The last month or so, I have attended an SAP Analyst Briefing, TaleoWorld, Oracle’s Open World, Salesforce.com’s Dream Force, SumTotal’s Analyst Summit, Kenexa’s Analyst Summit, the HR Technology Conference, SYSPRO’s channel partner conference, VAI Vormittag’s User Conference and other events. In the course of countless keynotes, several one-on-one interviews, about two dozen vendor briefings and several customer interactions, I have concluded that this last month is one where the software industry has materially, structurally and permanently changed.
You couldn’t see all of the change from just any one event or meeting. No. You really needed to catch a number of these events to see the myriad pieces come together. The picture they paint, when taken in total, is pretty daunting.
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