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

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ERP’s Franken-soft and how Workday avoids it

ERP’s Franken-soft and how Workday avoids it

For a decade or so, several ERP vendors have made naked plays for market share, maintenance revenue and customers. In the process, they created unwieldly firms with lots of redundant products and product lines. Now, multi-tenant cloud solutions, like Workday's, are showing the error in these Franken-soft creations.

published November 13, 2012 by

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The Month IT & ERP Permanently Changed

The Month IT & ERP Permanently Changed

It's been a busy month of software events. But, taken together, they point to several major and permanent changes that will shape IT and ERP for decades. This seven part look at these changes spans hardware, HR software, the ERP leaderboard, changing buyer sophistication and more.

published October 31, 2012 by

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Benioff’s 2013 (NOT 2012) DreamForce Day 1 Keynote

Benioff’s 2013 (NOT 2012) DreamForce Day 1 Keynote

Marc Benioff does a great job of setting the tone and direction of the software space. If you missed Dreamforce 2012, you might feel a bit left out. But, if you'd like to get a jump on next year's event, read Marc's Keynote for 2013. It's got vision to spare and should make a lot of software firms envious.

published September 29, 2012 by

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HR & Innovation

HR & Innovation

Lots of innovation is popping up in HR. But, the innovation may be springing up because of the actions of job seekers and employees but not the creators of HR software. In this four part series, we look at the impact these innovations are having on HR processes; how mobile, social, video and other tech is changing HR processes; and, what vendors need to bring to the upcoming HR Technology Conference in October.

published August 20, 2012 by

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NorthgateArinso - An evolving HR solution

NorthgateArinso - An evolving HR solution

Software markets are very fluid. A vendor that had a major competitive differentiator can suddenly find itself needing another. How many payroll service providers have morphed from being a major HR BPO provider to a solutions firm with BPaaS and options for global payroll in 110 countries? Will they need more?

published August 19, 2012 by

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Evolution in HR Software: TALX

Evolution in HR Software: TALX

TALX/Equifax - This is not your typical payroll or talent management software vendor. Here's a company that's gone from phone technology to becoming an information powerhouse.

published August 19, 2012 by

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Executive Interview - Mark Galloway and how tech sales are changing (Part II)

Executive Interview - Mark Galloway and how tech sales are changing (Part II)

Selling technology is different today. The buyer expects a different, more informed seller - a seller that knows their business, industry and the problems ailing them. They also want a seller that asks insightful questions. If you're still asking "So, what's keeping you awake at night" to your prospects, they're probably not loving you. Here's part II of my interview with Mark Galloway of OppSource.

published July 29, 2012 by

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