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.
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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.
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.
In my day, I’ve hired hundreds and hundreds of service professionals. And, like Southwest Airlines, I was always willing to interview (and often hire) jobseekers who were referred by co-workers, colleagues, employees and others whose opinion I respect.
SatireWhile many bloggers and mainstream tech pundits are pulling together their legitimate “Best of 2008” column or “Trends for 2009” predictions, I thought I’d take a different approach this holiday season. I’d like to send best holiday wishes to those tireless workers (and their army of 24/7 zombie computers) who craft the spam that fills up our in-boxes.
A Holiday Gift for Litigators?Could this be the story of the year for 2009?
No Functionality Cutbacks for 2009 (unlike client spending)Lately, I’ve written a lot about several PSA (professional services automation) and PPM (project portfolio management) vendors. While I’ve discussed a number of vendors like OpenAir, CA Clarity, QuickArrow and Oracle (nee Primavera nee Evolve), I haven’t discussed one of the biggest and robust players: Compuware’s Changepoint.
The cost of selling services and softwareBtoB magazine recently posted their Top 100 business-to-business advertiser list. On this list were a couple of firms with distinctly different approaches to advertising.
Are Audited Financial Statements of Value Anymore?Auditors will surely do a lot of head scratching in the coming months as they decide which of their clients’ books are prepared as:- going concerns- breakup basis- going concern but with an expression of doubt as to the firm’s futureI’ve looked at the last audited statement for Bear Stearns and the audit was essentially unqualified and yet Bear Stearns failed.
Weird News of the Week I saw an advertisement in a major magazine where litigators are looking for shareholders of VMWare for a class action lawsuit. A Google search shows several recent results on the same story but here's one that's fairly explanatory.
Workday updateWorkday hosted a conference call for the Enterprise Irregulars bloggers recently. The firm was announcing a number of functional enhancements to their integrated Finance and HR product line.