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SuccessConnect 2014: View to the Future of Digital Business

What is Happening?

At the SuccessConnect event in Las Vegas this week, Saugatuck was able to speak with more than a dozen customer attendees along with key executives from SuccessFactors and SAP, including SFSF co-founder and CTO Aaron Au, Chief Marketing Officer / SAP Cloud and Line of Business Tim Minahan, and Sven Denecken, Global VP Cloud Solutions and Co-Innovation at SAP.

Throughout all of our conversations, three key threads emerged regarding Cloud, HR solutions and strategy, and SAP itself as follows:

  • Concerns: We found it fascinating that none of our customer conversations touched on Cloud concerns – including security. No mentions were made about data security and privacy in the Cloud. Instead, discussions tended to focus on the specific, tactical concerns relative to any new software deployments, namely integration, data migration, and time to completion. This is another powerful sign that the “Cloud experiment” truly is over.
  • Strategy and Modularity: We found no one with an actual “Cloud strategy” in regards to their Cloud procurement approach. Instead, businesses are building on, enhancing and extending business processes and management with a variety of solutions. In our conversations there was no hint of a broad enterprise movement toward Cloud-based solutions exclusively. Consistent with the broader Cloud HCM segment, many customers are retaining existing systems in certain areas such Learning, Payroll, or Performance Management, while others are using the modularity to extend their on-premises core HR solutions with additional SuccessFactors Modules like Recruiting, Talent Management, and Workforce Analytics. All indications are that current SFSF customers are planning on embracing fully hybrid deployments in their HR systems, and that while complex integrations are far from being a solved problem, SFSF’s implementation partners and 3rd party integration vendors like Dell Boomi, and Informatica are able to make the complexity manageable.
  • Maturity: Our conversations with customers here at SuccessConnect, and with enterprise IT and LOB leaders globally, continue to indicate that, while nowhere near its final form and capabilities, Cloud has matured enough that its perceived and real risks are equivalent to those of most other mainstream forms of IT. That means that Cloud can be acquired and managed as would most other forms of Business IT, even as it enables and catalyzes business transformations.

In short, we’re learning to manage Cloud as it should be – a key Business IT component and catalyst. Next, and soon, we must learn to manage business change, as our Business IT continues to transform. Continue reading

Call for More Nominations: Saugatuck’s Beacon Awards for Business Innovation

What firms do you know that have innovated, improved themselves, and profited from Digital Business initiatives? Tell us about them, so we can tell the world about them through the 2014 Beacon Awards for business innovation.

Every year, the Beacon Awards recognize user enterprises that have re-thought, re-invented, or built new businesses, created new opportunities, or reshaped the future of their company, their markets, and their customer/partner ecosystems through the innovative use of Cloud and other digital technologies.

Past winners have implemented creative mobility strategies that improve customer engagement, cultivated new software development approaches that improve business operations, and developed software+services that productize internal operations into industry-beneficial solutions.

Now through September 30, 2014, you can nominate your firm, your customers, or your partners. Click HERE for more information and for details on how to submit a nomination.

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Intimate Connection: Cloud and Digital Business

The intimate connection between the Cloud and Digital Business was the subject of a recent column / blog post by Forbes.com contributor, Joe McKendrick, in a recently published post entitled Are Digital Business And Cloud Computing Joined At The Hip? No discussion could be more timely.

This has been a rather tumultuous decade for IT. The Cloud has been even more dramatically disruptive than the minicomputer, PC, client / server or early years of the World-Wide Web, and several leading Master Brands, including Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Microsoft (among others) are still reeling from the impact.

On the buy side of technology, too, this continuing transformation is in process of remaking business models and industries, creating opportunities and destroying comfortable franchises. Enterprises large, small and in between are hurrying to find their place in this new business environment that leverages digital technologies on the foundation of still-new Cloud, Mobile, Social and Analytics platforms.

Saugatuck Technology has covered the Cloud since its earliest manifestations in 2004 and has ten years of survey data from technology buyers and providers that Continue reading

Three Reasons to Leave Your Cloud Provider

In a relationship with a Cloud provider – just as in a personal relationship – the relative importance of functions and services delivered by the provider can vary dramatically from customer to customer or even from user to user within the same customer. In a recently published Strategic Perspective, Saugatuck proposes that the most efficient and effective methodology for a customer to evaluate a relationship with a Cloud provider is to focus on whether (and, how well) the Cloud provider is fulfilling expectations in the following three areas: Continue reading

Security is Transformed by Cloud, Big Data and Intelligence

The crowd says Cloud is less secure and holds more risk than enterprise networks. But try to convince the principals at Target of this, and you’ll be told that nothing is secure anymore, unless you turn it off. Unlike the conventional wisdom of the crowd, Saugatuck sees the Cloud as the path through which the entire field of information security is going to become transformed into more control and less risk.

