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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
Will or should your next job interview be via video? What would that entail and whose solution would enable it?
Big firms that must let go large numbers of workers would do well to use this solution. It's humane and it saves money.
Dovetail takes a lot of the routine, redundant and time consuming work of HR away - it also makes HR more self-service.
One of my favorite HR firms to check in with - Sonar 6.
TALX provides a lot of the content that makes HR employment decisions happen. The reach of the firm has grown materially over the years.
SHL finds the people with the best chances for succeeding in a given firm, culture and role. Find out more here.
In the first of many updates on several HR software firms, Brian looks at two recently acquired firms (SuccessFactors and Jobs2Web) that he met at the recent HR Technology show.
Not every software vendor is the same. Some meticulously maintain their products and keep customers delighted with current technology. Others let maintenance lapse until it's almost too late. This technical debt picture gets more woozy when acquisitions, the cloud and other factors enter the picture.
Kenexa's grown a lot via acquisitions over the years. But, unlike many software acquirers that buy and hold, Kenexa appears to be incorporating these products into its solution sets and enhancing them along the way.
(Humor) Ever wonder what sort of people are industry analysts? Brian breaks down the different kinds of analysts as a favor to the numerous vendors worldwide who must endure their questions and quirks.
Interesting insights re: Social Media and the Enterprise @ Enterprise 2.0. But, are there some new capabilities that the market needs for social media to work well for businesses? Tech is scaling here but people aren't.
Halogen executives shared some insight as to the competitive switch outs occurring in the HR software space.
Mercer continues to expand beyond HR consulting and outsourcing. Their data driven solutions, one in the cloud, offer some powerful capabilities to help top HR execs get to the right decision faster.
Lots of M&A activity in the SaaS/Cloud space. But not everyone will benefit from the escalating acquisition frenzy. See if you'll benefit from it.