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Event Report: Microsoft Biz Apps Analyst Day Highlights Strategic Transformation #MSBizApps

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Seeks End To End Coverage Of Business Apps On February 10th to 12th, 2018, industry analysts converged onto Building 92 at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, WA, for an update on the Microsoft Business Applications.  The Business Applications Analyst Forum was hosted by key executives including: Source: © 2018 R Wang and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 14, 2018

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Research Summary: Constellation ShortList™ Integration Platform as a Service (IPaaS)

  About this Constellation ShortList The challenges and requirements around data and application integration are quickly changing. For starters, data increasingly lives and applications increasingly run outside of the four walls of the enterprise as companies embrace cloud-based compute and storage capacity, and as they replace on-premises software with software as a service (SaaS). The […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 13, 2017

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Tuesday’s Tip: Seven Universal Factors Why Technology Firms Fail

Hubris Drives Most Tech Firm Failures After observing the technology industry for two decades, one can’t help but identify a recurring theme – the beginning of the end of a technology vendor.   While most firms do not endure a mass failure and come back to life like Apple did with Steve Jobs or transform business […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 10, 2017

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Monday’s Musings: Avoiding Cloud Vendor Lock-In

Customers Must Hurry To Address The Mistakes From Shadow IT SaaS/Cloud Adoption Amidst the hey day of the early years for software as a service (SaaS) and Cloud, many line of business executives signed simple month to month, user based contracts without the burdens of IT and scrutiny of vendor procurement.  These edge applications and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 25, 2015

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Event Report: Inside The Apple #SpringForward Event

Apple Event Announcements Shows Continued Progression In The Digital Lifestyle The Spring Forward Apple event at Yuerba Buena gardens brought forth a slew of major announcements that pointed to the continued build out of the Steve Jobs “Star Trek” road map. Figure 1. Tim Cook welcomes the crowd at the #SpringForward event The analysis of […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 9, 2015

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News Analysis: Rumors On Apple’s Foray Into Cars “Project Titan”

Project Titan May Put Apple Into The Auto Business The February 13th, 2015 Wall Street Journal story spotlighted many of the rumors around the developments behind Apple going into the car business.   Framed around challenging Tesla Motors, the story discussed how the Cupertino juggernaut may be putting together an Apple branded electric vehicle.  Vice […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 15, 2015

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Research Preview: Digital Transformation Services Take Center Stage For 2015

Constellation State Of The State Report: Digital Transformation Services Take Center Stage For 2015 The latest Constellation Research state of the state report explores the impact of digital transformation on the services front. As so many different pieces of the digital transformation space come together, Constellation believes that the Digital Transformation Services category is set […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 9, 2015

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Tuesday’s Tip: How To Plan For SAP’s S/4 HANA Upgrade And Contract Negotiations Strategy #SAPHANA

Launch Of SAP S/4 Provides Catalyst For Organizations To Update Their Next Gen Apps Strategy The February 3rd, 2015 New York City SAP S/4 launch event brought a positive closure for customers seeking the next generation apps strategy from SAP.  At a high level, the SAP S/4 HANA offering offers: a new suite of applications […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 3, 2015

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Trends: 9 Actions to Consider Before 2015 For Digital Transformation

Digital Strategy From The Analysts At Constellation Research Constellation’s year end checklist offers suggestions designed to enable you to take control of your digital strategy in 2015. Consider these actions to ensure you dominate digital disruption in the new year. 1. Matrix Commerce: Scrub your data By Guy Courtin When it comes to Matrix Commerce, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 18, 2014

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Research Report: Inside The 2015 Boardroom Priorities (Parts 1 & 2)

Boardrooms In Market Leader And Fast Follower Organizations Rapidly Take Action To Address the Digital Chasm Ahead Constellation Research surveyed over 200 CXO’s and identified 10 board room priorities for 2015. As anticipated, digital transformation has emerged as a significant board room topic and market leaders and fast followers seek guidance on what elements are […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 16, 2014

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News Analysis: Inside the First Industry-Specific Mobile Apps by the IBM MobileFirst for Apple iOS Partnership

