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10/20/2011
When: October 20, 2011
From 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Where: Minnesota Valley Country Club
6300 Auto Club Road
Bloomington, Minnesota  55438
United States


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SIM MINNESOTA CHAPTER MEETING

 

Forrester Group Presentation and Panel Discussion

"Cloud Strategies and Decisions”

October 20, 2011 – Minnesota Valley Country Club Bloomington, Minnesota

 

SIM Minnesota is proud to have Liz Herbert from Forrester Group as our feature speaker and panel moderator where Cloud Strategies and Decisions Metrics will be the topic.  Cloud Solutions are rapidly becoming main-stream and it appears that they have "jumped the chasm” and will soon be accepted as a standard option.

 

During the first hour, Liz will share valuable research from Forrester.

  • Cloud Sourcing Strategies: how to balance the risk and cost of cloud solutions with the benefits, flexibility, and value; including information on metrics and governance for cloud solutions. 
  • Measuring Cloud Economics: can you assume that a cloud service will save you money?  What cost models exist that measure the relative costs of traditional application delivery. 
  • Explore private/ public cloud options and break down the differences between the operational models.
  • Decision metrics beyond the dollars to consider when implementing a "Cloud Solution”: Security, Governance, Liability.

 

The second hour will be a panel and open floor discussion moderated by Liz and will consist of local Executives who will share their experience gained from implementing and a solution.  Topics discussed will include:

  • Decision criteria used when making the decision to implement a Cloud solution.
  • Experience and considerations on how to insure security and governance of the solution.

Liz, who is based in Cambridge, Mass., serves Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals on behalf of Forrester Group. She has been a featured speaker at leading industry events such as SaaScon, Nasscom, Society of Information Managers, and World BPO Forum. Liz has been quoted in leading publications including the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, The New York Times, and CIO Magazine. She has been featured as an expert in SaaS on TV news segments including Boston-based NECN and was recognized as the IIAR Services analysts of the year for 2010.

Her key research areas include software-as-a-service (SaaS) and ERP implementation with a focus on SAP and Oracle implementation. In the SaaS space, Liz helps clients evaluate the SaaS model, including SaaS pricing and licensing; best practices for contract negotiation, benefits, and tradeoffs of SaaS deployment; and strategies and considerations for maximizing the value of SaaS investments. In the ERP implementation space, Liz helps clients understand the ERP implementation provider landscape as well as best practices for provider selection, RFPs for implementation projects, and provider governance models.

Prior to joining Forrester in 2002, Liz worked at the US Department of Transportation's Volpe Center and she also worked as a researcher at the MIT Media Lab, programming "smart" objects that sense and "think" and researching electronic ballot user experience as part of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project. Prior to working at the MIT Media Lab, Liz worked in the COMDEX division of Ziff Davis and is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Registration................................................... 2:00.. -  2:30

Presentation/Discussion................................ 2:30.. -  3:45

Break............................................................. 3:45.. -  4:00

Panel Discussion........................................... 4:00.. -  5:00

Reception/Networking.................................... 5:00.. -  6:30

 

Kevin Kraft Vice President and Director of Programs SIM Minnesota

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