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SIM IT Trends: Tomorrow will be Faster than Today

We bring tidings from The Society for Information Management, which has released a SIM IT Trends report about the future of IT. In an article by Jack Rosenburger for CIO Insight, several trends, predictions, and indicators are displayed and assessed. As far as anyone can tell, the future looks fast for IT. Below are some headlines from the report.

Value Focus

Put simply, the move for IT is from cost cutting to creating value for the business. IT is more focused on delivering value for the business than providing internal services. In fact, the top four performance measures pertaining to CIOs involve business objectives like contributions to strategy, customer satisfaction, and innovation.


Revenue available for IT units has risen in the past few years, an encouraging departure from the previous budgetary plateau, with new investments going into analytics, business intelligence, and data center infrastructure, among other things. Investment has grown especially in the area of cloud services.

Skills & Talent

In terms of most wanted skills for CIOs, people management, verbal communication, and emotional intelligence are among the top ten, making management skills the new directive of this position in place of tech skills. Consistently high turnover means that CIOs are continuing to pump up the employee training in an effort to retain the best and brightest, though CIOs themselves are experiencing more long-term, stable employment.


Project turnaround times are accelerating as new technologies are being introduced more quickly. Additionally, new mobile devices, faster Internet speeds, and cloud computing are all contributing to the pace of change in IT.

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About Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He is an intern at Computer Aid Inc., pursuing his master's degree in communications at Penn State University.

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