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News Analysis: MultiPlus Solutions Acquisition Expands IFS' Investment In Project Based Solutions

On August 13th, Swedish-based ERP vendor, IFS (OMX STO: IFS), announced its intention to purchase MultiPlus Solutions AS from Qurius International Holding B.V.  IFS, a $383M vendor (2008 revenues), paid an undisclosed sum for the NOK 45.9M or $7.48M (1 NOK = 0.162878 USD ) Norwegian-based project based solutions (PBS) vendor.  Despite the small deal […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 17, 2009

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

News Analysis: NetSuite Acquires QuickArrow To Expand PBS Presence

On July 21st, 2009, NetSuite announced its intention to acquire Project Based Solutions (PBS) rival Quick Arrow for $20M.   A few quick facts about the acquisition Existing customers will continue to be supported. NetSuite has committed to supporting the QuickArrow solution.  Customers have the option to move to NetSuite and OpenAir.  NetSuite will not force […]

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

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

Research Summary: An Enterprise Software Licensee's Bill of Rights, V2

FORWARD AND COMMENTARY “An Enterprise Software Licensee’s Bill of Rights (LB0R) V2” brings the 10th installment of an on-going series to provide clients with insight on how to better align their packaged apps strategies.  Version 2 of the LBoR updates the original groundbreaking list of 36 best practices for software licensing and pricing and provides […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 14, 2009

Monday's Musings: Why On-Premise Vendors and SI's Should Go on the Offense with SaaS

On-premise vendors still see SaaS as a loss leader due to huge ramp up and punishing revenue recognition rules When it comes to the topic of SaaS, many on-premise vendors appear to be living in denial, hoping that SaaS fails, and/or creating confusion in the market place.  These tactics have merit as a shift to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 13, 2009

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

Monday's Musings: Industry Vertical Pivot Points Still Matter Most

Pivot points represent a market segmentation approach used by many companies to determine market demand, define new products, assign sales territories, service customers, and put boundaries around customer sets.  Since September 2009, over 500 enterprise software decision makers were asked which one pivot point would they prefer their software vendor focus on.  The four key […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 6, 2009

News Analysis: Oracle Launches Fusion Middleware 11g

Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g launch starts countdown to 100 days of innovation until Oracle Open World In short, Oracle is putting forth a suite of middleware solutions that not only enable developers and software publishers to build their future solutions, but also deliver the middleware tools that will serve as the foundation for its go […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 1, 2009

News Analysis: Infor Snags SoftBrands for $80M

Infor surprised many software industry veterans this morning with its acquisition of SoftBrands. Why?  Well, Infor competitors have been spreading FUD that the company was out of cash, the company was in severe debt, and the company could not execute any more acquisitions.  Well, this acquisition puts a kabash on such talk.  In fact, having […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 12, 2009

Tuesday's Tip: Seven Signs Your Software Vendor Can't Innovate Fast Enough

Collective support and maintenance, constant innovation, best practices, and improved ROI represent the key arguments that led enterprises to packaged applications such as ERP. Today, this promise appears to be broken as enterprises question the value received for their support and maintenance monies.   In addition, on-premise upgrades require painful testing and down time to innovate […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 8, 2009

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

Monday's Musings: It's The Relationship, Stupid (Part 5) – Living In Denial

Economic Downturn Challenges Enterprise Software Executives To Uphold The Sanctity Of The Vendor – Customer Relationships Conventional wisdom would assume that in a challenging economy, strong relationships would be a key success factor to retaining business and mitigating loss of revenue.  Unfortunately, this does not appear to be the case for many companies, including vendors […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 18, 2009

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

Event Report: Sapphire 09 Day 1 – ASUG Pre Conference Perceptions

(Photo: Sapphire 09 Outside the South Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center.  Copyright © 2009 R Wang. All rights reserved) Despite the unusual heat wave in Orlando, FL, the SAP faithful and prospects gathered for ASUG’s Pre-Conference Seminars.  These hard core users came to learn more from the detailed educational sessions and to network […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 12, 2009