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Monday’s Musings: Avoiding Cloud Vendor Lock-In

Customers Must Hurry To Address The Mistakes From Shadow IT SaaS/Cloud Adoption Amidst the hey day of the early years for software as a service (SaaS) and Cloud, many line of business executives signed simple month to month, user based contracts without the burdens of IT and scrutiny of vendor procurement.  These edge applications and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 25, 2015

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Monday’s Musings: Dealing With The Startup Who Went Public And Is Now Arrogant As Hell

Best of Breed Startups Often Initially Differentiate And Delight Customers With Extreme Customer Centricity The journey to an initial public offering (IPO) often brings an intense customer-centric culture and focus that separates the startup vendors from their legacy competitors.  These startup vendors woo their prospects with not only their emerging technologies and solutions, but also […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 11, 2015

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Event Invitation: Webinar on Building Win-Win Relationships With Oracle

Dealing With Tough Contract Negotiation Scenarios Join me Thursday, September 24th, 2015 from 8 to 10 am PT for a webinar chat that shares best practices in building win-win relationships with Oracle With the experience of negotiating thousands of Oracle contracts, this is an exclusive webinar on building your Oracle relationships. Key topics to be […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 12, 2015

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Research Summary: Next Generation CIOs Aspire To Focus More On Innovation And The Chief Digital Officer Role

Executive Summary Constellation shares with its clients the fourth annual groundbreaking survey of CIOs later this week.  The 2014 survey interviews respondents about their priorities by CIO persona.  Constellation identified infrastructure, integration, intelligence, and innnovaiton as the four personas of the next gen CIO in 2011. Survey results show that while CIO’s prefer to spend […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 1, 2014

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Tuesday’s Tip: Putting the Kibosh On ERP Vendor Sales Reps Who Troll For Indirect Access

Constellation Sees An Alarming Increase In Inquiries Constellation has received an alarming increase in inquiries about an unethical vendor sales practice coined as “trolling for indirect access”. Indirect access is when a vendor claims that a client is accessing their perpetually licensed software in an unintentional manner or inappropriately licensed manner. One vendor uses a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 28, 2013

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News Analysis: New SAP Customers Face Maintenance Hike

SAP Plans A Standard Support Maintenance Fees Hike Of 5.5%For New Customers For new customers, SAP announced its intent to raise its standard support maintenance fee from 18% to 19% effective July 15, 2013.  The standard support option was reintroduced in January 14, 2010, after much pressure from user groups.  A few key takeaways: Price […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 4, 2013

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Tuesday’s Tip: Act Now To Leave The Door Open For SAP Third Party Maintenance Options

The Real Deadline To Consider Third Party SAP Maintenance Is September 30th In conversations with hundreds of SAP customers, many have not realized that they must act now in the next 30 to 45 days if they want to move off of SAP customer specific maintenance from extended maintenance for older products. Despite the support […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 21, 2012

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News Analysis: UsedSoft Vs Oracle Ruling Opens Up Monopolistic Practices By Software Vendors

Used Software Pioneers Gain A Small Victory In A Shrinking On-Premises Software World The surprise July 3rd, 2012 judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union for UsedSoft GmbH v Oracle International Corp rules that “An author of software cannot oppose the resale of his ‘used’ licenses allowing the use of his programs […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 4, 2012

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News Analysis: Spinnaker Expands JD Edwards Support With Versytec Acquisition

Versytec Acquisition Addresses Growing Demand For JD Edwards Support Denver, Colorado based Spinnaker Management announced on March 6th, 2012 its acquisition of competitor Versytec.  For those who remember their third party maintenance (3PM) history, Versytec was among the first firms to announce third-party maintenance services within a year after PeopleSoft acquired JD Edwards in July […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 25, 2012

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Research Summary: Best Practices – Three Simple Software Maintenance Strategies That Can Save You Millions

Forward And Commentary Software ownership costs continue to escalate as vendors accelerate their efforts to capture support and maintenance revenues. Some vendors have gone to the extreme to eliminate third-party options for their customers. This best practices report examines three strategies to free up unnecessary costs to fund innovation and new projects. A. Introduction On […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 18, 2012

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News Analysis: The Implications Of Oracle’s Acquisition Of Taleo

Catch my colleague Yvette Cameron’s point of view here. She covers Future of Work for Constellation Research, Inc. Oracle Plays Catch Up With Public Cloud Ambitions On February 9th, Oracle announced its intention to acquire Dublin, CA based Taleo for $1.9B.  Taleo is a cloud based talent management software provider with 5000 customers and 1400 […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 9, 2012

