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Making Things Safe for Business ByDesign II

Following yesterday's post on the management changes at SAP and the pending departure of Peter Zencke, I got a call from SAP. Would I be available to discuss the issue with Peter ASAP?

April 3, 2008 by Joshua Greenbaum


SAP's Succession Plans: Making Things Safe for Business ByDesign?

SAP executed the beginning of a well-orchestrated and otherwise somewhat boring (and boring is good) management transition with the much-expected elevation of co-CEO Leo Apotheker to the more important title of heir-apparent. In the process, Henning Kagermann assumed the title of retiree-in-waiting, and all was good with the world.

April 2, 2008 by Joshua Greenbaum


Microsoft’s Platform as a Service Plans: Putting the Pieces Together

Microsoft is getting into the platform as a service (PaaS) market, and doing so in a rather major, though stealthy way. It’s no secret that the company’s Software+Services strategy has a lot of PaaS capabilities, but putting together information from announcements and briefings at this week’s Dynamics Convergence conference, as well as a previous Office developer’s conference, reveals what looks like a very strong and impressive set of initiatives.

March 14, 2008 by Joshua Greenbaum


Microsoft Dynamics Revenues: Is More Really Less?

Back in the summer of 2006, Microsoft did something that I confess I became complacent about: The gang from Redmond stopped breaking out separate numbers for the Business Solutions group, which at the time was comprised of its flagship ERP products – Navision, Great Plains, and Axapta – plus the Solomon accounting package and a relatively new CRM product.The reasons for going silent were not clear, nor were they particularly suspicious.

March 13, 2008 by Joshua Greenbaum


Making Web 2.0 Safe for the Enterprise: TOS à la PBWiki

Just in case you might be tempted to excuse Google for what some commentators just consider sloppy language (or over-reaching on my part) in its terms of service for its on-line apps, here's an example of how to do right by accepted corporate standards for security and privacy: the terms of service for PB Wiki, an on-line wiki provider that apparently takes seriously what Google and its lawyers (or whoever wrote those sloppy, loophole-full TOS) seems to not give a hoot about.

March 5, 2008 by Joshua Greenbaum


SAP Takes A Swing at Oracle

SAP has been hinting and mentioning and otherwise suggesting that it is taking away customers from Oracle's much vaunted Hyperion product line, and now it has issued a formal press release to that effect.

February 26, 2008 by Joshua Greenbaum


SAP and Microsoft: No Marriage Needed

The Sunday New York Times started a little blogo-versy going about whether Microsoft should have made an offer to buy SAP instead of Yahoo. It's an interesting thought, if revisiting history is your idea of interesting.

February 25, 2008 by Joshua Greenbaum

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IDS Scheer: Jazzing up BPM

I spent a quick but very interesting day at the annual user conference for IDS Scheer, the progenitors of the Aris BPM solution. In case you hadn’t heard of it, Aris holds the singular distinction of being included in the partner roadmaps of rivals SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft, all without hell freezing over or any other such cataclysmic event taking place.

February 18, 2008 by Joshua Greenbaum


Dark Clouds and Silver Linings

Cloud computing is getting hot, as in hot promises, hot press releases, and some hot contentions about who’s platform is going to win the latest battleground in on-demand/SaaS. The answer my friend, is largely blowing in the wind.

February 15, 2008 by Joshua Greenbaum