SIM Connect
Nov. 27, 2013

2013 SIM IT Trends Study slide deck now online
The 34th Annual SIM IT Trends Study was presented at SIMposium 2013 in Boston. There is a wealth of information in the Trends Study about what's going on in IT with budgets, salaries, hiring, investments, cloud, shared services, and performance measurements, as well as what's on the minds of IT leaders and what concerns their organizations. Six hundred and fifty SIM members from 484 organizations participated in the study. The slide deck can be downloaded here. 2014 will mark the SIM IT Trends Study's 35th anniversary — please plan to participate! More

The brand called CIO
"Gartner research has shown a strong CIO brand can be a very effective way to make IT influential, strategic, and deliver higher levels of business success," says Gartner analyst Marcus Darbyshire. Yet, he observes, not many CIOs "actively manage their brands" and their reasons for not doing so varies.More

How CIOs can help build a millennial enterprise
It's tough being a CIO today. There are pressures from all corners to run, expand and transform the business. CIOs have hunkered down in a position of protectionism for many years. They have struggled to embrace the millennial era of computing and provide their employees and customers with the applications and tools they need to really compete.More

The care and feeding of data scientists
As more organizations hire data scientists — especially for predictive analytics projects — IT leaders are discovering that managing people who can turn data into ideas for business actions takes a deft touch. The sharp analytical skills key to the role can sometimes get in the way of answering big-picture corporate questions.More

The real economics behind Internet access in America
By Victor Blake
Internet access — or what policy wonks have oddly decided to call "broadband access" — is irrefutably an important service for individuals and business alike. In our competitive world, journalists and politicians have taken it upon themselves to explain, in poorly-informed terms, why "broadband" is "more expensive in the U.S." The truth is that the cost of providing a service may involve any number of factors including competition, demand and other economic factors.More

CIOs as big data champions
The Enterprising CIO
If you were asked, "Who should lead data and analytics activity across the enterprise?" you'd probably respond by saying the CIO should be the big data champion for the enterprise, right? If so, you'd be in the minority. NewVantage Partners, which advises Fortune 1000 corporations on data and analytics strategies, recently asked that question to 86 top executives from 53 corporations. More

6 ways CIOs can stay ahead of customers
The customer is still always right, but now the customer is always everywhere as well, using mobile apps and social media to find a better deal, switch brands, and publicly criticize your product. Customer feedback (outrage) on social media forced Facebook to change its privacy policy and Netflix to even scrap an entire business model in the case of its DVD spinoff business, Qwikster.More

10 questions every good CIO should ask himself
CIO Insight
Great leaders don't stick to their job descriptions. After all, such a mindset goes against the grain of every great achiever in the history of the workplace. However, CIOs may get so busy "minding the tech shop" that they could overlook some of less tangible but still critical roles that make for strong oversight of an IT department. With this in mind, the recent book, Beyond the Job Description: How Managers and Employees Can Meet the True Demands of the Job (Palgrave Macmillan), poses the following 10 questions that CIOs and other managers should ask themselves.More

CIO to CIO — social collaboration
IT World Canada
VideoBriefWhether one views social collaboration technologies as time wasters or transformational tools as no longer relevant, they are here to stay — infiltrating the modern enterprise in the same unstoppable wave that brought in consumerization, mobile and BYOD. The good news is that in Cisco's internal experience, it's possible to gain real, measurable cost savings and efficiencies with increased agility and growth in the business. This episode walks us through the nuts and bolts of social collaboration. More

CIOs must learn the politics of no
Saying no — the right way — may be the most powerful skill a CIO can learn. A smart "no" can set boundaries and enhance your leadership position. A stupid "no" can diminish your authority and make enemies. How a CIO gets to no depends on the context, of course. Telling the CEO he can't connect his iPad to the corporate network is different from letting down an employee keen to be promoted.More