Nelson Mandela. What a loss. What a truly amazing person, who changed the world. While I never met him, I thought I would share a short personal story in which I bore witness to the improbable but amazing transition that has occurred in South Africa over the past twenty plus years.
Back in the mid-to-late 1990s, when I worked for Gartner, I regularly traveled the globe. Among these adventures were two business trips to South Africa – both times visiting Cape Town and Johannesburg (and during one of them, a fun side trip to Kruger National Park). On the second of these trips – I think it was in 1998 or 1999 – I was invited to join a planning meeting with senior IT leaders for Transnet, one of the largest companies in South Africa (and owner of the country’s ports, railways, and pipeline infrastructure).
Frankly, it was an honor to participate in that 2-hour meeting, which ended up being the kickoff for the transition of leadership in that huge company’s IT organization. The seating in the boardroom was set up in a Continue reading
A number of telecom service providers (SPs) are planning to start a push to adopt Cloud infrastructure for services. But they face at least two big issues in making this transition. First, standards are not settled for software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).
Second, how do they balance the big new cost of the infrastructure needed against business that the new infrastructure will garner? We believe that a number of Tier 1 SPs are very gun-shy, because there are no success stories of SPs moving to use cloud infrastructure for their own business. Windstream (a Tier 3) followed a strategy that built out a Cloud, and Continue reading
What is Happening?
As part of Saugatuck’s participation in this week’s inaugural SIIA Deciphering Finance event in Boston, Saugatuck SVP and head of research Bruce Guptill first presented a summation of Saugatuck’s research on changes in the scope and pace of Cloud adoption by Finance leaders and organizations over the past decade, then engaged in a series of discussions with CFOs at the event regarding their own Cloud plans, activity, and associated impacts.
The net of this interaction: After several years of first inhibiting and prohibiting Cloud use, then a brief period of Cloud uncertainty, Finance leaders overall, and Finance as a corporate entity, have embraced Cloud as a means of enabling, increasing, and delivering the value required of Finance by enterprises in an increasingly-fast-changing business environment.
As a result, Cloud has become the first choice of Finance leaders and buyers for Finance management solutions – and is increasingly encouraged by Finance leadership and policy as a first choice for broader enterprise business IT. Continue reading
Even while adoption of Cloud offerings is expanding rapidly, enterprise buyers and managers of Cloud solutions still are not confident in their ability to evaluate and select the right offerings.
Based on on-going discussions with Cloud users and providers, Saugatuck has identified multiple elements which should be quantified during evaluation of any Cloud offering. Saugatuck recently published a Strategic Perspective which details these evaluation criteria and offers a methodology for categorizing them in four groups: Continue reading
Last week we had a briefing with Progress Software about their new data tool Easyl.
I’ve been a data management wonk for most of my career, beginning in the early 80s when I worked on an IBM GUIDE project on Demand-Driven Data Administration. At the time I was director of data administration at John Hancock, a function I fought to establish and evangelized at every opportunity. I founded the Boston chapter of Data Administration Management Association (DAMA) and worked with other data management wonks to spread the word. But the problem with data management was then, and still is, that it is seen as a tax or an overhead on value that is delivered through applications.
In the briefing, Dion Picco, Easyl product manager at Progress, pointed out that as the MDM Institute recently found, “the average MDM implementation in the G5000 costs $1M in software and 3-4x for Continue reading
What is Happening?
As readers of our Lens360 blog are aware, Saugatuck research VP Charlie Burns was in Stamford last week at the annual IBM Software Group (SWG) analyst meetings. We summarized his first impressions, and our positions, in this Lens 360 blog post immediately following the event. We feel that the vision, strategy, and actions that IBM presented at those meetings are significant enough to include and expand upon in this week’s Research Alert to our subscribers.
Overall, the strategies and directions that IBM discussed are very solid. When it comes to Cloud as a business, and Continue reading
A new Strategic Perspective published for Saugatuck Technology clients looks at how and why simply reporting on what has already happened, or monitoring various aspects of a business, is unlikely to provide adequate insights needed to make high-impact decisions and to better the competition. Enterprises are therefore combining internal operations and external data streams in new ways, which is blurring the traditional lines between these two entities, while providing new actionable information. The result: Fast-growing interest in Predictive Analytics, especially as regards using Big Data. Many businesses have and are moving to predictive and prescriptive analytics as a way to get better returns on their Big Data investments by determining causation from predictive analytics. Continue reading
Earlier this week, Saugatuck participated in IBM Software Group (SWG) ‘s annual analyst event held in Stamford, CT. Key takeaways from the two days of group meetings and 1-on-1 discussions are as follows:
The event provided several major impressions. Overall, the strategies and directions that IBM discussed are very solid – the company clearly understands where it needs to compete, and where it needs to create competitive advantage. Specific ways that we see this happening include the following:
- IBM reinforces Cloud-centric option for enterprise software. This is not big news by itself, as IBM has been migrating toward a Cloud-centric/Cloud-leveraged software portfolio for quite some time. The presentations in this event basically reinforced that commitment Continue reading
What is Happening?
Since we first started attending the Dreamforce in 2006, the event has always been a fun mix of Hollywood and MTV, with an informed update on the state of the IT business. But this year marked a significant transition – as Salesforce.com sought less to sell a future revolution, and instead provided a more tangible and realized set of technologies, platform capabilities and solutions to make it a reality today, given that we are already in the middle of the storm.
Why is it Happening?
While it retains the dot-com in its name, and the “no software” tagline and logo (amid the palette of branding images that it projects), these are clearly vestiges of an earlier phase in Salesforce.com’s history when it sought to help create and lead a new SaaS industry. Continue reading
What is Happening?
At its annual re:Invent conference hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon announced several offerings that Saugatuck believes fit perfectly with our own scenarios and expectations regarding the evolution of Cloud IT, and the resulting shifts in the strategic value of enterprise IT departments. AWS’ announcements this week include the following:
- Amazon WorkSpaces. Amazon WorkSpaces allows customers to provision Cloud-based desktops that allow end-users to access documents, applications and other resources regardless of device(s) in use – desktop, notebook, tablet or smartphone. Pricing ranges from $25/user/month to $75/user/month. Bundled services accessible from WorkSpaces may include MSFT Office Professional, dedicated AWS Cloud storage, and automated backup and recovery.
- AWS CloudTrail. AWS CloudTrail records calls made to AWS APIs using the AWS Management Console, the AWS CLI, applications, and third-party software – and then publishes the resulting log files to an Amazon S3 bucket. The recorded information includes the identity of the API caller, the time of the API call, the source IP address of the API caller, the request parameters, and the response elements returned by the AWS service. See: https://aws.amazon.com/cloudtrail.
- Amazon AppStream. Amazon AppStream deploys and renders resource-intensive applications on AWS infrastructure, and streams the output to mass-market devices, including PCs, tablets, and smartphones. The goal is to enable use cases for highly-interactive, high-bandwidth applications (e.g. games, virtual environments) unable, or challenging, to run natively on-device. Continue reading