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SIM IT Trends: Tomorrow Will Be Faster Than Today

The role of CIOs and IT organizations is increasingly business oriented, and successful CIOs will need people skills—not technical smarts—to succeed in the workplace.

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IT Budgeting Stats, Trends and Best Practices

More than ever, today's CIOs must combine impact-worthy strategic contributions which reflect equal parts business and tech insights. As previously reported, marketing is expected to take on greater ownership of IT budgeting. So to continue advancing as vital, senior-level contributors within their organizations, CIOs have to closely align with business-side executives and users to get a... Read More »

Useful Virtualization Stats, Trends and Practices

We live in an "Everything as a Service" universe. That's because CIOs and other tech leaders are transitioning all forms of tech resources and support—from hardware to software to storage to platforms—to a virtualized environment. As a technology, virtualization is nothing new. The term dates back to the mid-1960s, when IBM developed the early incarnations of what would become... Read More »

Despite Gains, Companies Don't Budget for Mobile

Although mobile technology improves employee productivity, particularly in customer service, many small and medium-sized businesses do not budget for mobile devices, according to a new survey by Sage North America. Instead, they take an ad hoc approach, addressing employees' needs as they arise. "Slightly more than three... Read More »

10 Advantages of IT Cost Transparency

A new niche—technology business management (TBM) software—is emerging with an emphasis on cost transparency to provide enterprise IT organizations with useful data and insights. Because TBM software offers detailed, granular data about the cost of providing applications and services, it enables CIOs to make faster, fact-based decisions about purchases. The goal is to help CIOs... Read More »

ERP Implementations Exceed Budgets, Schedules

Organizations pursue enterprise resource planning (ERP) to boost their business management software capabilities. And while, overall, nearly two-thirds of organizations consider their ERP implementations a success, there are lingering pain points, according to a new survey from Panorama Consulting Solutions. Specifically, the vast... Read More »

Eight Ways to Improve Your Cyber-Security Spending

Organizations are concerned about cyber-threats, but many of them have neither invested strategically in security nor aligned that spending with their business strategies, according to a new report. One result is a major gap in security spending between industries. For instance, banking and finance spending heavily ($2,500 median per employee) while others, like retail and consumer products... Read More »

CIOs Focused on Filling Key IT Positions

While they're not experiencing the boom times of the 1990s, CIOs are generally upbeat about hiring prospects for the rest of the year, according to a new survey from Robert Half Technology. The accompanying "Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report" report reveals that more CIOs plan to increase staffing... Read More »

IT Networks Keep Getting Older

Today's IT networks are as old as they have been in six years, according to new research from Dimension Data. The accompanying paper, titled the "2014 Network Barometer Report," presents a wide range of tech operations trends, in what can informally be described as a state-of-the-network update. Findings reveal that the majority of... Read More »

10 Classic Project Management Mistakes

Organizations frequently struggle with project management, and tech initiatives are no exception. Research reveals that 45 percent of large IT projects go over budget, while delivering 56 percent less value than promised. Meanwhile, three-quarters of project participants lack confidence that their efforts will succeed, and nearly four of five say that business is "usually" or "always" out of... Read More »

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