User interface/user experience makeovers are all the rage in the ERP space. SAP is using a Pareto approach and a couple of new tools to redefine, simplify and beautify the user experience for its customers.
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Brian is currently CEO of TechVentive, a strategy consultancy serving technology providers and other firms. He is also a research analyst with Vital Analysis.
User interface work is consuming the R&D budgets of ERP vendors everywhere. Products designed for the client server or Web 1.0 world really need re-developing. Infor has gotten out front, but efforts by Sage, SAP and SumTotal are right behind them.
SAP is shifting. The brand is changing to embrace more than just big customers. The product lines are getting more cloud-y. And the partners are a mixed lot with some selling to SMBs and others to huge entities. But these changes will impact the partners and specific product lines, too. How will it sort out?
Cloud is hot, salaries are increasing, demand for hot tech skills is really getting big but what should a company do? If your firm is thinking of launching raids on a competitor for hot skills, read this first. You may have a bigger, long-term and structural problem instead.
The cloud application software space is far from static. It has already evolved a lot and more changes are just around the corner. To see where the market is moving next, read on.
PPM vendor Planview has reworked the user interface for its cloud solution Enterprise 11. It's also added analytics, smarter process flows, and more to the solution.
Linda Blair's Exorcist character couldn't spin her head around as fast as software market watchers are doing this week. Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, and NetSuite are all doing the alliance dance. But are these deals as substantial as they sound?
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?
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.
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.