SIM Connect
March 23, 2011

Why it's time to embrace the cloud now
eWeek
Back in 1986, the IT business changed forever with the client-server computing model. Another sea change is happening in 2011, with on-demand and mobile computing.More

SIM's APC releases new report on SaaS
SIM
Research shows that software as a service (SaaS) is being adopted by functional areas, regardless of the IT department’s standards. Therefore, even if CIOs would prefer to keep all applications in-house, it is likely they will be faced with the challenge of integrating SaaS applications in the near-term. There are several integration options and, based on the historical trends, consideration should be given to both SaaS-delivered process-based integration tools and platform as a service (PaaS) providers. Read more in the new report "SaaS, IaaS and PaaS: Realities and Emerging Integration Issues," developed by SIM's Advanced Practices Council (APC).More

Moving to cloud to gain agility: 5 lessons
CIO
Drug-maker Biogen Idec's IT team used cloud infrastructure to give the company's research scientists new flexibility. Consider these key lessons learned as they adopted CloudSwitch and Amazon technology.More

Translating techno-speak into 'businessese'
CIO Zone
One of the most difficult issues technologists face is explaining the need to replace legacy IT systems to business people. A major hurdle is that technologists and business people frequently speak different languages. Technologists often talk about the technology in far more technical terms than business people can understand or care about, while business people prefer to talk about gross margins, new revenue streams, innovation and expanding markets.More

US tech industry braces for aftershocks from Japan disaster
Computerworld
With Japan devastated by the recent 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami, the business aftershocks may rock various parts of the tech industry for months to come.More

John Hancock CIO on why IT finance matters
SearchCIO.com
Even CIOs with tight IT finance management need to brace themselves for proving IT value in an era where their Net generation employees take computing personally and where bring-your-own-device turns asset management on its head.More

Quick and easy IT productivity wins
InfoWorld
Big tech projects can provide huge long-term payoffs in IT efficiency, but sometimes it's the little things that have the biggest impact on productivity. After all, it's often those details — meetings, email, menial tasks — that keep you from tackling the important issues right away. Here are eight quick ways to boost IT productivity without investing tens of thousands of dollars or six months of resources.More

5 signs that your techies are being poached
Network World
With IT hiring on the rise, CIOs need to worry about an issue that hasn't cropped up in years: how to prevent their most talented employees from being poached by rivals.More

Wanted: Tech-savvy board of directors
Computerworld via CIO
Corporate boards of directors should devote as much attention to IT matters as they do to accounting rules, but they rarely do, according to a report released earlier this month by the Deloitte Center for Corporate Governance. Today's companies need "tech-savvy directors" who can make sure the IT strategy is aligned with the overall strategic plan, as well as monitor the various risks associated with IT, the report said.More

Goodbye Google Gears, hello HTML5
InfoWorld
Google technologies are known for their extended beta test periods — so much so that when the search giant actually ships a finished product it's front page news. But if beta represents the salad days for a Google project, its adult life can be considerably shorter and more brutal. Consider the fate of Google Gears. Launched just four years ago, Gears has officially ground to a halt, soon to be replaced by equivalent technology from the HTML5 specification.More

RSA SecurID breach shows why everybody must stay vigilant
eWeek
The theft of unspecified information relating to the two-factor identification technology from the depths of RSA's SecurID security system should help corporate IT managers remember to do what they should have been doing all along.More

IE 9: Will it restart a browser war?
CIO Zone
The browser battle continues as Microsoft, Mozilla and Google have recently released new browser versions with competing functionality that will hopefully enable them to one day each claim browser supremacy. These battles are hardly new, but what is new is Microsoft's obvious attempt to address many of the browser criticisms that have been leveled against IE over the last decade.More