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Tuesday’s Tip: Five Cloud/SaaS Contract Negotiation Tips For 2012

Business Leaders Often Poorly Prepared For Cloud/SaaS Contract Negotiations Business leaders often take great care in building their Cloud and SaaS strategy, only to have many of the benefits of flexibility and agility hampered by overlooking details in their cloud contracts.   In conversations with over 200 cloud customers in 2011, key reasons include: A […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 10, 2012

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News Analysis: Microsoft Licensing Update – May/June 2011

Keeping Up With The Latest In Microsoft Licensing Given the vast array of Microsoft products and licensing categories, an organization may often feel overwhelmed by Microsoft’s policies.  While there may be some complexity, these series of posts are designed to provide up to date commentary and analysis on new programs as they become available.  Feel […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 27, 2011

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Tuesday’s Tip: Dealing With Pesky Software Licensing Audits

Organizations Report Increase In Software Licensing Audits Across the board, the largest complaints about software vendors and their business practices have come from increasingly aggressive software auditing practices.  Once thought to be a small possibility, the software vendors now wield this big stick to drive up sales and of course ensure compliance.  Given the 32 […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 19, 2011

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Monday’s Musings: Putting An End To The Conflict Of Interest Among Some Sourcing Advisors

Many Services Firms Seek Unfair Advantages With Market Makers Service providers continue to battle it out in the über competitive market for large annual multi-million dollar contracts.  Market makers who serve as sourcing advisors, (i.e. management consultants, analysts, or vendor specialists) often influence the outcome of large sourcing contracts and system integration projects.  Consequently, more […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 28, 2011

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Research Report: Constellation’s Research Outlook For 2011

Organizations Seek Measurable Results In Disruptive Tech, Next Gen Business, And Legacy Optimization Projects For 2011 Credits: Hugh MacLeod Enterprise leaders seek pragmatic, creative, and disruptive solutions that achieve both profitability and market differentiation.  Cutting through the hype and buzz of the latest consumer tech innovations and disruptive technologies, Constellation Research expects business value to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 4, 2011

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Research Summary: Software Insider’s Top 25 Posts For 2010

Themes In 2010 Reflected The Buy Side Demand For Both Optimization and Innovation Technology buyers in 2010 focused most of their priorities on finding cost savings through legacy optimization, navigating a flurry of disruptive technologies, and designing/experimenting with new business model innovations.  Consequently, the top 25 posts for 2010 reflected these 3 major themes: Legacy […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 2, 2011

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Tuesday’s Tip: Dealing With Vendor Offers To Cancel Shelfware And Replace With New Licenses

Reduction Of Shelfware Remains A Key Pillar In Legacy Optimization Strategies Shelfware (i.e. purchased software, not deployed, but incurring annual maintenance fees) is one of the biggest drains on operational expenses for enterprises.  In the latest Software Insider survey, 57% of global enterprises own more software licenses than deployed.  With average maintenance fees hovering above […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 14, 2010

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Event Report: SAP Australian Users Group Summit 2010

 SAUG Summit Delivered Great Networking Opportunities And Information Exchange Over 550 attendees converged on Sydney August 3rd to 5th, 2010 for the annual SAP User Group Summit.  Members were treated to 28 session, 7 keynotes, and 4 SAP 101 educational sessions.  The smart design of the conference gave attendees ample opportunities to connect and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 8, 2010

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Tuesday’s Tip: Dealing With Vendor Threats For “All Or Nothing” Maintenance Agreements

Recent Client Interactions Hint At Increasingly Aggressive Vendor Behavior Conversations with 11 enterprise apps customers in the past two months indicate stricter enforcement of vendor “All or Nothing” maintenance policies.  “All or Nothing” maintenance policies often require customers to put all licenses on maintenance or receive no maintenance from the vendor.  These policies also prevent […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 20, 2010

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News Analysis: Microsoft Licensing Update – May/June 2010

Keeping Up With The Latest In Microsoft Licensing Given the vast array of Microsoft products and licensing categories, an organization may often feel overwhelmed by Microsoft’s policies.  While there may be some complexity, these series of posts are designed to provide up to date commentary and analysis on new programs as they become available.  Feel […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 6, 2010

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Tuesday’s Tip: Dealing With Vendor Threats To Charge For Back Maintenance Fees

