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News Analysis: Oracle Buys RightNow For $1.43B

The Acquisition Machine Heads To The Public Cloud Users gathered at the Customer Summit 2011 at the Broadmoor Hotel woke up to the shocking announcement that Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) announced a $1.43B acquisition of leading SMB CRM vendor RightNow Technologies (NASDAQ: RNOW) today.  According to Thomas Kurian, “Oracle is moving aggressively to offer customers a […]

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Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 24, 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 […]

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Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 15, 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 […]

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Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 29, 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 […]

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

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Research Report: How The Five Pillars Of Consumer Tech Influence Enterprise Innovation

Most Enterprise Software Vendors Fail To Deliver Innovation Despite hundreds of billions wasted on failed research and development projects, most market influencers would agree that enterprise software vendors have produced a dearth of innovation over the past decade.  Vendors often cite UI re-skins, major functionality additions, integration of acquisitions, technology re-platforms, and weak attempts at […]

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Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 4, 2010

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Quarterly Financial Tracker: Q2 CY 2010 – SaaS Vendors Still Show Massive YoY Growth

The majority of 22 publicly traded software vendors demonstrated solid year-over-year (YoY) quarterly growth from Q2 2009 (see Figure 1).   Every SaaS vendor in the Software Insider Index® drove 14% to 26% growth (see Figure 2) despite the pick up in on-premises license sales.  Highlights for the 2010 CY Q2 2010 results: On-Premises Trends JDA […]

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

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Quarterly Financial Tracker: Q1 CY 2010 – Software’s Back With Double Digit Gains In License Growth

The majority of 21 publicly traded software vendors managed to show year-over-year (YoY) gains over the dismal beating from calendar year (CY) Q1 2009.  SaaS vendor maintained their double digit gains while on-premise vendors mostly showed positive traction (see Figure 1) and (see Figure 2).  Highlights for the 2010 CY Q1 2010 results: Big gains […]

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Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 27, 2010

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Quarterly Financial Tracker: Q4 CY 2009 SaaS Vendors Continue To Trump On Premises Vendors In YoY Growth

The Year Of SaaS Shows… And Yes, In This Economy. The recession continued to take its toll on software sales with a slight impact to the SaaS vendors.  Growth rates have come down from the high 30′s to the low 20′s.  But with “flat” the new growth metric in this down economy, SaaS vendor results […]

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

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Quarterly Financial Tracker: Q3 CY 2009 SaaS Vendors Face Some Headwinds, On-Premise Still In The Tank

Purchasing in Q3 reflected both economic downturn and summer doldrums.  While on-premise vendors continued massive double digit declines in year-over-year new license revenue, SaaS vendors faced some pressures in keeping up with tremendous growth.  However, long term economic outlook still favor SaaS players and early indications on Q4 budget flush indicate that SaaS and Cloud […]

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Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 18, 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 […]

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Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 28, 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 […]

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

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Software Insider Index™ (SII): SII Top 30 Enterprise Business Apps Vendors™ & SII Top SaaS Business Apps Vendors™

Now with most of the craziness of Q4 behind us, its time to unveil the Software Insider Indices: SII Top 30 Enterprise Business Apps Vendors provides a snapshot of an ongoing vendor ranking by revenue.  Some vendors are private and of course not on this list, unless there’s a reasonable estimate. SII Top 5 SaaS […]

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Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 26, 2009

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Quarterly Financial Tracker: Q4 CY 2008 SaaS Vendors Trump On-Premise Vendors In Quarterly Performance

The recession hit most vendors hard in the last quarter of 2008 as evidence by the dismal license revenue YoY comps.  Some exceptions include JDA (52.9%) with a strong presence in retail and Agresso with its growth in public sector (25.6%).  As vendors with perpetual license models hunker down for the pending drought, retention and […]

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

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Quarterly Financial Tracker: 2008 Q3 CY Quarterly Revenues Show Deflection Point

With 2020 hindsight and the best rear view mirror clarity (j/k), Q3 appears to be THE deflection point in where the economy began to impact the enterprise software vendors.  A flurry of continued lowered guidance on earnings by vendors reflects the general nervousness sweeping customers and prospects as we head into the most important quarter…Q4. […]

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Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 26, 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 […]

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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 […]

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

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