Author Archives: Henry Nelson

Promise of the Cloud

What, exactly, is Cloud Computing? Some degree of skepticism about cloud computing is understandable. The marketing hype surrounding it smacks of previous campaigns by consultants and technology companies to lure corporate investment. To wit: Y2K paranoia, dot.com hysteria and fiber … Continue reading

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Reliability of Cloud vs On-Premises Software

Lauren Carlson at Software Advice makes the point that the cloud reliability problems we have seen lately should not be considered in isolation. That is a very helpful point. She holds up the service level agreement as guarantor of cloud … Continue reading

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Some Problems Don’t Change

[ed. this is the CEO presentation from the HarrisData User Conference of May 22-25]. Logistics: The Soldier’s Perspective “Troops in action should never have to turn their backs on the enemy to fetch further supplies” “Troops should not be encumbered … Continue reading

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Cloud Reliability Stumbles

Some big names in the cloud world tripped up over the past few weeks, raising questions of how reliable cloud delivery of enterprise software actually is. How big a deal were these outages? First to stumble was Amazon.com’s cloud services … Continue reading

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Bureaucracy Blamed for Bad Decisions

As Einstein famously stated, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” According to a Wall Street Journal article this morning (Don Clark and; Shara Tibken, “Cisco to Reduce Its Bureaucracy”) Cisco CEO John Chambers … Continue reading

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When Do Anecdotes become a Trend?

It is dangerous to extrapolate a trend from isolated reports, especially in a volatile environment such as the current world economy. It may be just as dangerous to ignore anecdotes concerning a change in a major trend. Fortunately, Auric Goldfinger … Continue reading

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Increasing Compliance Audits Irritate Customers

Software companies have increased the rate of license compliance audits to demonstrate their dedication to your organization’s well being. They also help you reduce costs by identifying unused seats and shelfware and adjusting maintenance bills downward. Please excuse my sarcasm, … Continue reading

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Collaboration vs Leadership in Decision Making

In last month’s post about vendor margins and cannibalization of older high margin products by newer low margin products, Cisco was highlighted as a firm with a high level of innovation whose profit margins disappointed investors. Carl at Chicago Boyz … Continue reading

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Its Good to be Public

The ERP vendor acquisition season heated up today with Apax Partners acquisition of ERP vendors Epicor and Activant, to merged into a new privately held Epicore. For the Epicore shareholder the offer yeilds an 18.9% premium over the past 30 … Continue reading

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ERP Software Vendor Metrics – What Matters?

With acquisitions in the air again, how do you tell if an ERP vendor is performing well? For example Lawson is performing well by many accounts, but received an unsolicited takeover bid anyway. Some suggest the cost of shifting to … Continue reading

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