Posts Tagged ‘Industry Event’

Event Report: Metaio’s #InsideAR Conference Hails The Future Of An Always On, Always Augmented Reality

Digital Business Arrives In The Always On Always Augmented World

On October 10th and 11th, 2013, over 800 attendees from more than 45 countries arrived at the Munich Olympic Park to share their passion and excitement about the latest augmented reality (AR) developments (see Figure 1).  Hosted by augmented reality pioneer Metaio, Inside AR 2013, has emerged as one of the world’s largest conferences dedicated to the business of AR.  The conference touched on key areas such as:

  • Wearable computing
  • Hardware advances
  • Applications and development
  • Global adoption
  • Future of digital business and AR
  • AR use cases from engineering to sales
  • Consumer AR
  • Future of print and packaging in AR
  • Public sector use cases

Figure 1. Full Flickr Stream Of InsideAR Including Demo Videos

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Augmented Reality Brings Contextual Experiences To Life


Industry Event: 13th Annual HR Technology Conference & Exposition

General Session
The Great Technology Debate:
Naomi Lee Bloom and Jim Holincheck

Naomi Lee Bloom, Managing Partner, Bloom & Wallace
Jim Holincheck, Managing VP, Finance, HCM and Procurement, Gartner

N.  Bloom J. Holincheck
Thursday, September 30 • 8:45 – 10 a.m.
Yes, the world’s two leading experts on HR technology – and the longest veterans of our renowned former Analyst Panel – will face off on the hottest issues of the day. If held today, it might include such issues as how PeopleSoft Enterprise and Oracle EBS customers should think about their application strategy – especially after seeing Oracle’s demo of its next generation HCM the afternoon before. What is “true” SaaS and does it matter? Will it be the only form of service delivery in the future? Have organizations been implementing Talent Management the right or the wrong way? What is the real deal with Workforce Analytics and Planning? But who can really say what the questions will be in September? Come find out and even ask one yourself!

Come join this must attend industry event.  Take advantage of the SoftwareInsider discount code RWANG10 and receive $500 off when you register here


Although we work closely with many buy-side and sell-side clients, we want you to trust us.  HR Tech is not a retainer client of Altimeter Group nor that of Insider Associates, LLC.  For the full disclosure policy please refer here.

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Event Report: 2009 SAP Influencer Summit – SAP Must Put Strategy To Execution In Order To Prove Clarity Of Vision

Boston Park Plaza Lobby nTag at SAP Summit Schwarz and Becher The Future Leadership of SAP?
(Photos by R Wang & Insider Associates, LLC.   Copyright © 2009 All rights reserved.)

Re-innovation Now At The Heart Of SAP’s Focus And Strategy

SAP has faced a rough two years.  From the continuing market pressure on new license revenue, false-start launch of Business By Design (ByD), management restructuring, and issues with user groups and Enterprise Support, one could kindly say its been a brutal period.  Looking forward to a fresh start in 2010, senior executives and key personnel have been hard at work “re-innovating” SAP at both the product and marketing level.  As intended, many of the 275 analysts, bloggers, customers, influencers, and media attendees of this year’s SAP Influencer Summit left Boston with the perception that the company is in the midst of such transition. However, the clarity of that message and the perception of innovation depended on the topic at hand.

Five key themes drove most formal and informal conversations throughout the event:

  • SAP continues to be innovative. John Schwarz, SAP Executive Board Member, keynoted on stage that ” We are not your grandmother’s SAP” and addressed SAP’s aspiration to become more customer focused and innovative.  Jim Hagemann Snabe, Executive Board Member in charge of Business Technology and Solutions, touted the product vision.  Vishal Sikka, SAP’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) focused his conversation on Timeless Software and SAP’s cloud orientation.  He emphasized the size of future data volumes and the case for why In-Memory applications would provide the access speed and key meta-data required to draw inference for usage in business intelligence and analytics.  Meanwhile, John Wookey, who leads SAP’s OnDemand for Large Enterprise effort commented on the Cloud by stating, “SAP sees On-Demand as the next major change in computing models and we’re very serious about on-demand. Innovation in on-demand (deployment options) is still largely in front of us.”

