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When I was a journalist many years ago I discovered two very simple things that would let me stand out in a crowd and impress my bosses: the first was to tuck in my (clean) shirt, and the second was …
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The problems of the top tier of the enterprise software market are many, starting with the fact that the industry is now being bifurcated into two warring camps. There’s the born in the cloud vendors like Salesforce.com and Workday, and …
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The announcement that activist investor Elliott Management has taken a one percent stake in SAP has widely been seen as something between a potential problem and an outright disaster for the company. These guys play hard and they play for …
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SAP’s HANA, which started life as an in-memory, columnar database platform almost ten years ago, has always been a lightning rod for controversy. Maybe it started with the simple fact that, armed with its own database, highly tuned to SAP’s …
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Some of you know that in addition to my day job I volunteer as the CTO for US Vote Foundation, a nonpartisan civic tech organization dedicated to ensuring that every citizen is a voter with access to the right information …
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Like every self-respecting enterprise software analyst, I love tech for tech’s sake but keep the need for real world affirmation as my lodestar for all supposed innovations (such as blockchain, for crying out loud). So when I first saw a …
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About two Dreamforces ago, stumbling around the Moscone Center fighting my way through the morass of swarming attendees, listening to low-fidelity music being blasted across the expanse of a blocked-off Howard Street to an indifferent crowd, waiting for Tony Robbins …
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Last week’s blog post highlighted the problems legacy ERP vendors have driving upgrades to the cloud. The idea that the best way to sell an ERP upgrade to the cloud is to sell much more than a simple ERP upgrade …
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The part of the enterprise software industry that is struggling to move a legacy customer base to the cloud is finding itself in a bit of a pickle. While there’s a host of compelling reasons why their legacy ERP customers …
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My erstwhile colleagues and friends Frank Scavo and Holger Mueller have weighed in quite eloquently on how Open Source is eating the world (Holger’s post) and why it’s not eating the ERP world (Frank’s post). I think both of them …

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