Saugatuck Technology Announces 2014 Beacon Business IT Award Winners

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Johnson & Johnson, MFG.com, and Roland Berger are recognized for Digital Business success

Saugatuck Technology, the leading subscription research and business strategy consulting firm focused on the growth of Digital Business and Cloud, today announced the 2014 winners of Saugatuck’s annual Beacon Awards for business and IT innovation. The winners are being presented with their awards during Saugatuck’s annual Cloud Business Summit, held today at The Yale Club in New York City.

This year, Saugatuck recognizes three pioneering enterprises whose innovative applications of Cloud and related IT not only improved their business, but also created new abilities to build, and compete in, Digital Business arenas. Those firms are as follows:

  • Johnson & Johnson, for its “sandbox”-driven, “skunkworks”-style comprehensive development and business improvement operations that enabled new opportunities, new business, reduced costs, and an improved ability to innovate in everything from product development to sales to customer support.
  • MFG.com, which has utilized Cloud and related technologies to improve and expand global service availability and improve regulatory compliance, including ITAR and SOC 2 compliance, while reducing operating costs by as much as 30 percent, and cutting down internal resources dedicated to compliance and security by half.
  • Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, for its innovative use of hybridized, two-tier business management software to enable measurable, global standardization and improvement of business management, from interfaces, apps, and data, to reporting, localized compliance, resource management, and customer support, from headquarters down through the smallest, resource-constrained remote offices.

“The types of innovation that we envisioned for the Beacon Awards are significant improvements in how a firm operates, the types of markets or lines of business that it is in, and how a firm has applied different ways of thinking, management, and use of technologies to create new offerings, markets, ways of doing business, or entirely new businesses,” according to Saugatuck Founder and CEO Bill McNee. “We are proud to recognize not only these terrific firms and their visionary leaders, but all of the firms that were nominated for our inaugural Beacon Awards. It’s a tremendous feeling to see the broad and deep ranges of business and IT innovation being developed and deployed to create and improve enterprises, processes, ways of doing business, and even new business opportunities – it’s what our Cloud Business Summit is all about.”

Complete descriptions and analyses of this year’s Beacon Award-winning firms and their efforts will be published posted on Saugatuck’s website to provide insight and guidance on Digital Business best practices for clients of Saugatuck’s CRS subscription research service. More information is available on Saugatuck’s website at: http://saugatucktechnology.com/services/research-services.html

About Saugatuck Technology
Saugatuck Technology, Inc., provides subscription research and advisory consulting services focused on key market trends and disruptive technologies driving change in business computing. Founded in 1999, Saugatuck is headquartered in Westport, CT with resources in metro Boston, Silicon Valley, and Wiesbaden, Germany. For more information, please visit http://www.saugatucktechnology.com or call +1.203.454.3900.

To request a briefing with our analysts, contact: chris.macgregor(at)saugatucktechnology(dot)com.

About The Beacon Awards
Saugatuck Technology founded the Beacon Awards in 2012 to recognize outstanding business and IT innovation through the use of such advanced technologies as Cloud, mobility, social / collaborative IT, and advanced analytics. All nominated companies receive a thorough review and assessment by seasoned industry analysts from Saugatuck Technology. For more information, go to: http://cloudbusinesssummit.com/beacon-awards.html.

About the 2014 Cloud Business Summit
The Cloud Business Summit is a one-day, annual executive forum that brings together large enterprise CIOs, CFOs, CMOs and other enterprise leaders from across a wide range of industries to explore how to develop ongoing and growing business value from Cloud and related forms of IT, especially in developing and building new types of Digital Business. To learn more about the Cloud Business Summit, go to http://www.cloudbusinesssummit.com, or contact Chris MacGregor from Saugatuck Technology at +1.203.454.3900 or via email at chris.macgregor(at)saugatucktechnology(dot)com.

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