deal architect

Enterprise Software Platforms have underperformed

deal architect

My first exposure to a software “platform” was back in 1983 when McCormack and Dodge introduced Millennium and started to migrate all its modules to have the same look and feel, extensibility, queries and other features. I was part of.

Tech marathoners: Bruce Rogow

deal architect

This continues a new series of interviews with tech executives who have seen the industry evolve over a minimum of two decades. They have helped analyze, envision, develop and take to market some of the most influential technology the world. Tech Marathoners series

Relational Databases: Gradually, then Suddenly?

deal architect

In The Sun Also Rises, the Ernest Hemingway character is asked “How did you go bankrupt?”. His response ‘Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly” I thought of that relative to relational databases during a meeting with Hasso Plattner of SAP in. Industry Commentary

Tech Marathoners: John Wookey

deal architect

I am excited to start a new series of interviews with tech executives who have seen the industry evolve over a minimum of two decades. They have helped analyze, envision, develop and take to market some of the most influential

Tech Marathoners: Sabrina Horn

deal architect

This continues a new series of interviews with tech executives who have seen the industry evolve over a minimum of two decades. They have helped analyze, envision, develop and take to market some of the most influential technology the world. Tech Marathoners series

Renewables: The great dual challenge,

deal architect

The new General Electric is a shell of its former self as it sheds most of its business units and its industrial coverage is down to its aircraft engine, renewable, and power plant businesses. GE CEO John Flannery has called. Industry Commentary Sustainability, Green Computing

A weekend with inspirational ladies

deal architect

Two books and a movie were the highlight of this long MLK weekend. The common theme – ladies in business whose grit and determination can inspire anyone of any gender, age, race, political belief. First, a couple of personal perspectives. Industry Commentary

109

A Midsummer Nights Musing: Clouds, Renewables and Digital

deal architect

In November, I ran a 3 part series titled “Raising the Bar” around cloud computing, renewables and digital transformations. Over the next few days I will provide an update on each. Each post should benefit from the vendor event season. Industry Commentary

Cloud 58

SAP and Outsourcers: Fool me twice, shame on me

deal architect

I am often asked why I was tough on SAP in SAP Nation. I usually correct them and say I was tough on SAP’s partners and how SAP did a poor job monitoring and managing them. I must say I.

The end of Cloud history?

deal architect

In 1989, Francis Fukuyama, then deputy director of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff (he has since taught at Johns Hopkins and Stanford among other institutions) predicted the fall of Communism and the world beyond in an article titled “The. Cloud Computing, SaaS Industry Commentary

Cloud 54

PowerPlex: Celebrating American Manufacturing

deal architect

I tend to take a lot of photos and talk a lot when I am invigorated by products, places or people. Two days in Detroit this week for Plex’s annual user conference yielded me over 200 photos and 50 conversations

Will SAP lead the next generation of enterprise applications?

deal architect

Franck Cohen, President SAP Digital Core & Industry Solutions, presented the slide below at SapphireNow last week. He did not spend much time on it and I would likely have not thought much of it if he had not shown. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary

Plex evolves the Analyst Summit

deal architect

I get invited to a number of user conferences. I must admit I often feel I am intruding there on customer time with vendor executives. I much prefer smaller analyst summits and Plex has honed such summits to an art

The next stage of the ServiceNow rocket

deal architect

I spent a couple of days at Knowledge 18, ServiceNow’s user conference. It was good to get a deeper dive into the product and meet the executives re-shaping the company. Couple of positive areas and couple of potentially problematic areas. Cloud Computing, SaaS

Hey Amazon, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle

deal architect

… a nice opportunity to show off your machine learning capabilities – specifically with transcription help for my next book. I tend to interview lots of executives for my books. For each of my last 6 books I have tried. Industry Commentary

66

Cognizant Community: One dazzling presentation after another

deal architect

In Part 1 here, Malcolm Frank, EVP of Marketing and Strategy talked about his keynote and the audience vibe at the recent Cognizant Community. Here he provides color commentary on some of the other excellent sessions during the event. Kevin. Industry Commentary

SAP is at its best when it is hungriesta conversation with Nick Tzitzon

deal architect

You have read analysis from me and others about SapphireNow. I wanted to get a post-conference perspective from a SAP executive and I caught up Nick Tzitzon, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Communications Overall Vibe It can be tempting to. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Tech Marathoners: Sabrina HornPart 2

deal architect

We ran yesterday Part 1 of the interview with Sabrina Horn. Part 2 below focuses on her view of the future of the industry and marketing trends What she is proudest of I alluded to it earlier. I think my. Tech Marathoners series

C/4HANA: Instant analysis

deal architect

As expected, SAP announced a renewed focus on CRM at SapphireNow in Orlando – what it terms “fourth- generation”, not least to allow for brand rhyming with its S/4HANA ERP product it has been maturing for years now. The reaction. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

