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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.

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Why these lawsuits should have started two decades ago

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MillerCoors is suing HCL for a botched SAP project. As usual there will be plenty of finger pointing and analysts saying everyone is to blame – the customer, SAP and the SI. Probably true but as in an auto accident

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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.

Are enterprise suites dying?

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Most large vendors still talk in terms of selling entire application suites, growing their “wallet share” of customer IT spend, and the joy of their “all you can eat” buffets. It all sounds so retro, 90s talk because so many. Industry Commentary

The 90s called: They want you to reengineer again with Deloitte and SAP

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Michael Hammer was a rock star in the 90s with his reengineering books and his booming voice and entertaining speaking style.

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

Book Review: What to Do When Machines Do Everything

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Malcolm Frank, Paul Roehrig and Ben Pring, thought leaders at Cognizant are back with a follow up to their last book, Code Halos.

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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. Enterprise Software (other vendors

The CIO is dead. Long live the CIO.

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Is there a company left which has not developed smart products and services which leverage software, sensors and satellites? I asked myself that question as I read two consecutive BusinessWeek issues with such smart products and services. Phillip Morris has. Industry Commentary

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

SAP: Hidden Figures

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Interview with Stephan Sieber, CEO of Unit4

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Stephan Sieber took over as CEO of Unit4 in April. Industry Commentary

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 State of Manufacturing: A conversation with Jason Blessing, CEO of Plex Systems

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I enjoy spending time with Jason Blessing, CEO of Plex. We share a passion for automation and other manufacturing technology and we enjoy sharing notes on outstanding plants and facilities we get to visit. With a new President about to. Industry Commentary

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

An upbeat PowerPlex

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I spent a few days at Plex’s user conference in Detroit this week. For me, the backdrop was the invigorated city as I describe here. Jason Blessing

Seriously, SAP?

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SAP has a new spokesperson, Phil. I 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

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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IFS World Conference: Sneak Preview

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IFS invited me to their conference in Gothenburg, Sweden next week.

Inforum update

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I spent a couple of days at Infor’s user conference in New York this week. Enterprise Software (other vendors

The H-1B Visa Pivot: A major opportunity for Indian outsourcing

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Michio Kaku, the renowned theoretical physicist, has called the H-1B the “genius visa” for US employers. That was certainly the goal with the usage designed for “specialty occupations”. In reality, many of the visas have been used for tactical. Globalization and Technology Offshoring Negotiations/Best Practices

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. People Commentary

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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

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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Look out for Number One

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In the wake of all accentuated concern in SAP world about the “indirect access” clause, Geoff Scott, Chairman of the America’s SAP User Group says “I know personally that SAP isn’t interested in pursuing court action to resolve these conversations. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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

Congratulations, NetSuite

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Oracle is buying NetSuite for $ 9.3 billion. I 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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Urgency in Enterprise Tech

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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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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. I 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 He is outlining what remains to be converted from analog to digital.

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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. I tell them I am waiting for a turnaround in the SAP economy. A noticeable one. For reference, my models showed the. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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

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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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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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

Davos preview: Thoughts from Malcolm Frank of Cognizant

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As he prepares for his annual visit to the WEF event in Davos, Switzerland, I caught up with Malcolm Frank, EVP, Strategy and Marketing of Cognizant on what he expects to hear. I hesitate to even provide a preview of

Thoughts on the Salesforce ecosystem

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My initial reaction was “Uh-oh” about the $272 billion. Cloud Computing, SaaS