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SAP Data & Analytics Analyst Summit - a review

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I was invited to an analyst summit on SAP's Data and Analytics portfolio of products. What a remarkable difference from last year! I had flown to a similar event in Vancouver - first to Seattle, then taken a bus across. Analytics, Big Data Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Burning Platform: Episode 3 - School Buses or RVs

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In this episode of the Burning Platform series, Brian Sommer and I discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on SIs and outsourcers. With travel challenged, they will need to move to much more remote projects and support. In doing.

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New Normal: A conversation with Ray Wang of Constellation Research

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of C-level execs and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes up.

New Normal: A conversation with Michael Pinckney of Pinckney Cookie Cafe

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of C-level execs and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes up.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Burning Platform: A new series on hot Enterprise topics with Brian Sommer

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Brian Sommer and I go back nearly 30 years. We ran parallel Software Intelligence units at Andersen (now Accenture) and PwC (that unit is now part of IBM) and competed. The competition was tough at a professional level, but respectful.

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New Normal: A conversation with Rich Karlgaard of Forbes Media

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of C-level execs and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes up.

New Normal: A conversation with Thomas Ryan of tkr Consulting Associates

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of C-level execs and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New Normal" they can expect as the economy wakes up.

New Normal: A conversation with Darren Roos of IFS

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of C-level execs and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes up

New Normal: A conversation with Mark Galloway of GrandPad

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of C-level execs and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes up.

Marc Benioff and "Market Relevance"

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I liked Marc Benioff's recent comments particularly around Oracle and TikTok “Because I’m mostly worried about the companies that aren’t making aggressive moves. I’m calling CEOs who are friends of mine who are in paralysis and who aren’t making moves, Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Enterprise Software Negotiations/Best Practices Outsourcing Negotiations/Best Practices

Davos report - a conversation with Alan Alper of Cognizant

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Cognizant is a regular at the annual WEF event in Davos, Switzerland. I requested Alan Alper, VP Corporate Marketing, keep good notes on everything he observed during this year's event. Here's an excellent ground level report - you can feel. Globalization and Technology

New Normal: A conversation with Charles Phillips of RECOGNIZE

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of C-level execs and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes up.

New Normal: Conversation with Sridhar Vembu of Zoho

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes.

New Normal: A conversation with Josh Bersin of Josh Bersin Academy

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of C-level execs and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes up.

New Normal: A conversation with Kevin Parikh of Avasant

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of C-level execs and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes up.

New Normal: A conversation with Evangelos Simoudis of Synapse Partners

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of C-level execs and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes up

Burning Platform: Episode 2: Bumper quarter

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Continuing the series of conversations Brian Sommer and I have been having on hot enterprise topics. Episode 2 of the Burning Platform series discusses impressive quarters many software vendors delivered smack in the middle of a COVID-19 induced recession.

New Normal: Conversation with Doug Belden of Hillsborough County, FL

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes.

More COVID-19 impact - the age of agility

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The one thing I vividly remember from my first few days as an audit rookie at PwC was a class where the instructor said "never forget - an internal control should deliver more savings than the burden it puts on. Industry Commentary

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New Normal: A conversation with Ray Wang of Constellation Research Part II

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of C-level execs and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes up.

Utmost: Software for a clover-leaf talent economy

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Five years ago, as part of my research for the book on automation, Silicon Collar, I coined the term "Alt-Job". I saw millions of workers and small businesses in franchises like those of McDonald's or the UPS Store, selling products

Sidetrade: Machine learning applied to customer invoices and collections

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Let me say at the outset, my hype antenna goes up whenever a vendor talks about machine learning. It comes from years of frustration with machines which have supposedly been trained to transcribe voices. Even the hyperscalers only deliver 85.

Extra! extra! The dead has arisen!!!

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As Brian Sommer and Ray Wang reported on Friday in this video I was one of the pall-bearers at the funeral for on-premise software. In that role, I was allowed to the grave site where no media followed - most. Cloud Computing, SaaS Industry Commentary New Normal COVID-19

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Scenario Planning - the Workfront angle

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I have long been a fan of long-term scenario planning and this Harvard Business Review article describes in a fair amount of detail the big thinking around such planning at Shell and other large companies and at government agencies.

New Normal: A conversation with Rob Enslin of Google Cloud

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes.

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Ten enterprise trends from the COVID-19 pandemic

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In December, I wrote decade-end perspectives on enterprise software and services. You can read them again here and here. So, how has the pandemic changed the landscape? In many ways, it has exposed the weaknesses of many software and services. Industry Commentary New Normal COVID-19

New Normal: A conversation with Sue Fellows of Workfront

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of C-level execs and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes up.

Resilience and leadership during crisis: A conversation with Alex Shootman, CEO of Workfront

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Alex Shootman, CEO of Workfront is one of my favorite tech execs because he is always positive - and that in an authentic way. I had enjoyed his book, Done Right (my review here) because he had so many examples. Leadership during Crisis

Plex flexes its shop floor muscle

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When I joined Gartner in 1995, I was part of the AAS (for Administrative Application Systems) service which largely covered accounting, financial planning and hcm applications. We gradually expanded the AAS scope to also cover procurement, order management and other.

Workday's Solid Pandemic Performance

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Workday had a solid quarter - listen to the earnings call here. Actually given the state of the economy, you could call it a blowout quarter. On the heels of Salesforce's earnings report this week that I commented on yesterday, Cloud Pioneers: Guest Column Series Global and Vertical extensions

New Normal: Conversation with Peter Maier of SAP

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes.

Salesforce's acrobatics

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Jim Cramer at CNBC pointed out the irony that ExxonMobil, a major carbon contributor as an oil and gas company is being replaced by Salesforce in the Dow Jones Industrials Index. Salesforce is a major supporter of the WEF's 1T.org. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Global and Vertical extensions Leadership during Crisis New Normal COVID-19

Business acrobatics and heroics that also deserve flyovers

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It's been wonderful to see Blue Angels, Thunderbirds and other planes do flyovers over different cities to honor front line workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Here is one over Washington, DC. While those flyovers have received media attention, very little. New Normal COVID-19

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New Normal: A conversation with Bob Stutz of SAP

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes. Global and Vertical extensions Leadership during Crisis New Normal COVID-19 Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

A scientific and spiritual conversation with Sridhar Vembu, CEO of Zoho

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Zoho is a remarkably different enterprise software company. It has no VC investment, it has an inbound, web-centric sales model which allows it to reverse the industry spend on sales/marketing v. product , it runs its own data centers, it. Cloud Computing, SaaS Globalization and Technology Sustainability, Green Computing

New Normal: A conversation with Tony Prophet of Salesforce

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of C-level execs and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes up. Leadership during Crisis New Normal COVID-19

New Normal: A conversation with Grant Halloran of Planful

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes. Global and Vertical extensions New Normal COVID-19 Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

New Normal: A conversation with Ton Dobbe of Value Inspiration

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes.

The Evolution of SAP Analytics

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I had been invited to an SAP Analytics influencer summit earlier in the year. Many of the sessions were under NDA, so I had not written about it. However, my notes showed: Ambitious, exciting vision, but fragmented execution across portfolio.

New Normal: A conversation with Lou Von Thaer of Battelle

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes. Global and Vertical extensions Leadership during Crisis New Normal COVID-19 Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

ZohoDay: Productivity and Purpose

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I have had a few days to reflect on the Zoho Analyst Summit. There were so many varied perspectives but a few things really jumped out as I looked at my notes Productivity From last year's analyst day, I had. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

New Normal: Conversation with Tom Brennan and Dave Stephans of Rootstock Software

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I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes.