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Trends: Constellation 2018 Enterprise Awards

Awards Recognize Mostly The Pinnacle and A Tinge Of Nadir For Enterprise Tech In 2018, enterprise tech remained fast-paced, innovative, and action-packed.  The Constellation Research team attended over 250 enterprise tech events, handled 1000’s of inquiries and briefings, dealt with 1000’s of media inquiries, and reached 100’s of millions in the social sphere.  With that […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 3, 2019

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Trends: Five Data Center Trends For 2017

2017 Trends Reflect Faster, Better, Cheaper, Safer, Mantra Of Hyperscale Source: Google As clients make a shift from on-premises traditional data centers to the cloud, mega vendors will rush to build out their hyperscale data centers.  Hyperscale data centers use nodes to flex up and flex down on compute power, storage, networking, and memory as […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 12, 2016

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News Analysis: Acquisition Brings Salesforce Customers To The Commerce Party

Salesforce Announces Intent To Acquire Demandware For $2.8B On June 1st, 2016, Salesforce signed a definitive agreement to acquire Burlington, Massachusetts based Demandware for $75.00 per share or around $2.8 billion in cash.  Constellation predicts a $10.01B market for matrix commerce solutions by 2020 as new digital platforms and network economies emerge.  Constellation’s  merger analysis […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 3, 2016

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News Analysis: IBM Watson Announces Data Driven Discovery Solution

New Discovery Advisor Solution To Help Researchers Answer The Tough Problems Never Answered Before On August 28th, 2014 at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, The IBM Watson group launched Discovery Advisor.  Mike Rhodin, SVP of IBM’s Watson Group, welcomed the audience to the Age of Discovery (see Figure 1).  In […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 28, 2014

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News Analysis: Going Deeper Into The Apple And IBM New Business Model Alliance

Global Partnership Signals Expansive View Of Digital Business Disruption On July 15th, 2014 IBM’s Ginni Rometty and Apple’s Tim Cook announced in Cupertino, CA a strategic partnership to transform enterprise mobility (see Figure 1).  IBM has committed up to 100,000 employees to the initiative.  Apple has not disclosed its investment effort.  The announcement, made at […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 23, 2014

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Monday’s Musings: Why May 12th, 2014 Is One Of The Busiest Weeks In Enterprise Software Conferences

Ten Enterprise Software Events To Check Out And Follow The Week of May 12th, 2014 The Monday after Mother’s day was traditionally the week of the America’s SAP User Group and SAP’s big show, SAPPHIRENOW.  However, this year the 20,000 plus attendee and over 250 partner sponsored show moved to June 2nd in order to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 11, 2014

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Quips: What the Google Motorola – Lenovo Deal Is Really About

Google Enters China Via Lenovo While Counter Balancing Samsung On January 29th, 2014, Mountain View based Google announced it would sell it’s Motorola Mobility unit to Chinese based Lenovo for $2.91 in cash and stock.  The deal cuts across many spectrum including mobile OS, computing wars, and search.  Here’s 12 talking points: Source: Not sure, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 7, 2014

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News Analysis: New #IBMWatson Business Group Heralds The Commercialization Of Cognitive Computing. Ready For Augmented Humanity?

IBM Launches New Business Group In New York’s Silicon Alley On January 9th, 2014, on top of 4 World Trade Place, IBM CEO Ginni Rommety and long time veteran, but newly minted, IBM Watson Group Senior Vice President Michael Rhodin, announced IBM’s commitment to putting an entire business unit around Watson (see Figure 1).  The […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 12, 2014

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News Analysis: Acquisition Of Fiberlink Fills Key Gap In IBM’s One-Stop Mobile First Strategy

IBM Acquires Fiberlink (MaaS360) For Mobile Management And Security On November 13th, Blue Bell, PA based Fiberlink Communications signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Armonk, NY based IBM for an undisclosed sum.  Fiberlink has over 3500 clients in key verticals such as financial, retail, public sector, education, and healthcare.  IBM expects to close […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 25, 2013

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News Analysis: Sitecore Acquires Commerce Server In Quest Towards Customer Experience Management

Commerce Server Finds Its Logical Home On Wednesday November 20th, 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark based Sitecore acquired Ottawa, Canada based commerceserver.net for an undisclosed price.  Originally known as the Microsoft Siteserver and Commerce Server 2000, the product was orphaned by Microsoft,  then Ascentium, the key development partner were given the rights to further develop and market […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 22, 2013

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News Analysis: Oracle’s Cloud Disruption Webinar Recording

