SuccessFactors, Workday, and SAP – Answers and More

That complex process view ties well into SAP’s core strengths as a broad-based vendor of business processes, and provides a somewhat easy way to have a conversation with a prospect that Workday has trouble having outside of its HRMS and finance domains.

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@Benioff’s Top Secret Dreamforce DF14 Agenda

Good thing they did not say “Don’t Post to Facebook”

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STEM Graduates Can’t Find Jobs

Average wages in the IT industry are the same as those that prevailed when Bill Clinton was president despite industry cries of a “shortage.” Overall, U.S. colleges produce twice the number of STEM graduates annually as find jobs in those fields

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After Just Two Years, Salesforce.com’s Marc @Benioff Is Already Leaving Cisco’s Board

That’s a loss for Cisco. Benioff is known as a cloud computing visionary and that’s expertise that Cisco could use as it develops more hardware products for cloud companies and as it spends $1 billion on its smart-but-risky “Intercloud” project. Intercloud is the cloud Cisco is building to compete with Amazon, Google, Microsoft, HP, IBM, and all the other enterprise tech companies. It will be an interconnected network of clouds with its customers who are Internet and telecom service providers. That’s a similar model to its close-partner-turned-competitor VMware has done with vCloud. But Benioff has his hands full with Salesforce.com and his philanthropic efforts. Salesforce.com is the 15-year-old company that he co-founded that has really started to take off, including massive expansion plans in San Francisco and Europe. When not working on that, Benioff is building a children’s hospital in San Francisco, running SF Gives, an effort to get Valley tech companies to support Bay Area charities, among other activities. Cisco has decided to cut its board down from 14 members to 10. We reached out to Cisco for comment and will update when we hear back.

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Salesforce.com CEO @benioff Leaks Analytics Cloud Plan

“We have long thought that the company would eventually be adding an Analytics Cloud, given some of the strategic acquisitions that they have made.” In particular, Maynard noted the June 2013 acquisition of EdgeSpring, which at the time was a just-out-of-stealth BI and analytics startup that focused on building analytics apps and reporting on sales, financials, and other data. The company’s platform included a data store and a data-visualization engine.

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How Middlesbrough Council went to G-Cloud to replace SAP with Unit4

After examining the options, Middlesbrough opted for a cloud-based system from Unit4, built for the needs of local councils, procured via G-Cloud. This decision was taken in May and the implementation is ongoing.

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SAP CFO Says Cloud Deals to Outpace Traditional Software by 2020

“Broadly, the problem for SAP is, name the pioneering cloud company that’s profitable,” said Joshua Greenbaum, an analyst at Enterprise Applications Consulting. “The main companies they have in their sights, Salesforce and Workday, are definitely not,” he said. “SAP’s goal is to be a major if not dominant player in the cloud and this means they have to beat Workday.” Still, SAP must keep building its cloud business because it is the model that customers want, Bernd Leukert, the company’s software chief, said last month.

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Hey, CMO: @LarryEllison and Oracle Want Your Business

Right now, Oracle’s marketing cloud is made up of Eloqua and Responsys, two marketing-automation platforms; the data-management platform BlueKai; content-marketing discovery engine Compendium; and social-listening and publishing platforms Vitrue and Collective Intellect. Some pieces already fit well together — Compendium, for instance, suggests content to send to prospects in the Eloqua and Responsys systems. But others face obstacles. BlueKai, for example, can give Oracle customers a better understanding of prospects via third-party data sources and allow them to manage their own data, but it remains to be seen how much information can be pulled in while still respecting privacy. Mr. Ellison compared his vision of the marketing cloud to Enterprise Resource Planning, umbrella software that brought technology for accounts payable, accounts receivable, supply chain, general ledger and more under one roof.

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Oracle to acquire content storage management company Front Porch Digital

The combination of Oracle with Front Porch is expected to create an enterprise-grade cloud and on-premise content storage management offering to help organizations manage the migration, integration, storage, and delivery of rich media content, Oracle said. Front Porch’s offerings include the DIVASolutions content storage management system, Lynx cloud-based content management system and Samma media migration technology.

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Court: Tesla Motors can sell directly to buyers

[Case dismissed due to technicality -DBM] The Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association had sought to prevent the direct sales, citing a state law designed to block car dealers from abuses by car manufacturers. The Supreme Judicial Court unanimously ruled Monday that the association and two dealers — Herb Connolly Chevrolet and Fisker Norwood — didn’t have legal standing to bring the case.

