Staying the (Restrained) CourseFellow ZDNet blogger, Dennis Howlett, and I were treated to a briefing by Jeff Stiles of SAP yesterday. The subject was SAP’s Business ByDesign product line.
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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.
Lots of free advice for service firms in a tough economyRecently, I completed a PowerPoint deck on a subject that I’ve lived through a couple of times in my career: how should a services firm navigate a tough economy. I presented that material in a webinar that OpenAir has graciously offered to replay.
The Conference Board publishes an annual report, CEO Challenge, where hundreds of CEOs globally are quizzed as to their firm’s most pressing concerns.This summer, the Conference Board sent out its surveys but as they began to tabulate responses for their report, the stock market, financial firms, retail and other economic sectors began to retrench significantly.
Too Many Cooks Spoil the Livelihoods of Thousands BusinessWeek (12/6/2008) did a great job of dissecting of what went wrong in the collapse of U. S.
83% of cost/benefit analysis supporting IT proposals is a fictionI was reviewing an academic manuscript, Managing the Realization of Business Benefits from IT Investments (published in (MIS Quarterly Executive, March 2007) by Professors Joe Peppard, John Ward and Elizabeth Daniel, when a footnote really caught my attention:This is not a new phenomenon.
A Different and More Optimistic View - Execs Confirm Many Prior AssumptionsLast week, Taleo’s Katy Murray, CFO, and Nate Swanson, Investor Relations, were kind enough to spend a few minutes with me to discuss my recent post on Taleo. The overall tone was positive and not the least bit defensive or confrontational.
An HR Soap Opera This month hasn’t been a good one for Taleo. Here’s the timeline of events and an analysis of the lawsuits that are originating from recent events.
Talk to me – please! Talk to me!Inc. Magazine this month has an interesting article ("Missing Link Getting Programs to Work Together" by Nitasha Tiku) that talks about the value derived from integrating applications with other applications.
A Treasury Solution to Save Money (not cost more of it)I got a briefing from Oracle's Tony Kender and Wells Fargo's Brad Stewart concerning their new joint plug-in adapter product for Oracle's E-Business Suite. Basically, this adapter allows users of Oracle's mid-market applications to directly connect with Wells Fargo systems and automatically transfer bank reconcilation, payment and receipt information without re-keying, errors or time delay.
Competition in the Changing IT Management SpaceYesterday I discussed CA’s move into SaaS-based IT Management. Today, a Forrester Research shared with me a new report their firm also released yesterday (How Big Is SaaS In IT Management Software?