Brian Sommer

Brian is in a unique position to diagnosis the winners and the losers in technology and services. He was the longest running (10 years) and most senior director of Andersen Consulting's (now Accenture's) global Software Intelligence unit - a position that required him to pick the best possible software solutions for hundreds of clients globally. He advised the firm on ERP software market forecasts and helped establish manpower planning estimates by vendor for deployment globally.Brian continues to remain close to technology buyers and sellers. When he left Andersen Consulting, he co-created a dot-com with blogger and former arch-enemy at Price Waterhouse, Vinnie Mirchandani. That firm helped broker efficient services contracts between software buyers and systems integrators. Since then, he's created TechVentive, Inc. - a company that helps technology firms better understand their markets - and Vital Analysis - the research and publishing arm of TechVentive. Brian still travels the world and publishes an impressive number of articles, research reports and blog posts annually to help software and services buyers make better business decisions. He can be reached at: brian @ vitalanalysis.com

Latest Posts

SumTotal elixHR update

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.

published April 15, 2013 by

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PUREs and how to stop them

PUREs and how to stop them

Almost simultaneously last week, Wowzer, Silkroad, and Nobscot all announced new capabilities to help companies in their War for Talent. Wowzer now has a Match functionality to go with its video interviewing, and SilkRoad has teamed with Nobscot to better understand why people leave companies, especially those who leave shortly after joining the company.

published April 15, 2013 by

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Book review: 'Too Big to Ignore' by Phil Simon

Book review: 'Too Big to Ignore' by Phil Simon

Phil Simon's made a digestible book on the big data technology space. Yes, you could even give this book to your CEO and he/she will get it. It's a well-written piece that does what it advertises: It creates the business case for big data.

published April 3, 2013 by

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Ultimate Software goes global (and more)

Ultimate Software goes global (and more)

There's an arms race brewing in HR software. This week, Ultimate Software announced greater global payroll support and user definable fields. The company's offerings are expanding functionally and geographically and their relevance to more HR solution buyers will likely increase.

published March 14, 2013 by

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Re-booting Infor in 2013

Re-booting Infor in 2013

Finally, we can have a new, different image of Infor. For two years, the company has been quietly re-tooling all of its product lines. It has re-thought cloud, user interface, and more to create a series of micro-vertical solutions. It's definitely a different Infor now.

published February 23, 2013 by

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New Jobvite products: Engage and Refer

New Jobvite products: Engage and Refer

Recruiting is tough especially the part where one must source job candidates. Jobvite's always good for a look into how the HR sourcing process can be turned on its ear. Their new Engage product takes CRM concepts and applies them to talent acquisition. It's kind of interesting.....

published February 7, 2013 by

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Social business? Déjà’ vu all over again

Social business? Déjà’ vu all over again

The IBM Connect 2013 show stirred up all kinds of thoughts because of the push for the "social business." This was tried before but now, the tools are bigger, badder, and use all sorts of new information. But will social business fly now?

published January 30, 2013 by

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CEO Interview: Jason Blessing of Plex Software

CEO Interview: Jason Blessing of Plex Software

Plex Online has been a success story in multi-tenant cloud ERP. After several recent investor changes and a capital infusion late last year, the company has a new CEO. This CEO, Jason Blessing, comes from a big enterprise software world and plans to grow the reach and customer size of Plex's business.

published January 29, 2013 by

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Common sense analytics - the analytics we need

Common sense analytics - the analytics we need

Fake romantic relationships, bogus data in social media, etc. - how's an analytics user supposed to succeed with such problematic data? Some old-school common sense may be just what's needed in the world of analytics. Oh, and sometimes, the solutions can be a lot simpler than you think.

published January 28, 2013 by

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Technical hires shouldn't be the most difficult hires

Technical hires shouldn't be the most difficult hires

Identifying job seekers with great technical talent shouldn't be a needle in a haystack problem. Yet, many HR tools treat technical positions the same as other jobs. HireVue has a new process that uses mobile devices, the cloud, video interviewing technology and more. Can it deliver better candidates cheaper?

published January 25, 2013 by

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Oracle to buy Eloqua – the Broader Implications

Oracle to buy Eloqua – the Broader Implications

Many M&A deals present more opportunities (and challenges) than may first appear. Brian ran some of his thoughts about the strategic value of this deal with Eric Berridge, CEO of BlueWolf, a big cloud and CRM implementer. Here are their insights regarding this potential deal.

published December 21, 2012 by

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