Joshua Greenbaum

Joshua Greenbaum has over 20 years of experience in the industry as a computer programmer, systems analyst, author, and consultant. In addition to his work from various bases in Silicon Valley, he spent three years in Europe tracking the enterprise software market as an analyst and correspondent for leading industry publications. Josh is an award-winning columnist and is widely quoted in the trade and business press. His opinions on enterprise software have annoyed enough vendors that he now checks under the hood of his PC every morning before he boots up. </p>

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Friendly Fire: SAP Flubs the Maintenance Business

Friendly Fire: SAP Flubs the Maintenance Business

You’d think, based on the timing, that Oracle was trying to deliberately make a PR run on what was looking like, and turned out to be, some pretty good news for SAP. The day before SAP’s nice looking Q2 earnings call, Oracle upped the ante in its lawsuit against SAP by claiming more direct executive involvement in the alleged theft of Oracle support IP by the now defunct TomorrowNow.

published July 29, 2008 by

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Unintended Consequences and the Future of Maintenance Revenue: SAP Jettisons TomorrowNow

Unintended Consequences and the Future of Maintenance Revenue: SAP Jettisons TomorrowNow

When Shai Agassi called me in early 2005, he asked me a loaded question: How would I respond if SAP decided to take the fight to Oracle by providing third party maintenance for Oracle’s recently acquired PeopleSoft customers? I told him it would be an incredibly aggressive move, but that SAP would have a lot of trouble proving it had a credible offering for PeopleSoft customers.

published July 21, 2008 by

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Vista To Win in the Enterprise, The Ugly Way

Vista To Win in the Enterprise, The Ugly Way

I came away from this week's Microsoft Worldwide Partner (WPC) conference convinced, finally, that the future of Vista is assured in the enterprise. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't because of anything Microsoft said -- the combined mea culpa/back atcha delivered by Microsoft's Brad Brooks, the Corporate Vice President in charge of Vista's rehabilitation, isn't what swayed me.

published July 11, 2008 by

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Google To Get A Lesson in Security, From the Pros

Google To Get A Lesson in Security, From the Pros

Having just read that Google is taking up residence at Moffett Field, a storied air base in Mountain View that is home to NASA's Ames Research Center, among others, I realized there's a great opportunity for Google to learn a little about high end security, at least the kind that secures a perimeter, fends off unwarranted access, and punishes miscreants with true Old Testament fervor.

published June 5, 2008 by

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Taking on Excel, and Winning, Sort Of.

Taking on Excel, and Winning, Sort Of.

It’s common knowledge that, when trying to find a true market leader in mid-market enterprise software, the “other” category is by far the largest, despite the efforts of Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, Lawson, Infor, and pretty much any vendor with dreams of high volume sales to capture true market dominance.But a dominant position has already been established by the one vendor no one mentions in the surveys, mostly because that vendor’s products are so ubiquitous.

published June 3, 2008 by

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Is Enterprise Software Recession-Proof?

Is Enterprise Software Recession-Proof?

Amidst the PR blitz and the blizzard of 1:1 meetings that constitute the foreground experience of SAP's Sapphire user conference this week (see Larry's coverage here, and Dennis' coverage here), there's an interesting back story emerging.

published May 6, 2008 by

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SAP's Business ByDesign: Explaining the Delays

SAP's Business ByDesign: Explaining the Delays

In the wake of the brouhaha surrounding the delayed rollout of Business ByDesign and the allegations of technical difficulties (the thread in the Enterprise Irregulars discussion was called BBD=DOA?), I spoke to Hans-Peter Klaey and Jeff Stiles, the two men at SAP responsible for bringing BBD, and the rest of the company’s SMB portfolio, to market.

published May 2, 2008 by

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The Leo Apotheker Legacy Starts Now

The Leo Apotheker Legacy Starts Now

The news that SAP is delaying the roll-out of Business ByDesign – and that its last quarter, while decent, failed to meet analyst estimates – is the perfect preamble to this post: With Leo Apotheker slated to assume to mantle of SAP by the end of the year, his mandate – and challenges – couldn’t be made more clear than the juxtaposition of this news.

published April 30, 2008 by

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Salesforce.com Cozies up to Google Apps Rev 2.0

Salesforce.com Cozies up to Google Apps Rev 2.0

Like the inner tube with the pinhole leak that suddenly explodes, the hissing of rumors coming out of the much-hyped April 14 "important announcement" by Salesforce.com has finally blasted out something of substance: a purported deal to resell or otherwise feature Google's Apps as part of the Salesforce.

published April 8, 2008 by

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