NetSuite under Oracle: a progress report

deal architect

I have seen way too many large vendors under-leverage their acquisitions. They mostly benefit from the incremental revenues but lose talent and value of the acquired IP. The week prior, I was impressed by how Rob Enslin has started to. Cloud Computing, SaaS

IP 79

Salesforce Analyst Summit: A solid B

deal architect

I prefer going to vendor analyst summits over user conferences. I always feel like I am intruding on customer time at conferences. Salesforce hosted an analyst summit last week. Here are my scores: Venue: A The venue was to say. Cloud Computing, SaaS

Salesforce is vulnerable

deal architect

By all accounts, at SapphireNow this week, CRM will be a major focus. And the bullseye will be on Salesforce. Ho hum? Oracle, Microsoft, Adobe, Zoho and many others have been targeting Salesforce for a while. So, join the chase. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Cloud 70

Host Analytics: The Beauty of Focus

deal architect

Us analysts like to ask vendors: what next? I am constantly asking them to verticalize. Very few vendors actually do that but transaction processing vendors are constantly claiming to add analytical capabilities. Analysts also love to create new market categories. Cloud Computing, SaaS

Tech Marathoners: John Wookey Part 2

deal architect

We ran yesterday Part 1 of the interview with John Wookey. Part 2 below focuses on his view of the future of the industry. The next-gen of apps will "give more than they take" AI is being delivered now as. Tech Marathoners series

59

Predictions, Redactions

deal architect

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.

.Net 101

Workday continues its acquisition trajectory

deal architect

Many companies make acquisitions to diversify into new markets. Others do it to acquire revenues and customer bases. Workday has been consistent in the last few years to acquire analytical capabilities and talent especially in its back office focus areas. Cloud Computing, SaaS

Verticals, the Uptake way

deal architect

Readers know I have lamented for a while that enterprise software has paid lip service to verticals. Two decades of cloud and in-memory computing and still most of the available functionality is around horizontal areas - accounting, HCM and CRM. Industry Commentary

SAP: When you come to a fork in the road, Take it!

deal architect

“Who pays when the SAP data center goes on strike and the solution is down?” Data Center going on strike? That portion of a quote from Hermann-Josef Haag, spokesperson for the DSAG HR management working group made me stop in. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Rethinking the two technology Moores

deal architect

Throughout our technology careers, most of us have cited Moore’s Law about how fast technology evolves, or Geoffrey Moore’s “Crossing the Chasm” to speed up launches of products. To say each has been seminal to strategizing and marketing in technology. Industry Commentary

The Long Game

deal architect

Have you been watching the FIFA World Cup? I have been watching highlights. And peeks at an occasional game on Fox Sports Go. It’s humbling to think I will likely watch less than 1% of the 96 Group Stage games. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Plex and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

deal architect

I first wrote about the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the 2013 book The Digital Enterprise. A collaboration with the CEO of Software AG, most of the examples profiled there were Germany based. At the same time, companies like GE were. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (other vendors

Workday: The relentless pursuit of excellence

deal architect

I am a big fan of Tom Peters’ classic. He has a new book out on excellence and I will get to that but this week at the Workday analyst summit I found I was reading a live case study. Cloud Computing, SaaS

Cloud 70

Oracle MCX: We're not in Kansas anymore

deal architect

I did not get much notice for the Oracle MCX event in Chicago this week, so could only spend a day there, but even in that short timeframe I got the vibe over and over that things are finally humming. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Anaplan: The verticalization of analytics

deal architect

I spent a few hours at Anaplan’s annual Hub conference in Vegas. It is my first time at an Anaplan event and I sensed the buzz of a vendor going through a phase of rapid growth and having to manage. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (other vendors

Tech Marathoners: Sabrina HornPart 2

deal architect

We ran yesterday Part 1 of the interview with Sabrina Horn. Part 2 below focuses on her view of the future of the industry and marketing trends What she is proudest of I alluded to it earlier. I think my. Tech Marathoners series

Inforum: Mixed emotions

deal architect

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.

Smarter Immigration

deal architect

President Trump spent plenty of time on immigration in his State of the Union speech this week. I wish he had spent more time on each of the four pillars he identified and two policy changes he announced – we. Globalization and Technology Industry Commentary

Tech Marathoners: Sabrina Horn

deal architect

This continues a new series of interviews with tech executives who have seen the industry evolve over a minimum of two decades. They have helped analyze, envision, develop and take to market some of the most influential technology the world. Tech Marathoners series

Not your Dads CRM

deal architect

I was looking at our Amazon credit card statement. I expected plenty of Whole Foods charges after I told my wife we get another 5% off if she used the card, but I was taken aback by the number of. Industry Commentary

63

Hurricane Oracle

deal architect

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