This IDC study discusses innovation through cloud solutions and the need for IT to leading in 3D (L3D) to create sustainable competitive advantage through innovation, integration, and incorporation."Leveraging cloud solutions to drive innovation is a must for all organizations to stay abreast with their competition. Access to high-value computing resources and APIs in the cloud has removed hurdles for smaller companies and individual business users to develop innovative solutions in a cost-effective way. The challenge ahead is for organizations to be able to integrate their innovative solutions to real business processes incorporating the solutions into steady state–efficient IT solutions that scale. There's a need to lead in all three dimensions to gain the potential business value innovation through cloud solutions," says Erik Berggren, vice president, Cloud Transition Strategies, IDC's IT Executive Program.