When you think about it, it's actually remarkable that when organizations like Pew Research release survey results ranking perceptions of occupations, CIOs aren't on the list (unless they’re included under "business executives," which are ranked right down there with journalists on their most recent tally). But do you have any idea how you're referred to behind your back in your company? The terms are unlikely to be positive: geeks, techies, nerds, and the new one making the rounds, "abominable no-men."More

Top 3 indicators of compromised Web servers
Web servers are a popular target for attackers, and the number of servers, frameworks, and Web apps can make it difficult to recognize where the threats are. Here are some common indicators. More

Red Hat CIO: Open source will change the way companies do business
Triangle Business Journal
The cloud community is keeping its promise, says Red Hat CIO Lee Congdon. Speaking to a crowd of techies at a recent conference, he says it's an ongoing promise, and one that is constantly being realized. His speech was all over the place — from cloud computing to mobile to utilities — but his overarching topic was that open source is driving the cloud. More

From CIO to CUXO: Chief user experience officer
There's a theory to the effect that the role of chief information officer will soon go the way of the dodo. Computers are no longer new and scary. We've allowed them to migrate from businesses and colonise our homes, pockets and purses. We've let them into our cars and even caress our wrists. As a result, society is saturated with information. We handle our own information flows now, often with our own devices.More

Are Gen Y employees undermining your BYOD program?
CIOs are already wrestling with how to best manage bring your own device programs. Now comes word that many Gen Y members of your staff may be thwarting all those good efforts. That is the highlight of a new study by Fortinet, which surveyed 3,200 employees between the ages of 21 and 32 on their attitudes and practices around BYOD. The findings were not encouraging for IT managers. More

16 traits of great IT leaders
Being an exceptional leader is about more than getting the job done. You've got to balance your team's need with your goals and objectives as well as your emotions. You've got to think about things from other people's perspective and sometimes do things that, while are in the best interest of the team, might not be great for you. While there a number of different leadership styles, the best leaders share some common traits. More

Are you hiring order-takers or high-performers?
By Deborah Wipf
A robot only takes orders. It receives commands and completes the tasks as specified. It can't really think for itself; it can only do what it's been programmed to do. Does that sound a bit too close to what some of your employees do? Do you distribute tasks and receive reports back when each is completed? Is that really all you want in a team member? Most leaders would prefer high-performing team members who look beyond the day-to-day to-do lists and consider the larger picture.More

10 ways to get the most out of your help desk
There are many dos and don'ts when it comes to promoting meaningful interactions with your company's help desk. Here are ten which will yield the best results on all sides. More