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SIM Research Takes Deeper Look at Role, Motivations and Opportunities Facing Modern CIO

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 organization.”

SIM’s Advanced Practices Council complements the IT Trends Study for APC members who commission research on specific topics requested by its 34 corporate members.

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 advisors.

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 level.”

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 practices.

  • 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:

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 across industries.

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