Are you getting independent advice and counsel with that consultant's software recommendation? Will today's integrator's offer up SaaS solutions or will they opt for on-premise apps? Read the factors that go into their decisions here.
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Many writers explore just one tech sector. Brian looks at the entire tech ecosystem to better understand the often conflicted relationships between software vendors, integrators, outsourcers and more.
Brian is currently CEO of TechVentive, a strategy consultancy serving technology providers and other firms. He is also a research analyst with Vital Analysis.
Not all SaaS vendors price their software the same. Some go month-to-month and others require upfront annual payments. Understand why a category of software can have such differing perspectives on pricing.
Everything seems to be getting re-positioned as an "___ as-a-service" offering these days. Cloud storage, while a long-time favorite for home and personal computer users is going mainstream with businesses. My colleague, Dr. Katherine Jones, recently interviewed an exec at Nirvanix for their perspective on the phenomenon.
With all of the M&A activity flaring up in the software space, some customers are scouring their license contracts to see what rights they'll have (or not). Did you do a material change of control clause?
M&A activity for 2011 is off to a bang and, interestingly, SaaS vendors seem to be the most coveted acquisition targets.
Lots of cool things at an intimate HR show in Las Vegas. Katherine Jones posts a recap of the event and her observations of some of the HR vendors there.
Process modeling/Workflow technologies have often been an expensive bolt-on to high-end ERP solutions. Now, SYSPRO is bringing an integrated capability to the mid-market. A recent CFO call suggests the time is right for this capability.
Unit4's Coda and Agresso solutions have undergone some material upgrades/enhancements. Read this summary of the changes here.
High Tech firms sometimes overlook great opportunities for creating holiday cheer and a better business world. Here, Brian offers up ten ideas for Santa to deliver this holiday season, if only high tech firms made these products. Did he forget any?
In the second of this series on common cloud application questions: Should firms put their financial applications and data on the cloud?