Four Common Customer Scenarios Will Trigger Vendors To Raise The Back Maintenance Fee Discussion Back maintenance fees describe the amount an organization would have paid for maintenance if they would have continued to pay the usual stream required to access support, bug fixes, patches, and upgrade rights.  As economic conditions have worsened, many organizations have […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 13, 2010

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Monday’s Musings: Decoupling Support From Maintenance – What Apps Vendors Can Learn From Microsoft Dynamics

Who Says Support Has To Be Bundled With Maintenance? About a decade back, vendors would offer support and maintenance as two separate line items on their contracts.  Support would run about 5 to 10% the license fee and so would maintenance.  Keep in mind, average support and maintenance fees were under 15% back then.  Here’s […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 8, 2010

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Monday’s Musings: Why Users Must Preserve Their Third Party Maintenance Rights

Apps Users Seek Third Party Maintenance For Cost, Value, and Service Updated surveys from inquiries, client conversations, and user group meetings show a 113.8% increase in interest in third party maintenance (3PM) services from Q3 2009 to Q1 2010 (see Figure 1).  Key factors stem from (see Figure 2.): Continuing cost pressures. Budgets continue to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 22, 2010

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Monday’s Musings: The Hidden Value In SaaS Deployments

Gains In SaaS Adoption Driven By Speed And Cost Savings… Preliminary data from Q4 earnings data show continued traction among SaaS solutions.  Expect SaaS deployments to gain steam in 2010 as organizations finalize their SaaS apps strategies to take advantage of 7 key benefits: Richer user experience – SaaS apps bring Web 2.0 usability to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 25, 2010

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News Analysis: SAP Revives Two-Tier Maintenance Options

Standard Support Returns After Much Deliberation

SAP announced today that they would be reintroducing their Standard Support offering. Customers now gain choice with a 2-tier maintenance offering. Here are the details between standard support and enterprise support.

* Standard Support Offering reintroduces at 18%. Customers seeking core bug fixes, support packages, risk mitigation, and related new functionality will have choice in staying on standard support. The program is designed for customers who seek to keep their systems up and running. Customers with CPI clauses in their contracts will want to take note – the first set of consumer price index (CPI) price increases will begin January 1st, 2012.
* Enterprise Support remains at 22%. SAP will continue to offer Enterprise Support at 22% for new customers and a ramp up for existing customers (see Figure 1). Enterprise support includes features such as best practices for IT operations, proactive monitoring and reporting, and transparency for business process performance. Customers who choose to go with Enterprise Support prior to March 15th, 2010 will be eligible for ramp up.
* Supplemental offerings still available. Other programs such as Max Attention, Safeguarding, and Product Support for Large Enterprises (PSLE) will continue to be available by choice and invitation.

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 14, 2010

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News Analysis: DSAG Project Team Members Resign Leadership of SUGEN KPI Working Group

DSAG project team and project leader departure could signal disagreement with methodology not SUGEN SAP embarked on an ambitious program to prove value in its Enterprise Support fee hike last year.   As planned, SAP should announce the results for the first set of SUGEN KPI’s in early December.  However, two key SUGEN KPI project […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 30, 2009

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Speaker Notes: Keynote – SAP UK & Ireland User Group Conference 2009

Building Innovation With And Around Your SAP Environment Location: Manchester CentralAuditorium Date:23/11/2009 Start Time: 16:25 End Time: 17:00 Speaker: R “Ray” Wang Company: Partner with Altimeter Group Keynote summary: Pace of change continues to increase in market forces, work dynamics, business models, and pace of technology adoption. Innovation is essential in this market. There’s a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 25, 2009

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Event Report: SAP UK & Ireland User Group Conference 2009

SAP users in UK and Ireland remain equally skeptical about SAP (Photos by R Wang & Insider Associates, LLC.   Copyright © 2009 All rights reserved.) The SAP user group hosted its annual event.  Conversations with 37 clients reflect the following broad trends in the UK and Ireland: SAP users remain skeptical about benefits promised […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 24, 2009

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Tuesday’s Tip: Why Free Software Ain’t Really Free

Free Software Gimmicks From Some On-Premise Vendors Only Address The License Cost Issue Recently, readers and clients have been approached by on-premise vendors offering free software modules to incentivize new license purchases.  However, free should not be confused with the Open Source (i.e. Freeware) movement, where source code is provided with minimal copyright restrictions.  Free […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 6, 2009

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Tuesday’s Tip: Call Vendors On Their Bluff About “Rev-Rec” And Software Maintenance Contracts

