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IBM ConnectED – Keep the Conversation Going

Wrapping up the second day of IBM’s ConnectED event – formerly Connect, neé Lotusphere – I’m struck by the conversations going on in all areas and aspects of the event.

As always, the halls and meeting rooms are populated mostly with developers, all learning or sharing knowledge about IBM Lotus, Domino, and Connections environments, capabilities, challenges, advantages, integration, and so on.

But this year’s event is, purposely, smaller than previous events in scope and focus. And this year, to quote more than one IBM Business Partner, “there’s no hot air. It’s all about making things and making them work.”

“Hot air” is probably uncharitable way of putting things. But there is a noticeable lack of hype, and of gung-ho rhetoric, particularly about Social IT and “social business.” A key theme within this year’s event is “new ways to engage,” and the sessions, demos, exhibitor stands, and hallway chats are very focused on that.

The “event conversation,” in sum, has shifted from the concept and possibilities – and hype – regarding Social IT, to a very business-like focus on development, adaptation, and application of IBM’s technologies and services into ways to engage users, buyers, sellers, supporters, and all the other Continue reading

A Day at the Circus: Microsoft’s Re-invention is No Act

Thousands of analyses and commentaries on this week’s big Microsoft #Windows10 event can be found in any web search. The focus and tone of almost every analysis and commentary that I’ve seen has been on the technology and the “stuff,” and what Microsoft has done or promises to do with it – what’s included, what’s missing, what they got right or wrong, and so on.

That’s understandable, as watching the event (and the Twitter stream that couldn’t keep up) was like watching a 3-ring circus – there was just one cool act after another, with lights, music, magic, and even 3-D experiences with lots of “ooohs” and “ahhhs.” When you talk about the circus, you want to talk about what you saw.

Even so, focusing on the circus of nerdy-cool stuff that played out yesterday is like critiquing the acrobats, the dancing bears, and the clown car, and not noticing that the big ol’ tent has been replaced by a new domed stadium with a new foundation and 21st-century facilities and capabilities.

Almost everyone except us (and the Wall Street Journal) missed the real eye-opener yesterday: how Microsoft has fundamentally changed, and is changing, itself and its business. Little to none of what MSFT demo’d, rolled out, or Continue reading

Fireside Chat with Bethann Cregg, IBM on Cloud Data and Watson (CBS14)

On November 12th, 2014, Saugatuck Technology held its 4th annual Cloud Business Summit at the Yale Club of New York City. As with prior Summits, our event brought together more than 100 large-enterprise CIOs, CTOs and senior business, marketing and finance leaders – to explore how they can and are realizing value from the Cloud.

Saugatuck Research Fellow Mike West hosted a Fireside Chat with Bethann Cregg, Vice President, Information and Analytics Group Cloud at IBM. The discussion’s theme was “Turbo-Charging Digital Business with a Cloud-First Strategy.”

The first video clip is an excerpt of their discussion about the way in which the Cloud and Cloud platforms such as BlueMix are changing how enterprises of all sizes Continue reading

Panel: Cloud Business Solutions – New Synergies (CBS14)

On November 12th, 2014, Saugatuck Technology held its 4th annual Cloud Business Summit at the Yale Club of New York City. As with prior Summits, our event brought together more than 100 large-enterprise CIOs, CTOs and senior business, marketing and finance leaders – to explore how they can and are realizing value from the Cloud.

Saugatuck Research Fellow Mike West hosted a panel of experts from the world of Cloud Business applications – Vikram Nair, VP & Head of IT Strategy at Carnival Corp, Louis Nauges, CIO Advisor & Blogger at DHASEL Innovation, Daniel Couture, SVP & CIO at Zoetis, Mark Nittler, VP at Workday – all of whom were asked to consider Continue reading

Infor – A Focus on Verticals

As part of Saugatuck’s “Finance in the Cloud” research program, we conferenced with executives from Infor several weeks ago to learn more about the Infor solutions, their market reception, future plans for enhancement and how Infor views “Finance in the Cloud.” Formerly known as a legacy vendor of many acquired ERP and related finance solutions with an on-premises footprint, Infor began a complete remake of its portfolio in 2008 with an eye to the Cloud. In October 2010, Charles Phillips, ex-Oracle co-president, was introduced as Infor’s CEO, beginning a new era of innovation and investment, with a focus on vertical industry solutions. In 2011, the firm relocated its headquarters to New York City.

