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The 70’s are Back

Ray Wang analyzes the enterprise technology market at his Software Insiders blog. He compares Oracle’s acquisition of Sun to IBM in the 1970s. The impact — the tech industry reverts back to the beginning of a 40 year innovation cycle. … Continue reading

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Time to Stock up on Popcorn

This will be fun to watch, at least if you are not a customer of these behemoths (then antacids may be more appropriate). Larry Ellison launched a new verbal war against anything but Oracle as the big technology firms crank … Continue reading

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Engaging Customers

Ned Lilly offers several ways for software vendors to engage open source communities, including good ideas like transparency, bring in customers early in the process, plus open and continued communication. All are good ideas, but Ned commits an error of … Continue reading

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ERP SaaS Struggles

The Wall Street Journal looked into startup troubles for SAP’s Software as a Service ERP offering. Two reasons are provided for the disappointing launch: SaaS ERP products are seen by potential customers as slow and hard to use; potential customers … Continue reading

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Underinvestment in Information Technology?

Information Week’s Top 500 issue includes highlights of several provocative academic research articles concerning the value of information technology in businesses. The research is directed by Kevin Kobelsky of Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, and is available for downloading at … Continue reading

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Service as Software

The current economic downturn has pushed the Software as a Service (SaaS) hype machine into overdrive. For all the turbocharged hype, SaaS does not solve the core business problem it purports to address – rising costs of information technology. Information … Continue reading

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Avoiding ERP Mistakes

In Monday’s Wall Street Journal (8/23/10), Albert Segars and Dave Chatterjee address ERP project problems: Too many executives see ERP solely as a technology project, believing that if they buy a new software system, inefficiencies will magically disappear. It is … Continue reading

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Monopoly Rent Seeking

Open Source software advocate Ned Lilly continues to track ERP industry consolidation in his ERP Graveyard Blog. His two most recent posts highlight one completed acquisition of open source ERP firm Compiere by Consona and point to a survey on … Continue reading

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Back to the Future

Bob Evans provides an in depth review of Oracle’s direction for Sun hardware, the Oracle stacks, and Oracle applications in his InformationWeek (8/9/10) GlobalCIO article “Larry Ellison Rocks the Tech World”. The key graf is a quote from Oracle VP … Continue reading

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