Oracle’s recent partnership announcements to supply Oracle technology to key cloud vendors such as Microsoft, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com create serious implications for the market.  On June 28, 2013, Esteban Kolsky, Holger Mueller, and R “Ray” Wang discussed the implications  of Oracle’s recent partnerships for: Salesforce customers Microsoft customers NetSuite customers Oracle customers Cloud competitors such as Amazon, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 29, 2013

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Monday’s Musings: The Controversy Surrounding Gartner’s CRM Market Share Analysis

The Gartner Market Share Analysis:CRM Software Report Raises Questions On Accuracy of Market Sizing Reports The recent Gartner report “Market Share Analysis: Customer Relationship Management Software, Worldwide, 2012” has generated some controversy among the enterprise software set.  The report and other reports such as these, are often used for bragging rights by vendors and for […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 6, 2013

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Monday’s Musings: Trends In The Top Software Insider Posts of 2012 (#softwareinsider)

Thank You For Your Support SoftwareInsider.org generated almost 10 million page views in 2012 (see Figure 1).  This does not include syndication through Constellation Research, Forbes (discontinued in 2012), Enterprise Irregulars, Computerworld UK, and other great media partners. Figure 1.  Software Insider Achieved 9.8M Page Views for 2012 Classic Posts Address The Key Fundamentals In […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 3, 2013

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Monday’s Musings: The New Engagement Platform Drives The Shift From Transactions

Convergence In The Five Forces Of Consumerization Of Technology Drives The Next Big Thing Social has given us the tools to connect.  Mobile has given us the ability to interact any time and anywhere.  Cloud delivers access points to us with a rich array of content and information.  Big data provides us with the context […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 27, 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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Press Release: Social Business and Enterprise Collaboration Software Veteran Alan Lepofsky Joins Constellation Research, Inc.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada – October 3rd, 2011 11:21 am (GMT – 5:00) Eastern Time Constellation Research Inc, a next generation research analyst and advisory firm helping clients achieve business value from emerging and disruptive technologies, announced today that Alan Lepofsky has joined as a Vice-President & Principal Analyst.  With close to 20 years of experience […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 3, 2011

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Press Release: Alexandre Mesquita To Lead Constellation Research’s Entry Into Spain, Portugal, and Latin America

Monta Vista, California – September 12, 2011 10:21 AM (GMT -8:00) Pacific Standard Time Constellation Research Inc, an emerging and disruptive technologies research and advisory firm, announced that Alexandre Mesquita has joined as a Vice President of Sales for Spain, Portugal and Latin America.  Mesquita brings over 15 years of experience in sales, consulting, and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 12, 2011

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Monday’s Musings: A Working Vendor Landscape For Social Business

Confusion Persists In The Social Business Market As with any new disruptive technology, the social business solution landscape faces a dynamic, confusing, and converging market. As vendors seek to grab mind share and market share, customers and prospects remain confused as to what are the right business problems to address with social business. However, rampant […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 15, 2011

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Event Report: SAUG Summit 2011 Attendees Show A Shift From SAP Centricity To Purpose Built

Summit Brings A Cadre Of Thought Leaders To User Group Attendees The SAP Australian User’s Group held their annual summit once again at the Sydney Convention Centre in Darling Harbour from August 2nd to August 4th.  With around 600 attendees, the keynotes covered many of the hot topics about SAP ownership, road maps, and best […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 3, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business – Alistair Rennie, IBM

Welcome to an on-going series of interviews with the people behind the technologies in Social Business.  The interviews  provide insightful points of view from a customer, industry, and vendor perspective.  A full list of interviewees can be found here. Alistair Rennie – General Manager IBM Collaboration Solutions, IBM Software Group Biography Alistair Rennie is General […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 20, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business And Cloud Computing

Executive Profile Series Delivers The Inside View On Disruptive Technologies Starting this week, we’ll be kicking off an on-going series of interviews with the people behind the technologies in Cloud Computing and Social Business.  The interviews should provide insightful points of view from a customer, industry, and vendor perspective.  The transcript of the 30 minute […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 29, 2011

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Research Summary: Market Overview – The Market For SAP Optimization Options

Forward And Commentary This market overview provides a starting point to SAP customers seeking optimization solutions.  The document delivers actionable advice and insights into a proven collection of software solutions.  As part of the full series, best practices documents will follow with in- depth case studies and a critical product evaluation of this growing market […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 15, 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: Thoughts On How Indian Infotech Companies Can Lead Instead Of Follow

