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Cloud Realities Revealed

Adoption of Cloud-based solutions is expanding across enterprises and across business departments within enterprises. Saugatuck’s on-going surveys and discussions with IT executives indicate that significant expansion of Cloud usage will continue over the next two years. However, as experience grows, IT management teams are learning the “realities” of Cloud IT. In a recently published Strategic Perspective, Saugatuck reviews four reality areas discussed by an expert panel and audience of IT executives at Saugatuck’s recent Cloud Business Summit (CBS2014) conference in New York City. The four reality areas are characterized by the following questions posed to initiate the panel discussions: Continue reading

IT Infrastructure Starts At the Foundation

Confronted with the requirement to cost effectively increase infrastructure capacity and/or flexibility, IT organizations strive to choose between traditional infrastructure providers, CoLo and hosting providers, and Cloud providers. In a recently published Strategic Perspective, Saugatuck offers guidance to any IT organization striving to plan an IT infrastructure.

Saugatuck urges that prior to initiating evaluations of technological infrastructure alternatives, an IT organization should first perform a thorough inventory and assessment of the existing physical infrastructure. This effort can be logically divided into two categories: Continue reading

Public Cloud Benefits vs. Exposures

Public Cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google, promote their offerings as the best choices for most IT situations. Given the broad and sometimes contradictory messages ranging across the spectrum of Cloud offerings from Private to Public to Hybrid, it is not surprising that selection can be challenging. In a recently published Strategic Perspective, Saugatuck offers guidance to any Enterprise IT organization considering a Public Cloud offering.

Saugatuck characterizes Public Cloud benefits in the following areas: Continue reading

Estimating Cloud Resource Requirement

Attraction of Cloud IT offerings remains mostly based on the perceived potential of reduced infrastructure costs. However, the trade press and IT analysts provide minimal guidance on sizing Cloud resource for a workload. Saugatuck’s ongoing conversations with users have shown that Cloud IT cost estimates are typically based on gross and erroneous approximations rather than on measurements of performance.

Saugatuck recently published a Strategic Perspective which focuses on factors which heavily influence performance of a Cloud IT infrastructure and, thus, the ongoing costs of running a workload on the Cloud infrastructure: Continue reading

Maximizing Servers Per System Administrator: Saving Your Way Out of Business?

For decades one overriding mantra of IT has been that people are expensive and computers are cheap. The obvious conclusion that an objective for any IT organization should be to maximize the number of servers managed by each technical support staff member. A cursory review of articles in IT trade publications, IT analyst pronouncements, and Cloud vendor marketing hype, provides consistent evidence that the ratio of servers to technical support staff is anything but consistent.

In a recently published Strategic Perspective, Saugatuck has identified two categories of factors surrounding the ratio of servers to technical support personnel. We characterize these categories as:

  1. Primary/Input: These are “upstream” factors which directly influence the amount of manpower required to “manage/support” a server (i.e., the ratio of servers to technical support personnel); and Continue reading

Beyond the Glitter: Serious Business

During the week of 29 April through 3 May IBM hosted its annual Impact 2013 (subtitled “Business. In Motion”) conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Befitting the location, Impact is a huge business conference (with 8,500 attendees this year) and has a definite Las Vegas flavor (the keynote opened with a car driven on stage and dubbed a “rolling data center”).

IBM’s market positioning and messaging continues to be a bellwether for large-enterprise IT trends overall. This year’s Impact emphasis on the combination of Cloud, Mobility, Social, and Analytics – plus the importance of native integrative capabilities – underscores the emergence and reality of the loosely-coupled, “elemental” IT and business architectures that are increasingly prevalent, that enable a variety of Boundary-free Enterprise™ configurations, and which are reshaping providers’ go-to-market positioning.

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Monitor Cloud Workloads to Avoid Unnecessary Charges

Adoption of Cloud IT offerings began and remains mostly based on the attraction of reduced infrastructure costs. Not surprisingly, the trade press and IT analysts provide considerable guidance on selection of Cloud offerings. However, ongoing conversations with users have shown that simply selecting a Cloud infrastructure offering does not ensure maximum ongoing savings.

Saugatuck recently published a Strategic Perspective which focuses on four factors which heavily influence the ongoing costs of running a workload on a Cloud infrastructure: Continue reading

Re-engineering Application Development

Saugatuck has gone on record that the phenomenon of Cloud IT is forcing vast changes in the responsibilities and roles of the traditional enterprise IT organization. In published research for our CRS clients this week, we took a look at how these changes affect enterprise IT from an applications development point of view. Figure 1 summarizes the key characteristics of Cloud IT that impact enterprise AppDev, as follows:

Figure 1: Summary Changes – Cloud IT and Enterprise Application Development
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Source: Saugatuck Technology Inc.

How to address and overcome these changes and challenges is a story that requires further reading and examination, beyond our abilities in this simple blog post. To net it down: The role(s) of in-house application development resources will change, no disappear, due to widespread use of Cloud IT (whether IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS). AppDev costs should decline on a per-instance basis while the range and scope of AppDev resources escalates – just in time to help in-house developers find and learn new skills and technologies needed to manage proliferating solutions, interfaces, providers, and data formats.

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IT Organizations are Ending; Long Live IT Organizations.

Volumes have been written about the ways in which Client-Server architecture caused and/or enabled sweeping changes across the IT landscape. Those changes ranged from how IT solutions were acquired, through how solutions were implemented, to how the solutions and their underlying infrastructures were managed. In 2007 Saugatuck began publishing insights into how Cloud IT would also cause and/or enable major changes in IT organizations. Saugatuck has just published Strategic Perspective projecting that Cloud IT is becoming the third near-universally adopted IT infrastructure and will catalyze a total re-invention of the traditional IT organization.

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Cloud Business Summit Panel Agrees: Cloud IT May, or May Not, Reduce Costs

The use of Cloud-based solutions is infiltrating all aspects of business IT – expanding both across enterprises and across user departments within enterprises. Similar to other technological advances, the risks and the rewards of Cloud IT vary for individual situations. A clear understanding of the popular perceptions about Cloud IT is the crucial first step toward objective evaluation and planning – and, away from project failure and management disappointment.

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