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SIM CIO survey results; Dell teams up with Microsoft on hybrid cloud

The results of the Society of Information Management’s annual CIO survey are out, revealing that senior IT executives are shifting their perspective when it comes to business and IT agility. Senior news writer Nicole Laskowski laid out some of the survey’s key takeaways: security ranks third; IT budgets are on the rise; the cloud’s influence grows; and more.

Dell is determined to become a big-time player in the cloud game. A week after the company announced its purchase of storage heavyweight EMC, CEO Michael Dell took the stage with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at this weeks’ Dell World 2015 to announce the two companies’ joint hybrid cloud offering, which they say will make it easier for businesses to transition to the cloud. Assistant site editor Brian Holak talked about the enterprise implications in Searchlight.

The stories behind how great CIOs got to where they are — from their family backgrounds to their academic experiences — are as varied as the personalities of these individuals themselves, but they all have one major thing in common. From the recent Gartner Symposium ITxpo, features writer Jason Sparapani recounts a discussion by CIOs and IT experts on how to be passionate about what you do — and why that leads to success.

For a platform business to succeed, it must attract external producers who produce value, in addition to buyers willing to consume that value. That’s exactly what South Korean game startup Smilegate is looking to do with STOVE, its online game platform. SearchITChannel site editor John Moore detailed how the company is using predictive analytics and other initiatives to appeal to more developers.

Today’s consumers are exposed to thousands of digital advertisements a day. In this digital business climate, business can’t afford to have their IT and marketing departments not work in close collaboration. At the recent FutureM conference, marketing leaders discussed the value of a tight CIO-CMO alliance, and how a chief marketing technologist or similar function can facilitate such a partnership.

Niel Nickolaisen gets it: Mobile apps are crucial for business success and is certainly high on his priority list. But it’s important to take a balanced approach to developing mobile apps, writes Nickolaisen, a SearchCIO columnist. In his latest tip, the CTO of O.C. Tanner offered CIOs four guiding principles to building mobile apps that go beyond the hype.

Think of IT as a car shop, with “cars” being information, Agile being the assembly line and the maintenance shop based in ITIL. What’s missing in this picture, says Ken Lewis of PA Consulting Group, is a digital “bill of materials,” contained in an IT configuration management system. It’s a crucial element, but building one isn’t easy. In this tip, Lewis lays out how.

The next #CIOChat is coming up! Join guest expert Stephanie Woerner, from MIT’s Center for Institutional Research, along with SearchCIO editors and readers, to talk about how businesses can thrive in today’s digital economy. The tweet jam will take place next Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m. EST. See you there!

That’s all we’ve got for the week, folks! Follow our @SearchCIO, @SearchCIOSMB and @ITCompliance accounts to get updates on our upcoming stories.