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Wednesday's Whispers: The Word On the Street – November 2008

PEOPLE WHISPERS: MOVES, PROMOTIONS, AND MILESTONES Congratulations to all!  Thanks for your emails and alerts.  If you’ve got a change or know of a promotion, keep dropping me a line! Bruce Cameron is now President of CDC Software. The former executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing was promoted from within.  He now reports […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 5, 2008

Tuesday's Tip: Packaged Apps Strategy – Building Blocks for a Recession Proof Apps Strategy

The tightening credit crisis continues to impact IT budgets and 2009 planning assumptions.  Ongoing conversations with clients confirm that most enterprises anticipate some retrenchment of budgets.  As business and IT teams seek to reduce the cost of existing systems, several key enterprise packaged app strategies rise in importance: Software contract reviews – leading clients invest […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 7, 2008

Monday's Musings: Adoption of SaaS Models May Accelerate with Economic Downturn

All signs lead to an impending slow down in economic spending.  Whether this will adversely impact IT budgets is not the issue, but how much will the carnage be is the concern being debated.  Regardless, overall funding for new investments appears to be bleak which is why innovative business leaders seeking to fund innovation without […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 6, 2008

Wednesday's Whispers: The Word On the Street – October 2008

PEOPLE WHISPERS: MOVES, PROMOTIONS, AND MILESTONES Congratulations to all!  If you’ve got a change or know of a promotion, drop me a line! David Corrigan is now a VP of Product Management at Camilion Solutions.  David was the public face for MDM at IBM and the acquired entity DWL. Ira Hall is now Acting Director […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 1, 2008

Tuesday's Tip: Software Licensing and Pricing – Stop paying for shelfware

First of all, some of you may be wondering what shelf-ware is so a quick definition.  It’s software you buy and don’t use.  So if you bought 1000 licenses of Vendor X’s latest ERP software and use 905 licenses, you now have 95 licenses not being utilized.  That’s 95 licenses of shelfware you pay maintenance […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 30, 2008

News Analysis: Oracle SaaS Platform Offering Adds Choice to Emerging PaaS Platform Wars

Emerging SaaS platform wars akin to on-premise middleware wars With consolidation in the middleware market fairly under way, adoption of SaaS platforms (i.e. PaaS) by solution partners represents the next land grab in the enterprise software space. Current key players include industry leaders and specialists such as Salesforce.com, NetSuite, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and Magic Software […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 23, 2008

News Analysis: SAP Moves All Customers Onto More Expensive Enterprise Support

Margin Pressures Drive Maintenance Fee Increases Announced at the 2008 Field Kick Off Meeting (FKOM), the elimination of the Standard and Premium support offerings was originally developed just for new customers. However, today’s announcement that existing customers will be “transitioned” to Enterprise Support as of January 1, 2009 will come as an unpleasant surprise to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 16, 2008

News Analysis: Multiple Factors Lead to Shifts in Oracle List Prices

Dollar Based Pricing Drives the Bulk of Recent US Based “Price Increase” On June 16, 2008, Oracle updated its localized price lists and software investment guide. Applications previously priced at $3995 per user rose 13.1% to $4595 per user in US dollar terms. Database pricing increased 18.75% from $40,000 per CPU to $47,500 per CPU. […]

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

News Analysis: Rimini Street Offers Third Party Maintenance for SAP

Adding to the company’s support of PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, and Siebel third party, support, the move to support SAP comes at an optimum time for SAP users. Most users face SAP imposed deadlines for standard and extended maintenance support. To be specific, extended maintenance for R/3 4.6c users ends at the end of 2009. R/3 […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 5, 2008

Event Report: Microsoft Convergence 2008 – Microsoft Ends Project Green, Renews Enterprise Focus

(Copyrighted 2008. Photo by R Wang. All rights reserved) New Management Shows Long Term Commitment to Business Solutions Group Recent Microsoft Business Solutions departures have brought into question whether the Redmond , WA giant is serious about the business applications market. Estimates of year over year growth from 2006 to 2007 have fallen from double […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 11, 2008

Best Practices: A Work Plan To Successfully Negotiating Software Contracts (Part 2 of 2)

You are reading a post originally published on March 1, 2004 from an older blog on the old www.raywang.org site.

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 13, 2004

Best Practices: A Work Plan To Successfully Negotiating Software Contracts (Part 1 of 2)

You are reading a post originally published on March 1, 2004 from an older blog on the old www.raywang.org site.

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 8, 2004

Best Practices: Seven Simple Steps To Successfully Negotiate Software Contracts

You are reading a post originally published on March 1, 2004 from an older blog on the old www.raywang.org site.

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 1, 2004