Stanton Jones

About Stanton Jones

Stanton Jones helps ISG clients rationalize and capitalize on emerging technology services within the context of the global outsourcing market. Stanton uses his unique background in both IT and outsourcing advisory services to bring a new and unique perspective to ISG clients. Prior to his analyst role, Stanton led corporate technology strategy and global IT operations as TPI’s Chief Information Officer. Stanton played a key role in leading the transition of TPI into a publicly-traded unit of ISG. You can find Stanton on Twitter, Linkedin and Google Plus.
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Cloud’s ROI Is More than a Numbers Game

This article was co-authored by Scott Feuless, Principal Consultant.

Making the case for cloud migration involves some tricky calculus. But the effort is worth it. Enterprises that go to the trouble of figuring the return on investment on their cloud plans can get a real handle on what those plans will actually mean to the business.

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6 Cloud Sourcing Archetypes

From traditional cloud RFPs to API-enabled cloud brokerage, buyers are dramatically changing the way they engage the market. Here are six of the most common archetypes.

What does a typical enterprise cloud services buyer look like?

It’s a tricky question to answer. Cloud services are everywhere: in the data center, in development teams, in shared services organizations on manufacturing floors.…

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Are APIs the new ITIL?

As-a-service providers speak to customers in the language of APIs, while outsourcing providers speak ITIL. This language barrier creates hurdles for enterprise buyers that are eager to break out of the traditional outsourcing tower model. What’s a buyer to do?

Think about the last time you were in a foreign country and didn’t speak the native language.…

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Welcome to the Country Club Cloud

Membership-based clouds are exploding across the IT services sector. Traditionally asset-light providers are quickly building proprietary, multitenant clouds for their clientele, hoping to capture the next generation of ITIL-based managed services. But is it too late to catch up to the explosive growth of the public cloud?

Continue reading on Computerworld.…

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Out-tasking: Slicing the ITO pie one service at a time

Out-tasking services are increasingly eating away at the $110 billion outsourcing pie. However, these services are not necessarily pure-play cloud platforms — in many cases, they’re a combination of the best of both worlds.

Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Software-as-a-Service, Database-as-a-Service, Desktop-as-a-Service and — wait for it — Innovation-as-a-Service (Digital-Transformation-as-a-Service is still in beta). The industry is flooded with new per-employee and per-gigabyte offerings from traditional providers and a wave of new pure-play entrants.…

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Ready to embrace Everything-as-a-Service? Prepare to assume more risk

As-a-Service offerings are exploding in the enterprise, unleashing an unprecedented wave of consumer-friendly applications and services. However, buyers of these services are often surprised that it is them, not the provider that assumes the risk for success.

It’s a common occurrence today: a SaaS provider wows a business unit with its comprehensive features, embedded analytics and native iOS and Android apps.…

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Disruptor Discussion: Gravitant CEO Mohammed Farooq on the Future of IT-as-a-Service

It’s no secret that shadow IT has been turbo-charged by public cloud providers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and SoftLayer. However, shadow IT does not just blow up swim-lanes inside companies that keep their systems in-house; it’s rampant within the outsourcing customer ecosystem as well.

So, what happens when you have a mountain of low-friction, highly elastic computing supply mixed with a significant levels of ITO outsourcing spend up for renewal?…

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Sourcing Disruption: Analytics, Automation and Cloud

“The future is already here. It’s just not very evenly distributed.”

Science fiction writer and futurist William Gibson said that way back in 2003 — quite a prescient statement given that today, for the first time in history, the gap between productivity and employment is widening.

Why is this happening?

Pundits suggest it’s policy-related (either too much if you’re on one side of the aisle, or too little if you’re on the other).…

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Control vs. Location: A Potential Turning Point for Enterprise Cloud

A United States judge has ruled that control, not location, dictates which laws must be adhered to for access to stored electronic data. If the result goes against Microsoft, it will likely be a short-term blow to the broader cloud industry. However, in the long run, it will accelerate the development of technologies to help keep data stored on massively scaled systems private, no matter the location.

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Public Cloud Procurement: Think Software, not Services

When you use public cloud services, is it outsourcing? As with most answers, it depends.

As has been well documented, outsourcing today is primarily focused on shifting responsibility for existing processes to a provider at a lower cost and improving quality. There are, of course, transformational transactions happening, but by in large, outsourcing is focused on transitioning to a lower-cost delivery model.…

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