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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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Event Report: The Evolution And Maturation of @Tibbr at #Tucon2013, the Tibco User Conference

tibbr Continues To Show Momentum In Customer Adoption And Addition Of Key Enterprise Social Features On October 14th to 17th 2013, the Tibbr enterprise social crowd mingled with the core Tibco faithful at this year’s TUCON 2013 user conference in Las Vegas.  (An analysis of the broader Tibco announcements can be found from my colleague Holger […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 19, 2013

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Personal Log: The Sad State of The Industry Analyst Business And The Need For A Code Of Ethics

Unchecked Bad Behavior Plagues Both Vendors And Analysts. I’ve dreaded writing this post for a long time.  I normally think the best of everyone.  Yet, in the course of building our business at Constellation Research, I have to say I’ve seen everything that can go wrong with the industry analyst business.  I’m almost embarrassed to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 9, 2013

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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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Event Report: SAP Australian Users Group Summit 2010

 SAUG Summit Delivered Great Networking Opportunities And Information Exchange Over 550 attendees converged on Sydney August 3rd to 5th, 2010 for the annual SAP User Group Summit.  Members were treated to 28 session, 7 keynotes, and 4 SAP 101 educational sessions.  The smart design of the conference gave attendees ample opportunities to connect and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 8, 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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Speaker Notes: Keynote – SAP UK & Ireland User Group Conference 2009

Building Innovation With And Around Your SAP Environment Location: Manchester CentralAuditorium Date:23/11/2009 Start Time: 16:25 End Time: 17:00 Speaker: R “Ray” Wang Company: Partner with Altimeter Group Keynote summary: Pace of change continues to increase in market forces, work dynamics, business models, and pace of technology adoption. Innovation is essential in this market. There’s a […]

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

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Event Report: SAP UK & Ireland User Group Conference 2009

SAP users in UK and Ireland remain equally skeptical about SAP (Photos by R Wang & Insider Associates, LLC.   Copyright © 2009 All rights reserved.) The SAP user group hosted its annual event.  Conversations with 37 clients reflect the following broad trends in the UK and Ireland: SAP users remain skeptical about benefits promised […]

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

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Product Review: Epicor 9 Delivers Next Generation Apps Capabilities Today

Epicor Succeeds On Delivering A Converged Product Line Epicor’s latest release, Epicor 9, provides a proof point that an acquisition intensive vendor can keep their promises to both acquire and deliver on innovation.  Under the themes of “Protect, Extend, and Converge”, the Irvine, CA based mid-market software provider committed to its customers to support prior […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 24, 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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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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Best Practices: Debunking Eight CRM Myths

When I read about CRM failure rates, I tend to focus on the positive – a majority of companies now are at least somewhat satisfied with their CRM deployments. Why?  The front office is full of free-wheeling knowledge workers — impatient, process-averse, and led by revolving door executives.  So, why are the expectations so much […]

Posted by Erin Kinikin on August 25, 2009

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Tuesday’s Tip: How To Properly Align Team Incentives In Software Contract Negotiations

In the first step of the original seven simple steps to successfully negotiate software contracts, the key is to have the right team in place.  To refresh everyone’s memory from the March 8th, 2004 post the details for Step 1 are: Step 1: Ensure that the right team is in place Inputs:  Organizational chart and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 4, 2009

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Monday’s Musings: Users Now Expect More Advocacy From Their User Groups

Many user groups currently meet the basic requirements… Today’s independent and vendor sponsored user groups serve a key role in building community among a common interest group.  Typical mission and objectives often include: Creating an environment to share information and best practices Exposing issues and limitations with a vendor’s product and partner solutions Soliciting member […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 3, 2009

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Speaking Engagement: Winshuttle User Group

Winshuttle User Group May 11, 2009 Orlando, FL We are pleased to announce our first annual Winshuttle User Group (WUG). Scheduled to coincide with the annual ASUG/SAPPHIRE conference in Orlando this May, the premier WUG is a complimentary event for our valued customers. This is a great opportunity to learn about Winshuttle’s product plans and […]

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

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Monday’s Musings: The Three Pillars of Software Maintenance And Support Policies

After more than 350 conservations with customers about the maintenance and support issue in the past 4 months, it’s becoming quite clear what users expect from their software vendors.  While those issues can be broken into tens of categories, three themes have emerged that include: Choice. Customers want to choose between tiered plans.  The best […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 17, 2008

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