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PREMISE AND PROMISE

Welcome to a place for honest and candid discussion about what can work, what others have tried, and what is of value. The hope is to provide conversations about insider insights into effective enterprise apps strategies, vendor selection, and software contracts. With that in mind, a few macro trends drive the purpose of this blog:

  • The pace of change in disruptive technologies impact business models, business processes, and organizational design.
  • The new rules of business have changed. What happens beyond social?
  • A movement to bring innovations in Web 2.0 and Cloud safely and securely into the next gen enterprise.
  • A changing business environment has forced enterprise apps strategies to be more agile and responsive to the business.
  • Software contract negotiations increase in complexity and require more alignment with next gen apps strategy.
  • A plethora of partner solutions, purpose built apps, widgets and gadgets have complicated vendor selection.
  • Vendor consolidation and a quest for operating margin has led to less leverage in software contract negotiations.

I’m looking forward to our conversations. Don’t be shy!

BLOG TAXONOMY

Here’s a list and categorization of posts that you may see in this blog.

Daily Themes: Not guaranteed on a weekly basis, but here’s the gist.

  • Monday’s Musings – A thought provoking discussion around trends and current events. This replaces the Food For Thought posts.
  • Tuesday’s Tips - Targeted advice on a variety of buy-side enterprise apps strategies, vendor selection, and software contract topics.
  • Wednesday’s Whispers – A run down of acquisition rumors, personnel changes, and promotions.
  • Thursday’s Disruptive Tech Showcase – Reviews on emerging and disruptive technologies from the sell-side world.  Profiles of tech leaders and their views on the future.
  • Friday’s Features - Quick product reviews and reaction to product launches and announcements.

Topical Coverage: A list of the type of posts you can expect

  • Best Practices - Lessons learned and success factors.
  • Business Technology Strategy – Thoughts around management, organizational, or general strategy.
  • Customer Case Studies – Real stories about customer experiences with a solution or technology.
  • Event Report – Observations and commentary from the ground of a major event or conference or travel log.
  • Executive Profiles – Insider interviews of leading visionaries in disruptive technology.
  • News Analysis - A run down and analysis of hot topics and breaking news in enterprise software. In some cases this will be an Initial News Analysis with a final analysis as a deeper blog post or report as more information becomes available.
  • Opinions – A personal point of view based on perspective.
  • Personal Log - A log of individual adventures and personal announcements.
  • Polls and Surveys - From time to time, you’ll see polls and surveys on topical subjects.
  • Product Review – In-depth analysis of a dot release product.
  • Quarterly Financial Tracker – An examination into the financial health of vendors.
  • Quips – Short bursts of thought more than 140 characters.
  • Research Report – In-depth analysis of a topic.
  • Research Summary – A first-hand summary of recent research written or co-authored by R “Ray” Wang.
  • Software Insider IndexTM - A periodic ranking of covered vendors by revenue by defined category.
  • Speaking Engagement – An invitation to attend a teleconference, physical event, or virtual event where I’m leading a session or speaking.
  • Speaker Notes – Inside thoughts about the key points from selected speeches.
  • Trip Report – Observations and commentary from travels for work.
  • Trends – Discussion on changes and shifts in enterprise software.

COVERED VENDORS AND COMPANIES
Here’s who I’m following these days.

