How recessions should alter vendor behaviorOracle had a recent show here in Chicago. Attendees were given a very nice breakfast, a keynote from an Oracle executive and an opportunity to kick the tires on scads of Oracle products.
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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.
Why referrals and social networks are bargains in today’s economyHR software vendors have been innovating away lately. I’ve got several backed up posts I need to get out on them.
A different germ for changeEarlier today, at the Business Suite 7 (BS7) announcement, I speculated that SAP took some great performance and enhancement technology from its Business ByDesign (BBD) product line and related architecture and incorporated those into the new BS7 suite.In a meeting with some of the Enterprise Irregulars, Leo Apotheker, Co-CEO of SAP AG, corrected this perception.
Please SAP, rev my engine!!!!(more from the SAP Business Suite 7 announcement)A number of the Enterprise Irregulars met with Richard Campione, SAP Solution Management, at the Business Suite 7 (BS7) press announcement.
(mid-press conference post - subject to update)SAP today announced its Business Suite 7 today. Here’s a set of capabilities that extend the core ERP solution set.
Good ideas trump an even dismal economyRecently, Lumigent, a software firm in the GRC space closed a recapitalization round of $6 million (USD). Lumigent, an eight-year old firm, expects this to be its last venture backed round of capital as it anticipates profitable operations by next year.
Rarity in the software industryMichael Treacy and Fred Wiersema wrote a great business book a few years back called “The Discipline of Market Leaders”. In essence, they posited that market leaders are strong in one three key disciplines: product innovation, operational excellence (low cost leadership) or customer intimacy.
SAP to go on Slim-Fast? Can they make the apps as lean as the company?
Not Quite a 12-Step Plan But CloseI was speaking with a top executive of a major software firm this week regarding morale and the economy. She indicated that her firm’s strategy for layoffs follows a predictable pattern:- Step 1 – Do a round of layoffs that cut out a lot of dead wood and kill several programs/initiatives that probably should have been cut some time ago.
The Firms That Use These Workers Could Be Hurt, Too!When Microsoft announced its layoffs this week, they also indicated that a number of non-U.