SIM Connect
Dec. 18, 2013

2013 IT Trends Study Full Report now available to SIM members
SIM's 34th Annual IT Trends Study Full Report is now available to all SIM members. Formally presented by Dr. Leon Kappelman this fall at SIMposium, the study has garnered significant media attention in publications like Information Week and Forbes. Featuring input from more than 650 senior IT leaders, representing 484 organizations, the year's results offer insight into the state of the industry in 2013. The study takes the pulse on topics like investment, hiring and budgets. It also gauges opinion on growing technologies such as cloud and big data. SIM members can read the full results here.More

Mobile, multichannel communications at the top of CIO agendas in 2014
Mobile Marketing Watch
What will be at the top of the typical CIO's agenda in 2014? Mobile, mobile, and more mobile. Enterprise mobility will continue to be one of the hottest topics in IT, and high on the list of priorities for all CIOs, according to Ovum's new Enterprise Mobility 2014 Trends-to-Watch report.More

The new age of outsourcing
CIO Insight
The biggest business driver of outsourcing has always been cost savings. And while cost continues to influence decision-making in the IT and business process outsourcing markets, increasing and expanding demands on IT organizations are compelling them to seek more from their service providers. As mature enterprises enter into the next generation of outsourcing deals, they are embracing new — and sometimes risky — models to achieve more than the old-fashioned "your mess for less" value proposition. More

Driving transformation and innovation in health care
The Huffington Post
Disruptive, digital technologies are revolutionizing all types of businesses and health care is no exception. Mobile and cloud technologies hold the promise to provide quality patient care anytime, anywhere with immediate access to vital patient information, while big data can help physicians to become more efficient.More

Should you become an interim CIO?
Computer Weekly
With the recovery of the U.K. economy still underway, one of the trends in IT management for 2014 is the continued demand for interim chief information officers. Interim CIOs still represent a small part of all IT leadership roles, but that is increasing. According to executive recruitment firm Harvey Nash, demand for interim CIO and top-level IT executives, such as program managers, has gone up by more than 50 percent — the biggest spike being in 2013.More

Security is the top CIO concern going into 2014
Expanding the reach of IT security and protecting the organization from cyber-security threats has become the primary challenge for CIOs and will remain so in 2014 a study of CIOs and peers by CSC has found. CIO UK discussed the findings of the CSC CIO Barometer report for 2013 with CIOs from the public sector, manufacturing, legal, banking, construction and pharmaceutical recently, all of whom had taken part in the survey, it was clear that security is rising up the CIO agenda.More

The CIO's secret weapon: Stakeholder pressure
CIO Insight
The roles of the CIO, and Chief Information Security Officer, have changed considerably over the past decade. Chief amongst these changes are that the security-based demands from company stakeholders have increased substantially as a result of major technological and cyber advancements. Cyberspace is constantly evolving; its potential and real threats, vulnerabilities, complexity, and interconnectivity are always changing. The threat is asymmetric as activists, cybercriminals and nation-states disproportionately increase traditional information risks. More

5 threats to effective organizational communication
By Mike Wokasch
Effective communication is a critical success factor in any effort involving two or more people. From small businesses to large corporations and even government, effective communication can inspire, align interests, mitigate differences and build trust. Most importantly, effective communication can get things done. When two or more people want to or need to get something done, success or failure is often attributable to how well the parties communicate with each other. Here are five major factors that threaten effective communications in an organization.More

CIOs can't ignore the workplace value of vacations
CIO Insight
Be honest: Do you ever track the amount of vacation time that your employees take? Or is that something best left to HR while you tend to the core, tech-focused functions of your role? While opting for the latter approach is entirely understandable, you must maintain some visibility into whether your IT team members are not taking vacation time. Because if this type of culture emerges as the norm for your department, the fallout could create a decline in productivity, morale and even wellness, according to a recent survey from the Society for Human Resource Management. More

Why few want to be the CIO anymore
Stephanie Jurenka started out in IT as a systems administrator more than 10 years ago. Today, she's an IT manager with absolutely zero interest in a CIO role. "Being a CIO doesn't offer the opportunity to do the cool stuff that IT people like so much to do. It's about meetings and budgets and politics," says Jurenka, who works at Westway Group, a bulk liquid storage company in New Orleans.More

Govt CIOs: Cloud vendors not cutting it
Everyone's talking about cloud computing, but some government CIOs are still not convinced, arguing that the market is still immature with one saying that some vendors are simply "repackaging" outsourcing services. During a panel session at CIO's recent digital assets event in Canberra recently, Gary Sterrenberg, CIO at the Department of Human Services, told attendees there were only one or two cloud vendors that could provide "true" cloud capabilities.More