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Oracle-NetSuite win-win?

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After 15 years and countless deals, you would think integrating acquisitions would be an Oracle core competence.

The Comparative Advantage of Nations applied to technology

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SaaS, PaaS and IaaS competencies are becoming increasingly pronounced and vendors are recognizing the sheer scale. Cloud Computing, SaaS

Unit4 Update

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I had a chance to catch up with Ivo Totev, Chief Product Officer and get a Unit4 update. Enterprise Software (other vendors

Interview with Paul Wright of Accuride : Steady Wheels Will Get You Far

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Interview with Chip Coyle of Infor: High Touch in High Tech

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In my role, I spent a fair amount of time with Chief Marketing Officers of technology companies. Every time. Industry Commentary

Silicon Collar: Excerpts

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Amazon is taking advance orders for the Kindle version here. On New. Silicon Collar

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Seriously, SAP?

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SAP has a new spokesperson, Phil. hear he is doing a series, so in keeping. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

A Digital Assistant for the Enterprise

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Business Insider has a nice article on how the Echo has become a huge success for Amazon. Enterprise Software (other vendors

Inforum update

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SAP: In Oracles rear view mirror?

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I struck me when Infosys CEO, Vishal Sikka talked about his acquisition of Panaya in his keynote this afternoon, how little attention SAP has received at Oracle OpenWorld this year. In fact if SAP was not hosting TechEd this week, Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

SAP has its hands full

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A CIO in an email congratulating me on my new book, Silicon Collar, wondered if SAP was relieved this one is not on “the Nation”. They don’t need to worry about another book. They have their hands full. Several mid-level. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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A Tribute to Harald Stuckert

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Harald Stuckert passed away a couple of days ago. It was a shock to everyone who knew him, and especially so to me. I had just seen a Facebook entry with him commenting on The Masters. He loved golf. I. People Commentary

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Congratulations, NetSuite

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Oracle is buying NetSuite for $ 9.3 billion. have long admired NetSuite. They are cloud pioneers going back nearly two decades. CEO Zach Nelson helped in countless ways when I wrote The New Polymath I was hoping they would. Cloud Computing, SaaS

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Enterprise processes and systems in a world of growing automation

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In recent blog posts you have seen me combat what I consider alarmist scenarios about job losses from automation being painted by many analysts, academics and folks in Silicon Valley. My perspective is automation targets individual tasks done by humans, Silicon Collar

I hope this is not SAP Nation 3.0

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Nucleus Research just issued a report which will make SAP wince SAP’s new marketing tagline – run simple – is not only grammatically incorrect, it’s grossly inaccurate. Nucleus analyzed the experience of SAP customers and found varied – at best. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Manufacturing: The STEM cells of the enterprise

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I am always invigorated when I spend time with Plex executives and customers as I did at its PowerPlex event in Nashville last week. There was a blue collar excitement to the event. Accounting had an industrial engineering flavor with. Cloud Computing, SaaS Industry Commentary

Oracle IaaS opportunity is much bigger than Amazons

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Three things were striking about Larry Ellison’s kickoff keynote at Oracle OpenWorld last night a) he was at his late night host best – I must have been a sight as I burst out in humor every few minutes b). Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

SAP finally has a marketing hit

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SAP Marketing has had a rough patch. There was the obnoxious “spokesperson”, Phil that SAP had to hastily take down. There’s all the.

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A Tale of Two Wildly Divergent Emotions

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Dennis Howlett posted this weekend “The robots are coming and we are royally screwed”. In contrast, ZDNet ran my column “Automation is coming, but it'll take longer than you'll think (and won't take your job)” The timing of the columns. Silicon Collar

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The HP Enterprise Startup

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I had a chance to spend some time at the HP Enterprise Discover event in Las Vegas last week. I was last at the event in 2012 when HP was a $120 billion entity. Today, HPE after the spin off. Industry Commentary

SAP Nation 3.0

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People ask me all the time if I have plans for volume 3 in the SAP Nation series. tell them I am waiting for a turnaround in the SAP economy. noticeable one. For reference, my models showed the. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Urgency in Enterprise Tech

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The SAP Sisyphus

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These days , far removed from the origins of Greek mythology, it is easy to feel sorry for Sisyphus as he pushes a huge boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down. He is cursed to repeat. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Zoho: what if the entire software industry ran like this?

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Just about a decade ago, I ran a guest column from Sridhar Vembu which was striking in that he promised to invert the traditional software model which typically invests 10 to 15% of revenues in product, and 50 to 60%. Enterprise Software (other vendors

An inflection point for HCM executives

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As I was writing Silicon Collar over the last year, I got to see the impact machines are having on jobs and workers in over 50 settings. looked at work in accounting firms, in banks, on the battlefront, in. Silicon Collar

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Digital Myopia

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I saw this 1986 photo of Steve Jobs by Doug Menuez. “He is outlining what remains to be converted from analog to digital.

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Thoughts on the Salesforce ecosystem

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Interview with Malcolm Frank of Cognizant: Davos and Digital

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Malcolm Frank is, in my opinion, the best "analyst" on the outsourcing sector. Industry Commentary Outsourcing Negotiations/Best Practices

The Real Deal: Jason Prater on Manufacturers, Mobility, and the Internet of Things

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This continues a series of columns from practitioners I respect. The category "Real Deal" describes them well. This time it is Jason Prater who leads product and platform development teams, from design to deployment at Plex Systems, the manufacturing cloud. The Real Deal: Guest Columnist

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The Real Deal: Steve Mann on Neuro-Digital Marketing and the Quest for Joy

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This continues a series of columns from practitioners I respect. The category "Real Deal" describes them well. The Real Deal: Guest Columnist

SAP Cloud Powered by Oracle

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Let the mud-slinging begin as Oracle starts this campaign In typical Oracle fashion, it pushes the speeds and feeds button.

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Sparking all kinds of discussions about man and machine

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They say the modern day author is cursed because he/she has to compete with short attention spans and many competing forms of content. I say the modern day author is, in reverse, blessed with all kinds of instant feedback. Imagine. Silicon Collar

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Infor: an inflection point in the software market

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Malcolm talked about what he. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (other vendors) Outsourcing (other vendors

SAP Nation 2.0 Excerpt: Grading S/4HANA

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As with previous books, I have been excerpting 10% of the contents. looks at the prospects of S/4HANA which SAP launched in. SAP Nation Book

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What to expect at SapphireNow

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At a couple of cities during the Rimini executive briefing tour I have been asked what SAP customers can expect to hear in Orlando next week. have honestly answered - my speculation last year was totally off. After CEO. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

The art of the analyst mini-summit

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I have written before about well done analyst summits here and here. Last week I had the opportunity to be part of a very well done mini-summit – a little over 4 hours – just before the start of Oracle. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary

SAP: Help me help you

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Shaun Snapp writes “It is now common to hear about "HANA fatigue." For four years just about every SAP conference has been distinctly HANA flavored. One of my clients told me of her experience of at one SAP conference where. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Plex Systems: Celebrating Makers

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Most ERP vendors. Cloud Computing, SaaS Industry Commentary

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Oracles Confident Cloud

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I have analyzed Oracle for over two decades – at PwC, at Gartner, and now at Deal Architect. have written before Oracle does not get enough respect – I would say it has to work twice as hard as. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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A generation of P.s

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No, I am not echoing Clint Eastwood. My P is much more damning — we are a becoming a generation of pessimists. have just released my new book, Silicon Collar. It is meant to combat widespread pessimism about machines. Silicon Collar

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