    Point of view (POV): SAP’s working hard to highlight its innovations.   With €1.6B spent a year in R&D, innovation exists in SAP Labs but management and tribal politics often keep good ideas from becoming productized.  Users will need to work closely with SAP to identify needs and requirements and help SAP prioritize what should go to market.  Cloud strategy remains hazy in specifics. In-memory approach will benefit customers but will take time to develop across all products.  OnDemand for Large Enterprises could slow in-roads by pure-play SaaS vendors.

  • Business analytics and intelligence play a key role in the platform. Executive Vice-President and General Manager, Marge Breya spent much time talking about SAP’s support for heterogeneous data sources.  As the BOBJ assets integrate into NetWeaver, her emphasis would be to deliver information across new platforms and use cases.  Project Kona for business intelligence (BI) OnDemand in mobility would play a key role in changing how users access SAP information.

    POV: Customers need better information in order to make key decisions.  BI plays a significant role in delivering such value to customers and the Business Objects acquisition provides the enabler.  However, SAP users still find data quality and data governance to be a key hole in the SAP information strategy.  SAP will need to address the different approaches in master data management (MDM) and help customers understand which set of tools should be applied in each customer scenario.

  • Future growth rests with success in small and medium enterprises.  With most of the large enterprise saturated with packaged apps such as ERP, SAP’s future growth rests on its ability to move down market.  The SME team led by Hans-Peter Klaey shared progress on their 3-prong product strategy with Business One (B1), Business All in One (BAiO), and Business by Design (ByD).   B1 continues to gain traction in the small end of the market and SAP has published a product road map well past 2014.  The key issues remain the future of ByD and how SAP plans to scale growth.

    POV: With hopes of getting ByD to scale, Feature Pack 2.5 promises to bring in-memory analytics, multi-tenant support, mobile device enablement, Microsoft Silverlight UI’s, and a software development kit based on Microsoft Visual Studio.  Scaling remains a big issue but now becomes technically feasible.  Conversations with Rainer Zinow, Senior Vice President for SME Strategic Solution Management; Christoph Behrendt, Senior Vice President for Midsize Enterprises; Peter Lorenz, Senior Vice President, SME Solutions; Jeff Stiles, Senior Vice President for SME Marketing; and others, highlight the advanced progression in SAP’s SME thinking.   Early indications show promise that they will eventually approach the market with the right scaling, go to market plan, and cost structure to succeed. Movement towards more Microsoft technologies will help attract B1 partners, especially many at Sage who may be disgruntled but technically competent and customer service oriented.

  • Sustainability is more than a trend.  Building on its Clear Standards acquisition, SAP continues to drive mind share in the field of sustainability tracking.  Key topics include the usual suspects of carbon emissions, energy consumption, and compliance. The Business Objects Sustainability Performance Management offering showcased new areas such as product and workplace safety.  Its recent Sustainability Report highlights how SAP uses its own software to achieve its corporate objectives.  Sustainability shows growth as a board-level topic and issue of concern.

    POV: More than just buzzwords, SAP’s making a considerable investment in sustainability.  By providing the right templates and KPI’s for external reporting, SAP will transform social responsibility aspirations to reality for its interested customers.   Peter Graf, SAP’s Chief Sustainability Officer, has harnessed the do-good spirit of SAP’s employees in building out SAP’s offerings.  Expect sustainability to be a key area in repairing SAP’s current image.  Conversations with customers indicate that sustainability may not be a primary reason to choose SAP today, but SAP’s investment and commitment in this arena brings SAP into conversations with key business leaders and has led to deal flow.  However, long term success in sustainability will require good master data management (MDM) and SAP must rapidly address this issue or face the prospect of false promises.

  • Partners and ecosystems matter. The partner ecosystem team continues to evolve and innovate with new programs that not only attract new partners, but also improve partner readiness.  SAP currently works with 7000 go to market partners and the SAP Developer Network boasts 2.5M developers.  Efforts such as the SAP Mentor program, SAP Partner Edge, SAP EcoHub, and SAP Community Network by Zia Yusuf and his successor, Singh Mecker, Senior Vice President of GEPG provide proof points of progress and success.

    The EcoHub provides customers, partners, suppliers, and internal employees with a collaboration point for subject matter experts, trouble shooting, and fostering community.  SAP’s partner ecosystem remains its strongest asset.  In order to capitalize on their success, SAP must make the necessary investment in revamping the technology platforms partners build on.  Should they fail in providing an easier platform, they will lose traction and adoption.  Partner-led innovation will move to easier platforms to work with and business models that sustain profitability.

SAP’s Efforts In Strategy To Execution Rates A “B-” For Now

Applying a quick Vendor Scorecard grading system, here is a subjective evaluation of SAP’s 2009 efforts to date*:

  • Leadership: “B-”. Leo Apotheker and Bill McDermott failed to show up again at a key event.  While this was Q4 and a tough quarter, customer and influencer perceptions remain low on Leo given his decision to push Enterprise Support and the lack of clarity into his vision and approach to date.  To be fair, he has faced a tough hurdle in cleaning up mistakes from his predecessor, Henning Kagermann, and has had to streamline research and development as well as a sprawling bureaucracy.  The good news – their absence highlighted the emerging bench strength of talent within SAP.  This brought some confidence to many in attendance that SAP may have the right stuff to emerge. The bad news – rumors abound on when a successor (Co-CEO) would be announced as Leo’s contract expires in June 2010.
  • Product strategy: “B+”. Sustainability, integration of Business Objects componentry, Enhancement Packages (EhP), and In-Memory apps receive praise.  Meanwhile, adoption of ERP 6.0, remains slow.  SAP cites 50% of all product instances on to ERP 6.0.  However, actual customer counts may be less given the fact some customers have 25 to 50 instances of SAP.   Only 3500 customers have used Enhancement  Packages.  Customers remain confused on the value of Business Suite 7, upset with paying twice for BW and Business Objects, and disappointed with SAP’s slow approach to SaaS and onDemand.  Successful relaunch of ByD in 2010 may help SAP gain traction.  Customers await delivery on OnDemand offerings for Large Enterprise but can not wait much longer.  InMemory Apps planned for 2014 must be delivered on-time to compete with Oracle’s Fusion Apps.  Despite the lack of clarity, SAP still has the richest set of business functions and ability to handle the greatest set of complex scenarios.
  • Technology strategy: “C+”. Middleware strategy remains murky at best.  SAP should revamp NetWeaver or junk it.  NetWeaver is to Blackberry as’s is to iPhone.  It’s so much easier to build apps on and iPhone than it is for SAP’s NetWeaver and RIM’s Blackberry.  The decision to emphasize the NetWeaver ABAP stack over the NetWeaver Java stack will leave customers and partners confused despite how much more efficient it is to build on ABAP.  In addition, the lack of good business process orchestration at both run time and design time remains a critical hole for investment and gives vendors such as IBM and Cordys opportunities to sit on-top of SAP apps.  Mobile strategy at first seems less emphasized with the rare mention of native apps development on Blackberry and other platforms.  Nevertheless, SAP’s decision to leave mobile platform integration of Blackberry and others at the NetWeaver Mobile layer may prove to be the most efficient and effective approach.  The move to in-Memory will help with future development, yet customers lack confidence in SAP’s execution of the Timeless Software argument, despite its best intentions.  It appears that SAP will have 2 OnDemand strategies.  Lighter applications will be built on Java.  More complex applications to be built on the OnDemand stack.
