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
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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
One of Saugatuck’s long-standing tenets of Cloud-based IT is that a key role and benefit of Cloud is to layer on top of, extend, and fill gaps between existing business IT. Far too often, even today, Cloud is considered as a replacement for existing systems and software. In reality, some of the greatest business benefits right now can be obtained by using Cloud to supplement, complement, and extend what existing systems do – and how they do it.
A new Saugatuck Strategic Perspective, published this week for Saugatuck subscription research clients, uses questions and insights from recent user webinars to lay out the basics of a “two-tiered” approach to business management software. Simply put, Cloud-based software solutions are increasingly being used to extend traditional enterprise business software capabilities – and business management practices – out to smaller business units, such as divisions or subsidiaries. Continue reading
The BRIC countries, Brazil, Russia, India, and China, have progressed in Cloud development in recent years, moving forward at an accelerated pace after discovering the specific advantages. Each of these countries has a large population, large land mass, substantial resources, and a high level of technical expertise. They also have wide economic and digital divides, and linguistic isolation, with the capability to disappear into isolationism if threatened. In the heart of the global recession, these countries were all developing at breakneck speed; this is no longer the case. The result is seen in their IT development. Momentum toward Cloud remains, but ability to invest in major projects is beginning to wane. This is particularly true of Brazil.
Each of these countries has a separate path. Brazil has fallen back to a growth rate of between 1 and 3%, which will not attract additional investment. It is more open to overseas involvement than the other BRICs, and has a strong technology sector, particularly in financial services. Russia has petrodollars, and a strong Continue reading
On September 25, 2013, Saugatuck held its 3rd annual Cloud Business Summit at the Westin Times Square in New York City. As with prior Summits, our event brought together more than 100 large-enterprise CIOs, CTOs and senior business and finance leaders – to explore how they can and are realizing value from the Cloud. This year’s conference theme was “Rethinking Business Innovation.”
In this featured presentation, Jeff Lautenbach, President Customer, Financials & Suite at SAP Cloud encourages all business and IT to engage your customers Continue reading