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The Definitive Guide to Connected Manufacturing

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Plex has a neat publication for the new world of Advanced Manufacturing (see many examples in the resurgence that Greenville, SC is showing as a factory town) and where we are seeing the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Plex calls it Connected.

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NetSuite: Still alive and kicking

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Oracle OpenWorld had even more going on than usual. Larry Ellison was so focused on autonomy facilitated by database version 18c that he had only slide for a number of other features it will introduce like 5 times faster RAC. Cloud Computing, SaaS

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Predictions, Redactions

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At their annual Gartner Symposium event in Orlando today, Peter Sondergaard predicted "AI will be a net job creator starting in 2020" To that, Jason Hiner at TechRepublic snarkily commented “Gartner's research chief couldn't have opened the company's flagship conference.

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Of Halloween and Enterprise Software

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This time of the year, I buy several packages of assorted candies. Keeps the neighborhood kids who come around on Halloween happy. I happened to check the contents of one pack – it had Hot Tamales, Chewy Lemonheads, Tootsie Rolls, Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Workday and the Age of Intelligence

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Mike McNamara is CEO of a remarkable $ 25 bn a year company that many people do not know much about. Flex is contract manufacturer for a wide range of products from automobiles to medical devices. Its design and shop. Cloud Computing, SaaS

Infosys in a world of Amazon, Workday and Foxconn

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Vishal Sikka has resigned as CEO of Infosys. In a blog post he says “It is clear to me that despite our successes over the last three years, and the powerful seeds of innovation that we have sown, I cannot. Offshoring (TCS, Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant

Oracle Autonomy: A Giant Leap

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In writing my last couple of books, Silicon Collar and SAP Nation, I have observed how hypocritical the IT industry has been about automation. AI, robotics, drones are good for customers but not in reducing tech labor? The worst offenders

Raising the Bar - for clouds, renewables and digital - Part 1

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My blogs, now 12+ years old, my 6 books and much of my consulting in those years have cataloged and celebrated cloud computing, renewable energy and digital transformations. I have been a big booster of each, but think we are. Cloud Computing, SaaS

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Rimini Street: The next chapter

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People still think of Rimini as a cut rate, third party maintenance provider for on-premise Oracle, SAP, IBM and Microsoft software. That was Rimini 1.0. In a talk series I did with them last year, I saw Rimini 2.0. Because. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Inforum: Mixed emotions

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The buzz at Infor’s annual user conference (and a side analyst summit) was around Coleman, the AI platform Infor announced to use “powerful machine learning to improve processes such as inventory management, transportation routing, and predictive maintenance”. The name Coleman.

Raising the Bar - for clouds, renewables and digital - Part 3

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My blogs, now 12+ years old, my 6 books and much of my consulting in those years have cataloged and celebrated cloud computing, renewable energy and digital transformations. I have been a big booster of each, but think we are. Industry Commentary

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Oracles momentum

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I tend to not listen to vendor quarterly earnings calls. I get much better value from briefings at industry analyst events and from customer feedback. I also find it irritating that executives brag and beat up on competitors on these. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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

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I first met Paul Wright, CIO at Accuride at the Plex User Conference last year. I was struck by the level headed, low-hype way he approached technology, and also how much time he had invested with the user community around. Industry Commentary

Oracle cloud apps: Growing points of entry

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I am seeing proof points this generation of enterprise software buyer is not committing to large suites from a single vendor. There are many reasons for that as I describe in this blog post. Having said that, the broader a. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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A more realistic, less alarmist Oxford study on automation and jobs

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In my book, Silicon Collar and in several blogs I have critiqued the 2013 study by two Oxford researchers which reached this alarmist conclusion about the impact of modern day machines on jobs: “According to our estimates, about 47% of. Industry Commentary Silicon Collar

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NetSuite under Oracle: More, Better, Forever?

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Jim McGeever, former President of NetSuite, now EVP of that global business unit at Oracle joked things had changed significantly after it invested over $ 9 billion to acquire NetSuite. SuiteWorld has moved to Las Vegas, our safe harbor statement.

IFS extends its vertical focus

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Readers know I think the software market is at a pivot point. We have plenty of hr, financial and basic CRM functionality, but very little in the way of industry specific functionality. I have always liked IFS’s focus on complex, Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

Oracle Cloud Apps 13: A pivot point?

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Oracle Cloud Applications Release 13 – its bi-annual cloud applications release – announced this week solidifies the company’s position as the industry’s broadest suite – across ERP, HCM, CRM and SCM domains. Oracle has been at work on this for. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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Hurricane Oracle

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Three presentations really stood out during the Oracle Cloud analyst day in NYC this week.

SAP Leonardo: The dawn of intelligent applications

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At SapphrieNow a few weeks ago, SAP’s Hasso Plattner painted the vision of “Intelligent Applications” to include Intelligent Transactions – automate high-frequency repetitive tasks Analytics – make data-driven insights available to everybody Collaboration – tap into the collective intelligence of.