  • Go to market strategy: “B+”. “Best Run Now” packages deserve credit for bringing business value from analytics into core business processes.  Slow adoption can be blamed on a sales teams who treated this as a new license sales opportunity instead of an entry point to showcase SAP value.  Customers could see the sales reps salivating with each interaction for a new sale.  Kudos go to SAP for finally admitting failure with ByD and working hard with customers and partners to revamp efforts.  SAP’s marketing team remains the most innovative and effective.  Just wait till they get products that keep up with their marketing.
  • Innovation agenda: “B-”. SAP’s making in-roads in the right areas.  Project Constellation, integration with Google Wave, and social networking investments highlight some movement towards disruptive technologies.  SAP must rapidly productize innovations from the SAP Imagineering team, worldwide SAP Labs, SAP COIL, and its consulting partners.   SAP needs to tap into its ecosystem and bring out innovation.
  • Service and support: “C+”. Customers continue to self-support and question SAP’s value.  As more customers consider third party maintenance, SAP will have to fight harder to demonstrate value.  On the positive front, SAP’s Value Academy shows promise in helping customers optimize their SAP investments.  Initial discussions with Chakib Bhoudary, SAP’s Chief Value Officer, indicate the deep level of experience and data provided.  Customers will want to see how to access these services with minimal investment or redirected maintenance investment.
  • Customer satisfaction: “C+”. Conversations with over 400 customers in 2009 highlight severe disappointment with their SAP relationship.  Sales reps compensated on net new license sales no longer invest in guiding customers through the SAP offerings.  Customers fail to adopt due to lack of knowledge.  They no longer trust their SAP sales reps nor do they have high confidence in the system integrators to guide them to the most cost effective solution.  SAP sales reps need to understand their products better.  Those customers who are able to make a trip to Walldorf (WDF), find solace that the old SAP still exists with passionate and dedicated engineers.  Customers appreciate the honesty in WDF about what can or can not be accomplished with SAP.  However, this is not a scalable model for SAP.  SAP will need to retrain and reincentivize its sales reps.  Applying social enterprise methods to the great SAP ecosystem may prove to be fruitful in scaling out more personalized approaches.
  • Execution to date: “C-”. Failures abound in execution in Enterprise Support, NetWeaver adoption, ByD roll-out, Duet usage, and Solution Manager capabilities.  SAP’s current state is similar to Microsoft’s prior to the launch of Bing and Windows 7.  SAP needs a success story soon to not only raise morale, but also gain customer confidence in its ability to deliver.  Jim Hagemann Snabe’s efforts at streamlining and centralizing development provides at least a positive indicator.
  • Partner ecosystem: “A”. The team has built one of the best technology partner ecosystems in the market.  The emphasis on community outreach, influencer participation, and investment in a partner’s success continues to be a differentiator.  SAP’s ecosystem strategy should be credited with saving SAP during this round of crisis.  A move towards Microsoft technologies such as SharePoint and Silverlight will help in gaining developer traction and adoption.  Fix NetWeaver and the ecosystem will have a tool they can innovate from.
  • Overall reputation: “B”. SAP carries significant brand presence in emerging markets and the SME space.  Many companies equate ownership of SAP as a sign of success in their markets.  Yet, existing customers have soured on the brand and continue to wonder when SAP will innovate in their requirements and not be distracted by other pursuits.  In general, SAP still carries considerable brand equity which will buy it time as it reinnovates.

* A=4.0, A-=3.7., B+=3.3, B=3.0, B-=2.7, C+=2.3, C=2.0, C-=1.7, D+=1.3, D=1.0, D-=0.7, F=0

The Bottom Line  – SAP’s Turning The Corner

Credit must be given to SAP for charting a new course.  A shift in the management philosophy and product direction will take years to realize, however, its not too late for change.  SAP must remember its roots and become more German and less American.  The renewed focus must put customer requests and priorities ahead of SAP’s bureaucracy.  The emphasis must focus on the relationship.  When that reemerges in how SAP works with customers, partners, influencers, and its own employees, SAP will be back in good graces.  In the meantime, it’s  time to get to work and deliver.  Oracle’s Fusions Apps are coming soon and competitors such as IBM, Microsoft, Epicor, IFS, and will not relent.

