Lead, Follow, and Get Out of the Way: A Working Model for Cloud IT through 2014
- ID: 1204436
- February 2009
- 24 Pages
- Saugatuck Technology
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 adoption is growing and changing, they can manage it, and take advantage of tremendous cost efficiencies. In this report, we have developed a simple, evolutionary model of Cloud IT adoption and its impact over time. And we deliver guidance to user executives as well as to providers of Cloud IT and traditional IT as to how best to manage the Cloud’s present and future.”
This argument is borne out by the study’s key findings, which include the following:
- Cloud IT is growing through four parallel, complementary, and over-lapping stages of use and evolution: Point and Marginal Stage,
- Developmental Stage,
- Internal Growth Stage, and
- Hybrid/Interwoven Stage.
Most user organizations either are going through, or within the next few years will go through, at least three of the four stages – each of which advances, and complicates, the roles and use of Cloud IT.
To minimize costs and optimize Cloud effectiveness and efficiencies, leadership is needed from IT, Finance, and business organizations – and from Cloud IT providers as well.
Read this report to learn:
- What, exactly, is Cloud IT?
- How are different types of Cloud IT inter-related, and how can understanding this enable improved ability to manage Cloud IT and its providers?
- How is Cloud IT spreading and evolving within and between user enterprises and organizations?
- What are the risks of unmanaged Cloud proliferation?
- What management strategies and techniques enable the greatest benefits from Cloud IT – and do the best at preventing costly mistakes?
- What can, and must, Cloud providers do to help customer organizations improve their ability to manage Cloud solutions – or else lose business? SHOW LESS READ MORE >
Summary Research Findings
Strategic Planning Positions
Introduction A Cloud Full of Ecosystems
Staging the Cloud Point and Supplemental Stage
Internal Growth 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