Disruptive Technologies Remain Top Of Mind Among Business Technology Leaders It’s always a privilege and a pleasure to reach out to clients and prospects around the world.  For those tracking my location, I’ve been in London, San Francisco, and Mumbai over the past 9 days.  The conversations have ranged from social business and enterprise 2.0 […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 7, 2011

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Press Release: Industry Analyst Pioneer Adrian Bowles Adds Sustainability Coverage For Constellation Research

Westport, Connecticut – January 18, 2011 12:00 PM (GMT -5:00) Eastern Standard Time Constellation Research Inc, a next generation research analyst and advisory firm helping clients navigate emerging and disruptive technologies, announced today that Adrian Bowles has joined as a Vice-President & Principal Analyst.  Bowles will focus on technologies and practices that support sustainable business […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 18, 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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News Analysis: Oracle and IBM Partner On Java

Collaboration Puts Java In A Safe Place On October 11th, 2010, both Oracle and IBM announced an alliance to collaborate on the future development of Java.  A quick assessment shows that: Oracle and IBM intend to drive Java innovations. Oracle initiated a call to IBM to discuss collaboration efforts around Java.  As a result, Oracle […]

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

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News Analysis: New HP Leadership Indicates Interest In Enterprise Software

Two Seasoned Software Veterans Join Hewlett-Packard On September 30th, 2010, Hewlett-Packard (HP) announced two significant changes in its leadership structure.  Former SAP CEO Léo Apotheker was named as CEO; and Kleiner Perkins partner and former Oracle COO, Ray Lane was named as non-executive Chairman.  These two appointments signal a seriousness to shake things up for […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 30, 2010

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Research Report: The Upcoming Battle For The Largest Share Of The Tech Budget (Part 2) – Cloud Computing

Welcome to a part 2 of a multi-part series on The Software Insider Tech Ecosystem Model.  Part 2 describes how the cloud fits into the model.  Subsequent posts will apply the model to these leading vendors: Overview Cloud Cisco Dell HP IBM Microsoft Oracle Salesforce.com SAP The aggregation of these posts will result into a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 9, 2010

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Vendor Event: IBM Information On Demand 2010

Title: Vendor Event: IBM Information On Demand 2010 Location: The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV Start Date: 2010-10-24 End Date: 2010-10-28 Description: Innovate and optimize with the best technical and business education. Two industry-leading IBM conferences become one powerhouse global event.  This is a must-attend conference for business and IT professionals. You’ll […]

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

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Research Report: The Upcoming Battle For The Largest Share Of The Tech Budget (Part 1) – Overview

Welcome to a multi-part series on The Software Insider Tech Ecosystem Model.  Subsequent posts will apply the model to these leading vendors: Overview Cloud Computing Cisco Dell HP IBM Microsoft Oracle Salesforce.com SAP The aggregation of these posts will result into a research report available for reprint rights. Business Models Converge During Recessions Is your […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 27, 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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Event Report: Top 10 Questions To Ask At The Microsoft TechEd/STB Analyst Summit

Clients Now See Microsoft As The Neutral Vendor, Hence All The Questions Just less than 3 years ago, Microsoft was still perceived as part of the “evil” empire.  Business leaders worried about the complicated and expensive licensing and pricing structures.  IT leaders bemoaned the lock-in and proprietary and often buggy software.  But in a reversal […]

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

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News Analysis: IBM Buys Sterling Commerce From AT&T

 Merger Ties B2B Integration Tools With Selling And Fulfillment On May 24th, IBM surprised the market with its $1.4B, all-cash, definitive agreement to buy Dublin, Ohio based Sterling Commerce from AT&T.  Sterling Commerce was purchased by SBC Communications in 2000 for its strengths in B2B integration.  As an AT&T company in 2005, they acquired […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 24, 2010

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News Analysis: Salesforce.com and VMware Up The Ante In The Cloud Wars With VMforce

VMWare and Salesforce.com Battle For The Hearts And Minds Of Cloud-Oriented Java Developers On April 27th, 2010, Salesforce.com, [NYSE: CRM] and VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) formed VMforce, a strategic alliance to create a deployment environment for Java based apps in the cloud.  The Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering builds on Java, Spring, VMware vSphere, and Force.com.  Key […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 29, 2010

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News Analysis: Oracle Acquires Phase Forward For $685M And Gains A Foothold Into The Lucrative Life Sciences Market

