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.

Latest Posts

CEO Interview: Jason Blessing of Plex Software

Plex Online has been a success story in multi-tenant cloud ERP. After several recent investor changes and a capital infusion late last year, the company has a new CEO. This CEO, Jason Blessing, comes from a big enterprise software world and plans to grow the reach and customer size of Plex's business.

January 29, 2013 by

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Common sense analytics - the analytics we need

Fake romantic relationships, bogus data in social media, etc. - how's an analytics user supposed to succeed with such problematic data? Some old-school common sense may be just what's needed in the world of analytics. Oh, and sometimes, the solutions can be a lot simpler than you think.

January 28, 2013 by

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Technical hires shouldn't be the most difficult hires

Identifying job seekers with great technical talent shouldn't be a needle in a haystack problem. Yet, many HR tools treat technical positions the same as other jobs. HireVue has a new process that uses mobile devices, the cloud, video interviewing technology and more. Can it deliver better candidates cheaper?

January 25, 2013 by

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Oracle to buy Eloqua – the Broader Implications

Many M&A deals present more opportunities (and challenges) than may first appear. Brian ran some of his thoughts about the strategic value of this deal with Eric Berridge, CEO of BlueWolf, a big cloud and CRM implementer. Here are their insights regarding this potential deal.

December 21, 2012 by

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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.

November 13, 2012 by

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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.

October 31, 2012 by

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