Your POV.

If you get a chance, let us know:

  • Which SAP products do you use?
  • What do you think about the progress with SAP?
  • Are you considering alternatives to SAP?
  • Do you feel SAP is innovating fast, ok, or slow enough?
  • What do you think of SAP’s new reinnovation strategy?

Feel free to post your comments here or send me an email at rwang0 at gmail dot com or r at softwareinsider dot org.

Other related links and good resources

SPECIAL: Video clips from the SAP Influencer Summit from SAP

20091211 ZDNet Software & Services Safari – Brian Sommer “SAP Business ByDesign Update: Multi-tenancy, In-Core Memory DB and More”

20091211 – Michael Fauscette “SAP Coming Out From the Clouds”

20091210 ZDNet Collaboration 2.0 – Oliver Marks “SAP: The clear path forward for the supertanker…”

20091209 ZDNet IT Project Failures – Michael Krigsman “Is on-premise ERP obsolete?”

20091209 ZDNet Social CRM: The Conversation – Paul Greenberg “SAP Business Influencers Summit: A Clear Path Forward?”

20091209 Spend Matters – Jason Busch “SAP Influencer Summit, Dispatch 1: On-Demand Differentiation and Vision”

20091209 Monkchips – James Governor ” SAP: Out with the Old, Shrugging off the Tag”

20091209 Merv’s Market Strategy For IT Suppliers – Merv Adrian “SAP Promises Acceleration on a “Clear Path” – Will it Be Enough?”

20091209 CIO Reinvented Blog – Prasanth Rai “Interesting Data/Statistics About SAP…(Influencer Summit)”

20091209 DealArchitect – Vinnie Mirchandani “SAP and The Boston Park Plaza”

20091209 Cloud Avenue – Zoli Erdos “Twitter in the Enterprise – Round 56745327″

20091208 ZDNet IT Project Failures – Michael Krigsman “SAP Influencer Summit: First Impressions”

Copyright © 2009 R Wang and Insider Associates, LLC. All rights reserved.

Speaking Engagement: AX Decisions 2009


Title: Industry Event: AX Decisions 2009
Location: Virtual Event
Link out: Click here
Start Date: 2009-10-14
Start Time: 06:00
End Date: 2009-10014
Description: Be a Part of This Year’s Most Exciting Dynamics AX Conference!

It’s FREE and it’s virtual…with all the benefits of an in-person event including a keynote presentation, educational sessions, networking and exhibitor booths.
About the Event

AX Decisions 2009 is a virtual conference & tradeshow for Microsoft Dynamics AX Professionals seeking implementation strategies, thought leadership, and best practices for maximizing the value and effectiveness of their organization’s AX platform and initiatives.

Attend AX Decisions 2009 from the convenience of your desktop to:

  • Get up to speed on the latest trends, technologies and strategies for Dynamics AX
  • Listen to real-world customer success stories
  • Discover the secrets to establishing priorities and gaining commitment across the organization for your AX strategy
  • Explore which AX tools will bring you the most success
  • Learn how to navigate your way through a successful AX upgrade
  • Drive greater efficiency and productivity from your dynamics system during tough times

Join the keynote at 6 am PT/ 9 am ET
Maximizing your Microsoft Dynamics ERP Investment During Tough Times

Economic pressures and a growing litany of regulations add to the list of challenges businesses face. Users need to balance among existing investments and new projects. Join R “Ray” Wang, a Partner at Altimeter Group in finding out how Microsoft Dynamics ERP users should take advantage of this time to maximize their investments by:

* streamlining how they are organized;
* optimizing key business processes; and
* improving their technology strategy


Industry Event: Enterprise 2.0


Title: Enterprise 2.0
Moscone North, San Francisco, CA
Link out:
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Start Date:
End Date: 2009-11-05

Description: Unlocking the Business Value of Enterprise 2.0

The most influential event about the Enterprise 2.0 movement is coming to San Francisco this Fall.

