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Event Report: Epicor Recaptures Mojo With Insights 14

Management Team Changes Provide A Breath Of Fresh Air To Culture, Customer, and Products Over 4000 customers, prospects, and partners gathered April 27th to 30th for the flagship Epicor customer conference, Insights 14, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The event provided the $968M revenue, 20,000 customer, Austin based software company […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 3, 2014

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News Analysis: FinancialForce.com ERP Arrives To Signal The Era Of Best Of Breed Cloud Suites

FinancialForce Debuts Its Full ERP Suite On February 19th, San Francisco headquartered, FinancialForce.com announced the launch of its full suite of ERP offerings built on the Salesforce1 platform.  Backed by investments from UNIT4 and Salesforce.com, the cloud based vendor began as a single ledger financial management system built on the Salesforce.com Force.com platform.  The announcement […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 2, 2014

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News Analysis: Epicor Acquires Solarsoft, Moves Closer To $1B in Annual Revenues

In Epicor’s first major acquisition since Apax partners brought Activant and Epicor together, the near $900M Dublin, CA-based enterprise software announced its acquisition of Solarsoft from Marin Equity Partners.   Based in the UK, Solarsoft focuses on MES, ERP, and distribution software in specialty verticals for over 2500 customers.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 13, 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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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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Research Summary: Best Practices – The Case For Two-Tier ERP

Forward And Commentary Legacy optimization remains a key component for funding future innovation.  Two-tier ERP emerges as one strategy to optimize existing systems while adding innovation.  The report capitalizes on the recent Software Insider survey of 235 companies looking at future strategies. A. Introduction Organizations continue to face an onslaught of business requirements that their […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 1, 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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Quarterly Financial Tracker: Q3 CY 2010 Enterprise Software Vendors Solidify Performance Turnaround

The super majority (26 of 27) of publicly traded software vendors in the Software Insider Index® delivered turnaround stories for Q3 Cy 2010 year-over-year (YoY) performance.  SaaS vendors and middleware vendors led the charge with solid double digit gains against tough comps.  Performance of on-premises apps vendors reflected the easy comps from a dismal 2009 […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 19, 2010

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Vendor Event: Epicor Perspectives 2010

Title: Vendor Event: Epicor Perspectives 2010 Location: Gaylord Palms, Orlando – Kissimmee, Florida Start Date: 2010-10-10 End Date: 2010-10-13 Description: Speed down the road to recovery by joining us this year at Perspectives 2010 on October 10-13 in Orlando, Florida, at the Gaylord Palms Hotel and Convention Center. Explore new technologies, products, and techniques to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 1, 2010

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Research Report: Microsoft Partners – Before Adopting Azure, Understand the 12 Benefits And Risks

It’s All About The Cloud At WPC10 Attendees at this year’s Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 in Washington, D.C. already expect Windows Azure development to be a key theme throughout this annual pilgrimage.  Microsoft has made significant investments into the cloud.   Many executives from the Redmond, WA, software giant have publicly stated that 90% […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 11, 2010

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Research Report: Rethink Your Next Generation Business Intelligence Strategy

BI Solutions Must Address The Information Management Matrix A confluence of changing business requirements and on-going vendor consolidation leads many organizations to rethink their business intelligence (BI) strategies.  Many buyers face decisions to move beyond departmental solutions or to stay with an integrated apps based BI solution.  Meanwhile, some buyers must decide whether or not […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 28, 2010

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News Analysis: Infor Bets On Microsoft

Infor Takes A Bold Stance By Standardizing Their Technology Stack On June 23rd, 2010,  Infor announced that the Alpharetta, GA, based software solutions provider would align its future tools and technology platform with Microsoft.  Infor intends to use and integrate Microsoft server-based products to improve time to market for future product development.  In addition, Infor […]

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

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Research Report: How SaaS Adoption Trends Show New Shifts In Technology Purchasing Power

SaaS Adoption Surveys Often Overlook Audience Composition Over the past year, analyst firms, tech media, and even mainstream business media have happily showcased positive news about SaaS adoption.  The common theme remains clear – SaaS adoption moves beyond the tipping point in 2010.  Cloud adoption will reach a tipping point in the next 12 months.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 21, 2010

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Software Insider Index™ (SII): 2009 SII Top 35 Enterprise Business Apps Vendors™

2009 Results In Major Revenue Declines For On Premise And Officially The Year Of SaaS A review of last year’s financial performance should erase any doubts about the viability of SaaS as a deployment option and a business model.   Traditional on-premise business apps vendors took the brunt of the beating earlier in the year […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 18, 2010

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Tuesday’s Tip: When To Go With A Two-Tier ERP Strategy

Single Instance ERP Harder And Harder To Justify The holy grail of an ERP implementation used to be the single instance deployment.  However, market forces, a move to adopt new disruptive technologies, slow pace of innovation from incumbent vendors, and high maintenance fees have changed many organization’s perspectives.  Add a slew of rapidly changing business […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 2, 2010

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Tuesday’s Tip: 10 Cloud and SaaS Apps Strategies For 2010

Keep In Mind Basic Rules Still Apply Regardless Of Deployment Option The proliferation of SaaS solutions provides organizations with a myriad of sorely needed point and disruptive solutions.  Good news – business users can rapidly procure and deploy, while innovating with minimal budget and IT team constraints.  Bad news – users must depend more on […]

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

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Event Report: Epicor Perspectives 2009 – Continued Transformation Towards Next Gen Apps

Perspectives 2009 highlights continued market, corporate, and product transformation (Photos by R Wang & Insider Associates, LLC.   Copyright © 2009 All rights reserved.) Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Epicor hosted over 1500 partner, customer, and employee attendees at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, NV.  Conference highlights include: Update on Epicor 9 adoption. Epicor has (deployed […]

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

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Best Practices: Lessons Learned In What SMB’s Want From Their ERP Provider

Competition Intensifies For The Small And Medium Organization’s Software Budget Software vendors such as Oracle and SAP can no longer rely on their large enterprise customers for double digit year-over-year growth.  In fact, their customers have not only reached a saturation point in being able to consume new solutions, but have also faced demands to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 2, 2009

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Product Review: Epicor 9 Delivers Next Generation Apps Capabilities Today

Epicor Succeeds On Delivering A Converged Product Line Epicor’s latest release, Epicor 9, provides a proof point that an acquisition intensive vendor can keep their promises to both acquire and deliver on innovation.  Under the themes of “Protect, Extend, and Converge”, the Irvine, CA based mid-market software provider committed to its customers to support prior […]

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

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Wednesday’s Whispers: People Whispers October 2009

PEOPLE WHISPERS: MOVES, PROMOTIONS, AND MILESTONES* Congratulations to all!  Good to see that the job scenarios continue to improve in software/tech as a number of individuals made organizational changes and promotions.  As always, thanks for your emails and alerts. If you’ve got a change or know of a promotion, keep dropping me a line! If […]

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

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Vendor Event: Epicor Perspectives 2009

Title: Vendor Event: Epicor Perspectives 2009 Location: Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, NV Link out: Click here Start Date: 2009-11-08 End Date: 2009-11-10 Description: Perspectives 2009 Epicor’s Global CUSTOMER Conference November 8-10, 2009 Caesars palace, las vegas Mark your calendars for Perspectives 2009. This important event provides an opportunity for customers to maximize their investment in […]

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

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Quarterly Financial Tracker: Q2 CY 2009 SaaS Vendors and Purpose Built Solutions Rack Up Big Wins

Most on-premise vendor continue to slip into significant YoY losses in license revenue and overall revenues.  Meanwhile, economic conditions continue to favor SaaS, best-of-breeds, and purpose built solutions. Major themes in the 2009 Calendar Year Q2 include: Economic conditions drive demand for best of breed and point solutions delivered by SaaS deployment.  Consequently, SaaS vendors […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 28, 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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Quarterly Financial Tracker: Q1 CY 2009 Slowdown Impacts All Vendors, SaaS Still Experiencing Strong Double Digit Growth

Most software vendor license revenues took a beating this CY Q1 when compared to 2008.  SaaS vendors managed to post double digit gains while only a handful of on premise vendors eeked out a positive gain.  Major highlights in the 2009 Calendar Year Q1 include Big losses in YoY license revenue for on premise vendors […]

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

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Wednesday’s Whispers: The Word On The Street – May 2009

PEOPLE WHISPERS: MOVES, PROMOTIONS, AND MILESTONES* Congratulations to all!  Thanks for your emails and alerts.  If you’ve got a change or know of a promotion, keep dropping me a line!  If you need a referral, don’t hesitate to reach out to me via Linked In. Bronwyn J. Allen became Director, Analyst Relations at Fujitsu America, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 20, 2009

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Monday’s Musings: Five Programs Some Vendors Have Implemented To Help Clients In An Economic Recession

Almost every inquiry over the past 3 months has ended up with at least one question about what vendors are doing to help their clients amidst an economic recession.  As blogged in the October 12, 2008 posting on “5 Steps to Restoring Trust in the Vendor – Customer Relationship” the issue of credibility and trust […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 23, 2009

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Friday’s Feature: Snapshots In Enterprise 2.0 UX/UI – Epicor 9

Usability and User Experience Matter in Enterprise 2.0 Apps Welcome to the third in a series of Friday’s Features showcasing the latest and greatest in enterprise apps usability. Many ERP software vendors including Epicor, IFS, Infor, Lawson, Microsoft Dynamics, and Syspro have made significant progress in improving usability as they progress to Enterprise 2.0 apps. […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 20, 2009

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Wednesday’s Whispers: The Word On The Street – February 2009

PEOPLE WHISPERS: MOVES, PROMOTIONS, AND MILESTONES* Congratulations to all!  Thanks for your emails and alerts.  If you’ve got a change or know of a promotion, keep dropping me a line!  If you need a referral, don’t hesitate to reach out to me via Linked In. Fayyaz Alam was promoted to Vice President IT Production Services […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 11, 2009

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Vendor Event: Epicor Perspectives 2008

Title: Events: Epicor Perspectives 2008 Location: Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, NV Link out: Click here Description: Perspectives 2008 Epicor’s Global User Conference Join us at Perspectives to leverage all the tools at your disposal to better understand your business, and to drive innovation and success. Epicor’s 16th annual user conference offers three full days to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 19, 2008

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Quarterly Financial Tracker: Dichotomy In Revenue Growth for 2008 Q2 CY Quarterly Revenues

As many main app vendors continue to lower guidance on earnings, this calendar year Q2 public company quarterly earnings analysis shows that larger vendors and specialty vendors such as SAP, Oracle, Lawson, and Deltek gain ground in license revenue growth while growth for the mid-market players now comes from maintenance and services. SaaS vendors all […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 31, 2008

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Quarterly Financial Tracker: 2008 CY Q1 Recent New License Sales Remain Healthy

Calendar Year 2008 Q1 numbers still show profitability for most vendors Recession concerns for the enterprise software industry may prove to be a bit pre-mature. Recent earnings report over the past 2 months lean towards mild caution. While most vendors showed profitability, guidance numbers were down. The leading indicator is new software license sales for […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 30, 2008

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