The economics are getting clearer. Individual IT shops can't acquire and operate hardware with the same scale and economy as larger cloud providers. But, not all providers are the same. Some are clearly driving costs the right direction.
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Many writers explore just one tech sector. Brian looks at the entire tech ecosystem to better understand the often conflicted relationships between software vendors, integrators, outsourcers and more.
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
Ultimate Software recently showcased a new predictive analytics tool they have produced. The results they produced were worth noting and can deliver value to other firms as well.
The last (6th) in a series on ERP and PaaS. The requirements for what will spell success in a new ERP world are articulated here.
In part 5 of this series, we understand what 'planks' (i.e., the building blocks of a PaaS ecosystem) will be needed in the coming ERP market
In part 4 of this series on PaaS & ERP, we learn how software buyers' shopping will evolve. We also examine how ecosystems permit hockey stick growth within software firms.
In this, the third installment of PaaS & ERP, the distinction between market power and product control is covered.
In the second of this series on ERP and PaaS Ecosystems, we learn some of the reasons why platform creators are so driven to create the go-to place for ERP solutions
ERP software and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) are on a collision course. This is part one a 5-piece series on the evolving ERP/PaaS space. Who's ecosystem will reign supreme?
Exclusive: An interview with the author of the new book: The New Technology Elite. Brian Sommer fires off a number of questions about Vinnie's book, innovation and where is ERP in all this.
What does the future of analytics or BI look like? A chat with John Schwarz held some interesting perspectives.
Does the cloud vs. on-premise dialogue have to be so polarized? Can't we see something other than stark one-way decisions? Here are some items two IT research analysts have come to terms with.
Sonar6, the hippest, irreverent HR vendor out there has just been acquired by Cornerstone OnDemand. Is it a good deal or not?
How do you look at the recent cloud application software acquisitions. Are you a bit skeptical about what these deals mean to you? Read on as Brian looks at the deals from a customer's perspective.
SYSPRO recently demonstrated its integrated business process management and ERP solution to analysts. Bringing BPM and ERP to the SMB market could be a very good thing on a couple of levels.
Are analytic applications evolving? The Unit4 approach suggests some new angles in the sector's evolution. It's sort of ERP meets BI that meets a PaaS ecosystem.