Most enterprise information technology projects, perhaps 66 percent, do nothing other than support sales of existing products, according to Gartner (News - Alert) analysts. About 20 percent of IT projects are intended to improve processes related to sale and delivery of existing products.
Only about 14 percent are devoted to supporting the creation and sale of new products. Simply, those three buckets of activities might relate to “running your current business,” “growing revenues from your current business,” and “transforming your business.”
Given the unsettled and rapid changes in business environment most firms face, you might expect the balance of effort to shift from maintenance to either growth or transformation. But Pankaj Arora, Raj Biyani and Salil Dave, authors of a new book, “To the Cloud,” published by McGraw Hill, say that is not happening.
And they suggest that cloud computing could be a key enabler for supporting such shifts of effort in ways that help grow and transform businesses, not just maintain them... Read More