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SIM Research Takes Deeper Look at Role, Motivations and Opportunities Facing Modern CIO
|By Business Wire
|May 21, 2014 10:31 AM EDT
The Society for Information Management, an association of more than
4,500 senior-level IT leaders, today announced its 2014 SIM IT Trends
Study will feature an unparalleled level of new IT insights, letting its
members, journalists and analysts gain original, in-depth knowledge on
how information technology is trending in the United States.
Now in its 35th year, the annual SIM study gains insights
from CIOs and top IT executives from across the nation on topics like
budgets, salaries and headcounts to create an unbiased report of
industry trends. While the 2014 survey deadline is drawing near – May
31, 2014 – the 2013
IT Trends Study compiled answers from nearly 600 senior IT leaders
on areas including IT spending patterns, where CIOs come from, how they
spend their time, and their reporting relationships.
Responding organizations from the 2013 survey averaged $4.36 billion in
revenue and employ an average of 8,629 people. And while respondents
came from financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, education,
government sectors and more, the 2014 survey will be the first time the
study will be able to compare them amongst each other, as well as
between the regions represented by SIM’s 34 chapters, including the top
10 U.S. metropolitan areas.
“It has always been interesting and informative to learn what keeps IT
leaders and CIOs up at night, what their budgets are being used for and
what their top priorities for the year are, but this year we’re looking
at the strategic activities of CIOs, the skills that help CIOs be
successful and how organizations measure the performance of IT and IT
leadership,” said Leon Kappelman, lead researcher, Professor of
Information Systems, and Director Emeritus of the Information Systems
Research Center for the College of Business at the University of North
Texas. “The 2014 Study will also assess which technologies are the most
important, get the largest investments and are of most concern to IT
leaders. In addition, for the first time, we will look at how CIOs spend
their time – as well as with whom they spend it – what they do with
them, and how much those activities increase the value of IT to the
SIM’s Advanced Practices Council complements the IT Trends Study for APC
members who commission research on specific topics requested by its 34
APC is the only program of its kind that combines the benefits of
leading-edge practical research, global and strategic perspectives of
peers across multiple industries, and an intimate network of trusted
As an example, APC Director Madeline Weiss, Ph.D., says, “We decided to
take a look at global organizations when our members said they were
challenged to find efficiencies at a global level. After looking at 12
worldwide organizations to understand where they gained efficiencies, we
were able to provide members with a framework for assessing which
activities were best handled at the global level and which activities
required additional flexibility to best be administered at the local
Recent APC research reports cover:
Profiting from real-time digital data streams
Mobile app development in highly regulated industries
CIOs managing the balance between local and global resources
A variety of other topics relevant to the modern CIO
Additional studies are being commissioned at APC’s regular meetings.
The 2014 SIM IT Trends survey deadline is May 31, 2014, and the full
report will be released during SIMposium, hosted in Denver, Colorado,
Nov. 2-4. Drawing together thousands of IT executives, SIMposium is the
premier practitioner-driven conference designed for and by CIOs for
peer-to-peer exchange on technology and business integration best
NOTE: Brian Watson, Co-Author of Confessions of a Successful CIO,
facilitated a SIM CIO Roundtable Discussion with SIM’s research
leaders and SIM Dallas Chapter Board member and CIO of On the Border,
Chris Andrews. That
webinar is available streaming here.
Information from the 2013
SIM IT Trends Study and on SIM’s Advanced
Practices Council and Regional
Leadership Forum can be found on the SIM Web site: www.SIMnet.org.
About The Society for Information Management (SIM)
Established in 1968, the Society
for Information Management (SIM) is the premier network for IT
leaders composed of more than 4,500 members including CIOs, senior IT
executives, prominent academicians, consultants, and other IT leaders.
SIM is an objective community of thought leaders who share experiences
and apply rich intellectual capital, and who explore future IT
direction. Through its 34 chapters, SIM provides resources and programs
inspired by IT leaders for IT leaders that enable CIOs to further
develop the leadership capabilities of themselves and the key and
emerging leaders in their organizations. SIM provides the collective
voice to advocate policy and legislation on behalf of the IT profession
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