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Cloud Computing 2012: Adoption, Impact and Outlook

SAP and Knowledge@Wharton have combined forces to investigate the impact of cloud computing on global business. The first phase of this work focuses on current expectations, levels of adoption, the impact, and the outlook for the future. This analysis provides a summary of the key findings from a related survey conducted by SAP’s Performance Benchmarking group.

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Tomorrow’s Cloud

 
The final part of this interview series considers the future of cloud computing? What should companies expect next? How will the technology change down the road? Knowledge@Wharton posed these questions and more to Erik Berggren, vice president of customer results and global research at Success Factors (an SAP company), and Don Huesman, managing director of the Innovation Group at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The future of cloud computing, according to Berggren, is “very, very bullish” — he expects corporate spending on cloud computing to expand significantly. Huesman, too, is upbeat — he sees the potential for much more activity down the road.

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ROI, Value and Business Impact

 
While the general advantages of cloud computing are widely known, a challenge many managers face is making a compelling business case for it. Questions that CIOs and CFOs often grapple with are: How does cloud computing affect costs and how should those be measured? What impact does cloud computing have on productivity, agility, and a company’s ability to be innovative? Knowledge@Wharton spoke about these questions and more with Erik Berggren, vice president of customer results and global research at Success Factors (an SAP company), and Don Huesman, managing director of the Innovation Group at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Adoption and Integration

 
What strategies are companies pursuing to move to cloud computing solutions? And what are the principal barriers they encounter along the way? These were the questions that Knowledge@Wharton posed to Erik Berggren, vice president of customer results and global research at Success Factors (an SAP company), and Don Huesman, managing director of the Innovation Group at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The major barrier, according to Berggren and Huesman, is fear of losing control on the part of traditional IT departments. Overcoming that fear, however, frees up resources that can be used for innovation.

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Why Cloud Matters

Why are more and more companies turning to cloud computing? To get at the reasons, Knowledge@Wharton interviewed Erik Berggren, vice president of customer results and global research at Success Factors (an SAP company), and Don Huesman, managing director of the Innovation Group at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The factors driving the trend, according to Berggren and Huesman, include the need for cost reduction and greater business agility as well as the growing consumerization of enterprise computing.

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