2011 Connecticut SIM CIO Forum and Executive IT Summit Concludes With Positive Results for All
Hartford CT - The CIO Forum and Executive IT Summit hosted by SIM and PEM was held on April 14-16th at the Connecticut Convention Center. The PEM organization describes the CIO Forum as “an educational and interactive gathering of IT professionals. The Summit's content, developed by regional leaders, is aimed at benefiting regional economies and the corporate, educational, healthcare, government and finance communities of each region. These forums are by invitation only, and provide IT professionals with necessary education and technology resources, affording them the ability to deploy innovative, full spectrum solutions within their organizations.”
The Forum’s theme this year was “The New IT Landscape, 2011 and Beyond” which focused on exhibiting and discussing the latest trends and forecasts impacting today's organizations. Vendors included companies with leading innovative technologies such as IBM, Comcast, and Kelser Corporation. This is the first year Kelser was invited to exhibit, and also had the honor to host a discussion panel. Moderated by Kelser’s CTO Michael Diamant, Kelser’s discussion topic focused on the origin for the rising trend of evaluating public and nonpublic cloud based initiatives and converged computing platforms and their future impact to highly efficient data centers. The discussion received high reviews from the SIM organization.
Michael Diamant stated, “Every CIO now faces the challenge of positively impacting their company’s business through innovation that results in more efficient company business operations and additional opportunities to increase sales and profits. Strategic initiatives in converged infrastructure and cloud-based application services will help reduce IT operational costs, providing the funding necessary for these strategic initiatives.”
There was significant discussion among the panel and the attendees about the slide shown depicting the results of an IDC study showing only 18% - 24% of the companies surveyed actually developing or deploying cloud-based solutions. A survey of the session attendees yielded similar percentages for current initiatives in both converged infrastructure and cloud computing. There were also very positive interchanges between the panelists, attendees and moderator on the types of applications applicable for current cloud deployment and the experiences of the assembled group. There was substantial discussion about the Issues and Key Questions for both Converged Computing and Cloud Deployment highlighted in Kelser's presentation at the beginning of the session.
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