The IBM-Apple Partnership Achieves First Milestones On December 10th, IBM and Apple announced the first wave of industry-specific enterprise solutions as part of the IBM MobileFirst for iOS applications.   In a meeting with Fred Balboni, IBM’s general manager of the Apple partnership; and Jeremy Butcher, Apple Marketing and Strategy, Constellation received an update on the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 10, 2014

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Monday’s Musings: Why The Third Generation Of Enterprise Mobile Is Designed For Digital Transformation

Mobile Is The Main Entry Point For Digital Transformation Mobile initiatives provide an entry point into digital.  Mobile first is more than a mantra.  Why?  By applying design thinking to solving specific and purposeful tasks and processes, organizations can rethink the digital journey with mobile projects.  More importantly, mobile enables organizations to break the silos […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 8, 2014

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Event Report: SAP Australian User Group Summit Highlights Systematic Concerns About SAP

Australian Users Concerns About SAP Similar To Other Global Users Over 500 Australian SAP users gathered between September 8th and 9th, 2014 at the Sydney Hilton for the annual user conference.  Users came from IT roles, marketing, HR, and finance.  In speaking to over 100 attendees, key concerns include: Lack of clarity in future product […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 8, 2014

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Monday’s Musings: The Seven Rules For Digital Business And Digital Transformation

Lesson Learned From Early Digital Transformation Projects Show New Rules For Digital Business Digital business transformation is one of the hottest board room topics in this year’s strategy planning cycles.  Organizations around the world believe that they must begin the transformation process but many remain uncertain how or where to begin.  Early efforts to create […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 30, 2014

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Event Report: Answers To The Top 12 Questions About SAP Ahead of #SapphireNow #ASUG2014

In The Era Of Simplification, The Complex Still Remains Complex More than 20,000 customers, partners, and prospects are expected to convene in Orlando, Florida for America’s SAP User Group (ASUG) and SAP’s annual conference known as Sapphire. Co-CEO Bill McDermott hopes to close a chapter in SAP’s history and open a new chapter as the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 30, 2014

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Tuesday’s Tip: Five Steps To Starting Your Digital Transformation Initiative

Cut Through The Hype and Get Started Over the past 12 months, Constellation has interviewed, researched, or assisted more than 50 market leaders and fast followers crafting a digital transformation strategy.  Regardless of industry, size of company, or geography, these early adopters share five common steps to success.  In each case, these steps provide the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 26, 2014

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Monday’s Musings: What Organizations Want From Mobile

Mobile Is The Entry Point To Digital Business Mobile is a key entry point into digital transformation and digital business initiatives.  Along with cloud, social, big data/analytics, and video, mobile is one of the five pillars of digital.  Mobile is more than the first screen of interaction for many users.  Mobile describes how users expect […]

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

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Research Summary: Economic Trends Exacerbate Digital Business Disruption And Digital Transformation (The Futurist Framework Part 3)

Constellation Applies A Futurist Framework To Guide 2014 Outlook and Beyond Constellation’s research team uses a tried and true futurist framework that looks at the political, economic, societal, technological, environmental and legislative (PESTEL) shifts ahead (see Figure 1). The PESTEL model is used to synthesize the major trends and provides guidance on how Constellation approaches […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 14, 2014

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Event Report: #AdobeSummit Celebrates Digital Marketing From Creative To Commerce

Market Leaders And Fast Followers Celebrate Over A Decade Of Digital Marketing Vision In 2004, Omniture founder Josh James, an avid skier, held the first Summit atop the Snowbird Ski Resort for 270 early adopters and converted.  Fast forward eleven years to 2014, an estimated 5600+ customers, partners, influencers, and prospects gathered at the Salt […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 31, 2014

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Event Report: The Storify From #AdobeSummit

Market Leaders And Fast Followers Celebrate A Decade Of Digital Marketing Vision In 2004, Omniture founder Josh James, an avid skier, held the first Summit atop the Snowbird Ski Resort for 270 early adopters and converted.  Fast forward eleven years to 2014, an estimated 7000 customers, partners, influencers, and prospects gathered at the Salt Palace […]

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

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Research Summary: Five Societal Shifts Showcase The Digital Divide Ahead (The Futurist Framework Part 2)

