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Latest Stats on Shadow IT: Still Not Good
The latest survey data from the Cloud Security Alliance shows just how big the problem of unauthorized IT services, or “Shadow IT”, has become. Only 8 percent of the more than 200 global participants from both small and large IT organizations said that they had a good understanding of the number of unmanaged cloud apps in use at their company. Further, nearly half said that their primary concern was that their data in the cloud was not secured. Even if data security can be assured, service outages caused by technical issues, business failures, and the unpredictable nature of cloud startups can quickly erase any business benefits.
IT’s Massive Role in Connected Products
If your company is in a product oriented business where commerce is about buying, moving, making and selling physical items, information technology tends to be pretty standard and somewhat out of the mainstream business. Most product companies have insulated themselves from a significant impact of IT downtime. Warehouses can often work for an hour or more without IT connection, manufacturing plants tend to reduce dependency on corporate computing and retailers can do business if the network connection is cut.
IOT for Breakthrough Cost Reductions
The one enduring competitive advantage over 40 years of strategy thinking is low cost. Not low price, but low cost. When your cost to produce is lower than the competition, you have the option to pursue differentiation in price, features, service, innovation, and quality.
The Innovation Operating System
I recently ran across the work of Nicolas Bry, senior vice president of Orange’s digital innovation unit, Orange Vallée, who makes some great observations on the role of collaboration in business success. There are several major trends that are converging to yield winning business models. Understanding where these are heading will help us lead our organizations and clients to sustainable futures.
Supply Chain Tops Agenda for Consumer Goods
More than any previous year, the focus of executive attention has shifted from economic uncertainty to data, technology and the supply chain. As the consumer demand for digital experiences and e-commerce grows, retailers and manufacturers are looking at how they can meet these needs and operate in this new era of disruptive technology. These are the findings of The Consumer Goods Forum and KPMG International annual Global Top of Mind Survey, which polled nearly 500 C-suite and senior executives globally.
What if Cloud-Based Best of Breed is Here to Stay?
Big change is afoot for industries such as manufacturing that have forsaken IT architecture for ERP. Business determination, along with price and user functionality, are driving the purchase of enterprise cloud applications outside the incumbent ERP vendor. In the eyes of the business, these are superior and best of breed.
Cloud Adoption: Economize, Innovate, Industrialize
As IT professionals, we must be leading when it comes to the cloud. IT cost savings alone, while helpful and necessary, are not going to revolutionize your business. I liken an IT-oriented cloud strategy to a question one of our team members posed to me the other day, "If everyone has SAP, wherein lies the strategic advantage?"