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Microsoft Dynamics' Growing Pains

Just settling in at 35,000 feet after an exhausting two-day Microsoft Dynamics analyst conference, there’s more than a few highlights to try to distill in one lone blog. But the main theme is easy: Microsoft’s enterprise applications are challenging not just the top of the market – SAP and Oracle – but a slew of lesser competitors like Sage and Epicor.

October 20, 2006 by Joshua Greenbaum

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The Battle of the Ecosystems: SAP vs. IBM vs. Microsoft. And Then There's Oracle

SAP made a series of announcements from Amsterdam today highlighting the growing strength of its partner ecosystem. They made an investment in a partner – ArisGlobal – pulled together their SMB partner program under a new name – PartnerEdge – and otherwise immortalized existing partners such as Callidus and Visiprise in press releases and presentations.

October 17, 2006 by Joshua Greenbaum

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The Future Of Software is Software

I just spent an hour catching up with IBM's latest briefing on the completion of its acquisition of MRO Software, and it reminded me how much the future of software is really more of the same. This sanity check comes at the end of a week that showcased two paradigm bending concepts -- software as a service and Office/Web 2.

October 13, 2006 by Joshua Greenbaum

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Oracle is Still Buying: Anyone Surprised?

One of Oracle's deal makers, Vishal Bhagwati, has confirmed what has been obvious for quite some time: Oracle is going to keep buying software companies. His comments should be taken for what they really are: an affirmation of a strategy that Oracle has been stating loud and clear for some time.

October 9, 2006 by Joshua Greenbaum

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Is Office 2007 the real Office 3.0?

There's been a lot of hype in recent months about the future of the Office -- written in caps I imagine to distinguish it from Microsoft Office, which of course also being in caps is no distinction at all. Nick Carr -- he who sees no innovation in IT and other headline-grabbing nonsense -- has even weighed in with his own "stages of life" version of "Office the hyped concept", which puts us roughly in the Office 2.

October 3, 2006 by Joshua Greenbaum

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Did Dunn Overdo it? Ask Oracle's Ellison

So Patricia Dunn has fallen on her sword, a victim of her obsession with plugging leaks and the rather ridiculous soap-opera that HP's board has become over the years. But if precedent means anything, it seems that perhaps the HP board over-reacted in letting Dunn step down (and settle for being a mere director of the company, instead of the head zookeeper position she is relinquishing.

September 12, 2006 by Joshua Greenbaum

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See Ya Later Doug: Burgum Leaves Microsoft Much the Wiser

When I saw Doug Burgum at the Microsoft World Partners Conference last summer, there was an air of the short-timer about him. Not the kind who mails it in every morning with his feet on his desk, but more the short-timer who's done all he can and is waiting to move on to the next great thing.

September 12, 2006 by Joshua Greenbaum

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