Maybe this will spur SAP?

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I honestly cannot remember the last time SAP showed in the lower left quadrant – for niche players – in a Gartner MQ. But in the latest MQ for “Cloud Core Financial Management Suites for Midsize, Large and Global Enterprises”. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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Does the enterprise matter?

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I love Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report. This year though it struck me that over 95% of her 355 slides focused on consumer world – digital advertising, ecommerce, ride-sharing, gaming. wearables and digital healthcare etc. The “vertical” growth in. Industry Commentary

Salesforce: why so much hype?

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They come in threes, don’t they? In the last week, I have read three pieces which have my hype antenna buzzing about Salesforce IDC in an annual study commissioned by Salesforce says the ecosystem of customers and partners will drive. Cloud Computing, SaaS

Cloud, Digital: a Continental Divide?

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DSAG, the SAP user group for German speaking Europe, shared results of a recent survey involving more than 500 decision-makers from IT and various business units. Reading it I was struck by similarities and differences between how the US and. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary

The Clover-Leaf Talent Economy

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In analyzing factoids from the recent listing of the Fortune 500, I came up with a startling data point. The F500 have a combined total revenue of $12.1 trillion equal to 65% of the US GDP. Yet they only employ

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. Much of the conversation is about their digital journeys - the growing sophistication of their lead generation engines and social marketing. Every time. Industry Commentary

The New Polymaththe seven year itch

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John Wiley released The New Polymath seven summers ago. Lots of readers tell me it is my best book. It inspired them as executives to build multi-disciplinary teams and multi-faceted products. Modern and ancient polymaths I described have inspired other. Industry Commentary

Hey Alexa, Siri want to impress me?

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My wife has already had it with digital assistants. Alexa seems to wake up to the inflections of her Irish accent. Siri to mis-pressed buttons in the car or her phone. I am a bit more patient but I also. Industry Commentary

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Unit4 Update

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I had a chance to catch up with Ivo Totev, Chief Product Officer and get a Unit4 update. Some highlights: a) Heightened vertical focus Unit4 has narrowed focus to 4 major verticals – professional services, public services, higher education and. Enterprise Software (other vendors

Book Review: The Age of Sustainability

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I seek out Denis Pombriant, a fellow analyst, at industry events. We hardly ever talk about enterprise software. He is a history buff and a foodie and I walk away always having learned something and happier given his cheerful disposition

Enterprise Cross-currents observations from this years event season

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Over the last few weeks I have had a chance to listen to Oracle, Workday, Microsoft, NetSuite, Plex, SAP, Salesforce at conferences or their analyst summits. Here are some common threads: a) We have entered the era of intelligent and. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary

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PowerPlex celebrating the American Mittelstand

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I leave every visit with Plex invigorated. Last week their user conference, PowerPlex in Atlanta was no different. Each time they showcase a growing number of customers – the majority are mid-sized US manufacturers. Plex now supports 566 customers, with. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Oracle Media Day: another view into the hurricane

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Oracle does a good job keeping us informed on the growing breadth of its SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and DaaS offerings throughout the year – see my post on Hurricane Oracle in January. So, I wondered if I would learn much. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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The Application Vendor is dead. Long live the Application Vendor!

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I have just come back from a round the world trip with frequent reminders of Great Britain's wide influence - Victoria Harbour, Raffles Hotel, Brabourne Stadium, Kipling's Kim in bookstores among others. You could almost visualize the rise and fall. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary

SapphireNowis SAP poised to lead the industry again?

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I went to SapphireNow in Orlando last week. I am getting requests to write an update to SAP Nation. There is plenty I could write about – how thousands of SAP customers are trying out one or more of the. Analytics, Big Data Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) SAP Nation Book Silicon Collar Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

Son of SMAC

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Cognizant popularized the acronym SMAC for the stack of Social, Mobile, Analytic and Cloud technologies where most innovation IT dollars are going. Indeed Malcolm Frank, EVP Strategy and Marketing was talking about it as far back as November of 2012.

Interview with Stephan Sieber, CEO of Unit4

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Stephan Sieber took over as CEO of Unit4 in April. He joined the company in 2014, after over more than a decade at SAP, including Managing Director of SAP Switzerland and Chief Operating Officer of the region DACH (Germany, Switzerland. Industry Commentary

Workdays relentless focus

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Many a company has tried to cajole and bribe Workday to develop “books of record” in the cloud for their industries, and I must admit I have been guilty of encouraging them to consider such requests before the market opportunity. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Living the Dreamforce

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Salesforce has the honor of becoming “the first enterprise cloud software company to break the $10 billion revenue run rate" Amazingly, just a short 8 years ago I was blogging about its “second billion”. They have gone from strength to. Cloud Computing, SaaS

Going to SapphireNow

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After sitting out SAP’s event the last few years I am going to the event next week for a couple of days. Here’s why: I have been getting requests to update SAP Nation. I have to been reluctant to do. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP