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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M&A Day: Winners and Losers

M&A Day: Winners and Losers

Oracle finally nails BEA, SAP completes its deal to buy Business Objects: the day started out making a lot of sense. But when I heard that Sun had spent $1 billion to buy MySQL, I had to check the calendar.

published January 17, 2008 by

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The Orphan Gets Orphaned Again

The Orphan Gets Orphaned Again

Jeff Raikes is leaving Microsoft, and that means that once again, Microsoft Dynamics is a victim of the shifting sands and musical chairs at a Microsoft that seems less and less dedicated to its enterprise applications offerings.

published January 11, 2008 by

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Dell Buys the SaaS Platform Salesforce.com Wishes it Had

Dell Buys the SaaS Platform Salesforce.com Wishes it Had

If you didn’t sit up and take notice when Dell bought privately held Everdream two weeks ago, you’ll be forgiven for overlooking an interesting but, on surface, less than earth-shattering deal that slipped by everyone’s noses in the week before Thanksgiving.But if you’re tracking software as a service, and in particular Salesforce.

published November 29, 2007 by

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ROI Lost: IBM Puts the Screws on a Loyal Customer

ROI Lost: IBM Puts the Screws on a Loyal Customer

If you ever thought that the contents of the contract you sign with your IT vendor isn’t the most important part of your technology strategy, read on. And if you ever thought that your vendor would never do anything to overtly screw you, you also need to read this blog.

published November 16, 2007 by

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The Innovator’s Dilemma, Oracle Style

The Innovator’s Dilemma, Oracle Style

Is Oracle an innovative company, as Charles Philips contended, or is it more of a legacy apps company largely focused on protecting its equally conservative customer base? This was the gist of an interesting discussion among the Enterprise Irregulars following our meeting with Philips, and one that I explored in subsequent discussions with other Oracle executives and customers on day one of Oracle OpenWorld.

published November 12, 2007 by

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Why Did SAP buy Business Objects?

Why Did SAP buy Business Objects?

There’s been a lot of back and forth about this deal, covered admirably by Dennis Howlett, Dan Farber, and other bloggers, but precious little on what it means to blend a premier applications company with a premier business intelligence vendor. I think it’s worth trying to get inside the though process at SAP that led it to break with its own organic growth strategy – and take a hit in the stock market in the process.

published October 8, 2007 by

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