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News Analysis: Infor Flex Reflects Proactive Maintenance Policy

Infor announced two new maintenance options for its customers today. These actions represent a proactive approach to provide its customers with new ownership models.  The key offerings include: Flex Upgrade: customers move to the latest application version, no change to existing maintenance and support costs, little or no license fees POV: Support and maintenance fees […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 22, 2009

News Analysis: Oracle Waives Fees On Extended Support Offerings

Oracle President Charles Phillips pleasantly surprised Oracle Applications User Group (OAUG) Collaborate 09 attendees this morning during his keynote with the decision to waive Extended Support fees for a number of product lines through 2010 and 2011. As customers and prospects face one of the worst global economic crises, proactive relief on support and maintenance […]

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

News Analysis: Details On The SUGEN KPI's For SAP Enterprise Support

More details have emerged on the actual 10 or 11 KPI’s that SUGEN and SAP have agreed to as well as the SAP’s targets for showing value.  To start with, here are the main KPI’s for each category: SUGEN KPI’S Business Continuity Increased business solution availability Reduced amount of work related to all SAP incidents […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 29, 2009

News Analysis: SAP and SUGEN Make Progress on Enterprise Support

Since SAP’s announcement of its single tier Enterprise Support plan last July, customers have continued to express dissatisfaction.   In response to such complaints, the SAP User Group Executive Network (SUGEN) of 12 SAP user groups and SAP have been engaging in discussions around the value derived from this new offering.  This morning SAP and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 28, 2009

Research Summary: Shape Your Apps Strategy To Reflect New SaaS Licensing And Pricing Trends

FORWARD AND COMMENTARY “Shape Your Apps Strategy To Reflect New SaaS Licensing and Pricing Trends” represent the seventh report in an on-going series to provide clients with insight on how to better align their packaged apps strategies.  As more and more clients seek SaaS solutions as options to pipe in innovation and potentially control costs, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 16, 2009

Speaking Engagement: ZDNet Japan Business Applications Conference

ZDNet Japan Business Applications Conference Bellesalle Yaesu, Tokyo, Japan June 10, 2008  13:00-18:00 R “Ray” Wang Keynote Speech: Insights Into Building A Recession Proof Apps Strategy ZDNet Japan ビジネス・アプリケーション カンファレンス 不況だからって、アプリケーションを止められますか? いうまでもなく、不況です。不況はITコストの削減を生みます。しかし、いまや、ITは止められないばかりか、進化を続けなければなりません。 企業は情報システムへの投資をこれまで通り続けられない状況にあります。こうした状況においてこそ、情報システムを真剣に考え直すべきです。本イベントでは、そのなかでも、最もビジネスに近い層であるビジネスアプリケーションについて議論します。 小さく導入したアプリケーションを統制・連携するためのアーキテクチャーとしてはSOA、ビジネスの効率化をITに実装するためのBPM、所有から使用への新たな選択肢として脚光を浴びるSaaS…… 不況下でも企業が情報システムにできることはたくさんあるのです。 » 来場事前登録はこちら 開催概要 名称 ZDNet Japan ビジネス・アプリケーション カンファレンス 開催日時 2009年6月10日(水)  12:30開場  13:00開演 場所 ベルサール八重洲 [会場について] 参加費 無料(事前登録制) 定員 300人 対象 CIO(情報に関する資源の統括、戦略立案、実行する責任者の方)/IT部門のマネージャ/業務でERP、CRM等アプリケーションに携わる方 特典 「来場者アンケート」にご回答いただいた方にQuoカードをプレゼントいたします。 […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 10, 2009

Monday's Musings: Total Account Value, True Cost of Ownership, And Software Vendor Business Models

Recession creates an opportunity for frank vendor – client discussion A fine equilibrium exists between the vendor’s success and a client’s success.  Its time for the enterprise software industry to have a frank and honest conversation about software costs and vendor business models. To date, comparing cost among different vendors remains difficult as license, maintenance, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 5, 2009

Tuesday's Tips: Five Simple Steps To Reduce Your Software Maintenance Costs

Maintenance costs represent a major part of the software budget and the largest growing source of revenue for software vendors.   In fact, an aggregation of the past four quarters of software vendor financial results definitively demonstrates double digit declines in new license revenue, even more exacerbated by the evils of currency flux from the […]

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

Tuesday's Tip: Software Licensing and Pricing – When Software Contract Negotiations Strategies Should Be Led By Domain Experts

A common question asked by readers of this blog is when should vendor contract negotiations be led by a domain expert and when should this be led by a procurement professional?  As the complexity of the technology topology increases, expect a multitude of domain experts in roles such as application specialists, business process experts, enterprise […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 10, 2009

Poll/Survey: It's Time To Update The Enterprise Software Licensee Bill of Rights!

Now’s The Time To Assert Your Rights With the market now in favor of the enterprise software licensee, its now time to update the Enterprise Software Licensee’s Bill of Rights to include newer topics such as virtualization, SaaS and subscription pricing, newer usage based pricing models, open source, and vendor lock-in avoidance.  As mentioned in […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 5, 2009

Tuesday's Tip: Software Licensing and Pricing – Do Not Give Away Your Third Party Maintenance And Access Rights

In several contract negotiation support calls this month, clients have discovered interesting language in their contracts designed to prevent them from choosing a third party maintenance option.  The language is often buried deep into the legalese and many unsuspecting clients may sign without understanding the future implications in the software ownership life cycle and the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 10, 2009

Tuesday's Tip: Software Licensing and Pricing – Now's The Time To Remove "Gag Rule" Clauses In Your Software Contracts

Vendors Find New Ways To Limit Access to Third Party Advisers Conversations over the past 3 months with clients about their software contracts highlight some egregious licenses practices by software vendors.  Here are some examples of gag rules that some vendors have recently attempted and successfully put into contracts: Limits on third party negotiation support.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 27, 2009

Research Summary: Five Steps To Building A Recession Proof Packaged Apps Strategy

FORWARD AND COMMENTARY The five steps to building a recession proof packaged apps strategy represent the sixth report in an on-going series to provide clients with insight on how to better align their packaged apps strategies.  Aligned with operational efficiency and regulatory compliance business drivers, these best practices provide a road map for more efficient […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 19, 2009

Monday's Musings: Call to Action – Updating The Enterprise Software Licensee's Bill of Rights

Software Ownership Remains Unusual, Onerous, and Restrictive Software licenses are truly unique.  Licensee’s can not resell, reuse, or share their licenses with others. For example, enterprises easily reuse, resell, or share tangible assets such as hardware, telecom equipment, and storage. From both a replacement and life-cycle perspective, leases for assets such as telecom equipment incorporate […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 15, 2008

Tuesday's Tip: Software Licensing and Pricing – Q4 Bodes Well For Discounts

In both the enterprise and SMB space, recent market conditions point to a lack of available financing for enterprise software purchases.  This trend will continue as the credit markets tighten.  The result – vendors will be more inclined to discount.  Enterprises engaged in contact negotiation with software vendors should take this opportunity to seek additional […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 13, 2008