I’ve had my head in cloud business practices on the brain lately, because of a project that I’m in the process of finishing up this week. If you’re in the process of evaluating your own options, you should definitely check out some new data Forrester Research in the form of a report called “Hosting Service Providers — Cloud Partners or Competitors?” Continued »
Little birdies say that Jeff Epstein, who yesterday resigned as Oracle CFO, is heading to Infor.
You would probably know Infor if you’re in mid-market ERP and/or follow Charles Phillips, the former Oracle president who left Oracle last summer as Mark Hurd swept in. Phillips became CEO of–you guessed it–Infor!!
Infor is known for acquiring companies–mostly in the accounting and ERP software realms– and their products, thus buying into existing revenue streams. The Infor Wikipedia entry lists nearly 30 acquisitions–of Agilisys, GEAC, MAPICs etc.– in the past nine years.
UPDATE: GGC Software Holdings, an Infor “affiliate,” is trying to buy Lawson Software, one of the few remaining independent ERP providers. Coincidence with this Epstein-goes-to-Infor talk? Hmmmm.
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Jeff Epstein has resigned as Oracle Corp.’s CFO. Continued »
Man, oh man, people just can’t stop talking about videoconferencing this year — and its potential to explode in adoption over the next 18 months to two years. Continued »
Remember last year when Google trumpeted its big-boy computing win over Microsoft in a major Los Angeles email-and-applications deal? Remember how the cloud-inflected Google Apps Premier system, deployed by Computer Sciences Corp., was gonna be awesome?
Well, it’s a year-and-a-half later and we’re still waiting for the awesome. Continued »
I still get at least a couple of business books every month (in hard cover, no less). I try to skim through most of them to see if they are relevant to the myriad things I cover, but rarely set off to read the whole thing. There are exceptions, of course, one of them being the new book called “The Thank You Economy,” written by WineLibrary TV founder (now Daily Grape) and social media advocate Gary Vaynerchuk. Continued »
Market watcher Forrester Research has released its first IT spending update of the year (“U.S. Tech Market Outlook: Q1 2011″) and software looks to be the fastest growing information and communications technology (ICT) category. The estimated spend for software this year is pegged at about $219 billion, with an 8.6 percent growth rate. That’s slightly higher Forrester’s projections of 8 percent in spending for ICT as a whole during 2011.
News that Microsoft plans to move three (count ’em 3!) of its legacy ERP products to its cloud is both stunning and unsurprising. And it illustrates the company’s cloud problem.
MIcrosoft already offers hosted CRM to customers as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). But Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online is not yet hosted on Azure, the company’s much-touted cloud platform which has been available, at least in part, since early last year.