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.

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Software & Services - 2009 dictates value delivery a must

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.

January 4, 2009 by


Satyam - The sharks are circling

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.

December 30, 2008 by


Spammers – Best wishes for 2009!

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.

December 21, 2008 by


Product update - Compuware’s Changepoint 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.

December 18, 2008 by


Would you sign off on this audit? What’s a going concern in this business climate?

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.

December 17, 2008 by