Author Archives: Henry Nelson

You Can’t See What’s Behind the Cloud

Cloud: 3. a dim or obscure area in something otherwise clear or transparent. The entire information technology industry is moving to the cloud. What, if anything, have they done differently once they arrived? It can be hard to tell whether … Continue reading

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Cloud Vendors Spend Too Much on Sales and Marketing

Look anywhere, and it seems the cloud is the answer you were looking for. How much of this is real, how much venture capital hype? Phil Wainewright interviewed Zoho CEO Sridhar Vembu and found evidence to support the hype part. … Continue reading

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Mashup Enterprise Services

Nostalgic for a late 60s console entertainment center complete with an integrated turntable, tube amp, radio, TV, and stereo speakers? Consoles were big pieces of furniture, the focal point of the room on which we would watch shows or listen … Continue reading

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New Release Adoption Rates The Key Metric in Software

Getting the installed base to upgrade is becoming a survival imperative, as customers left on older versions compare what they have to what’s available from the cloud and find it wanting. The ERP industry is finally taking the new release … Continue reading

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The Web of Nouns

Web of Things is all the rage, where your smart phone starts your car and schedules servicing, or the refrigerator reminds you to pick up milk on the way home. In the near future things will connect to the web … Continue reading

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A Modern Transaction Architecture

Consider the Payroll application as typically designed. The object is to convert hours worked into paychecks while calculating taxes, benefit deductions, and garnishments. The work flow is broken into a series of segments: hours entry, payroll calculations, verification, check printing. … Continue reading

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What is Modern?

Rumors have SAP joining the stampede to HTML5 based user interfaces. To get there, SAP will build a new platform, replacing the $4 billion platform underneath Business-By-Design. HTML5 is the current technology for a “modern” user interface, filling the role … Continue reading

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Bookmark, Link, Search

[Highlights of CEO Keynote at HarrisData’s 2013 User Conference.] Step away from the vendor hype wars over cloud computing and look at what the cloud means to users. Anything a user wants to do will be reached by a bookmark, … Continue reading

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Too Big to Succeed

Cyprus is in the news as the world wrestles with insolvent banks in that country. The challenge is that a failure of the Cypriot banks would lead to wider failures across the world. The underlying idea is that banks can … Continue reading

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Implementation Risk

Another day, another ERP vendor sued over an implementation failure. The customer did not achieve success implementing core ERP software and naturally blamed the vendor for inadequate support. You would think that by now someone somewhere would understand what it … Continue reading

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