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Stanton Jones

Moving from Outsourcing to the Public Cloud? Prepare for More Insourcing

The number of cloud inquiries from outsourcing clients continues to grow quickly. Many clients want to know how they can cut costs, reduce deployment time or tap into new capabilities that they struggle to implement with their traditional on-premises platforms. As expected, many of these inquiries focus on brand-name public cloud players like Amazon Web Services, Workday and Microsoft Online Services.…

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Stanton Jones

SaaS Financials: Top 3 Roadblocks to Adoption [Video]

As we’ve discussed before, demand for software-as-a-service is surging. Enterprise SaaS providers are increasing revenues by double digits and are making significant inroads into large organizations, while simultaneously taking market share from their on-premises competitors.

However, the financial aspects of buying SaaS differ substantially from both on-premises software and outsourcing services, and in many ways, run contrary to the original promise of cloud.…

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Stanton Jones

Digital Transformation: Let Moore’s Law Work Its Magic

In case you didn’t notice, about 18 months ago a shift occurred. If you bought services that have social streams, mobile apps or embedded analytics, or are delivered via the cloud, you “digitally transformed” your company. Digital transformation as an industry meme is nearly omnipresent. Transformation, driven by sensors, autonomics and, of course, social, mobile, analytics and cloud is the new way business gets done.…

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Selecting and Contracting for HR Software and Systems Integrator Services

Top_5New ISG research suggests that human resource (HR) enterprise buyers are increasingly focused on selecting and contracting for human capital management (HCM) software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions. The expanding marketplace pits Workday against Oracle HCM Cloud and SuccessFactors and Ultimate against Ceridian DayForce and ADP Vantage, presenting a wide range of options for buyers.…

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Stanton Jones

The Enterprise and SaaS: A Mismatch Made in Heaven

Enterprise demand for SaaS is surging. Providers are building, acquiring and partnering on SaaS platforms at a breakneck pace. What happens when they meet?

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Stanton Jones

Disruptor Discussion: Chuck Simmons on NetSuite’s Mega-Growth and the Future of BPaaS

I’m very fortunate in my role at ISG because I get to spend time developing relationships with firms that are shaking up the traditional sourcing business — companies that look at the services business in new and creative ways (which usually involves really cool software).

NetSuite is one of those firms.…

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Julie Fernandez

Considerations for Life after the HR Cloud Rolls In

Top_5Software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for human resources (HR) are top of mind with leaders these days as the adoption of new technology from Workday, Oracle Fusion, SAP/SuccessFactors and others continue to take market share from traditional enterprise resource planning (ERP) platforms. Working through the business case and making an SaaS technology selection are obvious starting points, but many steps throughout the HR transformation journey need attention.…

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Stanton Jones

Evaluating Cloud Services? Make Sure You’re SOC Savvy

Think about the last time you bought hosting or software services from an IT vendor. Was “SAS 70 Certification” included in your vendor evaluation criteria? If so, the following may trouble you:…

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Stanton Jones

In a World of Multi-tenant Platforms, Trust, but Verify

Many of you will recall one of President Ronald Reagan’s signature phrases, “Trust, but Verify.” Although not directly attributable to Reagan (it’s actually based on a Russian proverb), Reagan used this statement extensively to describe negotiations with the Soviet Union in the 1980s. The crux of the proverb: Consider information reliable, but perform additional research to verify.…

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Don’t Look Now, but Microsoft is Transforming into a Software-as-a-Service Company

If you had to venture a guess, what would you say is the fastest growing product in Microsoft’s 38-year history? Windows, Office, Xbox?

All wrong. It’s Office 365, and it’s now a billion-dollar-a-year business. It also just happens to be a subscription business — the antithesis of Microsoft’s time-tested perpetual licensing model.…

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