There were many intriguing stories out of Microsoft Convergence 2014 in Atlanta and one that caught my eye was “Microsoft digs into ‘natural interaction’ technologies for touch-first Office” by Juan Carlos Perez. It was about a coming version of Office that will let people use gestures and voice recognition in Office products running on mobile […]
There’s a rule out there, undoubtedly made long ago, and circulated widely as conventional wisdom that in the workplace you should never bring up a problem unless you have a proposed solution. For example, consider the following excerpt from this Inc Magazine article, Eight Things Great Bosses Demand from Employees: Rule 6: Provide Solutions, Not […]
One of the most exciting takeaways from the Microsoft Fall Analyst session was a focus on One Microsoft as I wrote here. Coming to their Convergence event in Atlanta this week especially with the backdrop of executive transitions happening in Redmond, I expected a bit of a regress to tactical messages. I expected more localized, VAR […]
For decades now electricity grids have been architected in the same way with large centralised generation facilities pumping out electricity to large numbers of distributed consumers. Generation has been controlled, and predictable. This model is breaking down fast. In the last decade we have seen a massive upsurge in the amount of renewable generation making […]
Forbes was kind enough to pick up a thread I did on Quora about my 5 favorite good days, and 5 most visceral bad days, in the early days, of getting from $0 to $10m in ARR. If you didn’t see it there, let me share it here. Maybe it will be cathartic for you. […]
The reviews never stop do they? This week we take a look at the CRM Watchlist 2014 Marketing companies. Again, they are not “category winners” and they are in alphabetical order. Check out Hubspot, Marketo, and Teradata Applications. Your thoughts?
Subscription companies face many of the same challenges that more conventional companies face but the nature of these businesses puts an entirely different spin on the challenges. All companies have to acquire new customers, make products and price them attractively without leaving money on the table. Also, once a product is purchased, a company needs […]
It’s not enough for firms to create competencies around big data and data science. Organizations must also ‘see’ the insights in these huge, new data sources. Phil Simon takes a few questions about his newest book and the implications on people, businesses and technology.
Microsoft Convergence Kicks Off In Atlanta The annual Microsoft Convergence customer event kicked off on March 4th, 2014. Far from the days of the Stampede in Fargo, North Dakota, the event shows how far the Microsoft Dynamics customers, partners, and products have progressed. Over 12,000 attendees including customers, partners, staff, and prospects gathered in Atlanta, [...]
Microsoft revealed rather slow growth for its Dynamics CRM products at the Convergence customer event being held in Atlanta this week. During his keynote address on Monday, executive vice president, Kirill Tatarinov, revealed that Microsoft grew its customer base for all Dynamics products including CRM, AX, GP, NAV, and SL by a combined 6.7% overall […]
Back in 2012, when the SaaStr audience was about 1/30th of what it is today, I wrote a post that a lot of folks didn’t like: ”Workday is Growing 90% this Year. At $250m in ARR. So Wake Up: You Probably Need to Do A Lot, Lot Better.“ In fact, it was the first post […]
2014 continues to be a year marked by the accelerating hiring cycles across nearly all cloud computing companies. Signing bonuses of $3K to $5K for senior engineers and system design specialists are becoming common, and the cycles from screening to interviews to offers is shortening. The job market in the cloud computing industry is leaning in favor of applicants […]
Time (sub required) has a detailed story on the elite team that rescued the HealthCare.gov site. You can feel the intensity of the salvage project, the apolitical results-oriented approach while the mood all around the project was hostile, the relentless use of “stand up” meetings, the brainpower of A+ technicians many of who have helped […]
Emerging tech often takes a while to get into the enterprise. This year’s watchlist shows that there’s plenty of hot new spaces to watch, while a few much older trends are just now reaching mainstream.