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Why VMware needs to focus on SMBs

The majority of small businesses fail because of a lack of experience, insufficient capital, poor location, poor inventory management, and over-investment in fixed assets.

March 21, 2013 by

What's Your IT Service Management Strategy (If You Actually Have One)?

Unfortunately I don’t often hear “strategy” and “IT service management (ITSM)” in the same sentence, unless of course someone is maligning the ITIL 2011 Service Strategy book or if an organization is justifying a significant investment in a new ITSM tool (to me this is too often the breeding ground for failed aspirations). Alternatively we often talk about (and are consumed by) tactical ITSM issues and our tactical responses. So where and what is your ITSM strategy? And where is your ITSM strategic plan?

August 20, 2012 by

Bunbury Property Tracker

Bunbury Property Managements Property Tracker for Bunbury Property InvestorsOwning an investment property couldnt get any easier with...

December 2, 2014 by Ray White Bunbury

CRM investments ramp due to social media and smart mobility

New forms of customer relationship management are moving to the forefront of enterprise capabilities as companies begin a new era of investment in the function, says new data. But are companies really ready to get more social and mobile, or they just reacting to seemingly irresistible customer demand? The companies that understand how to employ new CRM trends strategically seem most likely to benefit.

May 6, 2012 by

Advent Direct

The Advent Direct application leverages the Advent Direct cloud platform to deliver solutions tailored to the diverse and distinct...

November 29, 2014 by Advent Software

Dell opens tech center in Singapore

update New facility to showcase vendor's technologies and help businesses test-bed new concepts in areas such as computing and data management, and is part of global US$1 billion investment plan.

July 21, 2011 by

Farming data play gets $1.5m VC funding

Perth-based venture capital (VC) firm Yuuwa Capital has injected $1.5 million worth of investment into data capture and management player Agworld, which focuses specifically on the agricultural industry.

September 12, 2010 by

Online hospitality tool nets venture capital

One of Australia's most prominent Web 2.0 investment groups, Future Capital Development Fund (FC), has invested in MyGuestList.com.au, an online guest and client relationship management tool for the hospitality industry.

September 7, 2010 by

Intel commits $10M to five clean-tech companies

Intel Capital is sinking new and additional investment funds into five technology companies, most of which have some stake in the energy monitoring or monitoring marketplace.Here's a summary of who snagged the money:CPower, a New York company that provides energy management and demand response services and that is part of the Intel Open Energy Initiative.

July 29, 2009 by

CDW snags certification for environmental management

Next time you're wondering which VAR or reseller is the best for a given project, you might want to take a look at what systems it has in place to ensure it is a green business in its own right.I'm not sure how many smaller technology solution providers IT resellers have paid much attention to this issue, but national reseller CDW has just earned its ISO 14001:2004 certification, recognizing its investment in environmental management systems.

March 4, 2009 by

Means to an end: New HP management tools address green IT challenges

I'm sure it doesn't surprise you (given the state of the economy) that More and more often, various data center management tools are being repositioned under companies' green IT initiatives. It makes sense, if you think about it, because the two truly proven IT strategies that have had a direct impact on green initiatives AND that have a demonstrable, almost immediate return on investment message are consolidation and virtualization, which present very thorny management challenges.

January 15, 2009 by

Run by Wall Street? A Cause or a Company?

In light of the Yahoo! - Microsoft fiasco, fellow bloggers Larry Dignan and Vinnie Mirchandani havebeen asking the question whether there is too much emphasis on just onestakeholder - the shareholder. After all, shouldn't a technologycompany (or any company for that matter) be equally focused on thevalue for customers, partners and employees.I believe that the real problem is not that of prioritization of stakeholders but a more fundamental issue: Does your company stand for something?Larry and Vinnie discussed the following in a recent conversation: Technology companies cater to Wall Street interests too much often at the expense of good strategy. Isn’t what a company does for customers and developers more important than shareholder interests? What’s wrong with being a mid-size technology company if customers and employees are happy and the products–software, hardware, services–fit a need? There’s nothing wrong with it, but Wall Street would lead folks to believe that any company that isn’t acquired by Oracle isn’t worth existing. And why are we listening to Wall Street at all given that analysts, investment bankers and other financial wonks can’t even manage their own businesses (subslime, credit swaps, write-offs galore)?Evenas I do agree that the recent focus on shareholder's (short-term)returns is probably misplaced, the real problem is elsewhere.What Does The Company Stand For?Theproblem with Yahoo! is not just its mediocre financial performancecompared to its more successful cousin in Mountain View - Google, butthat Yahoo! does not seem to stand for anything and rarely arouses anypassion amongst customers, employees or partners. Its a listlessorganization that seems to be going through the motions - see this excellent post by Jeff Nolan.Marc Andreesen recently wrote up an article praising dual-class structureto help management teams prevent hostile takeovers. I believe this isthe wrong remedy - its a cure for a disease that should be prevented inthe first place: A lack of clear vision around what a company is tryingto achieve.A company (and its management team) deserve to beindependent as long as they inspire confidence among investors,employees, parters and customers that the company has a vision that itaspires to that the stakeholders can commit to.After all, whatdoes Yahoo! stand for? A hodge podge of websites relating toentertainment, communication, search etc with no grand vision ofchanging our (digital) lives. There are hundreds of smaller companiesthat are not under any duress to be acquired because their managementteams inspire confidence around a vision.Here is a list ofcompanies that I don't know what they stand for, and hence will nothave shareholders clamoring to keep them independent if the rightopportunity came along: BEA (Sold) Yahoo! Tibco WebMethods (Sold) IAC (Bought/Sold/Consolidated/Unbundled)Contrast this with list with: Salesforce.com (Changing the enterprise software world; See my disclaimer) Google (Organizing World's Information) Amazon (Changed Retail, Now Web Services) COST (Concur, Omniture, Salesforce and Taleo - the SaaS horsemen, per Phil Wainewright)Thesame holds true beyond technology businesses - if your company does notstand for something bigger than management's entrenched interests andegos, its not very likely to inspire shareholders to forgo a 50%overnight return. There is a storyof two labourers working at a construction site, breaking stones. Apasser-by asked one labourer what he was doing. “Breaking stones”, wasthe bored reply. A few yards down the road the traveller came acrossthe other labourer. This worker was different; there was a spring inhis steps and a tune on his lips. So the passer-by asked, “What are youdoing?” “Oh, I am helping Christopher Wren to build the greatestcathedral in the world.” The vision of the great architect, SirChristopher Wren, of building a cathedral that was to be the pride ofEngland, gave meaning to the labourer’s work.So, the questionis: Do your stakeholders see your company as a stone-breaking ventureor as a company that's building a Cathedral?

May 16, 2008 by

10 software buying tips for SMBs

Ad hoc purchases and a lack of commitment from management are surefire ways to a bad software investment, industry players say.

April 29, 2008

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