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3 Feb 2010, 11:59PM PT
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Sun and Intel are interested in holding a webinar around the topic of building a business case for IT investments -- specifically for server datacenters. They are looking for experts to be featured in a 1-hour online webinar that will be broadcast live in mid-February (exact time to be determined). A 1-hour practice run will also be required prior to the broadcast date.
We are looking for you to submit proposals that would describe a webinar topic that you would be willing to discuss. If your topic is chosen, then you will then need to be available to participate in the online webinar, hosted by Techdirt's Mike Masnick.
The potential topics that we are interested in are:
Your proposal does not have to deal with all of these topics; these are suggestions meant to serve as a guide.
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If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Time to Build? Balancing the Risk, Cost, and Benefit of IT Investment by Stephen Foskett
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 @ 7:12PM
IT infrastructure decisions are challenged from all directions. Budget pressures are increasing and business units are asking tougher questions. Even the infrastructure itself has changed: Cloud computing and virtualization throw old assumptions out the window even as the physical and electrical footprint of equipment shrinks.
How can an infrastructure manager make a case for IT investments?
The datacenter investment business case must answer the following questions:
You must start by asking yourself the toughest questions: What options do we have? Does it make sense to build or can we make do without? What will the real return be on this investment? These will guide the creation of a solid justification for IT investment.
We will discuss the evolution of IT as it moves "up the stack" from infrastructure to virtualization, platforms to applications. IT strategies must be presented in terms of benefit to the business as a whole, especially in financial terms.
Once hardware, implementation, facilities, and operations costs are totaled, many IT investments lose their appeal. But business risks, from compliance and litigation to missed opportunities, can swing the balance back. It is critical to include a complete picture of the cost, risk, and benefit.
Sun or Intel representatives will surely have experience discussing IT investments in the context of overall business benefit, total cost of ownership and return on investment, and project planning. We would expect them to join the discussion in nearly every area of the presentation, bringing their own experiences to the discussion.