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deal architect

Vinnie Mirchandani on disruptive trends and economics in technology

Updated: 2016-10-21T10:05:58-04:00


DefCon 2: Cloud and Digital Service Providers


Wipro is acquiring Appirio. Congratulations to my friends at Appirio which I have profiled in many of my blog posts and books as a cloud pioneer. But the move needs to come with a warning. The Appirio deal is the...

IFS World Conference: Sneak Preview


IFS invited me to their conference in Gothenburg, Sweden next week. In this, what I have called the year of the vertical in cloud ERP offerings, I am looking forward to learning more of their focus on asset intensive industries...

Exemplary Workers + Smart Machines = Magic


Silicon Collar tackles many policy issues around automation and impact on jobs, but the best part is the first half where I profile over 50 settings where man and machine are working as peers. Here are some I have been...

Digital Rookies


I was fortunate to be invited by Karl-Heinz Streibich to interview 40 of the most sophisticated companies in the world for his book The Digital Enterprise. That was in 2013 and by now these companies are miles ahead in their...

Universal Basic Income: An Utopian Reaction to A Dystopian Scenario


Harper Lee published her Pulitzer Prize winning book, To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960. A couple of years later, Gregory Peck won an Academy for Best Actor in his role as Atticus in the movie adaptation. Quite a remarkable book....

The Alt-Job economy


Many of us work in corporate settings as managers, developers, doctors etc. That is the backbone of our job economy. I have spent most of my life in corporations and consulting with corporate clients. So I was staggered to learn...

Unbelievers in the age of Big Data


Cold hearted orb that rules the night, Removes the colours from our sight, Red is gray and yellow white, But we decide which is right. And which is an illusion? The Moody Blues wrote those famous lyrics nearly 50 years...

Drawing a Bigger Circle


I went to sleep last night jaw wide open having heard Donald Trump do his best imitation of a third world dictator and threaten his political opponent and in turn, hearing Hillary Clinton invoke beloved Abe Lincoln as she wriggled...

Dreamforce: way, way more than a user conference


Five years ago, I called Dreamforce a “rainbow coalition” given the wide range of musicians, politicians, and guest executives you could see on the stage and often run into the luminaries on the floor. If that was diverse, you should...

An inflection point for HCM executives


As I was writing Silicon Collar over the last year, I got to see the impact machines are having on jobs and workers in over 50 settings. I looked at work in accounting firms, in banks, on the battlefront, in...

Analysts, academics and amygdala: How Gartner, Oxford U, others feed on our fear of machines


I heard Peter Diamandis of X-Prize fame and author of Abundance present at a tech event this week. It was staple Peter talking about how human development has moved to an age of “exponential and global” after 150,000 years of...

Darwin on demo: Workday Rising


I saw Panera Bread present eye-popping stats at Workday Rising - 65,000 hires a year with rapid growth and 90% staff turnover and yet, on-boarding expectations of less then 24 hours. It would not be an exaggeration to say Panera,...

Burning Man-Machine: Automation gone awry


In writing my book, Silicon Collar, I saw plenty of examples of how machines make human workers safer, smarter and speedier. I also became more aware of poor implementations where the man-machine balance is broken and leads to worker and...

Oracle: Time to push the pedal on cloud apps


Larry Ellison joked at Oracle OpenWorld he was told Fusion applications would be developed in 4 years. They have taken over a decade. Snicker all you want. The flip side of that is Oracle started developing cloud apps years before...

Workday Rising: Sneak Preview from Leighanne Levensaler


Workday’s annual user conference, Rising is in Chicago next week. The European version is in Barcelona in a few weeks. It’s always an enjoyable event with “The Citizens of the Cloud” - some of the happiest customers in the world....

SAP: In Oracles rear view mirror?


It struck me when Infosys CEO, Vishal Sikka talked about his acquisition of Panaya in his keynote this afternoon, how little attention SAP has received at Oracle OpenWorld this year. In fact if SAP was not hosting TechEd this week,...

Oracle AI: Adaptive Intelligence


As Steve Miranda previewed last week, one of the more interesting announcements this week at Oracle OpenWorld is around its Adaptive Intelligent Applications. Steve had said “Basically, what we're doing is leveraging our data cloud, which I know you're familiar...

Oracle IaaS opportunity is much bigger than Amazons


Three things were striking about Larry Ellison’s kickoff keynote at Oracle OpenWorld last night a) he was at his late night host best – I must have been a sight as I burst out in humor every few minutes b)...

50 shades of pessimism


Silicon Collar is off to very nice media reviews, Amazon reader reviews and many nice emails from readers. But in many ways it has also touched a nerve. Some are irritated with my optimism. I find they fall into three...