If you are challenging the status quo and leading the charge to enable more efficient, agile and productive workforces in your company, come to Moscone Center this November.

What is Enterprise 2.0?

The way we work is changing rapidly, offering an enormous competitive advantage to those who embrace the new tools that enable contextual, agile and simplified information exchange and collaboration to distributed workforces and networks of partners and customers.

Enterprise 2.0 is the term for the technologies and business practices that liberate the workforce from the constraints of legacy communication and productivity tools like email. It provides business managers with access to the right information at the right time through a web of inter-connected applications, services and devices. Enterprise 2.0 makes accessible the collective intelligence of many, translating to a huge competitive advantage in the form of increased innovation, productivity and agility.

Enterprise 2.0 Conference takes a strategic perspective, emphasizing the bigger picture implications of the technology and the exploration of what is at stake for organizations trying to change not only tools, but also culture and process.

Beyond discussion of the “why”, there will also be in-depth opportunities for learning the “how” that will help you bring Enterprise 2.0 to your business.


Event Report: Pushes Social CRM Technology — But Don’t Expect Companies To Be Successful With Tools Alone

This post was co-written with Jeremiah Owyang, Partner and Colleague at Altimeter Group

Mark Benioff and Jason from TwitterWonder what your high school mascot guy did when he grew up? He went to enterprise software.Salesforce Demo AreaMarc Benioff of SalesForce

Service Cloud 2 Answers IntegrationService Cloud 2 InStranet Knowledge IntegrationService Cloud 2 Google IntegrationService Cloud 2 Twitter Integration

Above: Pictures from Salesforce’s event launches a new set of social apps that make CRM connected to the social web. So what does it mean?’s Twitter integration and application launch helps brands monitor what’s being said. Yet despite the fanfare, the application lacks a pre-determined way to identify the profiles of Twitter profiles and primary keys within the CRM database. Secondly, the system doesn’t provide a default setting to prioritize the influence (such as more followers) vs a profile with few followers -limiting the ability for brands to prioritize their support offerings.’s “Answers” product is a threat to community platforms that offer support-heavy features. Vendors like Lithium (although a SF partner) Jive, Telligent, Awareness, and Mzinga are impacted. Brands that have a strong implementation will first look to their CRM vendor for social support offerings -reducing the pipeline for community platform new comers. The newly minted “Knowledge” product, which harvests the IP from customer service reps, and customers themselves is also a direct threat to wiki creators such as SocialText, Atlasian. Those vendors should quickly bolster their marketing efforts to demonstrate how they are differentiated. Client server based contact center products such as Amdocs, Cisco, and Genesys, will face increased competition as business users choose to move to platforms that deliver provide greater social aspects tied to user generated content.

Despite’s technical announcement, this doesn’t mean success for their customers. Technology is only 20% of any enterprise change, the other 80% is culture, process, roles, and strategy change -key requirements that is not equipped to provide. As a result, don’t expect customers that don’t have the right program in place to take advantage of these technology offerings -instead expect vendors with a heavy professional service offering to empower a company to truly embrace customers in the social web.

Overall, is above and beyond other CRM vendors in terms of connecting to the social web. Yet despite their ability to connect with new channels, they lack a full solution to empower brands to make the cultural changes within their organizations. Expect other CRM vendors such as Oracle’s Social CRM offerings and Microsoft Dynamics CRM to do a “me too” in coming months as others jump on the social CRM bandwagon.

For the CIO: Ray’s Take: The coming wave of social CRM initiatives and cloud based service solutions require CIO’s to rethink about their overall apps strategies to support hybrid deployment options. Rapid proliferation of SaaS solutions inside the organization requires strong CIO leadership in coordinating data, business process, and meta data integration strategies. Moreover, now will be the time to begin master data management activities that will support social CRM initiatives and resolve profile identification and entity resolution issues. Take control now or lose control forever.

