Archives

Speaking Engagement: Foresight 2008

Foresight 2008 is the only virtual forum designed to provide project-focused professional services firms with the tools they need to navigate current market challenges, increase profitability and win more work contracts. Get information on everything from improving utilization to increasing revenues and retaining customers and learn tips and tricks from our lineup of world-class experts […]

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

Speaking Engagement: Seven Recession-Proof Packaged Apps Strategies

Seven Recession-Proof Packaged Apps Strategies Monday, November 17, 2008, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Eastern time (19:00-20:00 UK time) Presented By: Paul D. Hamerman Vice President, Principal Analyst Forrester Research, Inc. R “Ray” Wang Vice President, Principal Analyst Forrester Research, Inc. Register Who should attend: Application Development & Program Management professionals Description: As the global economy enters […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 3, 2008

Event Report: IBM Unveils the Information Agenda at IOD 2008

(Photo: The show floor from IBM IOD 2008 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Copyright © 2008 R Wang. All rights reserved.) IBM’s third annual Information On Demand event emerges as part of the “Must Attend” list of Enterprise Software pow wows.  More than 7000 attendees were treated to 600 technical skill building sessions and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 2, 2008

Tuesday's Tip: SaaS – Integration Advice

Continued interest in software as a service (SaaS) stems from the pay as you go pricing, constant stream of innovation, rapid deployment options, and the ability to do an end run around IT.  As the number of options proliferate, enterprises will increasingly lean on SaaS as the mission critical system.  Thus, end users need an […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 28, 2008

Monday's Musings: Consider Consortium Buying as a Win-Win Strategy

Falling revenues, crumbling custom systems, and declining budgets often bring municipalities, state authorities, and related agencies together to gain efficiencies in vendor selection, purchasing power, implementation, maintenance, and support costs.  End users in the private sector seeking long term efficiencies may want to take a page from the public sector and consider shared services consortium […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 27, 2008

Event Report: Siperian Masters 2008 – Customers Confirm Multi-Entity MDM Trends

(Photo: Siperian Masters’08 registration area.  Copyright © 2008 R Wang. All rights reserved.) About 200 attendees were present as Ramon Chen, VP of Marketing, kicked off the event to the theme of adventurers and pioneers in MDM at the Bridgewater Marriott (New Jersey).   CEO, Peter Caswell, led the keynote session with a view on where […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 22, 2008

Tuesday's Tip: Master Data Management – Focus on the End in Mind

“Begin with the end in mind is based on the principle that all things are created twice. There’s a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation to all things. ~ The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey” This Coveyism rings quite true especially with MDM deployments.  Those seeking […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 21, 2008

Monday's Musings: Expect More Acquisitions By the Big 4 in 2009

Continued economic slow down, credit crisis, and diminished IPO market create the perfect storm for the Big 4 or as fellow blogger Josh Greenbaum likes to call it, MISO (ie. Microsoft, IBM, SAP, and Oracle).  Here are four trends at work that shape the thinking on why 2009 will be another year of continued consolidation: […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 20, 2008

Event Report: Inforum 2008 Highlights Transition from Acquirer to Builder

(Photo: Jim Schaper Conducting the LV Philharmonic.  Copyright © 2008 R Wang. All rights reserved.) Inforum’s  attendees were treated to a wonderful pre-keynote string quartet and a booming opening inspirational from both the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra and the rock band Innovation.  As the orchestra took a bow, Infor’s CEO Jim Schaper, emerged from the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 17, 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

Event Report: Initiate Exchange – Customers Confirm Latest Customer Hub/MDM Trends

Quick thoughts from Scottsdale.  Initiate as many you know is one of the leaders in the customer hubs/MDM market.  At their annual conference, Initiate Exchange, a few key trends emerged from conversations with customers and partners: Rapid deployment still key to securing buy-in a the business level. The registry style approach lends itself to demonstrating […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 2, 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

Speaking Engagement: UK and Ireland SAP Users Group Keynote – The Business And Technology Imperative for a Sustainable SAP Strategy

[lang_en]Title: Speaking Engagement: Keynote – The Business And Technology Imperative for a Sustainable SAP Strategy Location: London West Novotel, London, UK Link out: Click here Description: Event: Keynote – The Business And Technology Imperative for a Sustainable SAP Strategy Date: 10/11/2008 Start Time: 11:05 End Time: 11:55 Speaker: R “Ray” Wang Description: Rapid changes in […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 28, 2008

Speaking Engagement: Responding to the SAP Maintenance Hike – Insights from 200 Forrester Clients

Title: Speaking Engagement: Responding to the SAP Maintenance Hike – Insights from 200 Forrester Clients Location: Forrester Teleconference Link out: Click here Description: Responding to the SAP Maintenance Hike – Insights from 200 Forrester Clients Thursday, October 09, 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 […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 26, 2008

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