Oracle Open World a SaaS sneak preview from Steve Miranda


Oracle OpenWorld, its annual marquee event which starts on Sunday, can be overwhelming. This year, the agenda shows more than 1,800 sessions spread across 12 venues in and around Moscone Center. That section of San Francisco shuts down to cars...

The Post-Corporate Job Economy: A Remarkable US innovation


Lost in all the noise about the “middle class squeeze”, angry workers “who have been left behind”, and that 6 out of 10 Americans say the “economy is on the wrong track” is another story which has not been widely...

A Tale of Two Wildly Divergent Emotions


Dennis Howlett posted this weekend “The robots are coming and we are royally screwed”. In contrast, ZDNet ran my column “Automation is coming, but it'll take longer than you'll think (and won't take your job)” The timing of the columns...

The SAP Sisyphus


These days , far removed from the origins of Greek mythology, it is easy to feel sorry for Sisyphus as he pushes a huge boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down. He is cursed to repeat...

A generation of P..s


No, I am not echoing Clint Eastwood. My P is much more damning — we are a becoming a generation of pessimists. I have just released my new book, Silicon Collar. It is meant to combat widespread pessimism about machines...

Sparking all kinds of discussions about man and machine


They say the modern day author is cursed because he/she has to compete with short attention spans and many competing forms of content. I say the modern day author is, in reverse, blessed with all kinds of instant feedback. Imagine...

Why would a son want a different life from his father's?


The question jumped out at me in this article about the wide open spaces in Mongolia. It’s a question a nomadic herder asks. It may seem quaint to us these days but it is something that was accepted for generations....

Doctor, Heal Thyself


An interesting set of observations from Silicon Collar While analysts are predicting doom and gloom from automation to other sectors, they themselves continue with a labor and paper intensive model based on dated, static tools like Magic Quadrants and Waves...

Silicon Collar excerpt The Sum of All Fears


My new book, Silicon Collar, which will be released in Kindle format on Friday, is on balance a positive book about the impact of automation on jobs, but as I write “While the practitioners I interviewed were positive about the...

The Fall enterprise event season


September to November brings many enterprise events – Oracle OpenWorld, Workday Rising, Salesforce Dreamforce and others. I am looking forward, this year, to updates on core ERP, HCM and CRM functionality, but also hope to hear more around: a) Use...

The Golden Age of the Worker


(Cross posted at Medium) I am releasing in time for Labor Day weekend, Silicon Collar — an optimistic perspective on humans, machines and jobs. I studied how automation — machine learning, robotics, unmanned autonomous vehicles, white collar bots, exoskeletons etc....

Activist Technologists


In writing my book, Silicon Collar, I knew I would need to address the pessimism of many academics, analysts and economists about automation leading to jobless societies. I also found myself getting in all kinds of policy issues around Universal...

Not your grandpas shop floor


My excitement for the manufacturing Renaissance comes out loud and clear in a paper I wrote about NetSuite’s manufacturing customers here “The agenda (at the WEF in Davos) this year was “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. The first three revolutions...

Plex doubles down


I had a chance to catch up with Jim Shepherd, Group VP of Strategy for Plex about the recent acquisition of DemandCaster. I have asked to speak to some of the 10 joint customers, but the initial positioning is promising,...

SAP has its hands full


A CIO in an email congratulating me on my new book, Silicon Collar, wondered if SAP was relieved this one is not on “the Nation”. They don’t need to worry about another book. They have their hands full. Several mid-level...

The next 100 days


I hardly ever write political posts on this blog. This is an exception – somewhat. For starters, I am middle of road politically. Right leaning economically as many small businesspeople are, left leaning socially. I tend to fall in line...

Congratulations, NetSuite


Oracle is buying NetSuite for $ 9.3 billion. I have long admired NetSuite. They are cloud pioneers going back nearly two decades. CEO Zach Nelson helped in countless ways when I wrote The New Polymath I was hoping they would...

Zoho: what if the entire software industry ran like this?


Just about a decade ago, I ran a guest column from Sridhar Vembu which was striking in that he promised to invert the traditional software model which typically invests 10 to 15% of revenues in product, and 50 to 60%...

Silicon Collar: Excerpts


As I have done with previous books, I will excerpt about 10% of Silicon Collar over the next several weeks in prep for the book release early September. Amazon is taking advance orders for the Kindle version here. On New...

Inforum update


I spent a couple of days at Infor’s user conference in New York this week. I did a podcast with Jon Reed of Diginomica about the event, and have included excerpts from that conversation and added some other thoughts below....

Next Book: Silicon Collar


My new book is nearing the end of the editing process and is headed to the design agency. It should be released by middle of September. Here’s a synopsis: “Never before have people had such a broad choice of occupations...