SIM Connect
June. 29, 2011

SIM IT Trends Survey deadline extended
The deadline to complete SIM's IT Trends Survey has been extended to July 11. Don't miss the chance to share your thoughts on the latest issues affecting the industry in 2011. The complete results will be shared at SIMposium2011 in Orlando and available on after the conference.More

Converged IT infrastructure and the business
CIO Update
Ideally, by the time you have a truly converged IT infrastructure running in your data center, many of the people you work with will have begun to see you in a different light: The CEO should begin to see you as the provider of IT as service and a source of efficiency, productivity and innovation for the entire organization. The CFO will stop thinking of you as a pitchman for capital expenses and will have begun posting your expenses in predictable amounts in the operational expense budget. The tone of your conversations should shift from adversarial to cooperative. More

The 10 worst cloud outages (and what we can learn from them)
As a concept, there's a lot to like about the cloud. Drop those bulky servers and get yourself a big, white hard drive in the sky. Someone else handles the upkeep and lets you put your data where you want it. Even the word "cloud" itself brings to mind a heavenly fantasy. The reality is, of course, a mixed bag. What you gain in avoiding upkeep, you lose in control. And the security concerns are considerable. But nowhere is the nightmare as vivid as it is when your cloud service goes down.More

Survey: CFOs lack faith in CIOs and IT teams
Network World
Increasingly, it's the chief financial officer who has direct oversight of the IT department and IT-related spending, but it turns out the CFO has a low opinion of the CIO and the entire IT group.More

Should CIOs make the case for domestic outsourcing?
The economic viability of domestic outsourcing is likely to resonate increasingly with CIOs because of issues that go beyond costs, experts say. One reason is U.S. politicians' concern about high unemployment, said Ron Hira, associate professor of public policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.More

Shift to cloud requires fresh IT skills
IDG News Service via Computerworld
As organizations move more of their applications to the cloud, they might find themselves needing skills different from what their system administrators now possess, according to IT executive panel discussions on cloud computing. Because the cloud will standardize infrastructure, so the collective thinking went, IT shops will spend far less time managing the servers and instead will need to focus on understanding how the multiple cloud offerings could work together and how they could be used to benefit their organizations, the panelists said.More

Outsourcing: How to avoid contract disputes
For all their verbiage and legalese, outsourcing contracts can be surprisingly general and vague, leading to disputes between outsourcer and customer. To quickly resolve conflicts — and avoid costly litigation — consider the following recommendations for buttoning up your outsourcing contract.More

Desktop PCs: Dead as a doornail, or maybe just a fax machine
Network World
The corporate desktop has looked the same for decades: computer, keyboard, mouse, desk phone, maybe a printer. But do these tools dominate because they're the perfect combination of technology needed for work today, or is the enterprise workplace due for an extreme makeover?More

We need a better breach disclosure playbook
Cybersecurity is the most complicated and high-stakes problem in IT today, and the good guys look flummoxed. When companies from Sony to RSA to Epsilon to Lockheed Martin struggle with the best public response to an attack, it sends the message that businesses don't have a good handle on how to react to an IT security crisis. And when businesses are seen as not dealing with a major problem effectively, the next step is predictable: Send in the regulators. More

World of hurt if CIOs fail to think globally
Ten or 20 years ago, businesses were investigating methods to manufacture and distribute products around the globe. In 20 years, global enterprises will have to deal with a phenomenal shift in the division of labor as fast-growing Asian economies create new opportunities for businesses and individuals.More