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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Using Google Apps is a Potential Career-limiting, Company-limiting Move

Using Google Apps is a Potential Career-limiting, Company-limiting Move

I write this blog in partial defense of my friend and fellow blogger Mary Jo Foley, who had the temerity to post a blog claiming that recent analyst research may call into question the value of Google Apps for enterprise architects and other managers responsible for corporate-wide strategy. In her blog MJ cites a Burton Group report (which I unfortunately don’t have access to), and summarizes its main points, pro and con.

published August 24, 2007 by

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Ever Wonder Why Upgrades Are So Damn Hard?

Ever Wonder Why Upgrades Are So Damn Hard?

It’s no secret that every vendor needs its customers to upgrade early and often. While much of this requirement is centered around support costs – vendors have trouble banking all those big maintenance bucks they’re earning if they have to support too many older versions of the software – long-term strategy is also at play.

published August 17, 2007 by

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Can High Tech Ever Be Really Hip?

Can High Tech Ever Be Really Hip?

The tech blogosphere is often a place where great ideas about society and politics intersect with technology, and the tech industry and society are usually the better for it. But I was reminded recently about how much the perception of hip and progressive and cool is in many ways a façade, one that we use to flatter ourselves as we proceed to perpetuate old stereotypes, bad behavior, and endemic social inequalities.

published August 7, 2007 by

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Microsoft CRM to Salesforce.com: It's Lunchtime

Microsoft CRM to Salesforce.com: It's Lunchtime

Microsoft unveiled pricing at its Worldwide Partner Conference today for its on-demand CRM offering, and in the process sent an absolutely clear message that, from now on, basic on-demand CRM is all about price.With a range of offerings priced from $44 per user per month to $59 per user per month for a "professional" version, Microsoft has set the bar significantly lower for its CRM on-demand package than market-leader Salesforce.

published July 10, 2007 by

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Salesforce.com/Siebel 2.0: Criticism and a Refutation

Salesforce.com/Siebel 2.0: Criticism and a Refutation

Some say imitation is the highest form of flattery, but that’s only for those who forget that a good rebuttal – or attempted rebuttal – is quite flattering as well. Jason Wood, a fellow Enterprise Irregular and blogger, has done me the courtesy of a well-written blog that attempts to refute my previous post on Salesforce.

published May 25, 2007 by

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Hell Freezes Over: Oracle Buying Shares in SAP?

Hell Freezes Over: Oracle Buying Shares in SAP?

The rumor du jour hit the Reuters wire early this morning, and it's a doozie: SAP's shares are up in recent trading because Oracle has bought some eight percent of the company. Considering April Fool's Day is come and gone, one has to assume that this was reported not for its humor value but for some other purpose -- maybe even as a piece of legitimate news.

published May 22, 2007 by

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