Vendor Sales Reps Keep Using An Age Old Excuse Out Of Habit Many organizations start their Q4 software maintenance renewals process in September.  This has led to a flurry of emails and phone calls about revenue recognition (a.k.a. “rev-rec”) rules for software maintenance contracts.   Apparently, both customers and vendor sales reps suffer from mass […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 29, 2009

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News Analysis: Siemens Cancels SAP Maintenance Contract

Potential Announcement of * Siemens cancellation represents a shift in mood by one of SAP’s most loyal customers What’s been rumored for the past few months has now publicly been confirmed discussed.  Golem.de (Babelfish Translation in English) *Wiwo.de,(Wirtschaftswoche the German equivalent of BusinessWeek) (Babelfish Translation in English) reports that Siemens says SAP Tschüß (i.e. ciao, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 12, 2009

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Tuesday’s Tip: Note To Self – Start Renegotiating Your Q4 Software Maintenance Contracts Now!

Labor Day (US Holiday) traditionally marks the end of summer BBQ’s, the beginning of the fall conference season, and yes, the time to begin a review of your software maintenance contacts that expire end of year.   As clients prepare for this seasonal ritual, a few trends in 2009 should set the stage for negotiations: […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 1, 2009

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Tuesday’s Tip: How To Properly Align Team Incentives In Software Contract Negotiations

In the first step of the original seven simple steps to successfully negotiate software contracts, the key is to have the right team in place.  To refresh everyone’s memory from the March 8th, 2004 post the details for Step 1 are: Step 1: Ensure that the right team is in place Inputs:  Organizational chart and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 4, 2009

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Monday’s Musings: Users Now Expect More Advocacy From Their User Groups

Many user groups currently meet the basic requirements… Today’s independent and vendor sponsored user groups serve a key role in building community among a common interest group.  Typical mission and objectives often include: Creating an environment to share information and best practices Exposing issues and limitations with a vendor’s product and partner solutions Soliciting member […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 3, 2009

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Tuesday’s Tip: 3 Approaches To Return Shelfware

Declining demand and diminishing output increase the pressure for enterprises to reduce their software license maintenance costs.  As part of a larger enterprise apps strategy, shelfware reduction provides an area for significant cost savings.   However, shelfware reduction is often hard to achieve because many vendors impose: Enterprise wide agreements. These “all you can eat” agreements […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 21, 2009

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Research Summary: An Enterprise Software Licensee’s Bill of Rights, V2

FORWARD AND COMMENTARY “An Enterprise Software Licensee’s Bill of Rights (LB0R) V2” brings the 10th installment of an on-going series to provide clients with insight on how to better align their packaged apps strategies.  Version 2 of the LBoR updates the original groundbreaking list of 36 best practices for software licensing and pricing and provides […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 14, 2009

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Tuesday’s Tip: Do Not Bundle Your Support and Maintenance Contracts!

In the past 2 weeks, emails from 31 software insider readers highlight a growing and concerning trend with support and maintenance contracts.  Vendors concerns about support and maintenance contract retentions has led to new initiatives to consolidate contracts.  At first glance, this may appear to be proactive and beneficial to customers.  In fact, common rationale […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 7, 2009

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News Analysis: Infor Flex Reflects Proactive Maintenance Policy

Infor announced two new maintenance options for its customers today. These actions represent a proactive approach to provide its customers with new ownership models.  The key offerings include: Flex Upgrade: customers move to the latest application version, no change to existing maintenance and support costs, little or no license fees POV: Support and maintenance fees […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 22, 2009

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News Analysis: Rimini Street Launches Third Party Maintenance for SAP

(Photo: Rimini Street movable billboard outside SAPPHIRE 09.   Courtesy of Rimini Street.  All rights reserved) Almost one year after Rimini Street announced its intention to provide third party maintenance, on May 11th, 2009, the ground breaking support services provider announced that it had signed its first SAP clients and launched immediate availability of its […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 16, 2009

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News Analysis: Details On The SUGEN KPI’s For SAP Enterprise Support

More details have emerged on the actual 10 or 11 KPI’s that SUGEN and SAP have agreed to as well as the SAP’s targets for showing value.  To start with, here are the main KPI’s for each category: SUGEN KPI’S Business Continuity Increased business solution availability Reduced amount of work related to all SAP incidents […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 29, 2009

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News Analysis: SAP and SUGEN Make Progress on Enterprise Support

Since SAP’s announcement of its single tier Enterprise Support plan last July, customers have continued to express dissatisfaction.   In response to such complaints, the SAP User Group Executive Network (SUGEN) of 12 SAP user groups and SAP have been engaging in discussions around the value derived from this new offering.  This morning SAP and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 28, 2009

