Special report: CIO Decisions 2006

Complete coverage of our CIO Decisions 2006 conference in Carlsbad, Calif. Get your news and presentation downloads here!

Here's complete coverage of our CIO Decisions 2006 conference in Carlsbad, Calif. If you missed the show or just want to refresh your memory, you can get all the show's news and presentation downloads here.

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Job getting tougher for IT execs
CIOs at midsized firms oversee complex IT environments but lack the budgets and staff their counterparts at big companies enjoy. How do they make it work? More than 200 midmarket CIOs gather this week in Carlsbad, Calif., to share ideas and insights at the third annual CIO Decisions Conference.

Senior IT execs honored with midmarket leadership awards
Twenty-five senior IT executives are honored for outstanding accomplishment at the annual CIO Decisions Conference.

Reporter's Notebook: PDA power trip
Our continuing coverage of the CIO Decisions conference being held this week in Carlsbad, Calif., includes a few tidbits you might have missed.

Bracing for the next Katrina
The CIO of Mississippi Power remembers Hurricane Katrina's wrath when it hit the Gulf Coast nearly a year ago. Her company's ability to restore power to thousands of residents in a matter of days is a success story by most measures. But its recovery efforts weren't perfect. Learn what it did right, wrong and how it's bracing for another hurricane season.

Bringing a CEO mind-set to IT
IT needs to support and enhance business goals. Rich Hoffman, newly minted CEO of the North American IT operations at Hyundai Motor Co., took the mandate a step further, turning IT into a business.

Reporter's Notebook : Network love, and other tales
It's day two and our reporters are still sniffing out the good stuff. Here are a few items we thought were particularly poignant.

Playing hardball with your vendor
As the economy picks up, vendors are becoming more brazen, changing terms and using contract loopholes to walk away from small deals to land the big fish. An IT attorney gives midmarket CIOs a primer on how to level the playing field at the negotiating table.

Forget skill sets, find yourself a board to sit on
Will you be a CIO in five years? Do you want to be? Whatever your direction, you've got to have a plan and it must include at least two things: business skills and experience serving on the board of other companies.

Honesty holds team together during buyout
Why honesty is the best policy: Advice from a CIO who held his team together when a billion dollar company came courting.

Driving ROI with dashboards
Eastern Mountain Sports CIO Jeff Neville says smart dashboards can lead to positive ROI and happy CEOs.

MBA worth the effort, but doesn't guarantee IT stardom
Mid-market CIOs at CIO Decisions conference last week in Carlsbad, Calif. weigh in on the issue of whether you need an MBA to succeed in IT these days. The verdict: nice but not critical for the job. Upward mobility is another matter.

Easing growing pains with a CRM-VoIP cocktail
Challenged by a spate of mergers, an agricultural lender converged voice and data to leverage its CRM solution and differentiate itself from the competition.

100% security just an illusion
When it comes to buying and implementing security systems, it's all about determining your risk level. Even then, CIOs have to surrender the notion they can foresee and prevent all threats.

Nine tips for polishing your resume
Looking for a job? An executive recruiter tells CIOs how to make the case on paper.


Case study: Disaster recovery after Katrina
Aline WardCIO, Mississippi Power, Southern Company Transmission & Distribution

Surviving the pain and agony of an acquisition
Sam LamonicaCIO, Rudolph & Sletten

Beyond strategic: How midmarket companies can own the 'Age of Big Information
Thornton MayFuturist and Dean, IT Leadership Academy

CIO 2012: On a collision course with business operations
Mykolas RambusCIO, W.P. Carey

Contractually speaking: Drafting and negotiating IT contracts that work
Matthew A. KarlynAttorney, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Moving business intelligence beyond the dashboard
Jeffrey NevilleCIO, VP of Strategy, Eastern Mountain Sports

IT agility and adaptability
Niel NickolaisenDirector of Strategic Planning, Headwaters Inc.

Trailblazers 101: Mastering and managing your career
Martha HellerManaging Director, IT Leadership Practice, Z Resource Group

Case study: When outsourcing goes awry
Barry J. BrunettoCCP, VP of Information Systems, Blount Inc., Oregon Cutting System Group

Security: When is enough, enough?
Jack PhillipsManaging partner, The Institute for Applied Network Security

Case study: Success with SOA and Web services
Patrick J. WiseVP, Advanced Technology, Landstar System Inc.

Turning IT inside out
Richard HoffmanPresident and CEO, Hyundai Information Service, North America

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