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Register for SIMposium 2011 and get a great reward
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There are many reasons to attend SIMposium 2011, including over 40 presentations, great networking with your peers, meetings with your suppliers, and a great social program. Now there's another reason. For each paid, new registration completed in the month of July, you will receive your choice of an iPod Shuffle or a $50 hotel credit at the Hilton Bonnet Creek valid for November 2011. Register Today! More


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Are CFOs calling the tech shots?
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Corporate finance chiefs indicate that they have an increasingly more powerful role in making technology investments — in many cases supplanting the role of the CIO — new research is showing. More

Tech executives: US rebound in 2013
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As a driver of future revenue growth for the technology industry, the U.S. market has rebounded to first place from third just a year ago — ahead of China and India, according to the results of the annual Technology Industry Business Climate survey by KPMG. Yet, while the senior technology executives surveyed see the U.S. market driving revenue growth they are less optimistic about overall technology industry employment growth and the prospects of a national economic recovery than they were a year ago. More

8 simple ways to get innovative IT right and dodge the pitfalls of tech's bleeding edge    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Whether it's swapping physical data centers for cloud infrastructure or turning tweeting into a customer relationship management strategy, the use of emerging technologies can hold out the promise of greater efficiency or new business models for both the private and public sector. But care has to be taken when digging up a technology stack that has been the foundation of an organization for the past decade. If you get it wrong, it can bring entire departments into disarray. More

Top 5 worries keeping IT pros up at night
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Worries about data security, technology upgrades and staffing are the most common concerns keeping IT pros awake at night, according to new research from Robert Half Technology. Among 1,400 U.S. CIOs polled, 24 percent cited data security as the primary worry keeping them up at night, and 13 percent said hardware and/or operating systems upgrades. Other worrisome issues include heavy workloads, sufficient budgets to fund IT projects, and keeping pace with technology innovation. More

Informal cloud buyers — A growing IT problem
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Who needs the IT department when it comes to purchasing cloud services for your business unit. After all the internet is all about eliminating the middle man from the transaction. Many IT departments are kept out of the decision making process as well as the procurement process when it comes to purchasing cloud services to run apps geared toward certain business units within large organizations. This act of defiance irks the IT department, as it should in many cases. More

Bad IT management habits: Break them before they break you
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Every worker develops a few bad habits — maybe more than a few — as the years on the job add up. IT pros are no exception: They lose focus or jump to conclusions, or put off niggling tasks that could be finished in minutes. It doesn't have to be that way. Identifying and understanding bad work habits might require a bit of soul-searching, but the benefits of such introspection can be myriad. More

Your top talent deserves your best effort
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During the downturn, you likely worked hard to keep your best performers on board. Now that conditions are improving, your retention efforts are even more vital, especially for top talent. Highly skilled employees who have stuck with secure positions may now be taking a fresh look at their options. And even those who aren't actively seeking new opportunities are hearing plenty about them from their friends in the industry. Don't wait until you lose a key team member to make retention a priority. Here are five ways to keep your most important employees engaged and motivated. More

7 self-inflicted wounds of cloud computing
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Anthony Skipper, Vice President of Infrastructure and Security at ServiceMesh, an IT service management and lifecycle governance supplier, has assembled a comprehensive list of the common holes in companies' approach to cloud computing. More
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