Industry Report:

Understanding and Addressing Cloud Business IT Concerns

Authored by Bruce Guptill, Member of The Analyst Syndicate 

Our analysis of new research data from CIOs, IT security executives, and other senior IT leaders tells us that the global COVID-19 crisis has helped boost business use of cloud-based IT, and will do so through at least the next 24 months. It also tells us that very few firms are adequately prepared to secure the extended use of cloud-based IT – and that leaders are concerned about cloud as a result. This report analyzes the survey data to better understand these concerns, identify their causes, and determine the best solution. 

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Author of the Report

Bruce Guptill                   
Member of The Analyst Syndicate

Bruce’s research and expertise focus on the changing business value of IT software and services. His work for enterprise clients includes IT value and cost modeling, and business planning for IT that enables new business value, especially for Finance and IT organizations. 

His provider-client work translates the changing business value of enterprise IT into improved business strategies and go-to-market efforts.

At Information Services Group (ISG; NASDAQ: III), Bruce had responsibility for enterprise-facing research services and global Research operations, and directed Research customer and Sales support staff globally. As part of the founding team at Saugatuck Technology, Bruce helped to build and lead that firm’s research and consulting business for almost 15 years. ISG acquired Saugatuck in 2015.

Bruce’s background prior to Saugatuck and ISG includes senior positions with research and consulting firms Gartner, TeleChoice, and Robert Frances Group, and managing editorial positions within the IDG publication group. His marketing focus was honed as an executive for software providers, IT VARs, airlines and manufacturers. His sales and channel experience began carrying a sample bag and calling on engineers, then marketing for IT VARs, advising telecom carriers on M&A and partner choices, and developing partner programs for software and services firms. He has been called as an expert witness in IT business court cases, and contributes IT business insights to business and tech media.

Bruce holds an MBA in marketing and finance, a BA in the psychology and business of mass media communication, and certification in several software, networking, and engineering disciplines. Married with three children, Bruce has served as Vice Chair of the Cape Cod Children’s Museum board of directors, supports local veterans’ groups and musicians, and is licensed to fly airplanes, pilot boats, and ride motorcycles.

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