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Why Should I Care About Hyperscale Computing?

All your apps are in the cloud(s) now.  It’s OK.  Photo: Paul VanDerWerf, Potts Harbour, Hartswell, ME.  CC license.  Hyperscale computing (HC) may sound like something only NASA and Google need.  But any business doing any kind of commerce with web sites can potentially benefit, as can brick and mortar companies who are highly dependent […]

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SaaS vs. Cloud Not Exactly Clear With Some Software Vendors

Photo by Meredith Cook at Breckenridge, CO on a “blue bird” day, a clear day following a fresh snowfall.  It’s unrelated to SaaS or Cloud (or is it?); just nice to look at. SaaS and cloud are starting to be used interchangeably (“we’re looking for a cloud solution”) but they really are not the same […]

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A Confusing Market for Enterprise Software

Image by lofrev.net It’s getting harder to determine which software vendors have what capabilities. This is because: The number of technology startups has increased; Big software companies have been acquiring other firms to increase the breadth of their capabilities; Established firms are rapidly making changes to their suite of applications – adding capabilities so quickly […]

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A Software Vendor Checklist

Please choose the door through which your next software vendor will take you.  Image: Doors of Dublin, by Tim Sackton, edited to fit 569 X 368px, CC license. Selecting a software vendor is difficult at best in the 21st century; here are some must-have criteria, in addition to, but perhaps more important than, cost and […]

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Some Advice for Application Vendors

Image: “Computer Software Development” by Fabio Bruna, CC license Being on the “buy side” of corporate software for many years I’ve seen numerous pitches by software vendors. A few were excellent, most were forgettable, and quite a few were incoherent. Like actress Clara Peller in the Wendy’s ads — for those of you alive in […]

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FUD Still Here 35 Years Later

Photo by Jimmy Brown, CC license   FUD stands for fear, uncertainty, and doubt, and was a phrase used in the early 1980s to describe the unsettling and confusing atmosphere companies faced as they began investing heavily in software applications. In 1979 Gideon Gartner, formerly a top technology analyst at Oppenheimer & Co., capitalized on […]

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Packaged Applications 101

Photo by Official GDC A packaged application is not ready-to-use, in any sense of the word. The word “packaged” is kind of a misnomer. You won’t find a warehouse management system in a shrink-wrapped box on the shelf at Best Buy. A packaged application is simply one whose features and functions match in general terms […]

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Internet of Things: Hype or Hope?

An LG Smart Refrigerator.  Photo by David Berkowitz, CC license IoT is, as a breakthrough technology, not that exciting, but it does have some practical possibilities. The Internet of Things describes a network connected to physical objects.  These objects are either passive (another device must be used to detect them) or active (the object is […]

Why Do Software Projects Take So Long?

In the time is takes to purchase and implement a company’s software systems, an infant can become a first grader. Degrees can be earned. And a lot of money can be spent. This is one more reason why people find software so maddening. The classic ERP implementation, which many companies dove into in the 1990s, […]

The Self-Perpetuating Software Market

You need to understand the way software firms, consultants and advisory services interact with one another. In the process of thoroughly confusing yourself trying to scan the software market for something resembling a solution to your problem, you will at some point realize that there aren’t many places to go for an objective appraisal of […]