Lead, Follow, and Get Out of the Way: A Working Model for Cloud IT through 2014

  • ID: 1204436
  • February 2009
  • 24 Pages
  • Saugatuck Technology
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Traditional IT and business leadership strategies and tactics will be of limited effectiveness in a Cloud-based environment where anyone can do practically anything they want or need to. Thus, how user organizations plan for and manage Cloud IT will have to improve upon established practices and policies. IT, Finance, and line-of-business executives must learn and use new, combined management tactics when it comes to Cloud IT.

This core finding is the foundation of the latest research study titled “Lead, Follow, and Get Out of the Way: A Working Model for Cloud IT through 2014.” Released on February 25, 2010, the study uses interviews with experienced user organization executives, analysis of global survey data, and insights from leading Cloud providers, to build a realistic, working model of Cloud evolution, adoption, and most importantly, cost-effective management.

"Cloud adoption right now is a point-solution phenomenon, and we know from every previous instance of IT that point solutions cost more in the long run,” according to Bruce Guptill, the study’s lead author. “If IT, Finance, and business leaders can see and understand how Cloud READ MORE >

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Summary Research Findings

So What?

Strategic Planning Positions

Introduction A Cloud Full of Ecosystems

Staging the Cloud Point and Supplemental Stage

Developmental Stage

Internal Growth Stage

Hybrid/Interwoven Stage

Cloud IT Spend and Workloads

Cloud Effects and “What to Do” for IT, Finance, and Business Leadership Effects on IT

Effects on Finance

Effects on Business Leadership

Cloud Provider Leadership

Appendix A: Research Programs and Demographics

List of Figures and Sidebars:

Figure 1: Cloud is Everywhere, Right Now

Figure 2: Core SaaS Applications in Use by YE 2009

Sidebar: What, Exactly, is Cloud IT?

Figure 3: Saugatuck’s Cloud Ecosystem Model

Figure 4: User Executive Expectations: Cloud Infrastructure as Mainstream IT

Figure 5: Saugatuck Cloud IT Reality Model

Figure 6: Changing Cloud IT Stages Over Time

Figure 7: Expected Percentages: Cloud IT-based and Spending and Workloads in Production by YE 2014

Figure 8: Security Tops Executives’ Cloud Concerns

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