Oracle Adds A Trusted CTMS/EDC Solution To Its Health Sciences Portfolio On April 16th, Oracle announced its intent to acquire Phase Forward, a Cambridge, Massachusetts based Clinical Trials Management Software (CTMS) vendor and early electronic data capture (EDC) pioneer.  Phase Forward adds 335 life science, medical device, research agency, and contract research organization (CRO) customers […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 17, 2010

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Wednesday’s Whispers: People Whispers – March 2010

PEOPLE WHISPERS: MOVES, PROMOTIONS, AND MILESTONES* 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 you need a referral, and we’ve worked together in the past, don’t hesitate to reach out to me via Linked In. Ashesh Badani became Sr. […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 31, 2010

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Wednesday’s Whispers: People Whispers – February 2010

PEOPLE WHISPERS: MOVES, PROMOTIONS, AND MILESTONES* 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 you need a referral, and we’ve worked together in the past, don’t hesitate to reach out to me via Linked In. Paul Alessi is now […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 24, 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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News Analysis: Salesforce.com Announces Private Beta Of Chatter

Chatter Represents SFDC’s Unified Move Into Social Announced at the 2009 Dreamforce conference, Chatter represents both a collaboration application and platform.  Software built on the Force.com platform will gain the collaboration capabilities.   Solutions in AppExchange will be able to use profiles, real time streams, and other API’s.   With a 100 customers testing out user […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 17, 2010

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News Analysis: IBM Acquires MDM Leader Initiate Systems For Public Sector and Healthcare Prowess

IBM Adds A Leading Customer Data Integration/MDM Pioneer To Its Master Information Management Arsenal With arguably 10 master information management acquisitions since 2003, IBM continues to push towards its goal of adaptive master data management (MDM) (see Figure 1).  The recent acquisition of Initiate Systems comes after the heals of Oracle’s purchase of SilverCreek Systems […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 3, 2010

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News Analysis: Siperian Acquisition Vaults Informatica Into An MDM Leadership Position

Informatica Enters The Battle For Master Data Management Dominance As with any best of breed market, only a few will survive and even fewer will succeed.  Despite a leading offering, Siperian’s faced a rocky financial situation over the past 12 months.  Many suitors pursued Siperian but in the end Informatica’s $130M acquisition of Siperian took […]

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

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Event Report: Lotusphere 10 Launches IBM Into New Era

(Pictures For Now, More Analysis Later) <iframe align=center src=http://www.flickr.com/slideShow/index.gne?user_id=35408001@N04&set_id=72157614091349617&detail=yes frameBorder=0 scrolling=no width=500 height=450></iframe> (Photos: Copyright © 2010 R Wang and Insider Associates, LLC. All rights reserved.) Keynote Highlights Integration of IBM’s Full Set of Assets Users Treated To Preview of Project Vulcan The Bottom Line – Convergence of Emerging Technologies May Begin With Lotus Copyright […]

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

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Tuesday’s Tip: The SAP Optimization List – Key Ecosystem Vendors You Should Know

High Cost Of Ownership And Changing Requirements Drive SAP Users To Seek Optimization Solutions

As users await SAP to regain its mojo (see Dennis Howlett’s post) and implement it’s “Voice of the Customer” strategy in 2010, users must continue to reduce their cost of ownership and complexity. In addition, rapidly changing business requirements require some users to seek SaaS alternatives, additional point solutions, and extensions.
Consequently, vendors providing SAP optimization and extension solutions represent one of the fastest growing parts of the $78.7B (2009 Altimeter Group estimate), 850,000 SAP service partner and developer ecosystem. SAP users already embrace many of the solutions from vendors on this inaugural SAP Optimization List as part of their business value oriented apps strategy. The living list covers seven areas including:

1. application extension and usability;
2. application life cycle management;
3. archiving, storage, and test data management;
4. license management and optimization;
5. Microsoft Office integration;
6. third party maintenance; and
7. virtualization

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 5, 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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News Analysis: Oracle Formally Announces Fusion Apps

Oracle’s Fusion Apps Addresses A Broad Set Of Horizontal Modules Oracle’s co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Larry Ellison announced the code completion of Fusion Apps in today’s late afternoon keynote.  Though Ellison did not give precise guidance on general availability (GA), he did hint that the product would be available, “sometime in 2010”.  The product […]

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

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Wednesday’s Whispers: People Whispers – August/September 2009

PEOPLE WHISPERS: MOVES, PROMOTIONS, AND MILESTONES* Congratulations to all!  Good to see that the job scenarios have improved 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 you need a […]

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

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