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

Cloud vendors chasing cheap capital

Expect a flood of cheap capital (and investment bankers) coming to all kinds of tech companies. Some of this capital will go to funding acquisitions, but will cheap, abundant capital cause valuations of acquired firms to soar beyond fundamentals?

June 13, 2013 by


Mercer's Continuing Software Evolution

Mercer, one of the best, big HR consultancies, continues to expand its software and intellectual property footprint. This week they hosted an analyst event and showcased a number of products for relocation, rewards and many other solutions.

June 12, 2013 by


Modern Process Design & the Appian World event

Design Thinking, Modern Process Design and Mobile are hot topics at most user conferences. But at an event like Appian's recent shindig, you got immersed in the cool changes underway in businesses and business technology. Here's a perspective on the evolving tech/process/business world.

May 23, 2013 by

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The real SAP / Sapphire story

Whether you attended last week's Sapphire event or not, you might have missed the real story there - the story SAP should have communicated. There was lots of talk about HANA, analytics and the cloud but why should customers care and care now? Here's the rest of the story you should have heard.....

May 22, 2013 by

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The Oracle assessment

Oracle's in a lot of sectors selling to many different kinds of buyers. Any review of Oracle needs to take a portfolio view that also looks at the relative growth and contraction of the component market segments served.

April 29, 2013 by


Workday and Adaptive Planning updates

In less than a year, Adaptive Planning built a fairly solid, complete consolidation tool and Workday created a mountain of new functionality for the latest version of their product. The scale of these releases is a testimony to how fast cloud solution providers can create lots of new capability.

April 16, 2013 by


SumTotal elixHR update

Last week, I wrote about SumTotal's new architecture: ElixHR. There was some back-channel debate about whether SumTotal, as I had written, had actually re-plumbed its product line. I spoke with its EVP of Product and Customer Service to verify or clarify the new architecture.

April 15, 2013 by