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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: Lessons Learned From Amazon’s Cloud Outage

Amazon’s Cloud Outage Catches Most Clients Offguard The recent Amazon cloud outage at its Northern Virgina data center from 5 am Thursday, April 21, 2011 to roughly 5 am Friday, April 22 has shaken the confidence of some executives on public cloud computing.  Most notably, FourSquare, HootSuite, Reddit, and Quora publicly suffered visible performance issues.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 25, 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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Tuesday’s Tip: How To Evaluate Tech Projects For Business Value

Today’s Evaluation Frameworks Miss The Point Business leaders seek clarity in understanding which technology solutions drive the most business value.  Today’s frameworks often focus on a combination of: Features – ability to execute, current offering, product depth, etc Direction – vision, strategy, corporate leadership, etc. Unfortunately, the intersection of features and direction only addresses potential.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 25, 2010

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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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Personal Log: Altimeter Group – Helping Organizations Bridge The Technology Obsolescence Gap

Emerging Technologies Alter The Approach To Enterprise Strategies… The proliferation of and access to emerging technologies by the business user challenges organizations to rethink their enterprise technology strategy.  Consumer technologies have proven to be not only more innovative and collaborative, but also quite accessible and equally reliable when compared to existing enterprise tools.  The result […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 27, 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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Tuesday’s Tip: 3 Approaches To Return Shelfware

Declining demand and diminishing output increase the pressure for enterprises to reduce their software license maintenance costs.  As part of a larger enterprise apps strategy, shelfware reduction provides an area for significant cost savings.   However, shelfware reduction is often hard to achieve because many vendors impose: Enterprise wide agreements. These “all you can eat” agreements […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 21, 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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Tuesday’s Tip: Now’s The Time To Consider SaaS Software Escrows

With 2009 rapidly becoming the “Year of SaaS” and the tipping point for Cloud Computing, it’s hard not to notice the growing number of SaaS start ups (along with the legacy application vendors rushing to provide an “On-Demand”, but not really multi-tenant deployment option).  My snarky SaaS bigotry aside, we can expect hybrid deployment options […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 2, 2009

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Research Summary: The Forrester WaveTM: Order Management Hubs, Q4 2008 – Sterling Commerce, Oracle, SAP, and Epicor Emerge As Leading Solutions That Support The Delivery Of A Perfect Order

FORWARD AND COMMENTARY In the second update to the industry’s only business process-focused assessment of its kind, we evaluated eight leading order management hubs in a 152-criteria evaluation. The Forrester Wave provided head to head comparison of which order management hub solution would best support the 20 steps in a perfect order.  Importantly, the end […]

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

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Tuesday’s Tip: Vendor Selection – Deciphering Vendor Provided Customer References

As competition intensifies for new license deals and users are under pressure to be cautious with new spending, all parties should expect increasing pressure for quality customer references.  Customers seeking references should focus on the following areas of relevance: Industry – expect to get down to the micro vertical level Market size – focus on […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 4, 2008

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Speaking Engagement: How to Select the Right Customer Hub / CDI Solution

[lang_en]Title: Speaking Engagement: How to Select the Right Customer Hub / CDI Solution Location: Forrester Teleconference Link out: Click here Description: How To Select The Right Customer Hub/ CDI Solution Wednesday, October 08, 2008, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Eastern time (18:00-19:00 UK time) Presented By: R “Ray” Wang Vice President, Principal Analyst Forrester Research, Inc. Cost: […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 25, 2008

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