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News Analysis: Rimini Street Vs Oracle Ruling Has No Negative Impact on Third Party Maintenance Rights

Recent Oracle vs Rimini Street Ruling Is About Customer Software License Rights Not Third Party Maintenance On February 13th, 2014, the United States District Court , District of Nevada Judge Larry Hicks issued a partial summary judgment in the Oracle vs Rimini Street Case. Here’s the executive summary to key questions about the ruling*: Is […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 17, 2014

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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: 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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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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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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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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Polls and Surveys: Sapphire 2010 – On The Ground Collaborative Research

Collaborative Research Process At Work I’m pleased to say, that I’ll be joining fellow Enterprise Irregulars – Michael Cote, Larry Dignan, Michael Krigsman, and Vinnie Mirchandani; SAP Mentors – Dennis Howlett and Jon Reed, along with esteemed journalist Thomas Wailgum from CIO magazine to gauge the sentiment of SAP users.  We may be adding a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 16, 2010

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Tuesday’s Tip: How To Compare Total Ownership Costs

Apps Strategy Options Abound And Organizations Need Accurate Comparison Methodologies Recent inquiries from blog readers and client engagements highlight a growing need to compare the cost of apps strategies.  Common comparison scenarios often include: SaaS versus on-premise Upgrade versus customization Single instance versus two-tier Vendor maintenance versus third party options Custom apps versus packaged apps […]

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

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News Analysis: Rimini Street Countersues Oracle

Rimini Street Counter Suit Focuses On Ensuring Customer Rights To Third Party Maintenance (3PM) On March 29th, 2010, Rimini Street sued Oracle for “counterclaims alleging copyright misuse, defamation, disparagement, trade libel, and unfair competition”.  The lawsuit was filed as a counter to Oracle’s February 26th, 2010 suit of Rimini Street for Intellectual Property (IP) theft.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 5, 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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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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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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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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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: 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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Wednesday’s Whispers: Corporate Whispers and Monthly Market Trends – June 2009

CORPORATE WHISPERS AND MONTHLY MARKET TRENDS* Starting this month, we’ll be splitting the trends in Corporate Whispers from the People Whispers series.  Catch the latest monthly random thoughts, trend points, and corporate trends.  Hearing from twitterati, software execs, and industry experts about: User trends Recent win by SUSEN Software over SAP enhances validity of the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 24, 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: 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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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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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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Monday’s Musings: A Year of Extremes Brings Us Back Full Circle to the Beginning of the Dot.Com Bust

With a few days left in the year, it’s hard to believe that 2008 is almost over.  Just like our paltry .401K’s and lowered gas prices, it’s like we reverted to the Dot Com bust.  Extreme contrasts in positions and tremendous change made 2008 both exciting, suspenseful, and frankly sobering like 2002.  In fact, it […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 29, 2008

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Monday’s Musings: Call to Action – Updating The Enterprise Software Licensee’s Bill of Rights

Software Ownership Remains Unusual, Onerous, and Restrictive Software licenses are truly unique.  Licensee’s can not resell, reuse, or share their licenses with others. For example, enterprises easily reuse, resell, or share tangible assets such as hardware, telecom equipment, and storage. From both a replacement and life-cycle perspective, leases for assets such as telecom equipment incorporate […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 15, 2008

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Monday’s Musings: Can IT Services Firms Shift the Balance of Power To Create Choice for the Customer?

Current Model Lopsided Towards the Large ISV’s Rapid enterprise apps vendor consolidation over the past 5 years leave end user enterprises with fewer vendor choices and less competition.  The impact to services firms is a continued and increased dependency on the fortune and “good will” of the software vendor by IT Services firms.  However, ISV’s […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 8, 2008

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