SIM Connect
June. 8, 2011

Participate in SIM's 2011 IT Trend Survey
Each year, SIM conducts a survey of the top IT trends based on input from members. Last year, business process re-engineering was named the fifth-highest concern by technology executives from 172 major American companies. If one of our main areas of focus in 2010 was re-engineering, what about this year? Add your two cents by sharing your thoughts. Take 10 minutes to complete the 2011 SIM IT Industry Trend Survey and help us build this valuable information resource for 2011.More

Why it's time for the CIO to take on HR
On the face of it, the HR and IT departments couldn't be more different — one looks after people, the other machines. But as technology becomes ever more integral to running an effective workforce, the time is ripe for parts of the IT and HR departments to merge, according to Jeanne Ross, director and principal research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Information Systems Research.More

How Windows 8 will challenge enterprise IT
Many questions about Windows 8 remain to be answered, but the main message Microsoft is pushing with Windows 8 is flexibility; across different microprocessors and devices like laptops, slates and tablets. But for enterprise IT and business users, the transition to Windows 8 isn't likely to be a smooth one. Windows 8 will mostly become yet another version of Windows, along with Windows 7 and resilient old Windows XP, that companies will have to juggle to maintain and support.More

Security breaches are a drag on cloud computing
CIO Zone
The recent, well-documented security breaches of both Google's Gmail service and Sony's Playstation gaming network are threatening to slow the adoption pace of organizations looking to move their applications to the cloud. Cloud service providers will need to collaborate in addressing security issues to boost confidence in cloud computing capabilities. Many CIOs are running scared and second guessing both their budgets and plans for moving core corporate applications to the cloud.More

Is disaster recovery in the cloud right for you?
CIO Update
If you think the only way to manage your business continuity and disaster recovery program properly means you have to replicate your physical data center, it may be time to explore other options. IT pros are increasingly warming to the idea of disaster recovery as a service managed in the cloud. Disaster recovery in the cloud is not the answer for every business in every situation, but today's cloud offerings can give many customers a value-priced tool with which to meet their recovery point and recovery time objectives. More

Facebook's CIO shares IT innovation successes and failures
Roam the open, warehouse-style headquarters of Facebook in Palo Alto, Calif., and you'll see posters on nearly every wall encouraging innovation. One in particular reads, "Move fast and break things" — a principle that Facebook CIO Tim Campos says is core to the success of his 65-person IT team. "Facebook is all about innovation. To be the best, we need to innovate. And for people to innovate, they need the freedom to make mistakes — it's part of the learning process," he says.More

Private clouds? Business execs miss the point
Business executives believe their firms should be investing in cloud technologies, according to a survey released by Avanade, an IT consulting group. But most are thinking in terms of private cloud adoption, a move that stalls or diminishes their returns.More

Tips for picking an IaaS provider
Network World
Making the leap to a public cloud infrastructure requires careful planning. As Gartner analyst Lydia Leong cautioned in a recent report, the cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market "is immature, the services are all unique and evolving rapidly, and vendors must be chosen with care." The temptation may be to first look to vendors with which you have a pre-existing relationship, but experts say you want to be sure you ask the right questions.More

Five reasons why collaboration initiatives fail
Efforts to use IT to promote collaboration often fail because chief information officers hold mistaken assumptions about basic issues, according to research firm Gartner. "There are five myths that derail collaboration initiatives," said Carol Rozwell, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "Rather than making technology the starting point, IT leaders should first identify real business problems and key performance indicators that link to business goals." More