Infor can now claim 73,000 customers in over 200 geographies, and can cite many customer examples of its vertical industry support (e.g., 19 of the top 20 aerospace co.’s; 10 of the top 10 high tech co.’s; 10 of the top 10 pharmaceutical co.’s; 20 of the top 20 automotive suppliers; 16 of the 20 top global retailers). Infor’s strategy targets a focus on a dozen key industries and claims an advantage to the buyer because of vertical functionality tailored for industry business processes, eliminating the need for Continue reading

Panel: Digital Expectations Shaping the Future of Business and IT (CBS14)

On November 12th, 2014, Saugatuck Technology held its 4th annual Cloud Business Summit at the Yale Club of New York City. As with prior Summits, our event brought together more than 100 large-enterprise CIOs, CTOs and senior business, marketing and finance leaders – to explore how they can and are realizing value from the Cloud.

The key focus this year was the significant impact that Cloud is having in shaping and re-shaping core business strategy, examining the wins, losses, benefits and costs of Cloud-driven business change as we move into an era of Digital Business.

Given this, a key issue for business and IT leaders is how best to exploit this new frontier to build profitable and sustainable Digital Enterprises – which have become a top-tier CXO agenda item. With that in mind, the event closed Continue reading

Panel: Cloud Infrastructure and DevOps – Accelerating Innovation (CBS2014)

On November 12th, 2014, Saugatuck Technology held its 4th annual Cloud Business Summit at the Yale Club of New York City. As with prior Summits, our event brought together more than 100 large-enterprise CIOs, CTOs and senior business, marketing and finance leaders – to explore how they can and are realizing value from the Cloud.

Saugatuck Research VP, Charlie Burns hosted an expert panel discussion titled “Cloud Infrastructure and DevOps: Accelerating Innovation.” The participants were (from left to right in the videos) Volker Wills, Sr. PM Manager at Microsoft, Eric Reed, Global CTO at GE Capital, Helen Donnelly, Director at Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Emery Czulak, Assistant CISO at Department of Homeland Security. The first video clip from the panel is an excerpt of their discussion about the growing requirement for professional services to support Cloud infrastructure offerings. The second video includes suggestions for the era of “state-sponsored” security threats, including planning for rapid recovery of data and applications from Cloud providers. Continue reading

Fireside Chat with Tim Minahan, CMO SAP Cloud (CBS14)

On November 12th, 2014, Saugatuck Technology held its 4th annual Cloud Business Summit at the Yale Club of 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.

The key focus this year was the significant impact that Cloud is having in shaping core business strategy, as we evolve into the era of Digital Business.

In this Fireside chat, Saugatuck Research Fellow Bruce Guptill sits down with Tim Minahan, CMO SAP Cloud. Minahan discusses the impact that Cloud has had, not just on the cost profile of IT, but also in how it has drastically reshaped the agility that businesses are capable of achieving. Guptill and Minahan go on to talk about how businesses are opening new doors by harvesting data at scale, and using this to help them move beyond traditional TCO models to look instead the opportunities Cloud can create for their businesses. Continue reading

Remain On-Premises? Consider ONUG, but also the CIO

As part of Saugatuck’s “Finance in the Cloud” Series, we have conferenced with executives from over a dozen providers of Financial Management Solutions to learn more about the their solutions, their market reception, their future plans for enhancement and how they view “Finance in the Cloud.” We have also conducted an in-depth survey of over 300 buyers of Cloud Finance solutions, both CFOs and CIOs at midsize to very large organizations (See 1492SSR, Cloud Financials – The Third Wave Emerges, 17 December 2014, also summarized in LENS360, Financials in the Cloud – New Survey Insights, 18 December 2014).

We have posed a number of scenarios to our survey respondents and analyzed their responses regarding how their organizations view “Finance in the Cloud (See Figure 1).”

Figure 1: Five Scenarios for Cloud Finance Migration

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Source: Saugatuck Technology Inc.

One of the leading current preferences, Remain On-Premises, though it shrinks in our respondents plans and preferences over the next five years, still remains a significant option for those CFOs, especially very large enterprise CFOs, reluctant to trust their Finance solutions to the Cloud for any number of reasons. Continue reading

Sage Software – Protect the Base, Build to Cloud, Carry On

Saugatuck’s ongoing “Finance in the Cloud” software briefing series has included a wide range of both traditional and non-traditional Finance management software providers, including several that have been re-inventing and repositioning themselves in established and emergent marketplaces.

Sage Software is one of those that has been re-inventing itself as Cloud software development, adoption, and use grows and changes. Saugatuck has covered the evolution of Sage for our research clients since 2007. For an update on Sage’s Finance software portfolio, direction and strategy, Saugatuck’s Mike West, Bill McNee and Bruce Guptill recently met with Sage VP Product Development and Service Enablement John Manry.  Continue reading