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Mon, 01 Dec 2008 11:22:47 +0000This post marks the end of my relationship with ZDNet -- though not the end of my blogging career by a long shot. I'll still be blogging -- can't seem to give it up now that it's in my blood -- but over on my own Wordpress site, where the requirements for making this blog a money-maker by CBS' standards won't be a problem.
Thu, 13 Nov 2008 09:51:36 +0000Microsoft’s announcement that it would offer 0% financing to new customers of its Dynamics product line is a welcome offering at a time when the credit crisis requires out-of-the-box solutions to the fact that a bunch of ungrateful banks are unwilling to loan the taxpayer those megabucks we lent them as part of the recent “bailout” package.
Tue, 11 Nov 2008 09:54:26 +0000It’s hard to know which was more significant, the announcement that SAP is going to tackle on demand at the top of its market, or the name of the person – former Oracle apps exec John Wookey – who was picked to lead the effort. Off the top of my head, I’d say it’s a draw: an almost amazing segue into a new, and very challenging market, and an amazing pick to head up the effort.
Thu, 06 Nov 2008 10:29:30 +0000My friend and colleague Jim Shepherd of AMR set me straight this morning about what Salesforce.com is doing with Facebook, and I'm embarrassed to admit I didn't get it right the first time.
Tue, 04 Nov 2008 17:23:19 +0000Darn, I missed it: Salesforce.com is opening itself up to Facebook.
Thu, 30 Oct 2008 10:30:58 +0000With SAP’s decision to forgo its 2009 guidance a paradoxical beacon of truth in a falling market, I have decided to return from vacation a day early and get busy trying to gauge the market for enterprise software in the coming year. It’s not an easy task, needless to day, or SAP wouldn’t have risked punishing its stock with a frank admission that it has no idea what to expect next year.
Fri, 10 Oct 2008 13:46:18 +0000Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak …..October.
Thu, 25 Sep 2008 09:57:10 +0000Larry Ellison can be forgiven for sometimes making a mistake, particularly when it comes to marketing new, or not so new, concepts. His statement yesterday that Oracle was unveiling its "first-ever" hardware product is factually challenged by the 1996 launch of the Network Computer, Oracle's real "first-ever" hardware product.
Wed, 24 Sep 2008 14:48:35 +0000If I had to distill a vast and complex product strategy into a single, admittedly simplistic description, Oracle of late would have been known as a company that innovates through acquisition: This has been largely true since Oracle’s acquisition binge started five years ago. And until now innovation through acquisition has been one of the simplest ways to differentiate Oracle from SAP, which, using similarly simplistic language, largely innovates at the core of its flagship product line.
Thu, 18 Sep 2008 09:52:06 +0000Léo Apotheker is slated to take over the helm of SAP this January, and while many have worked with him, broken bread with him, and generally admired his business acumen and very successful career, there’s one problem with his ascension to the top executive position in the enterprise software market: No one knows what Léo actually plans to do when he takes over.
Tue, 16 Sep 2008 08:01:04 +0000Microsoft’s on-again, off-again flirtation with the high-end of the enterprise software market is off – again. The current thinking, the product of the latest massive shift in the leadership team of Dynamics, is that the lower to mid-market is the place to be, and Microsoft plans to be there to the exclusion of the massive, global enterprises that represent the tip of the customer icebergs – and an enormous revenue stream – for both SAP and Oracle.
Mon, 08 Sep 2008 16:04:50 +0000It turns out that Google's Chrome, like Google's Apps, started life with the same ridiculous EULA, the one that gives GOOG the right to use any content you send to Chrome (and Apps as well) in any way that Google sees fit. They generously allowed you to retain the copyright on your content, just as long as you didn't care if Google used it for its marketing, promotional, or other (hedging operations?
Mon, 08 Sep 2008 09:26:38 +0000The Genghis Kahn school of marketing, made famous in the 1980s by Larry Ellison, has as its principle maxim the notion that it’s not enough that one succeeds, one’s opponents must also fail. A look under the covers at one of Microsoft’s latest additions to its CRM Online product has a little of that old Genghis Kahn “zero sum” game plan, and the zero with the target on its forehead is good old Google.
Thu, 04 Sep 2008 17:11:22 +0000It’s leapfrog time in enterprise software land, and the next frog to jump will be Oracle, which is hosting industry analysts next week in Redwood Shores and then hosting the entire world at its much-too-massive Open World Conference in San Francisco the following week.Oracle is jumping into the marketing fray following a summer in which its two major competitors, SAP and Microsoft, both trotted out their respective strategies for market domination.
Thu, 28 Aug 2008 11:21:05 +0000Lawson CEO Harry Debes started -- or rather continued -- a brouhaha that's getting some pixels in the blogosphere, and his position is worth commenting on for both its courage (foolhardy) and its excess (hyperbolically so). According to Harry, the SaaS market will collapse in two years time, due to the Saas model's inherent lack of financial merit.
Tue, 12 Aug 2008 09:13:53 +0000USA Today had an interesting article today that calls into question a few of the doomsday scenarios that have dominated US policy-makers and those for whom policy has been made over the last decade or so. And in the process America’s newspaper debunks some stupid policy issues on the subject of offshore drilling, offshore manufacturing, among others.
Tue, 29 Jul 2008 11:47:45 +0000You’d think, based on the timing, that Oracle was trying to deliberately make a PR run on what was looking like, and turned out to be, some pretty good news for SAP. The day before SAP’s nice looking Q2 earnings call, Oracle upped the ante in its lawsuit against SAP by claiming more direct executive involvement in the alleged theft of Oracle support IP by the now defunct TomorrowNow.
Mon, 21 Jul 2008 10:45:07 +0000When Shai Agassi called me in early 2005, he asked me a loaded question: How would I respond if SAP decided to take the fight to Oracle by providing third party maintenance for Oracle’s recently acquired PeopleSoft customers? I told him it would be an incredibly aggressive move, but that SAP would have a lot of trouble proving it had a credible offering for PeopleSoft customers.
Fri, 11 Jul 2008 10:46:32 +0000I came away from this week's Microsoft Worldwide Partner (WPC) conference convinced, finally, that the future of Vista is assured in the enterprise. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't because of anything Microsoft said -- the combined mea culpa/back atcha delivered by Microsoft's Brad Brooks, the Corporate Vice President in charge of Vista's rehabilitation, isn't what swayed me.
Tue, 08 Jul 2008 09:31:34 +0000I spend a lot of time tracking the deskless souls who inhabit the workworld, the factory workers, nurses and others who spend more time on their feet and less time on their butts than the rest of us.