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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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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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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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The Pendulum Swings

Anecdotal evidence of a US manufacturing rebound has been building for the past two years. Here and there manufacturers “reshored” production to address problems encountered in the rush to low labor costs in China and elsewhere. New statistical evidence supports … Continue reading

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Welcome to a New Partner

Thank you to Tom Kempster and ABC services for their fine introduction to our new partnership. “Our partnership with HarrisData will free our ERP customers from the chains of their existing ERP software, allowing ABC Services to deliver new high … Continue reading

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US Labor Costs Lower Than Elsewhere

More good news for US manufacturers as per unit of output labor costs decreased by 13% while increasing everywhere else. James Hagerty and Kate Linebaugh (Wall Street Journal, “In U.S., a Cheaper Labor Pool”, 1/6/12) report on manufacturing cost trends … Continue reading

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