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.

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More Litigation for Satyam & trouble for their ex-CFO & PWC

What you can learn from a court filing and some news storiesThis weekend, I read about (by my count) the fourth class action suit being filed against Satyam, its management and PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC). This particular filing Satyam court filinghas a very up-to-date and complete chronology of events in it and provides a great backgrounder for anyone just catching up on the Satyam situation.

January 11, 2009 by


Will the Satyam incident spur real change?

Indian Media Sees Overly Kind Treatment of Ex-ChairmanThe Hindu today reported that former Satyam Chairman Ramalinga Raju has been treated with "white gloves". Specifically, the former executive has been given a very different treatment than that encountered by another famous Indian executive involved in a less spectacular situation.

January 11, 2009 by

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HP's SaaS PPM solution

A Relevant and Robust Offering for today's IT organizationsI had a chance to speak with Marc Olesen – VP SaaS for HP Software and Solutions recently. We discussed HP’s offerings in the Project Portfolio Management (PPM) and IT Management spaces.

January 5, 2009 by


Software & Services - 2009 dictates value delivery a must

Sunday morning - 7 am – suburban ChicagoDriving down a major retail stretch of roadWhizzing past one closed retailer after another – many of these now closed for goodPass a worker removing signage from a failed retailerGoodbye 2008 Goodbye to an economy based not on what we needed or what we could affordGoodbye to a business economy that wasn’t connected to the basics of a solid business model for a number of years.

January 4, 2009 by


Satyam - The sharks are circling

New Year’s Resolution – Help Satyam get a new owner and managementOn the 19th, I did a lengthy piece discussing the proposed and then rejected acquisitions Satyam’s management recently endorsed. Satyam is a major provider of outsourced services.

December 30, 2008 by