Infors Vertical Journey

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Five years ago, I wrote a note titled Infor: a grown-up sleath startup. I wrote about investments Charles Phillips and his team were making including those in ION middleware and in beautification its captive design agency Hook and Loop was. Cloud Computing, SaaS

Verticals, the Uptake way

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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

Vertical Velocity

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I predicted 2016 will be the year of verticals in the enterprise software space. Industry Commentary Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc We are off to a good start. This morning Jose Duarte, CEO of Unit4 updated us about the Higher Education acquisition they made a few months.

Quantified Commerce Shares: Understanding Vertical Integration And Why It Is The Path To Success


Vertical integration is a strategy where a firm owns or runs several stages of production, including taking raw materials and turning them into finished products. Therefore, firms that adopt vertical integration own numerous parts of the supply chain. Challenges of Vertical Integration.

The Everyday Economy Is Not a Vertical Strategy

View from Seed

When describing the Everyday Economy, it is helpful to talk about some of the verticals that are seeing wholesale redesign and the opportunities within those verticals. We have blogged about a few of the verticals so far, including housing , food , entertainment , and others.

IFS extends its vertical focus

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I have always liked IFS’s focus on complex, Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc 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.

Verticals, the Uptake way

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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

NetSuite and the Year of the Vertical Cloud

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I wrote in January I expect this to be the year of the vertical for cloud applications. Cloud Computing, SaaS Industry Commentary Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc There are too many horizonatal cloud apps in accounting, hr and crm, not enough in industry specific functionality.

What is the difference between a vertical and a horizontal market?


A vertical market is one in which all of your customers are in one particular industry, regardless of where in the food chain they are. For example, the site is a vertical search engine for the education industry. Uncategorized Google horizontal market vertical market

Vertical or Horizontal

A Crowded Space

The conventional wisdom is to say that horizontal marketplaces will be replaced by vertical marketplaces. And why not – if you are designing a vertical marketplace you can have the user experience custom tailored to that vertical and provide a better experience.

The Year of the Vertical

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Industry Commentary Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc I woke up this morning to press releases from NetSuite and Infor from the annual National Retail Federation show in New York, announcing new retail customers and investments. It is a rapidly changing industry with omni-channel options, mobile pays and.

Go Vertical

Seeing Both Sides

Yet, in my own work with various incubators, I am often struck by the lack of vertical focus. Companies like Open English , SimpleTuition and Skillshare are all gaining significant traction in this vertical and taking novel approaches that get around traditional gate-keepers.

Vertical Vroom Vroom

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Infor’s continued focus on micro-verticals and deploying them in the Amazon cloud is starting to pay off. In its quarterly earnings announcement it said “it has more than 25 million users of its cloud applications, and industry-specific certifications in healthcare, Industry Commentary

The Fall and Rise of Verticals

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In the late 90s, Gartner used to grade outsourcers on a poster with scores for verticals, horizontals, geographies. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS) Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

Anaplan: The verticalization of analytics

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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

Bowery Raises $20M to Build Vertical Farms

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Company will use the money to open its second vertical farm and invest in its technology platform. Bowery Snags $20M to fund the future of farming. Money

Verticalization is paying off

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I tend to gloss over most press releases where vendors announce new customers, but have been noticing several industry trends. Unit4 is starting to show momentum in the N. American local government market – several recent wins. It mirrors their. Industry Commentary

A Vertical Market Can Be A Mindset

Mike Michalowicz

Each one of the members is located near a major city and has identified an industry vertical, except Blake. Definitely not enough for him to serve a niche vertical market. The mistake many entrepreneurs make when trying to focus on a niche, is believing that vertical means industry.

The Changed Definition of Vertical Technology

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Industry Commentary Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc It was 1997. Gartner used to publish an annual poster which rated systems integrators/outsourcers by industries, by geographies, by technologies, and other competencies. It was a large wall hanger with many rows and columns, and many analysts, including me, had.

A Place To Call Your Own: Building Your Brand’s Vertical Social Network


Here are the reasons why you should create a “vertical” social network for your brand: Create a more personalized social experience. Other companies focus their vertical networks on connecting customers with each other. By Vanessa Richardson.

Infor: Its a vertical world after all

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Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor, is a sharp dresser. His lean frame and his attention to detail (he has designed his own shirt collars since he was young) certainly help. At dinner he politely explained to a few curious analysts

The rise of the vertical reputation graph

Version One Ventures

These vertically-focused platforms cater to the specific needs of their users, offering a close networking community around shared interests. However, the real threat for LinkedIn is that these hundreds of vertical platforms are becoming more and more relevant for their users on a daily basis than LinkedIn ever was. LinkedIn is the place where you dump your resume, while the vertical site is where you build your brand, spend your time, and actually network.

Why The Next Generation of Online Video Companies Will be Vertical

Both Sides of the Table

This is the cycle of synergies that lead to strong vertical franchises in media. So when we sold Maker Studios to Disney and I wanted to figure out where to invest next in online video I knew that I had to find a strong vertical in which to invest.

Vertical Markets 2: Customer/Market Risk versus Invention Risk.

Steve Blank

Steve,&# he said, “you’re missing the most interesting part of vertical markets. Filed under: Customer Development , Technology , Vertical Markets | Tagged: Steve Blank , Customer Development , Early Stage Startup , Tips for Startups « Vertical Markets 1: Bad Advice – All Startups are the Same Rocks in the Rocket Science Lobby » 7 Responses DavidS , on May 28, 2009 at 5:48 am Said: Interesting post Steve.

