Inquiries with research clients and discussions with IT providers have prompted quite a bit of recent discussion and re-examination of our survey data regarding how enterprise IT and business leaders expect their firms to acquire and deploy new business software over the next few years.

The bottom line: Our survey data analysis suggests something fairly different from what most enterprise IT and business leaders have been discussing – i.e., not a steady, rapid move to pure-play Cloud-based software, but a re-sizing, and then broadening, of the enterprise business software “footprint” to include more and more hybridized on-premises-plus-Cloud solutions and services. A new Strategic Perspective for our subscription research clients looks at how that footprint is shifting and broadening, not simply flipping from one type (on-premises) to another (Cloud), and how this affects enterprise needs for IT and business management, along with IT provider opportunities.

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