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

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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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.

September 29, 2012 by

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