Across the spectrum of modern corporate IT, analysts and observers are focusing on a set of transformational topics in the enterprise and on the horizon. Most IT prognosticators are particularly drawn to areas of cloud computing, mobility, social media and analytics (big data and otherwise). As information managers become less tied to their desks, but take on more responsibilities with analytics and enterprise collaboration, the expectation is that individual topics will be at the center of new constructs and use cases.

At Saugatuck Technology, a research and strategy consulting firm noted for its coverage of cloud computing, the meeting of cloud, social, mobile and analytics has been organized in recent years into a strategic perspective called the “Boundary-free Enterprise.”  In the words of founder and CEO William S. McNee and VP/Distinguished Analyst Mike West, this introduces a new “Master Architecture” based on “multiple technologies and platforms that build synergies among themselves through loosely coupled and opportunistic exchanges of value.” 

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