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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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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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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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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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Vendor Margins and the Cloud

It’s all cloud all day in the buzz about the software business, and that definitely includes ERP software. With conventional wisdom pointing to a need for purpose written cloud software (multi-tenant architectures etc.), it is no surprise that on the … Continue reading

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Cloud not Cheaper than On Premesis

As the cloud reality replaces the hype machine, sober analysis of costs and benefits is becoming available. Chris Chiappinelli sums it up nicely: A few years ago, there was a rampant assumption that software delivered via cloud computing was automatically … 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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Are you ready for some takeovers?

Life in the ERP software business is about to get interesting once again as Infor hires a new CEO. Charles Phillips moves from Oracle to Infor where he is expected to restart the acquisition machine (more than 70 since 2002) … Continue reading

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Software Quality Defined: Build What Your Customers Need

InformationWeek reports Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst’s condemnation of the software industry. Whitehurst catalogs a long list of industry ills including overpricing, a lack of productivity improvement in development organizations, and unimproved quantities of program bugs in commercial software. The … Continue reading

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