SIM Connect
Aug. 24, 2011

Vivek Kundra, former CIO of US, to speak at SIMposium
SIM
Vivek Kundra, former CIO of the United States, will speak at SIMposium 2011, The Future of IT, to be held Nov. 13-15 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Fla.More

Cloud growth prompts dramatic shift in enterprise security strategies
CIO
What a different global economy this would be if it were only a little bit more like the cloud. As the financial markets go through their bipolar mood swings with every wrenching headline, the market for cloud services has marched steadily upward and onward, seemingly unfazed by the concerns of the non-virtual world.More

Speed bumps on the road to true utility computing
CIO Update
Discussions of cloud computing benefits often turn to the virtues of dynamic, usage-based pricing where IT resources are delivered on-demand to customers in response to changing business requirements. Users pay only for what they consume, and don't have to worry about insufficient capacity or idle resources. The cloud, the argument goes, will finally deliver the longstanding promise of pay-by-the drink utility computing. In reality, the benefits of utility computing have less to do with the cloud or with technology in general, and more to do with the commercial terms by which IT resources are supplied and consumed.More

Message to IT: Modernize or else
InfoWorld
Increasingly, business managers complain that IT just isn't delivering. As a result, more and more, they're going around IT and turning to cloud services, commercial mobile apps, and good old outsourcing to get the job done. If that doesn't make you swallow hard, it should. Given the economic outlook, no matter what you think your FY12 budget looks like right now, additional investment in IT may be scarce — unless, perhaps, you can plausibly guarantee IT will be able to deliver at a much higher level. If you can't step it up, more and more of what IT does may fall into the hands of outside providers.More

IT steering committees: A must-have IT management best practice
CIO Zone
Nearly 80 percent of all IT organizations have steering committees and 69 percent of those organizations make full use of their committees, meaning the committees meet regularly to align IT's goals, objectives, and priorities with the needs of the business, according to a new study. The use of IT steering committees ranks as the most mature IT management practice out of 15 covered in the study.More

How to stop your IT projects from spiraling out of control
Silicon.com
A whopping one in six tech projects spirals out of control, one of the largest ever global studies of IT projects has found. With budget overruns hitting an average of 200 percent in real terms, the research found the IT sector is two to three times more likely to have projects where costs balloon than building and construction companies dealing with similarly large infrastructure schemes. IT projects are also 20 times more likely to run out of control than standard risk management models predict.More

More IT leaders turn to SaaS ERP
CIO
As cloud-based business applications enter the mainstream, objections to using SaaS-based ERP software are fading fast.More

Lease vs. buy — financing IT asset acquisitions
The Higher Ed CIO
The decision to lease versus buy is a recurring challenge for CIOs struggling with financing IT equipment. Adding to the challenge is the increasing number of options to accomplish IT projects using cloud computing or vendor hosted managed services. Often CIO's and CFO's get tangled in the buy versus lease decision prematurely, which can lead to a bad decision with lasting effects.More

7 areas of concern with cloud security
CIO Zone
One of the government's major initiatives is to promote the efficient use of information technology, including the federal use of cloud computing. So good, bad or indifferent, the government is now moving into the wild, world of cloud computing — despite the fact that it is a new way of doing business that still has many unaddressed problems with security and the general form that it is going to take.More

Tablet PCs are taking over
CIO Update
To take full advantage of what tablet PCs can offer in competitive advantage and delivering the highest possible ROI, it is vital that enterprises act now to address the opportunities and challenges ahead. According to investment bank Morgan Stanley, tablet computers are poised to become the fastest growing category of mobile device in history. And adoption by corporate organizations may be faster and more widespread than expected.More