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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GRC in the current economy

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.

November 3, 2008 by


SAP, Oracle, SaaS - The changing ERP market

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.

November 1, 2008 by


Reengineering HR Solutions #2

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.

October 30, 2008 by


Reengineering HR Solutions

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.

October 28, 2008 by

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New security venture for mid-market application users

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.

October 27, 2008 by