Constellation Applies A Futurist Framework To Guide 2014 Outlook and Beyond Constellation’s research team uses a tried and true futurist framework that looks at the political, economic, societal, technological, environmental and legislative (PESTEL) shifts ahead (see Figure 1). The PESTEL model is used to synthesize the major trends and provides guidance on how Constellation approaches […]

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

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Event Report: Microsoft Convergence 2014 Day 1 Demonstrates Solid Momentum and Mindshare ( #CONV14 )

Microsoft Convergence Kicks Off In Atlanta The annual Microsoft Convergence customer event kicked off on March 4th, 2014.  Far from the days of the Stampede in Fargo, North Dakota, the event shows how far the Microsoft Dynamics customers, partners, and products have progressed.  Over 12,000 attendees including customers, partners, staff, and prospects gathered in Atlanta, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 4, 2014

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Research Summary: Sneak Peaks From Constellation’s Futurist Framework And 2014 Outlook On Digital Disruption

Accelerated Pace of Change Creates the Perfect Storm for Dominating Digital Disruption The 2014 trends are out. The big predictions have been made.  Yet what does it all mean as most organizations anticipate another unpredictable year?  Since 2000, 52 percent of the companies in the Fortune 500 have either gone bankrupt, been acquired or ceased […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 18, 2014

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Quips: Good Technology Data Validates That Apple iOS Is Still King of Enterprise Class Mobile in The US

Apple Grows In Net Activations In Q4 As Well As Overall The February 12th, 2014 Good Technology Mobility Index report validates what many North American based enterprises know – Apple iOS is dominating Google Android inside the enterprise in the US markets.   While this data is limited to the Good Technology customer base, which has […]

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

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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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News Analysis: HootSuite Acquires uberVU For Analytics And Enterprise Growth

HootSuite Prepares For Enterprise Growth On January 22nd, 2014, Hootsuite announced its acquisition of analytics provider uberVU for an undisclosed sum. The Bucharest, Romania and Cambridge, MA based software company brings 42 employees and over 200 customers to HootSuite. Key insights for customers and prospects include: uberVu provides Hootsuite with enterprise class analytics. uberVU’s technology […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 22, 2014

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News Analysis: VMware Signals Commitment To Mobility With $1.54B Intent To Acquire Airwatch

Mobile Management Consolidation Continues And VMware Accelerates Mobile Efforts On January 22nd, 2014, VMware (NYSE: VMW) announced the intent to acquire Atlanta, GA based Airwatch for $1.54B.  More than just an acquisition of a leading enterprise mobile management (EMM) vendor, the acquisition represents a cornerstone for VMware’s mobile strategy for end user computing.  Should the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 22, 2014

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Trends: 10 Trends for #Cloud Computing in 2014 To Dominate #Digital Disruption [Slide Share]

Ten Trends For Cloud Computing In 2014 To Dominate Digital Disruption Constellation’s cloud computing research falls under the Tech Optimization and Innovation business theme and throughout other areas where applications are applied.  The trends for 2014 cover across the entire cloud stack. Holger Mueller, VP and Principal Analyst, covers the impact of Infrastructure as a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 28, 2013

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Monday’s Musings: NSA PRISM Scandal Hurts US Cloud Companies And Hastens The Return Of On-Premises Software

Non-US Based Organizations And Even Some US Organizations Will Not Tolerate Snooping In A Post PRISM World Since the Edward Snowden PRISM revelations, Constellation has received a steady stream of inquiries on cloud strategy.   In fact, nervousness runs high among many non-US based companies using services from US based cloud companies across the cloud stack.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 12, 2013

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Tuesday’s Tip: Putting the Kibosh On ERP Vendor Sales Reps Who Troll For Indirect Access

Constellation Sees An Alarming Increase In Inquiries Constellation has received an alarming increase in inquiries about an unethical vendor sales practice coined as “trolling for indirect access”. Indirect access is when a vendor claims that a client is accessing their perpetually licensed software in an unintentional manner or inappropriately licensed manner. One vendor uses a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 28, 2013

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News Analysis: SAP Business Suite on HANA

