The concept of Cloud Computing has begun to emerge as a legitimate computing model that has gained the interest of forward-thinking CIOs. Driven by the challenge of keeping their businesses healthy and competitive, while at the same time finding their budgets under pressure, a number of enterprises have begun to exploit cloud computing techniques for internal systems or to move selected IT systems into a third-party provided cloud.
Cloud computing, via private clouds or public clouds, can provide a number of benefits. For example, it may be an option to reduce your hardware and software expenditures and improve time to market. But there is still much confusion about this computing model, and concerns, such as: “how well it will provide security and service levels, or what might happen in the event of an outage?” Also there are many question related to the future with cloud computing. “What will IT environments will look like once we start to exploit cloud computing, and how we will manage those environments?”
Cloud computing is an evolution and exploitation of many IT capabilities which have matured over a number of years. Software as a Service (SaaS) is probably the best understood element of cloud computing, but it can extend to the provision of other services via the internet such as storage, and even computing platforms, as well as software applications. Companies and governments are already using this emerging concept in the real world, and its uses are growing.
Join me with my expert guest as we explore the cloud possibilities, the pro’s and con’s to help you to determine whether cloud computing makes sense for you. This is an opportunity to interact with your peers, share your challenges and experiences, and get your key questions answered by the experts. As always, you can look forward to an informative and highly interactive session. Following the Frankly Speaking session, IBM invites you to join Tom Wheatley – IBM Distinguished Engineer and Technical Executive, for a related presentation that provides information on why organizations should care about Cloud Computing, what benefits could be yielded and the next steps you can take to leverage cloud computing within your organization.


John Pickett
Vice President and Community Advocate
It World Canada
Featured Guest:

Tom Wheatley
Distinguished Engineer and Technical Executive
IBM Canada

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