SearchCIO-Midmarket's top stories of 2013: Leadership, data and apps

Our gift to you: The site's 10 top stories of 2013. In this roundup of news, tips, guides and columns, learn which topics got readers' attention.

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'Tis the season to buy a new planner, make some resolutions and educate yourself on the past year's tech trends before the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve. Lucky for you, we've rounded up SearchCIO-Midmarket's top stories of 2013 for your reading pleasure. In this countdown of our most-visited content, learn what IT trends and strategies took priority -- bring your own device (BYOD), analytics and gamification all make app...

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10. Making BYOD work in HITECH
Jason Thomas is CIO and director of IT at the Green Clinic Health System, an organization with six satellite locations and 450 employees. When any of Thomas' 54 doctors don't like the equipment provided, they can elect to bring their own. Learn how Thomas tackled this BYOD revolution with effective mobile policy changes.

9. The 2013 IT Leadership Awards finalists
SearchCIO-Midmarket's 2013 IT Leadership Awards honored top CIOs and IT executives in the midmarket space. Our three judges sifted through nominations to crown one winner in each of the categories: Cultural Innovation, Technological Advancement, Customer Experience, Business Value, Green IT, IT Engagement and IT Leader of the Year. Read about the finalists and the winners.

8. Make smarter business decisions with analytics advice from Nate Silver
The FiveThirtyEight blogger and influential author used survey data and statistical analysis to correctly predict the outcome of the 2012 presidential election. In this CIO Matters column, which draws upon Silver's work, find how CIOs can turn business analytics into smart business decisions.

7. The economy and ethics of offshore IT outsourcing
CIOs who make bold moves towards offshore IT outsourcing aren't only confronted with challenging ethical issues, but with trying economic challenges as well. In this CIO Matters column, one writer responds to the feel-good replies of a story on IT insourcing, and provides some reasons why outsourcing might in fact benefit the U.S. economy.

6. Project portfolio management and prioritization for CIOs
Are you prioritizing projects and managing your organization's project portfolio effectively? Not sure? Go ahead and give this link a click. This SearchCIO-Midmarket Essential Guide provides information on how to effectively manage initiatives, stay on schedule, and improve project turnaround time in your IT organization.

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5. Get into the game to improve engagement
In this tip, SearchCIO-Midmarket contributor Monique van den Berg took a look at an enterprise trend making its way into the small- and medium-sized business sphere: gamification. Learn how game mechanics and theory can be used to brand a company, motivate employees and incentivize consumer behavior at your organization.

4. Well-mannered Cinemark viewers rewarded via mobile app
Cinemark's movie app rewards theater patrons for keeping their phones quiet with free soda and discounted popcorn. Want to get in on that action or learn how to develop a similar application in your organization? Listen to this podcast to learn how the CineMode app gives moviegoers more control over their viewing experience.

3. Where does data come from and how can it generate value?
Data science is the study of where information comes from, what it represents, and how it can be turned into a valuable resource in the creation of business and IT strategies. In this tip, contributor Phil Simon examines why he doesn't see data scientists using legacy enterprise tools and what these specialists can do to empower your organization.

2. Free CIO tools: IT roadmap templates and examples
Information technology roadmaps are designed to align technologies and business priorities with an organization's overarching strategic vision. Our list of free technology roadmap templates gathered from around the Web will help you better strategize around IT initiatives in your organization.

1. Slideshow: Top IT team dysfunctions
Our most popular piece of the year! At the Gartner Business Intelligence Summit in April, consultant Jeff Gibson spoke to nearly 1,400 IT professionals about his theories on team building, spelled out in this SearchCIO-Midmarket slideshow by Senior News Writer Nicole Laskowski. Click through to learn about the five team dysfunctions that could spell disaster for any IT department.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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