SIM Connect
Nov. 5, 2014

2014 SIM Academic Paper Competition winners announced
SIM
SIM would like to formally recognize the winners of the 2014 SIM Academic Paper Competition. The first place winners are Brian Janz, The University of Memphis, Tim Meek, CIO, Buckman, Ernest Nichols, The University of Memphis and John Oglesby, Director, Corporate Systems and IT Governance, Buckman, for their paper, "Re-Visioning IT for Value: The Value Stream Initiative at Buckman."

The reviewer team consisted of IT industry leaders and academic professionals in the IT field. The papers were evaluated based upon five criteria: innovativeness, impact, implementation, re-applicability and readability.

The winning paper was presented at SIMposium 2014 in Denver. More

The modern CIO: Hybrid cloud opportunities and challenges
CIO
SaaS and Cloud pioneer Richard Bliss sat down with two CIOs — Lee Congdon of Red Hat and Cynthia Stoddard of NetApp — for a frank discussion on the challenges and changes facing the modern CIO. This is the second half in a two-part interview series: First, their thoughts were published on shadow IT, cloud computing and the new partnership between IT and the businesses they support. Here, they're distilling their thoughts on hybrid cloud, OpenStack, leadership through IT and the impact of changing roles on personnel and process.More

GE CEO talks economy, CIOs and tech
InformationWeek
InformationWeek editor Chris Murphy writes: "I heard GE's Jeffrey Immelt speak recently, and I thought our IT community members would like to hear what the CEO of a $150 billion-a-year company is thinking about the economy, technology and the role of the CIO. If anyone is trying to sell you on the diminished role for the CIO, IT organization, or technology pro, read on for a counterview."More

CIOs cheer Microsoft's move to user-based licensing
The Wall Street Journal
Microsoft Corp., addressing a source of great customer frustration, has changed a long standing pricing model that underscored much of its early success. It is moving away from its complex system of licensing software based on the number of devices a customer has, and moving towards a new model based on people, which is more in keeping with the world of mobility and the cloud.More

A CIO fights to keep his tech options open
Computerworld
In today's IT market, vendors tell users that engineered, converged and highly integrated systems deliver the greatest efficiency. But some users believe a heterogeneous environment is the best path to savings. Michael Spears is one of those users. Spears is the CIO of the National Council on Compensation Insurance, which gathers and analyzes data about the workers' compensation insurance market and offers products and services to help more than 900 insurance companies and nearly 40 state governments better understand risks, costs and industry trends. The Boca Raton, Florida-based not-for-profit brings in about $160 million in revenue; the IT department accounts for about a third of the organization's expenses. More

5 new truths to teach your CIO about identity
ITProPortal
When CIOs talk security they often use words like "firewall" and "antivirus." Here's why today's technology landscape needs a different vocabulary. Modern businesses are more open than ever before, but that doesn't mean they are more secure. On the business side, companies are taking advantage of cloud computing by focusing on their internal competencies and outsourcing what they can to third-party vendors. On the consumer side, employees armed with devices are increasingly demanding flexible and frictionless access to data from anywhere. More

CDOs replace CIOs? I'm not buying it
InformationWeek
There's nothing like a provocative analyst prediction to get people talking. Several years ago, it was Gartner's prediction that marketing organizations will outspend IT organizations on technology by 2017. Not to be outdone, the provocateurs at IDC recently weighed in with their own headline-grabber: By 2020, chief digital officers will "supplant" 60 percent of CIOs at global companies "for the delivery of IT-enabled products and digital services."More

IT resume makeover: Position your accomplishments for maximum impact
CIO
Cameron Tate's is a seasoned IT leader. His resume was thorough, well-organized and detailed, but he wasn't getting the responses his extensive experience and impeccable credentials warranted. Enter Caitlin Sampson, a career consultant and professional resume writer at Regal Resumes. When she saw Tate's resume, she identified the problem immediately.More