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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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Infor Gets Aggressive

In a move that doesn’t surprise anyone, Infor launched a takeover bid for Lawson Software. Infor CEO Charles Phillips found his first target, and with the offer at a 19% premium to the trailing 90 day Lawson stock price (and … Continue reading

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Make ERP Interesting

Blimps, like ERP, used to be interesting. Back when only a few were flown a blimp sighting was unusual enough to attract attention, less so today with several different branded blimps and at least one of them flying over just … Continue reading

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Optimizing Dynamics for the Stack

Microsoft’s latest investment in Dynamics is aimed at developers, not business users. The focus is independent software vendors (ISVs) which build vertical ERPs using Dynamics as a base. The new version, now code-named Microsoft Dynamics AX 6, should reduce the … Continue reading

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Leader of the Stack

A very interesting post from Josh Greenbaum of ematters frames the ongoing ERP market in terms of the “stack”, the hardware, operating systems, databases, development kits an so on that are behind the curtain of any ERP software product. So, … Continue reading

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Traditional ERP and the Cloud

Now that Microsoft is “All In” for the cloud, can a traditional ERP solution such as Microsoft Dynamics make the transition to a cloud solution? If getting to the cloud were only a technology problem, the folks at Microsoft could eventually … Continue reading

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Focus on Customer Requirements for Quality Software

[This post is the eighth of a series defining software quality]. Software vendors spend a huge portion of development budgets on software quality, yet industry news is filled with examples of software failing during implementation. Why can’t the vendors get … Continue reading

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Open Software for Quality

[This post is the seventh in a series defining software quality]. Software vendors often try to cash in on their customer footprints by operating as a one stop shop – providing everything the customer needs. The problem with this is … Continue reading

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Acquisition focus harms customer support

“Oracle has lately devoted itself to becoming the largest and most mission-critical IT systems vendor in the world,” using acquisitions to increase both market share and the share of IT budgets. No doubt the recent court victory over SAP ($1.3 … Continue reading

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