For the CMO: Jeremiah’s Take: Marketing has spread beyond awareness and lead generation -support IS marketing. Yet to be successful, your internal processes must quickly meld PR and support to provide a seamless experience to the customer. Be proactive, not reactive: Use brand monitoring technologies to head off issues before they volcano into PR disasters.

Your POV

Ready to put your service strategy to the test with’s Answers product or another social CRM tool? Where are you today in your efforts?  Post your comment here or reach me direct at r at altimetergroup dot com or r at softwareinsider dot org.

Copyright © 2009 R Wang. All rights reserved.

Speaking Engagement: Information Week 500 – Navigating The Board Room – What do you bring to The table?

IW 500 Navigating the Board Room

Title: Industry Event: Information Week 500 – Navigating The Board Room – What do you bring to The table?
Location: The St. Regis, Monarch Beach, Dana Point, California
Start Date: 2009-09-13
End Date: 2009-09-15
Link out: Click here

Business technology executives must sit at the center of corporate decision-making, especially in today’s economic climate. That means building tighter relationships not only with the CEO, but also with top executives in finance, sales, marketing, international, legal, business development, and HR, as well as directly with customers. Your career and your company’s future are on the line.

At the 2009 InformationWeek 500 Conference, C-level executives from leading global companies will meet to discuss how they’re delivering on the most critical business priorities of the day. The conference will feature sessions on:

* Mapping IT strategy and investment to the CEO agenda
* Cultivating, sponsoring, and driving innovation
* Viewing your role from a global perspective
* Working with the board on e-discovery and other pressing governance issues
* Speaking the language of operations, sales, finance, HR, and other key departments
* Preparing the next-generation tech workforce

Unveiling of the 2009 InformationWeek 500 Rankings – The Very Best Business Technology Innovators
Be there Tuesday, September 15, 2009 as we celebrate the 500 most innovative users of business technology at the InformationWeek 500 Conference and Gala Awards. The conference represents a unique opportunity to meet and interact with the most respected and recognized executives in the field. The best of the best attend InformationWeek 500 Conferences, including executives from Harrah’s Entertainment, FedEx Corp, Wells Fargo, Eastern Mountain Sports, Adidas Group, Tiffany & Co, and GM.

Network with hundreds of executives from InformationWeek 500 ranked companies. Gain practical insight and advice from the most innovative business technology executives in the world – and get realistic solutions to your own IT challenges from innovators in your own industry.

Join us at the annual InformationWeek 500 Conference for two and a half days of inspiring sessions, innovative strategies, stimulating dialogue, and unrivaled networking opportunities.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

12:30 am – 1:45 pm
Pacific Ballroom Keynote Luncheon: The Future Of Software
Luncheon Host: HP Software And Solutions

For many years, the traditional model of on-premises enterprise applications allowed companies to manage their expanding operations via ERP, synchronize their supply chains, engage more effectively with customers, and administer their workforces more effectively and at lower costs. At the same time, however, that model brought a voracious appetite for resources, training, administration, and precious IT budget dollars swallowed by 22% annual maintenance fees. Over the last several years, as the pace of global business has accelerated and IT has moved from the back office to front-office engagement with customers, cracks in the traditional model have appeared as alternative providers with alternative approaches to enterprise software have begun winning the wallets of CIOs. In this luncheon session, we’ll chat with the leaders of some of those new-wave companies and a renowned enterprise applications analyst to understand the value propositions of these new models, their limitations, and their impact on the traditional on-premises model that has dominated the scene for the past couple of decades.


* Aneel Bhusri, Co-Founder & President, Workday
* Christopher Lochhead, Senior Strategy Advisor, SuccessFactors, & former CMO, Mercury Software
* R “Ray” Wang, Partner, Altimeter Group


Bob Evans, Senior VP & Global CIO Director, InformationWeek