Brian Sommer

Brian is currently CEO of TechVentive, a strategy consultancy serving technology providers and other firms. He is also a research analyst with Vital Analysis.

Latest Posts

Spam and obscene profits

Spam: Let’s Re-Define ‘Obscene Profits’I took a great call today with Garth Bruen of Knujon (“No Junk” spelled backwards). Garth’s volunteer organization monitors spam and works with Internet registrars to throttle the miscreants who fill our in-boxes with this junk.

February 27, 2009 by


A shrinking Satyam

The stakes are growing as uncertainty continuesSatyam is another services firm with some retention issues: employees and clients.Let’s start with the client erosion issue first.

February 22, 2009 by


The new physics for IT shops: PPM

What would Newton tell today's CIOsSir Isaac Newton’s Second Law of Physics posits that Force is equal to Mass times Acceleration (F=M x A). While this factoid is something many of us learned in high school, it is one of those laws that is bedeviling IT departments and one that IT groups want help with in solving.

February 16, 2009 by


IBM – Move overseas if you want to keep your job

Certainly, it’s an interesting proposal that IBM has put forward to its former employees.According to a ComputerWorld article,“Some of the workers being let go by IBM have a chance to remain with the company — if they're willing to move to Brazil, India, China or a dozen other low-wage countries.

February 11, 2009 by