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Research Summary: Shape Your Apps Strategy To Reflect New SaaS Licensing And Pricing Trends

FORWARD AND COMMENTARY “Shape Your Apps Strategy To Reflect New SaaS Licensing and Pricing Trends” represent the seventh report in an on-going series to provide clients with insight on how to better align their packaged apps strategies.  As more and more clients seek SaaS solutions as options to pipe in innovation and potentially control costs, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 16, 2009

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Speaking Engagement: ZDNet Japan Business Applications Conference

ZDNet Japan Business Applications Conference Bellesalle Yaesu, Tokyo, Japan June 10, 2008  13:00-18:00 R “Ray” Wang Keynote Speech: Insights Into Building A Recession Proof Apps Strategy ZDNet Japan ビジネス・アプリケーション カンファレンス 不況だからって、アプリケーションを止められますか? いうまでもなく、不況です。不況はITコストの削減を生みます。しかし、いまや、ITは止められないばかりか、進化を続けなければなりません。 企業は情報システムへの投資をこれまで通り続けられない状況にあります。こうした状況においてこそ、情報システムを真剣に考え直すべきです。本イベントでは、そのなかでも、最もビジネスに近い層であるビジネスアプリケーションについて議論します。 小さく導入したアプリケーションを統制・連携するためのアーキテクチャーとしてはSOA、ビジネスの効率化をITに実装するためのBPM、所有から使用への新たな選択肢として脚光を浴びるSaaS…… 不況下でも企業が情報システムにできることはたくさんあるのです。 » 来場事前登録はこちら 開催概要 名称 ZDNet Japan ビジネス・アプリケーション カンファレンス 開催日時 2009年6月10日(水)  12:30開場  13:00開演 場所 ベルサール八重洲 [会場について] 参加費 無料(事前登録制) 定員 300人 対象 CIO(情報に関する資源の統括、戦略立案、実行する責任者の方)/IT部門のマネージャ/業務でERP、CRM等アプリケーションに携わる方 特典 「来場者アンケート」にご回答いただいた方にQuoカードをプレゼントいたします。 […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 10, 2009

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Monday’s Musings: Total Account Value, True Cost of Ownership, And Software Vendor Business Models

Recession creates an opportunity for frank vendor – client discussion A fine equilibrium exists between the vendor’s success and a client’s success.  Its time for the enterprise software industry to have a frank and honest conversation about software costs and vendor business models. To date, comparing cost among different vendors remains difficult as license, maintenance, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 5, 2009

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Tuesday’s Tips: Five Simple Steps To Reduce Your Software Maintenance Costs

Maintenance costs represent a major part of the software budget and the largest growing source of revenue for software vendors.   In fact, an aggregation of the past four quarters of software vendor financial results definitively demonstrates double digit declines in new license revenue, even more exacerbated by the evils of currency flux from the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 24, 2009

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Tuesday’s Tip: Software Licensing and Pricing – When Software Contract Negotiations Strategies Should Be Led By Domain Experts

A common question asked by readers of this blog is when should vendor contract negotiations be led by a domain expert and when should this be led by a procurement professional?  As the complexity of the technology topology increases, expect a multitude of domain experts in roles such as application specialists, business process experts, enterprise […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 10, 2009

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Poll/Survey: It’s Time To Update The Enterprise Software Licensee Bill of Rights!

Now’s The Time To Assert Your Rights With the market now in favor of the enterprise software licensee, its now time to update the Enterprise Software Licensee’s Bill of Rights to include newer topics such as virtualization, SaaS and subscription pricing, newer usage based pricing models, open source, and vendor lock-in avoidance.  As mentioned in […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 5, 2009

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Tuesday’s Tip: Software Licensing and Pricing – Do Not Give Away Your Third Party Maintenance And Access Rights

In several contract negotiation support calls this month, clients have discovered interesting language in their contracts designed to prevent them from choosing a third party maintenance option.  The language is often buried deep into the legalese and many unsuspecting clients may sign without understanding the future implications in the software ownership life cycle and the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 10, 2009

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Tuesday’s Tip: Software Licensing and Pricing – Now’s The Time To Remove “Gag Rule” Clauses In Your Software Contracts

Vendors Find New Ways To Limit Access to Third Party Advisers Conversations over the past 3 months with clients about their software contracts highlight some egregious licenses practices by software vendors.  Here are some examples of gag rules that some vendors have recently attempted and successfully put into contracts: Limits on third party negotiation support.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 27, 2009

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