Interview with OpenPages executive Gordon BurnesA couple of weeks ago, I ran a blog post concerning the recent Wall Street crisis and the role that compliance legislation like Sarbanes-Oxley had to play in preventing it. I contended that Sarbanes-Oxley failed and that the problem could be laid at the feet of other culprits including the use of special purpose entities.
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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.
The times they are a changingThis InformationWeek article is a must read for any ERP buyer, seller or market watcher. SAP Global Operations CEO Bill McDermott confirms some details about SAP and the hosting for its Business ByDesign product line.
Insights from a governmental filingCheck out the Bearingpoint 8-K the company filed this week.
Case #2 – HRMC’s AcclaimContinuing with the previous post, I ran into another vendor at the Human Resource Executive’s HR Technology Conference & Exposition (I hope Bill Kutik appreciates that I put in the full title to the show this time!) that reaffirmed why older HR processes need to be reengineered.
Case #1 – MrTed’s SmartRecruitersThe recent HR Technology show in Chicago reinforced within me the idea that many automated HR solutions have problems. Most HR products are first-generation attempts to automate the record-keeping, transaction processing and most tedious aspects of human resources.
More than this book, does your services group have compelling IP?At a recent PSVillage event, a senior executive of Tenrox gave me a copy of Rudolf Melik’s book “The Rise of the Project Workforce” (Wiley ISBN 978-0-470-12430-7).
Good time for a new offering: When Wipro met FortifyWipro (one of the world’s largest outsourcers) and Fortify (a major software security vendor) are announcing today their plans to offer a new joint outsourcing solution. This solution combines Fortify’s software security tools with Wipro’s outsourcing and security personnel to create an application software security center of excellence called the Software Assurance Center.
EVM & PPM earning new respectIn the last few weeks, several vendors have made material announcements involving Earned Value (EV). Earned Value or Earned Value Management (EVM) is a key concept in project management.
Maturity of Great Service LeadersAt the recent OpenAir Leadership Summit, I had the pleasure of speaking with a number of service industry professionals. I also got to share speaking responsibilities with service industry experts David Maister (of “Strategy and the Fat Smoker” and other books) and Thomas Lah of TPSA.
Quick Trends in HR The HR Technology show is probably the most important HR technology event of the year. It attracts a significant number of vendors (approximately 225 by my count) and buyers.