SIM Connect
May 25, 2011

APC's Venture Capital Report: Plan for 2012 and beyond by seeing the future through the eyes of a partner at Benchmark Capital
SIM
The venture capital industry plays a critical role in determining what software products and services emerge in the marketplace. Many well-known technology companies have matured and prospered because of the input of funds and expertise by venture capitalists. We can gain key insights into the direction of technology and information services by learning what venture capitalists are funding today and why they think their investments will pay off. The companies they fund today might well provide the products you deploy or manage in a few years. Join SIM's Advanced Practices Council on Tuesday, June 21 at 1 p.m. EDT for this complimentary webinar.More

Discounted registration for SIM members on the World BPO/ITO Forum
SIM
The World BPO/ITO Forum, June 28-29 at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City, N.J., is offering all SIM members a substantial 50 percent discount on their conference registration. This invitation-only conference is tailored to CIOs/CEOs/CFOs and senior business executives of mid- to large-sized U.S. organizations. To take advantage of this offer, refer to discount registration source code: SIM2011. Please note: The offer excludes SIM members who are providers, consultants or vendors.More

CIOs may be the next CEOs
CIO Zone
When it comes to crunch time and a CEO needs to make an important strategic decision, who does he turn to get the raw data to make the risk assessment calculations? The CIO, of course. The business intelligence and risk management systems are the key inputs to the decision making process for most CEOs. So then it is conceivable that the chief information officers will be expected to be the corporate leader and remain at the forefront of business change in the years to come.More

Calculating virtualization and cloud costs: 4 approaches
CIO
For IT departments wanting to do chargebacks or cost-justification, figuring virtualization and cloud services return on investment is tricky, at best. In this article, experts outline four methods you can use to break down costs and returns.More

Can I run my business using just the cloud?
CIO Update
Statistics show that it took nearly 15 years for businesses to shift from mainframes to client/server. Cloud Computing is arguably the next paradigm shift we will see, but the jury is still out as we are only about halfway through the 15-year period.More

Survey: Cloud delivering best ROI for CIOs
Computerworld
A Bloomberg survey of 100 CIOs and IT leaders in the U.S. has revealed IT spending is on the rise and more money will go towards managed services as cloud investments start to pay dividends. When asked what infrastructure investment areas have yielded the most return on investment in the last year, cloud computing came out on top with 45 percent of the responses.More

How IT can become a cloud service provider
Network World
While there's no question cloud computing represents a big change in infrastructure, that approach overlooks the fact that cloud computing is comprised of an agile infrastructure married to automated operation. If you install the former without implementing the latter, your revolution is only half-completed. The second half of the revolution is about bringing automation to daily operations and ensuring that one's cloud offers on-demand resource access, application scalability and elasticity, and a generalized resource pool available as needed.More

Cloud insurance and secure identity management alleviate SLA concerns
Search CIO
Following the recent downtime and data breaches at top-tier cloud service providers, including Amazon Web Services, Sony and Epsilon Data Management, the risk deck has been shuffled at enterprises looking to move to hybrid cloud computing. Two risks that lurked in the middle of a recent top 10 list — liability and identity management — have floated to the top.More

Reducing the cost of disaster recovery
CIO Zone
A recently published survey by Enterprise Strategy Group found that 74 percent of respondents could tolerate up to three hours of downtime before they start suffering revenue loss, and 54 percent of those surveyed could not tolerate even an hour of downtime. This is an indicator of two things: First, our business processes are heavily dependent on IT; and second, a disaster recovery implementation for systems that drive and support business processes is crucial to the survival of an enterprise.More

The pros and cons of SSD in the enterprise
CIO Update
Buzz surrounding solid state disks (SSD) is at an all-time high and growing daily. For consumers that can pony up the price, the choice between hard disk drives and SSDs is a slam dunk. For enterprises, the question is a bit stickier, and not just because of the per-unit sticker price.More

Microsoft, Google business-cloud battle getting vicious
eWeek
Microsoft and Google's battle for business-cloud clients has become particularly vicious, but analysts' numbers suggest the two sides' market share is at a near draw.More