Primary Companies Covered
Agresso, Alterian, AmberPoint, Amitive, Amdocs, Appirio, Attensity, Augeo, Boomi, BST Global, CDC Software, CGI, Cincom Systems, Computer Associates, Computer Methods International Corp., Concur, Consona, Daptiv (eProject), DataFlux, Deltek, Dun & Bradstreet, Epicor Software,  Exact Software, Flexera – Accresso (Macrovision), Glovia International (A Fujitsu Company), Golden Source, Hayes Technology, HCL, IBM , IBS, IFS, Infor, Informatica, Infosys, Ingage Networks, Initiate Systems, Intacct, Intuit, Jive, Lawson, Lithium Technologies, Maconomy, Manhattan Associates, Meridian Systems, Metier, Microsoft Business Solutions, Miro Consulting, Neighborhood America, NetSuite, Open Air, Oracle, Panaya, Pervasive, Plexus, Primavera, Purisma, QAD, Quick Arrow, Radian6, RainStor, Rimini Street, SalesForce.com, Sage Group, SAP, SAS DataFlux, Siemens, SimplyBox, Siperian, Skire, SocialText, SoftBrands, SnapLogic, Spinnaker, SYSPRO, Tenrox, Trilliam, Tririga, Unanet, VisionWare PLC, West Trax, WinShuttle, Wipro, and Workday.
Secondary Companies Covered:
Accenture, ACS, Aceva, Ariba, ATG, Atlas Copco, Atos Origin, Augeo, Austin-Tetra, Avanade, Axon, Bearing Point, Blue Wolf, Callidus, CapGemini, Cardinis, Caritor, CastIron, ccHubwoo, Centive, CMG, Chordiant, Cincomm, Click Commerce, Cognizant, Columbus IT, Convergys, CSC, Curam Software, Dassault Systems, DataSol, Deloitte, Descartes, Eclipsys, Eloqua, Epic, Everest Software, Fujitsu, Consulting, Genpact, Graham Technology, GSI Commerce, Hand, Hansen,  Hexaware, Hitachi Consulting, Hubwoo, HP, HP – EDS, HyPerformix, i2, IDS-Scheer, iGATE, Infosys, Infovide – Matrix, ITC-Infotech, Intelligroup, Jenzabar, Kalido KANA, KineticsWare, Kingdee, Kognitio, KPIT Cummings, Liquid Planner, Logica CMG, L&T Infotech, Magic Software, MainStreet Commerce, MicroFocus, Mincom, Neorsis, NetBooks, NetCustomr, North Highland, NTT, OpenText, OrderMotion, Patni, Paymetric, Perot Systems, Polaris, ProfitKey International, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Quest, Research In Motion, Rivermine, SAIC, Satyam, Selectica, Silver Creek Systems, SimplyBox, SRA, SRA Touchstone, Sungard, Systime, Tata Consultancy Services, Tectura, Tibco, Tyler Technologies, Unica, Vaakya, V-Commerce, Vitria, WebMethods, West Trax, Xactly, Zoho, and Zuoro.
POLICIES
See the policies page for more details about:
  • Briefing Guidelines
  • Citations For Sellers (Vendors) and Buyers (End Users)
  • FTC Disclosures
  • Inquiries From Buyers (End Users)
  • Press Interviews And Media Coverage
  • Reprints
  • Research Collaboration And Participation
SITE ENHANCEMENTS AND HISTORY
  • 20140709 Moved to new blog platform
  • 20110115  Changed IA.  Included Strategic Advisory to replace Engagement.  Elevated Speaking Engagements and Travel Schedule to Main Nav.  Removed Speaker’s Bio from Main Nav.  Updated Travel Schedule.
  • 20100813  Replaced Retweet with Tweetmeme.  Removed WordPress Pharma Hack.
  • 20100811  Simplified top nav taxonomies
  • 20100612  Modified About Blog.  Added Business Technology Strategy and Research Report to Taxonomy
  • 20100423 Upgraded to WordPress 2.9.2
  • 20100422  Added Customer Case Study category
  • 20100416  Operation Phoenix completed. New site design by John Wiseman.
  • 20100221  Added Speaker’s Bio Page
  • 20100211  Added WP-SuperCache
  • 20100131  Added disruptive drivers.
  • 20100131  Replaced Thursday’s Thanks – Recognition of people, products, and ideas that make a difference. with Thursday’s Tech Showcase
  • 20091229 Added Opinions and Strategy categ0ry
  • 20091221 Downgraded back to WordPress 2.7
  • 20091219 Upgraded to WordPress 2.9
  • 20091125 Added Speaker Notes category
  • 20091019 Removed Tweet Blender
  • 20091012 Added Tweet Blender
  • 20091005 Added Retweet function
  • 20090918 Added Cumulus Cloud
  • 20090912 Added Category Finder
  • 20090610 Added Twitter fountain and new Google Analytics Code
  • 20090411 Added level 2 navigation for Forrester Bibliography and Advisory Offerings
  • 20090403 Migrating Pre 2005 blog entries over the next 4 months
  • 20090401 Added Advisory Offerings in level 1 navigation
  • 20090323 Added Best Practices category
  • 20090111 Added new Trip It code
  • 20090108 Added new Twitter interface
  • 20090105 Replaced existing database.  Uploaded WordPress 2.7.  Upgraded to Atahualpa 3.17.
  • 20081226 Reloaded WordPress 2.7. Reactivate Plugins. Still can not create new pages, posts, comments, or users. Can add new links.
  • 20081224 Added new Twitter ShockWave Widget.
  • 20081224 Replaced Blip.FM widget and Legal Stuff.
  • 20081224 Upgraded to Atahualpa 3.1
  • 20081223 Recovery of database successful. Revert back to Atahualpa 2.6 for testing.
  • 20081221 Engaged in disaster recovery efforts to regain database.
  • 20081221 Reinstalled WordPress 2.7. Overwrite existing database.
  • 20081221 Upgraded to qTranslate 2. Blog blows up. Add to Any Subscribe Button freezes blog.
  • 20081219 Updated Kicker, ByLines, and Footer Tags
  • 20081219 Added Plugins: Sociable, WP-Print, WP-Edit
  • 20081219 Upgraded to WordPress Theme Atahualpa 3.1
  • 20081218 Upgraded to WordPress 2.7
  • 20081215 Added Plugins: Blip.FM
  • 20081209 Added Plugins: Snap-Shots
  • 20081001 Moved blog from blogger to wordpress format. Added 20 plugins including Add to Any Subscribe Button, Akismet, Collapsing Links, DMS Guestbook, Easy Gravatars, Events Calendar, FeedBurner Feedsmith, Get Recent Comments, Instant Upgrade, MyPage OrderPermalinks, PodPress, qTranslate, Recent Comments, Instant Upgrade, SMS Text, Subscribe Buttons, Twitter Tools, WassUp, WP- Polls.
  • 20041201 Moved blog to blogger platform from custom built platform.
  • 20030107 First blog post on second generation custom built platform
  • 20010527 First blog post.

 

 

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