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Use cloud-based technology for IT competitive advantage

Can building better relationships with cloud-based technology providers boost your IT competitive advantage? Discuss with SearchCIO Wednesday, July 30, at 3 p.m. EDT on Twitter.

The "digital business" or "digital enterprise " isn't an entirely new concept, but it's one that's resonating more and more with business and IT leaders as technology proves a competitive advantage. And one of the major drivers of the digital enterprise is the adoption of cloud-based technology for data storage, collaboration, application management and much more.

In Saugatuck Technology's 2014 survey Enterprise Intelligence Survey: Digital Business & Hybrid Cloud, Bruce Guptill, Saugatuck's senior vice president and head of research, predicts that the evolution of digital enterprises will track very closely to that of hybridized cloud IT and business environments. Sixty-three percent of organizations will have a least half of their IT infrastructure and apps portfolio in the cloud by 2018, up from 29%in 2014, Guptill reports.

So, is your organization on the same page with its cloud providers? Join SearchCIO on Wednesday, July 30, at 3 p.m. EST to discuss how this uptick in cloud-based technology use is impacting relationships between organizations and their cloud service providers -- and whether or not cloud providers are adapting to address current CIO concerns and the needs of customers. For instance, will more companies follow in the steps of Amazon Web Services and offer virtual private clouds to address security complaints? Will more cloud providers get certified in regulations like PCI? Can cloud providers keep up with the ever-changing demands of the digital enterprise?

SearchCIO site editors will lead the event from the site's Twitter handle, @SearchCIO, joined by other TechTarget editors, writers, experts and followers. Follow the discussion hashtag, #CIOChat, to chime in on cloud-based technology and service management


Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
 3 p.m. EDT
Use and follow #CIOChat (other hashtags include #cloudtechnology, #cloudproviders, #cloudSLAs)

Tweet jam newbies (and #CIOChat vets, too!), please review this list of tips before participating in July's tweet jam:

  • To follow the conversation, type "#CIOChat" into Twitter's search bar. From this page, select "All" to view tweets in real time.
  • Your first #CIOChat tweet should be introductory, including your name, title and organization.
  • @SearchCIO will ask a series of questions related to cloud-based technology management starting at 3 p.m. EDT (Q1, Q2, etc.). In your tweeted responses to each question, please preface with A1 (Answer 1), A2 and so on, then remember to include "#CIOChat." Include this hashtag in every tweet during the chat.
  • Please note that Twitter allows only 140 characters per tweet. You are welcome to tweet multiple responses to each question.
  • Throughout the discussion, retweet (RT) and favorite tweets you concur with and reply to those you disagree with.

Please direct questions, RSVPs or other concerns to our editors. Talk to you on Twitter!

Next Steps

Read about the digital enterprise in our coverage from the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium and get all the facts on cloud in our guide to the CIO cloud blueprint.

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