Saugatuck Cloud Business Summit Leadership Report Offers Clear Window into Key Insights, Realities and Best Practices

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Report spells out specifics of why and how IT leadership is paramount to enterprise Cloud business success

Cloud Business Summit Leadership Report

IT leaders and organizations must not only help companies save money and facilitate internal improvement, but better enable the business to grow...

The Cloud enables much more than inexpensive IT; Cloud enables new and more efficient ways of doing business, and in many instances, entirely new businesses for established enterprises and startups alike. But to truly take advantage of Cloud, enterprise IT needs to fix what’s broken, and enterprise business needs to work with IT leaders much better than they have traditionally.

These key themes, with insight and guidance regarding best practices, are explored in Saugatuck Technology’s new 18-page research report, “Cloud Business Summit Leadership Report: Key Insights and Best Practices,” released this week to subscribers of Saugatuck’s Cloud Leadership Strategies subscription research service. Copies are also available by request to business and trade media. The report summarizes insights and guidance from Saugatuck’s invitation-only, C-level Cloud Business Summit event in New York. Report highlights include:

  • Cloud Means New Business and New Ways of Doing Business. While we’re not seeing entire enterprises jump to the Cloud overnight –- we are seeing increasing adoption and adaptation of Cloud into the business flow. In some cases, businesses are now conceptualizing and launching new Cloud-enabled business services targeting traditional consumers, B2B customers and partner networks.
  • Recognize and Implement Realistic Spans of Input and Influence. Recognize the need for broad, enterprise involvement in Cloud strategy and planning: Span units, span applications, span groups.
  • Rethink Customization. With Cloud, customization does not go away; instead, find solutions and work with providers to add features that can be switched on and off. Back away from “best-of-everything” approaches; take advantage of Cloud-simple functionality wherever possible.
  • Expand the Focus. Don’t debate Cloud versus on-premise; focus on where capabilities are best located for the workloads, applications, devices, and users that will need them and need to integrate with them.
  • New Dimensions of Risk. As enterprises look to the Cloud for services that have been traditionally managed internally, they must also deal with new dimensions of risk, from new providers, ways of doing business, compliance, payment, and more -- the balance between risk and reward tips in favor of reward in well-managed projects exploiting Cloud opportunities.

According to Saugatuck CEO, Bill McNee, “IT leaders and organizations must not only help companies save money and facilitate internal improvement, but better enable the business to grow with differentiated new products, services, offerings, and relationships-- this is the new frontier and where the Cloud will have its biggest impact.”

About Saugatuck Technology
Saugatuck Technology provides subscription research / advisory and consulting services on the key market trends and disruptive technologies driving change in enterprise IT, including Cloud IT / Cloud Business, Social Business, Mobile Commerce and Advanced Analytics, among others. Founded in 1999, Saugatuck is headquartered in Westport, CT, with offices in Falmouth, MA, Santa Clara, CA and in Frankfurt, Germany. For more information, please visit or call +1.203.454.3900. Please contact chris.macgregor(at)saugatucktechnology(at)com to arrange a briefing with one of our industry analysts.

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