Wikibon Mastermind Alliance Taps Leading Storage Industry Experts - Breaking Research Boundaries with Social Media and Mega-collaboration

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Wikibon has expanded its analyst community by partnering with leading industry experts to form the Storage Industry Mastermind Alliance - SIM Alliance. The SIM Alliance leverages the power of the Wikibon community which collectively represents the data storage industry's most experienced virtual analyst team.

We've formed the Mastermind Alliance by collaborating with the best independent experts in the industry

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Wikibon, the place where business technology professionals gather to solve challenging problems and share knowledge, today announced the Storage Industry Mastermind Alliance - SIM Alliance. The SIM Alliance is a collaboration of leading storage industry subject matter experts, consultants, bloggers and industry analysts that are "super contributors" to the Wikibon community. The Alliance leverages the power of social media and Peer Incite™ to create value added services for Wikibon constituents.

"We've formed the Mastermind Alliance by collaborating with the best independent experts in the industry," said David Vellante, a Wikibon founder. "Our members and clients are benefiting from the deep understanding these professionals possess and our collective belief that the power of we is greater than the power of me."

The Alliance began as an informal collaboration in December 2008 and has blossomed into an ongoing set of innovative business practices and value-added services that includes:

Active participation in Wikibon's Peer Incite™ research meetings.
Postings on Wikibon and on the Wikibon blog.
Seven new Wikibon portals championed by members of the Alliance.
Community inquiry support for Wikibon's user and vendor clients using Wikibon's Ask A Question service.
Participation in Wikibon vendor and technology briefings.
Coordinated research collaborations on behalf of Wikibon's user and vendor clients.

The ever-growing Alliance comprises the deep experience of research practitioners, consultants and experts, including the following individuals:

Nick Allen - Champions the Wikibon Storage Networks Portal and is a founder of the Tod Point Group. Former Gartner Research VP and expert in all things storage including data protection and cloud storage. Reach Nick on Twitter at stor2.

David Floyer - Wikibon's resident CTO and heads up Wikibon's Energy Lab, working with utilities such as Pacific Gas & Electric and others. Former IDC Research VP, former IBMer. Reach David on Twitter at dfloyer.

Gary MacFadden - Heads up Wikibon's Information Management Portal. Former Meta Group, Giga Group, IDC and co-founder of Robert Frances Group. Reach Gary on Twitter at GaryGMacFadden.

Dennis Martin - Leads Wikibon's Performance Lab Portal, founder of Demartek, a performance analysis firm, former Evaluator Group, STK. Reach Dennis on Twitter at demartek.

Fred Moore -Wikibon's business technology visionary, founder of Horison Information Strategies and former Executive VP of StorageTek.

Bill Mottram - Leads Wikibon's Sustainability Portal focusing on Green IT. Former STK VP, Compaq, Copan and other leaders. Founder of Veridictus Associates. Reach Bill on Twitter at Veridictus.

David Vellante - Leading advocate for technology practitioners, founder of Wikibon, CEO, entrepreneur, former IDC SVP and founder of IDC's Storage Research Group. Reach Dave on Twitter at dvellante.

Several members of Wikibon's Mastermind Alliance will be at the upcoming Storage Network World (SNW) in Orlando, FL. Many of Wikibon's 5,000 member community will be following updates from the Alliance on, on the Wikibon Blog and on Twitter at

About Wikibon
Wikibon is where IT professionals gather to solve challenging problems and share best practices. has more than 5,000 members that have contributed over 1,500 research notes, Wikitips, How-to notes and Wiki Case Studies which any qualified member can edit and improve. Since its launch, Wikibon has hosted more than fifty Peer Incite™ meetups bringing together thousands of technology practitioners and innovators in collaborative research sessions.

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