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Docker GA Signals Hybrid-Cloud Independence for Applications

What is Happening?          

On June 9, 2014, Docker Inc. – the corporate entity stewarding and commercializing the Linux-based, open source Docker software container and application packaging system – announced general availability of Release 1.0 of its application-container software

An open-source project that automates the deployment of applications inside softwareDocker_logo
containers, and originally created by Cloud platform provider dotCloud, Docker has been developed and brought to GA in only 15 months. Docker is designed to provide easy portability of an application across Linux operating environments, including on-premises servers, public and private Cloud infrastructures, even on so-called bare metal.

Saugatuck views the general availability of Docker as a milestone signifying that the software industry is extremely close to satisfying critical, fast-growing, widely-held requirements for ease-of-use and independence across Cloud and on-premises infrastructures. The release also promises to catalyze and help manage the growth of cost-efficient, and secure, hybridized IT and business environments. Continue reading

Microsoft Build, Free Windows, and Strategy

What is Happening?

So far, focus at Microsoft’s Build developer event on the audio-driven Cortana PDA has garnered tremendous publicity. Saugatuck believes that Cortana right now provides a sexy sideshow distracting from what Saugatuck considers to be a public acknowledgement by Microsoft concerning its core strategic positioning.

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Source: Microsoft

In Saugatuck’s opinion, the Microsoft news this week with the greatest impact on Microsoft and IT markets was announcement of free Windows licensing on smaller mobile devices.This announcement puts clear and massive Microsoft internal and ecosystem emphasis on Cloud; it positions Cloud as keystone in Microsoft’s strategic business. That’s an excellent move, and at in business terms, it is much more sexy than the Cortana PDA. The move helps to push developers and users away from traditional computing devices, and reduces (and over time removes) the company’s opportunity for massive, volume-driven revenue growth in smaller, more numerous devices.

We think that this is an interesting step, an important step, but one that indicates that Microsoft is really still pursuing its traditional business model – just under a “Cloud-first” halo. Continue reading

The Cloud and Business Innovation (CBS2013)

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 opening Keynote presentation, Saugatuck’s founder and CEO Bill McNee kicks off the conference with some opening remarks focusing on some key trends framing business computing today. As the longer-term impact of the Cloud becomes clearer, the role and mission of IT is quickly evolving. Progressive CIOs are realizing that the Cloud is often not only about saving money and internal process improvement, but provides an opportunity for IT to become infused into the product itself, and central to the customer experience – especially with Continue reading

Re-invention Happens – But is Not Required

The theme of organizational and operational re-invention is an increasingly recurring theme among providers of the entire “SMAC stack” of Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud services. IBM’s Connect 2014 event in Orlando made it clear that IBM firmly believes in the concept and benefits of business re-invention as a result of the adoption and sue of Social IT.

But any provider emphasizing change and re-invention is less likely to find a willing and welcoming audience if and when the concepts of “change” and “re-invention” are the leads in the sales pitch.

We believe that IBM and its competitors have the right idea, but that the wrong articulation and emphasis regarding the idea of business change and re-invention.  Re-invention certainly occurs in the course of IT adoption and use – but it typically occurs as a matter of time and experience with new technologies, not prior to adopting and using them. Continue reading

Microsoft’s Same Old New Direction?

What is Happening?

The advent of a new Microsoft CEO has much of the IT industry wondering aloud about how this will, or should, affect the company’s direction, strategy, and plans.

Most of the speculation and opinion centers on how to “turn around” Microsoft, and how to make Microsoft “relevant” to the overall IT market again, especially to the traditional enterprise IT/software marketplace. Even new CEO Nadella has come out of the gate emphasizing a need to innovate, and to become more of a front-line IT leader.

The underlying theme to most of this conversation is that the company has somehow failed or is failing, is on the precipice of business and/or technological disaster, and must change direction, increase speed, and charge to the front of the pack in order to be considered a leader.

Saugatuck believes that, while Microsoft certainly makes its share of mistakes, and does have some significant challenges to address and overcome, the company is in no danger of losing relevancy or influence, is as innovative as any similarly market-dominating IT provider, and does not need to be “turned around” in order to achieve or maintain its position in a changing IT marketplace. Continue reading

Shifting Shapes of Cloud Requirements

Adoption of Cloud offerings is expanding rapidly. Based on on-going discussions with Cloud users, Saugatuck has identified that the focus of IT organizations is evolving which, in turn, causes a shift in customer requirements for Cloud-based infrastructure offerings and services. Saugatuck recently published a Strategic Perspective that details the changes in requirements by defining 3 phases of focus for the IT organization:

  • Conventional – Infrastructure deployment. This focus is where almost all adoptions of Cloud-based offerings begin. This focus is directly linked to the widely-held perception that a key benefit of Cloud offerings is the potential reduction in the costs of the infrastructure associated with the delivery of many IT workloads. Continue reading

IT Takes the Lead With SaaS / Cloud Going Mainstream

What is Happening?

During IBM’s Connect user conference in Orlando this week, the company released the results of its latest global user survey regarding adoption and use of Cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS). IBM classed each of the 879 IT and LOB survey participants into one of three enterprise user profiles: Pacesetters (self-characterized as having relatively high rate and pace of SaaS adoption), Challengers (self-characterized as having significant, but not widespread adoption and use of SaaS), and Chasers (self-characterized as having relatively low rates and paces of SaaS adoption and use).

While IBM has begun using the survey results overall to help position and promote SaaS as enabling powerful competitive advantages, Saugatuck sees some key aspects of the survey data as more important – and as critical elements in understanding why some firms are more advanced and successful users of SaaS (and other Cloud-based IT).

The key aspects noted: the most aggressive adopters and beneficiaries of SaaS / Cloud share some important characteristics regarding the function and relationship of IT and LOB leaders. IBM’s data and findings complement and support a position that Saugatuck has long espoused, to wit: the role(s) and attitudes/approaches of IT leaders and groups would change as SaaS / Cloud becomes more mainstream, and as it becomes more important to business success. Continue reading

A Year in Review: Looking Back at 2013

What is Happening?

As January 2014 rapidly approaches, Saugatuck analysts have taken a look back at some of the most significant trends of 2013 – with an eye toward those that will have important long-term impacts.  A companion Research Alert will be issued next week, when we identify key emerging trends that we believe will have broad and significant impact on enterprise IT in 2014.

Why is it Happening?

Earlier this December, Saugatuck held a series of Research Meetings that focused on the key trends and events that have and will help shape business computing going forward. This included reviewing myriad research that we published earlier this year, as well as key trends that are influencing the evolution of enterprise IT. We grouped these 2013 trends into the following three overarching themes:

  • Uncertainty and Unlimited Potential
  • Integration and Synergy
  • Organizations and Transformation. Continue reading

Further Guidance for the Continuing ISV Cloud Business Transition

At the end of October, Saugatuck published a guidance report for clients that identifies, and provides critical management guidance regarding, key business challenges faced by ISVs as they transition over time to become more Cloud-enabling, and typically more Cloud-centric, in their technology and business. That report (1282SSR, Managing Challenges and Transitions: Best Practices for ISVs on Cloud Journeys, 31Oct2013) is available to Saugatuck subscription research clients by clicking here:  http://bit.ly/1gReKvb

Briefly, the six key areas that ISVs need most be concerned with – and be able to manage effectively over time – are as follows: Continue reading

Dreamforce 2013: Salesforce1 – Enabling the BfE to Flourish

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