MIT Enterprise Forum - Cloud Computing: what is it and why every (non-technical) business person should care

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We are in the earliest stages of the next seismic shift in information technology, one that has the potential to impact business models and alter fundamental assumptions regarding how we develop, deploy, utilize and maintain those systems that are critical to running our businesses.

As a broad concept (encompassing software-as-a-service, utility computing and other forms of on-demand, pay-per-use or subscription-based access to IT applications and infra- structure), Cloud Computing offers a way to quickly and easily increase capacity or add capabilities without investing in new infrastructure, training new personnel, or licensing new software.

As with previous emerging technologies and paradigm shifts, Cloud Computing’s path to mainstream adoption presents opportunities as well as pitfalls.

The discussion – moderated by Houston Chronicle CIO Roberta Kowalishin, and joined by Google/Postini Founder Scott Petry, Oracle's Bill Hodak, SalesForce.com's Dave Levitt, and Mark Settle, CIO for BMC Software - will explore the realities of today’s Cloud Computing environment, the likely implications for businesses of all types and sizes in the years immediately ahead, and considerations in planning for this new era.

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When

Wed, May. 20, 2009
5:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. US/Central

Where

The Renaissance Hotel (Greenway Plaza)

Houston, Texas