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January was a very busy month for the Center team. After wrapping up the holidays, we put the final polish on our study of African IT leaders and finished a deeper look at cloud initiatives and how software as a service plays a role. We kicked of a self-assessment on SaaS uses which we'll share later this month, along with exploring research ideas for sourcing, cloud, tech trends, mobile, and social business.
Last week at IBM Connect, our study "Champions of Software as a Service" was highlighted in several talks. Here is what others had to say...
"IBM’s data and findings complement and support a position that Saugatuck has long espoused, to wit: the role(s) and attitudes/approaches of IT leaders and groups would change as SaaS / Cloud becomes more mainstream, and as it becomes more important to business success." - Information Management
“This study really helped to clarify and expose the fact that SaaS has taken center stage in companies of all sizes,” he said. “The big take away is that there is a marked difference in behaviors between the most successful companies and the rest of the pack, and that the two big drivers of business success with SaaS and cloud in general are alignment between IT and the lines-of-business and the presence of a broader cloud computing strategy.” - Armen Najarian, program director for SaaS Marketing, IBM quoted in SiliconANGLE
"When it comes to SaaS specifically, a new IBM Study released Jan. 28 found that leading enterprises—those gaining competitive advantage through broad SaaS adoption—are collaborating more effectively through social business tools." - eWEEK
February's signature experiences within IBM focus on Africa. Our study, developed with the Center for CIO Leadership, looked at how IT leaders deliver on the potential of emerging technolgies "Setting the pace in Africa." But, don't take our word on it...
“The primary reasons for not moving on adoption were a need for technology leaders to play a greater role in strategic business leadership, a lack of IT skills development across the continent, and information security concerns,” said IBM General Manager for East Africa, Nicholas Nesbitt. -Capital FM
"The survey shows that companies have found ways of empowering their IT leaders through a cultural shift as well as internal engagement between business leaders and their business peers." - All Africa