Next Stop On The Road To HANA: SAP Business Suite In a global announcement in Palo Alto, New York and Frankfurt, SAP’s top executives Dr. Vishal Sikka, Rob Enselin, Jim Haggeman Snabe, and legendary founder and chairman Dr. Hasso Plattner announced availability of SAP’s Business Suite powered by SAP HANA.  SAP has rewritten the Business […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 11, 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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Event Report: IFS World Conference 2012 – Innovations Abound Beyond ERP (#IFSWoCo2012)

Key Themes Include Mobility, User Experience, and Innovation Over 1100 IFS customers convened October 15th to 17th, 2012 in Gothenburg Sweden for the IFS World Conference.  The conference brought together the world of projects, service and asset, manufacturing, and supply chain.  The conference highlighted the: Massive move to mobile. IFS continued their push into their […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 15, 2012

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Trends: The Battle For CMO Mind Share

Marketing and Advertising Budgets Are The New Land Grab Constellation Research, Inc. predicts that the global advertising market (paid search, display, and classified) will hit $125B by 2015.   While IT budgets continue to stay flat, marketing budgets are up.  Warc’s recent Global Marketing Index (GMI) entered positive territory in March 2012.  Consequently, the heat […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 2, 2012

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News Analysis: UsedSoft Vs Oracle Ruling Opens Up Monopolistic Practices By Software Vendors

Used Software Pioneers Gain A Small Victory In A Shrinking On-Premises Software World The surprise July 3rd, 2012 judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union for UsedSoft GmbH v Oracle International Corp rules that “An author of software cannot oppose the resale of his ‘used’ licenses allowing the use of his programs […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 4, 2012

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Event Report: Questions Every #SAPPHIRENOW Attendee Should Be Asking SAP

SAP’s In The Midst Of Massive Transformation Just four years ago, nervous attendees dealt with a tumultuous global market entering financial crisis.  SAP’s management team decided to raise maintenance fees to shore up its margins amidst a drought of innovation.  Customers revolted en masse.  Policies changed due to user group and global influencer pressure.  Less […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 12, 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: 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 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: Customers Seek Turnkey Applications From Their Technology Provider

Customers Expect Their Software Solutions To Be Turnkey The recent Q2 2010 update to the Software Insider Vendor Selection Survey highlights some changing expectations of 401 respondents in the vendor selection process.  Business technologists were asked to rate their top 5 selection criteria.  Key findings demonstrate how functionality, ownership experience, and ecosystem feedback categories dominate […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 14, 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: 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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Monday’s Musings: Next Generation CIO’s Face 11 Skill Shifts In A Disruptive World

The Era Of CIO Dictatorships Ends With 2009 Less than 5 years ago, the mighty CIO controlled his or her organization’s destiny by shepherding multi-million dollar projects and ruling with a fist. Business leaders had to pay homage to the IT team and they hated it.  The economic crisis, advent of the cloud and SaaS, […]

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

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News Analysis: SAP Revives Two-Tier Maintenance Options

Standard Support Returns After Much Deliberation

SAP announced today that they would be reintroducing their Standard Support offering. Customers now gain choice with a 2-tier maintenance offering. Here are the details between standard support and enterprise support.

* Standard Support Offering reintroduces at 18%. Customers seeking core bug fixes, support packages, risk mitigation, and related new functionality will have choice in staying on standard support. The program is designed for customers who seek to keep their systems up and running. Customers with CPI clauses in their contracts will want to take note – the first set of consumer price index (CPI) price increases will begin January 1st, 2012.
* Enterprise Support remains at 22%. SAP will continue to offer Enterprise Support at 22% for new customers and a ramp up for existing customers (see Figure 1). Enterprise support includes features such as best practices for IT operations, proactive monitoring and reporting, and transparency for business process performance. Customers who choose to go with Enterprise Support prior to March 15th, 2010 will be eligible for ramp up.
* Supplemental offerings still available. Other programs such as Max Attention, Safeguarding, and Product Support for Large Enterprises (PSLE) will continue to be available by choice and invitation.

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 14, 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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Strategy: 5 Lessons Learned From A Decade Of Naught

I’ve had considerable time to catch up on reading this holiday season.  Traditionally, it’s a time for predictions, resolutions, and reflections.  But as we close out the last decade, I couldn’t help but dwell on economist Paul Krugman’s Op-Ed from December 27th titled “The Big Zero”.   He brings up good points that it’s been an […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 30, 2009

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