I had an epiphany attending the Office 2.0 conference this week, and it helped cancel some of my skepticism about the future of Office/Enterprise/Web 2.
Software analyst Josh Greenbaum's opinions on enterprise software have annoyed enough vendors that he now checks under the hood of his PC every morning before he boots up.
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>
An alert reader, SentryWatch, commented per my last blog that the Terms of Service posted on the Google Docs and Spreadsheets site assigns content rights of anything saved on Doc and Spreadsheets to Google.
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.
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.
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.
SuccessFactors, the latest poster-child for SaaS, is now headed for the IPO market, following NetSuite, and everyone's archetype SaaS IPO (if you're an investor), Salesforce.com.
Who’s winning what and does anyone really care?SAP just turned in a great quarter, one that, according to my favorite financial analyst, Charlie di Bona, cemented his contention that “SAP continues to compete aggressively against ORCL in the applications market.
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.
A response from SAP in the Oracle vs. SAP lawsuit and NetSuite files for an IPO.
Oracle's quarterly earnings look good, and their execs are crowing about how well their "surround SAP" strategy is working. And so it goes, another great quarter, another boastful conference call.
I’ve been sitting on the sidelines watching the hype-fest around the Salesforce.com/Google “alliance”, trying to stifle a yawn at what I keep thinking will have to be a massively underwhelming deal once the truth is out.
Want to know where the entire enterprise software industry will be looking in mid-Nov.? It’s easy: Oracle’s OpenWorld user conference.
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.
It’s finally time to call a spade a spade, or in this case, a soon-to-be has-been a has-been. Of course, doing so after the fact sounds too spiteful, so I’m going to do it well ahead of the curve.
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.
The best of ZDNet, delivered
- 1 How Microsoft/Yahoo Can Beat Google In the Enterprise
- 2 SAP Targets High-end Customers with SMB Offering
- 3 Can Microsoft and Yahoo Do More Than Sell Ads? The SMB Opportunity
- 4 A Little Transparency Could Go a Long Way: Oracle's Opacity Crisis
- 5 The Salesforce/Google Killer App: Not Coming Any Time Soon