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ISG Research With HCL: Targeted, Discrete Cloud Initiatives Most Effective

STAMFORD, Conn., March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Information Services Group (ISG) (NASDAQ: III), a leading technology insights, market intelligence and advisory services company, today released a joint white paper showing that a step-by-step approach to cloud adoption focused on specific service areas or functions is most effective for large organizations. 

The analysis, jointly authored by ISG and HCL Technologies, examines how organizations are integrating cloud-based services into traditional operational environments, assesses industry- and company-specific objectives, and employs case studies to illustrate various cloud scenarios and client priorities.

"As enterprises take a gradual approach to cloud adoption, traditional IT delivery models remain highly relevant," said Stanton Jones, Analyst, Emerging Technology at ISG, and one of the report's authors.  "The most effective cloud deployments tend to be discrete initiatives focused on specific business requirements and workloads."

The analysis also found that clients are becoming savvier about cloud offerings – and more leery of vendor claims.

"Market hyperventilation regarding the potential benefits of cloud computing is giving way to a more reasoned approach," said Kalyan Kumar, VP & Chief Technology Architect, HCL Technologies – ISD, and the report's co-author. "Clients perceive correctly that implementing cloud solutions is not as easy as cloud suppliers suggest, and are picking and choosing specific business problems, then identifying the appropriate cloud service and deployment model to adopt."

The analysis includes the findings of a survey conducted by HCL of over 40 of its global clients during the past 12 months.  Clients were asked to prioritize from among four potential outcomes from a cloud initiative: cost reduction; scalability; consolidation; and service improvement.  The results are shown below, by geography.

"Cost reduction – always an imperative – remains the dominant objective driving cloud adoption globally," said Kumar. "In addition, cloud platforms provide the option to cost efficiently pilot new processes and applications, freeing up critical capital to invest in growth areas."

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