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Vinnie Mirchandani on disruptive trends and economics in technology



Updated: 2016-12-02T16:41:11-05:00

 



Oracle-NetSuite win-win?

2016-12-02T20:31:30-05:00

After 15 years and countless deals, you would think integrating acquisitions would be an Oracle core competence. It’s inconsistently so if you talk to many “refugees” who have left after an Oracle acquisition. After listening yesterday (replay here) to Oracle...



The Comparative Advantage of Nations applied to technology

2016-11-30T16:53:21-05:00

As Washington, London and other world capitals debate and revisit classical global trade thinking, a remarkable change has been happening in the technology world. SaaS, PaaS and IaaS competencies are becoming increasingly pronounced and vendors are recognizing the sheer scale...



Enterprise processes and systems in a world of growing automation

2016-11-30T09:48:17-05:00

In recent blog posts you have seen me combat what I consider alarmist scenarios about job losses from automation being painted by many analysts, academics and folks in Silicon Valley. My perspective is automation targets individual tasks done by humans,...



Automate this!

2016-11-26T11:39:33-05:00

In my new book, Silicon Collar I looked at automation and impact on jobs in 50+ work settings. On my innovation blog I have been excerpting weekly from those settings — you can see some of them linked below. In...



What do it do?

2016-11-18T13:09:27-05:00

I remember as a young PwC consultant, a manager who used to walk around and joke “what do it do?” as he reviewed our specs and our code. It was his way of reminding us to deliver what the customer...



Forget Luddite workers. Luddite customers are bigger roadblocks to automation

2016-11-16T17:24:33-05:00

In researching my recent book, Silicon Collar I expected resistance to automation to come from workers and unions, and from politicians trying to protect jobs. I was surprised major resistance actually comes from customers for a wide range of reasons...



Corporate investment in enterprise software

2016-11-16T10:28:42-05:00

I have long wondered when corporations, especially conglomerates, would become enterprise software/service providers in their own right. The track record is patchy. You see financial service companies like Bank of America and Fidelity offer payroll and benefits support. You see...



What do people do all day?

2016-11-14T11:42:33-05:00

Do you remember Grocer Cat, Farmer Alfafa or Jason the Mason? You don’t? Shame on you! Not really. I don’t blame you for not remembering what you may have read when you were very young. But in many ways, we...



Can you acquire cloud DNA?

2016-11-14T08:30:10-05:00

Zach Nelson, CEO of NetSuite tells Diginomica And so I actually believe Oracle’s going to behave more like NetSuite in the future than NetSuite’s going to behave like Oracle. Every company wants cloud DNA. It’s the only DNA we have....



Tech was a big loser in this election cycle

2016-11-09T10:16:42-05:00

There will be plenty of post-mortems from this highly unusual election season. As a technologist, we should face up to fact we did not do well in this election cycle Neither campaign really talked about science and tech futures and...



Automation Amnesia

2016-11-07T15:09:56-05:00

Some of you know Denis Pombriant as a top-notch CRM analyst. I also know him as a historian. I look forward to meals with him where I can hear him talk about N. American history over the centuries. He recently...



A gesture to welcome the next POTUS

2016-11-06T17:34:09-05:00

On Tuesday, the US will learn about its next President. While the next POTUS will inherit a number of challenges, one particularly vexing one will be about the growing pessimism about automation destroying tens of millions of jobs and a...



Calling Fellow Analysts

2016-11-02T20:43:33-04:00

In my orientation at Gartner in 1995, a senior analyst forcefully pointed out “Sacred cows make the best hamburger”. I cringed on behalf of all vegetarians of the world but took it to heart. For two decades, I have challenged...



Unit4 Update

2016-10-31T10:01:27-04:00

I had a chance to catch up with Ivo Totev, Chief Product Officer and get a Unit4 update. Some highlights: a) Heightened vertical focus Unit4 has narrowed focus to 4 major verticals – professional services, public services, higher education and...



IFS: ERP for our Fourth Industrial Revolution

2016-10-29T18:32:57-04:00

Every January, a group of global movers and shakers descend on the Swiss ski resort of Davos Klosters, to be part of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. The agenda earlier this year was "Mastering the Fourth Industrial...



DefCon 2: Cloud and Digital Service Providers

2016-10-21T10:15:40-04:00

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

2016-10-17T18:10:08-04:00

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

2016-10-17T18:42:24-04:00

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

2016-10-17T16:35:25-04:00

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

2016-10-16T09:37:12-04:00

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

2016-10-13T09:46:44-04:00

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

2016-10-11T11:50:43-04:00

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

2016-10-10T17:09:37-04:00

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

2016-10-04T11:21:14-04:00

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

2016-10-03T20:52:42-04:00

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

2016-10-01T21:12:17-04:00

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

2016-09-29T20:01:04-04:00

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

2016-09-25T21:00:11-04:00

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

2016-09-24T18:18:13-04:00

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

2016-09-23T19:32:46-04:00

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?

2016-09-21T08:58:11-04:00

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

2016-09-20T23:22:12-04:00

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

2016-09-19T11:25:34-04:00

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

2016-09-17T12:01:35-04:00

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

2016-09-16T15:29:04-04:00

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

2016-09-16T13:32:20-04:00

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

2016-09-12T10:07:51-04:00

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

2016-09-06T12:10:28-04:00

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

2016-09-05T21:16:42-04:00

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

2016-08-31T08:19:46-04:00

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...