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This tool evaluates the correlation between IT attributes and business success and, based on how your answers compare with average scores, will advise you where to invest in IT.

It is based on data HP collected from 650 global companies about a range of IT characteristics (server capacities, approach to information management, security, BYOD, etc.) and how they correlate to revenue gain. This assessment will compare your answers to the average scores in that study.

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Percentage of growth in worldwide spending on data center systems expected in 2013 (totaling $147 billion).1


Percentage of respondents who cited "fewer tools/staff efficiency" as the top benefit of converged systems.2


Percentage of IT leaders who chose "2015" when asked when they expect to be able to optimally manage a business process across a hybrid environment (data center, private and public cloud) with the same confidence they have in their own data center today. Other choices: today (13%), 2020 (27%), beyond 2020 (6%), never (2%).3

1Gartner Says Worldwide IT Spending Forecast to Reach $3.7 Trillion in 2013," Gartner Inc., January 2013
2 "IDC Converged Systems: End-User Survey Results,” IDC, September 2012
3"Quick Poll: IT Executives’ Vision For 2020," IDG for HP, May 2012

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Q:  How do you weigh the financial factors in deciding whether to go with SaaS?

A:  Subscription is different from building or buying in that there’s no capital cost; it’s all operating expense. In a business that’s highly cyclical, that could be attractive … But if you’re in a growth business, this model may not work for you. With growth, you’re looking for economies of scale … As the business grows, you don’t want to have to pay for more seats. On the other hand, the cost of maintaining applications is so enormous that often the full lifecycle cost remains lower if you buy, despite the fact that you pay maintenance to the vendor.

Keith Macbeath, senior principal consultant with HP Software Professional Services, detailing four ways to evaluate SaaS

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