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Ask CIOs what they expect from a hosting company or an outsourcer, and they rattle off a list of capabilities and terms, right down to clauses in the partner contract. Ask what they hope to gain from a cloud services provider -- what the true value of cloud computing is -- and they hesitate. More on cloud value IBM CIO uses his seat at the table to drive IBM to the clouds A health care community cloud takes shape It's not that CIOs don't understand the technology behind the concept, it's that the concept itself means different things to different CIOs and depends on their industry, company size, economic situation, business needs and IT infrastructure -- to name just a few factors. Then comes the list of unanswered questions and uncertainties surrounding data privacy and security, application and network performance, bottom-line costs vs. an in-house deployment, existing infrastructure investments, and service-level agreements (SLAs). As with any new release, CIOs are waiting for the bugs to shake out -- and doubts surrounding security and costs are some ... Access >>>
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The value of cloud computing: CIOs discuss expectations and payoffs
by Christina Torode, News Director; and Linda Tucci, Senior News Writer
CIOs are cautiously deciphering the value of cloud computing, and finding that their expectations don't always match the payoff. Yet the service delivery model is gaining traction.
Making inroads with tactical cloud computing applications
by Ed Scannell, Senior Executive Editor
Off-the-shelf cloud computing applications are becoming a priority with enterprise CIOs looking for safe ways to move less strategic products and functions.
CIOs on making the case for enterprise cloud computing
by Christina Torode, Editorial Director
When it comes to enterprise cloud computing, CIOs are finding that even the easy sells are hard. Learn how organizations are incorporating the cloud into their business strategies.
- The value of cloud computing: CIOs discuss expectations and payoffs by Christina Torode, News Director; and Linda Tucci, Senior News Writer
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