The world seems enamored of Firefox 3. I'm not one of them.
Dennis Howlett analyzing the issues faced by senior business practitioners who work with enterprise software.
Dennis Howlett is a 40 year veteran in enterprise IT, working with companies large and small across many industries. He endeavors to inform buyers in a no-nonsense manner and spares no vendor that comes under his microscope.
The recent Institute of Industry Analyst Relations poll results produced some startling results. While the power hitters of Gartner, IDC and Forrester were well represented, it was the boutique groups that caught my attention.
I never thought I'd go on a tear about Excel in these pages, but Josh Greenbaum's correct assertion that Excel is pretty much everywhere and is probably the software industry's most successful product provides the perfect foil. Josh concludes:So, like the floppy disk icon that never dies, the Excel spreadsheet lives on and on, despite advances in technology that should have buried it a long time ago.
My Irregular colleague Brian Sommer waxes lyrical about the OpenAir/NetSuite deal. Brian has more years' experience implementing and analyzing business applications than most others I know.
Mary Jo Foley has the skinny on what's inside the latest release of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 (aka AX5.0).
In researching for an upcoming Oracle event, I stumbled across this video. It demonstrates how it is possible to install an instance of Oracle RDBMS in under an hour, simply by using your nose.
Our old friend David Berlind is proposing that traditional Exchange/Notes email servers be banished in favor of Gmail, arguing that it is not a case of 'if' but 'when' enterprise starts shifting email (and calendaring) to the Internet cloud:It's only a matter of time before the remaining rub on Gmail is history and your CFO starts asking questions about that long-running cost center associated with your e-mail and calendaring systems.
Conversations with Doug Merritt, a member of SAP's executive council and the person driving Business Objects as a platform for intelligence are always entertaining. Merritt represents the unconventional, disruptive element within SAP that was in evidence during Shai Agassi's tenure.
While it is still early days, SAP Business ByDesign customers are quietly confident the service will deliver value. Earlier today, David Suntinger, corporate development at WIMA, a German engineering business with four locations employing 500 person discussed its implementation progress.