The age of big data security analytics is in its childhood, but this child is growing fast and strong and will soon carry the entire industry on its shoulders as it transforms current practices and technologies. The primary constraint to its growth is the necessary skills to interpret and use the new generation of big data security analytic tools. This key restraint will be overcome by Cloud-enabled application services and the massive pools of information these analytic applications will ingest from around the world. Continue reading

Cisco Aims for Intercloud Differentiation via Value-add

What is Happening?

On Monday, networking and Cloud technology giant Cisco announced that it would invest more than $1 billion over the next two years to build out and deliver a series of what it calls “Intercloud” value-add capabilities and services. They will be delivered across its own and partner data centers utilizing OpenStack technologies to enable rapid application development and deployment, workload migration, and management services within, across, and between multiple Cloud-based and other IT resources. Initial global-scale partners announced by Cisco include Australian telco/network services provider Telstra, IT distributor Ingram Micro, and enterprise management software giant SAP.

According to Cisco Cloud vice president of marketing Mike Riegel, “We absolutely intend to disrupt the cloud marketplace with this play.” Riegel explained that Cisco sees the greatest opportunities in Cloud market growth and value shifting from baseline infrastructure, compute, and storage services in a single Cloud (e.g., AWS) to applications-driven business value within, between, and across multiple Clouds. Continue reading

DevOps is a Digital Business imperative

The rapid emergence of Digital Businesses, coming close on the heels of the shift to Cloud, Mobile, Social and Analytics, has been catalyzed by sensor technology and data streams, the Internet of Many Things, and the nascent API Economy. For businesses to execute successfully the accelerating transformation to Digital Business, whether Cloud IT industry players or emerging Boundary-free Enterprises, many of which have usually been on the customer side of this equation, this challenge is significant: how to retool and keep pace with the ongoing pace of change.

New platforms for development and operational management and for the discipline of DevOps are essential, but there are some important things to keep in mind: Continue reading

dPaaS: Is the Real Payback Control or Productivity?

For providers of Cloud solutions targeting the Boundary-free Enterprise™, whether enterprise IT or Cloud ISV, partnering with a Cloud development platform provider will be a strategic decision.

Saugatuck Planning Position (SPP): By YE2017, Enterprises, ISVs (and pure-play Cloud providers) will require improved flexibility in developing and enhancing core business operational functionality in loosely-coupled solutions across the Boundary-free Enterprise™ platforms.

In considering and evaluating Cloud development Platform as a Service solutions, enterprise IT or Cloud ISV buyers are generally not acquiring an off-the-shelf solution, but entering into a developing relationship with their provider. Consider the history over the past five years of Microsoft’s Windows Azure Platform, which has evolved and deepened the portfolio of functional capabilities available there, and what was once embryonic has now become much more fully realized.

How many of the long list of onetime PaaS contenders are still in business and have not been acquired: Amazon, Apprenda, Bungee Connect, CollabNet, Coghead, ComRange, Cordys, CloudBees, EngineYard, EMC, EnSiM, Fujitsu, Google, Heroku, IBM, Interneer, Jamcracker, LongJump, Microsoft, MorphLabs, OrangeScape, Parallels, Progress, RedHat, Rollbase, Salesforce, SAP, Servoy, Wavemaker, WorkXpress? How many of these PaaS contenders have merged together? How many are still in business, but not yet on the map?

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IBM Goes All-In on SoftLayer with Cloudant

In recent weeks, IBM has rolled out, through a series of announcements, multiple Cloud platform solutions that will run on SoftLayer, a radically different approach to enterprise software and data that may take a while to geland for the significant potential for possible synergies to manifest themselves.

Today, IBM announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cloudant, a privately-held company based in Boston, Massachusetts with offices in Seattle, Washington and Bristol, United Kingdom. Cloudant will remain a wholly-owned subsidiary.

Cloudant extends IBM’s Big Data and Analytics, Cloud computing, and Mobile offerings by further helping clients take advantage of these key growth initiatives, particularly for systems of engagement. Client enterprises across Continue reading