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

The rapid global expansion and integration of Cloud for business advantage has helped to catalyze a global shift toward Digital Business – a core theme for this year’s Cloud Business Summit, and the focus of the 2014 Beacon Awards for business excellence.

“Digital Business” is defined by Saugatuck as follows:

A digital business integrates digital technologies, assets, and capabilities with business development, management, and operations, to create and adapt offerings and experiences that generate revenue and competitive advantage.

- Saugatuck Technology Inc., 2014

2013 Beacon Award Winners

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To make this happen, significant and ongoing IT and business investment and innovation need to occur, along with significant changes in culture, organization, operations and management outside of IT, including procurement, training, security, ecosystems, and provider management. Simply adding digital technologies to existing operations does not create a digital business.

Beginning in 2014, the Beacon Awards will recognize user enterprises that have not only made measurable progress toward becoming Digital Businesses, but which also have helped to shape the future of their company, their markets, and Continue reading

Information Technology and Innovation, Beijing Style

China’s rapid development is having a continuing effect upon a wide range of sectors, from Information Technology to politics. Although economic growth has slowed somewhat, it remains relatively high, and profound changes continue to occur throughout the country as it digests its newfound prosperity and the new requirements of a high tech industrial society. Information Technology is leading the way in many of these changes, and it is backed by well-funded government programs that focus development toward a goal of global leadership in Science and Technology by 2050.

One of the key elements of the Chinese plan is to improve innovation so that the country is less reliant upon invention from abroad…even as a starting point for Chinese design. This has created plans and initiatives that have seen Chinese patents rise to the most per year of any nation in the world. Patent quality aside, this has repercussions for external perceptions, investment, and for molding individual and institutional behavior toward creation of new ideas and new ventures. Continue reading

Save the Date! Saugatuck Announces 4th Annual Cloud Business Summit

Saugatuck is pleased to announced the date of our 2014 Cloud Business Summit – a 1-day executive event to be held on November 12, 2014 at The Yale Club of New York City. As with prior Summits, our newest event will bring together the most Cloud-experienced senior business and marketing strategists and technology leaders to explore how enterprises can, and are, realizing the most from the Cloud in all of its forms. This year, our conference theme is “Innovation, Opportunity, Risk and Reward“.

Every day, the Cloud delivers process improvement and cost savings payback to businesses of all sizes – as we shift beyond point solutions to core systems of record, mission critical workloads and new ways of engaging with customers and partners. What is becoming increasingly clear is that the revolution we are in is not just about the innovative and transformative uses of Cloud, mobile, social, advanced analytics and sensor technologies – and how they can be used for business advantage.

Instead, we are in the middle of a fundamental re-examination of what it means to succeed in the emerging digital business era. Businesses are realizing that success demands critical new thinking around sustainable business models and what it takes to develop a “winning” business strategy, what is core to brand value, how and what digitally-centric products and services to create and bring to market, how best to exploit the new forms of customer and partner engagement, and what Continue reading

CIO Panel: The Cloud as Enabler of 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 lead CIO panel, Saugatuck’s SVP and Head of Research Bruce Guptill is joined by Yuvi Kochar, CTO at The Washington Post Company, Scott Skellenger, VP and CIO at Raintree Oncology Services and Joe Fuller, CIO at Dominion Enterprises, focusing on the role and impact that Cloud is having on driving business innovation throughout 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

Old Jeans & OSes: Microsoft Out-innovated the Market & Why We’re Not Buying Win8

I’d like to offer 900 words on why Windows 8 should not be considered a failure, and why it has shipped “only” 200 million copies to date.

Yes, people and firms are buying PCs at a slower rate than in previous decades, partly because there is more competition – but at the lowest end of devices, meaning tablets and smartphones. Sorry, but those can’t be compared to PCs. We use them for some things that used to require PCs, but they are not PCs, either in terms of complexity or capability. We’re buying fewer PCs because we have other things that do what once could only be done by expensive, complex PCs.

And I agree that Windows 8 was engineered and delivered as a compromise, and that was a big mistake. Microsoft had the right long-term idea – One Windows To Rule Them All – but delivered it years too soon, before either devices or users were ready for it. Continue reading

Saugatuck Announces 2013 Beacon Innovation Award Winners

Saugatuck Technology is pleased to announce the 2013 winners of Saugatuck’s annual Beacon Awards for business and IT innovation. The winners are being presented with their awards during Saugatuck’s annual Cloud Business Summit, held on September 25th at the Westin Times Square in New York City.

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Bruce Guptill of Saugatuck Technology (far left) and Julie Langenkamp-Muenkel, Editor-in-Chief of Information Management (far right) present the winners of Saugatuck’s 2013 Beacon Awards for Business Innovation: Pat Renzi of Milliman (2nd from left); Chris McCarthy of State Street Corp. (center); Mark Smith of Capital District Physicians Health Plan (CDPHP – 2nd from right); Not pictured: Martin Nemetz of Hilti Corp.

This year, Saugatuck recognizes four pioneering enterprises whose innovative applications of Cloud and related IT improved their business – and their abilities to create and take advantage of new opportunities. Those firms are as follows:

  • State Street Corporation. State Street Corp. has not only built and deployed, but patented, a private Cloud platform for internal business and IT improvement. Developed withCloud Technology Partners, this private Cloud platform has radically reduced time by eliminating manual processing. It has simplified support, improved utilization and reduced hardware, software, maintenance and operational costs. New application development can be based on re-use of software, process and data, reducing build/test time and cost by as much as 50 percent. Standardized services improve quality, efficiency and control. And the combination of re-use and automation in development improves deployment time from 6 weeks to 6 – 7 minutes. Continue reading

Top 10 Reasons to Attend the 2013 Cloud Business Summit

We are excited about our upcoming Cloud Business Summit which takes place in three weeks at the Westin Times Square in New York City (Sept. 25, 2013). Registration is building fast, with limited availability – so if you are a CIO, CTO or senior IT, business, finance or marketing executive, please make sure you register today!

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The Cloud and Business Innovation – What C-Level Leaders Have to Say

What is Happening?

C-level executives see Mobility, Cloud Business Applications, and Advanced Analytics as the technologies having the highest impact on driving business innovation – as they force a reframing of business processes in ways that introduce innovative business functions and build competitive advantage.

Earlier this month, Saugatuck reached out to a small group of very senior IT and business leaders using social media tools concerning how important and impactful Cloud (and related technologies such as mobile, social, Big Data, advanced analytics and sensors) are in driving business innovation. We also asked which technologies were the strongest enablers of business innovation, and what have been the top impediments to achieve business innovation. Continue reading

Research Alert: Call for Action – 2013 Beacon Awards for Business IT Innovation

What is Happening?

The most talked-about topic in business IT today is “Cloud.” However, the most-talked about topic in business IT today should be “Innovation.” Every conversation regarding Cloud, and regarding its associated sister technologies of Mobility, Social IT, Advanced Analytics, Big Data and Integration, should center on what’s being done with them and by them to change and improve how business is done.

At Saugatuck, we are well known for our research, analysis, insight and guidance regarding Cloud, but it forms only one (very visible) part of our work. As our ongoing readers will know well, our ongoing focus for many years has been on the changing business of IT, from the user/buyer business side to the provider/vendor business side, and everything in between. For us, Cloud is an important area of knowledge and expertise when it comes to enterprise IT and business, but the real focus should be on the accelerating pace of business improvement and innovation on both sides of business IT.

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