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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The real SAP / Sapphire story

Whether you attended last week's Sapphire event or not, you might have missed the real story there - the story SAP should have communicated. There was lots of talk about HANA, analytics and the cloud but why should customers care and care now? Here's the rest of the story you should have heard.....

May 22, 2013 by

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The Oracle assessment

Oracle's in a lot of sectors selling to many different kinds of buyers. Any review of Oracle needs to take a portfolio view that also looks at the relative growth and contraction of the component market segments served.

April 29, 2013 by


Workday and Adaptive Planning updates

In less than a year, Adaptive Planning built a fairly solid, complete consolidation tool and Workday created a mountain of new functionality for the latest version of their product. The scale of these releases is a testimony to how fast cloud solution providers can create lots of new capability.

April 16, 2013 by


SumTotal elixHR update

Last week, I wrote about SumTotal's new architecture: ElixHR. There was some back-channel debate about whether SumTotal, as I had written, had actually re-plumbed its product line. I spoke with its EVP of Product and Customer Service to verify or clarify the new architecture.

April 15, 2013 by


PUREs and how to stop them

Almost simultaneously last week, Wowzer, Silkroad, and Nobscot all announced new capabilities to help companies in their War for Talent. Wowzer now has a Match functionality to go with its video interviewing, and SilkRoad has teamed with Nobscot to better understand why people leave companies, especially those who leave shortly after joining the company.

April 15, 2013 by


Ultimate Software goes global (and more)

There's an arms race brewing in HR software. This week, Ultimate Software announced greater global payroll support and user definable fields. The company's offerings are expanding functionally and geographically and their relevance to more HR solution buyers will likely increase.

March 14, 2013 by