3D printing expanding through the industrial world vertical by vertical – now dental crowns

The Equity Kicker

Then before long all dentists will be using a system like this and an entire mini-vertical will have been transformed. The second vertical to go was hearing aids where I’ve heard up to 90% of high end hearing aids are now 3D printed.

Vertical Markets 3: Reducing Risk in Startups « Steve Blank

Steve Blank

Simulation to Reduce Invention Risk If you’re in a vertical where “invention risk” is dominant, then you want to do everything you can to manage and reduce those risks. When I wrote the Four Steps to the Epiphany , the Customer Development text, I hadn’t yet thought about what vertical markets it might be appropriate for.) The next Vertical Markets post will put all the pieces together.

Why there won’t be an Uber in every vertical

Version One Ventures

While these ingredients certainly aren’t unique to hiring a ride, they do not cut across all industries and verticals. By contrast when services can be delivered with more flexible timing, it’s easier for competitors to enter a vertical or new location and there’s less of a “winner takes all” dynamic. The post Why there won’t be an Uber in every vertical appeared first on Version One.

Everything You Need to Know About Making the Switch to Vertical Video

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Vertical video is more powerful, effective and intimate and it's here to stay. Innovate

Watching Emerging Tech? Keep an Eye on These 3 Verticals

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Technology isn't just disrupting existing markets. Entrepreneurs are using technology to create entirely new ones. Innovate

The new definition of vertical expertise

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Steve Jobs changed the music, telephony, publishing and retail industry with Apple’s products and processes. Elon Musk is changing how we drive, commute, generate power and explore space. Jeff Immelt presents with giant props like aircraft engines and blowout preventers. Industry Commentary

Vertical Markets 4: Putting it All Together « Steve Blank

Steve Blank

In the last three posts, we drew the relationship of market risk and invention risk with vertical markets and pointed out verticals where customer development would be useful. would look in each of the verticals. Each vertical is, in fact, a functional culture.

Why Vertical Incubators Are More Interesting to Investors

Hunter Walker

The rise of the vertical incubator focused on bringing together a set of startups aligned around a particular technology or industry. Often done with a corporate partner or other strategic relationship (university, investor) these have potential because they have a path to solving my needs: (A) Selection Filter : If I’m interested in the vertical, high ROI way to see a bunch of startups thinking about the space.

Why so many hot apparel ecommerce startups are vertically integrated

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Shoedazzle*, Bonobos*, J Hilburn, Warby Parker, IndoChino etc) are vertically integrated. Vertically integrated companies can take a lot of the costs out of the system and provide a much more compelling value to the consumer while still making an attractive margin.

What is vertically integrated ecommerce and when is it appropriate?

The Equity Kicker

Andy Dunn, the founder of Bonobos and one of the most thoughtful writers I know on ecommerce, penned a good piece yesterday entitled Digitally Native Vertical Brands. He was talking about what most of us describe as vertically integrated ecommerce, and gave the following definition: The primary means of interacting, transacting, and story-telling to consumers is via the web. It’s a brand, and that brand is vertical.

Microsoft: A new era of vertical integration?

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As he introduced the Microsoft Surface tablet this afternoon, Steve Ballmer kicked off by pointing out Microsoft has long been a hardware player. He is right of course. Lots of accessories – mice, webcams. Lots of devices which did not. Industry Commentary

Top Hat Raises $22.5M Series C in a Tough Vertical: What Can We Learn from their Success

Version One Ventures

Generally speaking, Ed Tech has proven to be a tough vertical, primarily due to the fact that it’s hard to charge consumers (students) directly. While bottom-up distribution is pretty common now in other verticals, it’s important to realize that bottom-up is rarely done in Ed Tech. Series C in a Tough Vertical: What Can We Learn from their Success appeared first on Version One. Our portfolio company Top Hat just closed a $22.5M (USD) Series C round.

Is Vertical Integration Right for Your Startup?

Inc Startups

Manufacturing your own products is easier said than done

4 Small Business Verticals Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Will Destroy In the Coming Decade

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It's time to disrupt your small business and prepare for the coming loss of white-collar jobs and service-based businesses. Technology

Start a Tech Business: How to Uncover an Unexpected (and Highly Profitable) New Vertical

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For every startup, one of the biggest questions isn't just what to provide, but which market to break into. Startup

Vertical Markets 1: Bad Advice – All Startups are the Same « Steve.

Steve Blank

Verticals Are Different I began to realize that entrepreneurs (and their professors) act like every vertical market and industry has the same set of rules. So the first heuristic is: do not assume the startup rules are the same for all vertical markets. Now when my students begin their team projects, I list 13 vertical markets on the whiteboard. Entrepreneurs who have experience in the vertical market they’re entering do this analysis automatically.

Millennial News Startup Mic Launches Two New Verticals

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Mic, the media website with a Millennial target audience, is expanding its focus beyond policy and activism in order to meet long-term goals in the increasingly competitive market

The Limits of Vertical Integration — Microsoft Clip Art vs Google.

Immersive Web

Immersive Web Home About The Limits of Vertical Integration — Microsoft Clip Art vs Google Images – Microsoft created a vertically integrated product when they released Clip Art as an image repository for Powerpoint. But again, like in so many other areas of Microsoft land, their idea of vertical integration is badly outdated. If they want to be vertical, they need to dominate through ease of use, not technical imcompatibility.

Oracle's Acquisitions and Why it Will Be a Good Year for Vertical SaaS Startups

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Originally published by Tomasz Tunguz on LinkedIn: A Key Moment In Time For Vertical SaaS StartupsIn the past week, Oracle acquired two vertical SaaS companies. OPower is an Arlington Virginia