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MorganStanley is pumping the brakes on Tesla; shares fall 7.6%

Morgan Stanley agreed with an assessment by Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk that the company’s shares appear to be overvalued.

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Facebook feeds OpenSource community with ‘mcrouter’

Facebook itself uses mcrouter for managing all traffic to, from, and between thousands of cache servers across dozens of clusters distributed in Facebook data centers around the world. The Facebook Engineering team posited in a blog post on Monday that the code will “help many sites scale more easily by leveraging Facebook’s knowledge about large-scale systems in an easy-to-understand and easy-to-deploy package.”

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Twitch CEO Sounds Off On Amazon Deal And Microsoft’s Play For Minecraft

And we obviously work with [Amazon Web Services]—we use Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2) and Redshift and other AWS products, not right now in our primary video systems, but in some of our secondary systems.

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VC Sounds Alarm on SiliconValley Risk

One, the average burn rate at the average venture-backed company in Silicon Valley is at an all-time high since ’99 and maybe in many industries higher than in ’99. And two, more humans in Silicon Valley are working for money-losing companies than have been in 15 years, and that’s a form of discounted risk.

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Salesforce.com workers help meet volunteering goal at SF schools

The volunteer hours are in addition to a $5 million in cash for the city’s middle schools, the second such multimillion-dollar donation in two years. It’s a lot of money and employee time, but that kind of giving should be a critical part of the technology industry, their boss, Marc Benioff, said as he officially announced the donation Friday. “Traditionally our industry has been stingy,” he said. “It has created a huge amount of wealth and power … and it has not given back.” Yet giving is easy and the key to success and happiness, he said.

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Peter Thiel: Why Monopolies Are a Good Thing

[Flawed logic and analysis, continued on video - DBM] Monopolies are a good thing for society, venture capitalist Peter Thiel argues in an essay on WSJ. The PayPal co-founder joins Sara Murray to discuss his business philosophy, his take on Apple Pay, and what’s a deal breaker in pitch meetings.

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8 Information Management Challenges for UDI Compliance | Informatica MDMD

The deadline to submit the first UDI compliance report to the FDA for Class III devices is September 24, 2014. But, the medical device data needed to produce the report is typically scattered among different internal systems, such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) e.g. SAP and JD Edwards, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and external 3rd party device identifiers. The traditional approach for dealing with poorly managed data is the compliance team burns the midnight oil to bring together and then manually reconcile all the medical device data in a spreadsheet. And, they have to do this each and every time a compliance report is due. The good news is your compliance team doesn’t have to.

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Elon Musk: SpaceX Wants To Build A City On Mars

“The reason I haven’t taken SpaceX public is the goals of SpaceX are very long-term, which is to establish a city on Mars,” Musk said at a press briefing on September 8.

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Musk’s SpaceX Vies With Boeing as NASA’s Taxi to Space Station

The contract to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017 in so-called space taxis would end U.S. reliance on Russian rockets since the space shuttle was retired three years ago. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration set a deadline to announce the award this month. For Musk, winning would be a pivotal step toward his dream of colonizing Mars, while a Boeing victory would extend its half-century history with the U.S. space program. A third rival, Sierra Nevada Corp., offers a winged, shuttle-type vehicle as it seeks to expand beyond supplying rockets for sub-orbital tourist trips on Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

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Peter Thiel: Competition Is for Losers

[Poorly argued, factually incorrect arguments -DBM]

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Cloud Platform for Startups – Google Cloud Platform

$100,000 in credit and 24/7 support for eligible startups. Focus on building your product and don’t worry about complex infrastructure. Google manages your application, database, and storage servers so you don’t have to.

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Google to Give Start-Ups $100,000 in Cloud Computing Credits

Google is paying for what Amazon acquired free when it was pioneering cloud computing: buzz among growing young companies. A.W.S. was then seen as a cheaper way to get computing and data storage, and it attracted many start-ups, along with stealth engineering projects at larger companies. Some of these early businesses, like Dropbox, have become very large, and their success has helped attract larger companies, like Netflix, to Amazon.

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3 Reasons to Kill Influencer Marketing | Social

“The influentials hypothesis is a theory that can be made to fit the facts once they are known, but it has little predictive power.  It is at best a convenient fiction; at worst a misleading model.  The real world is much more complicated.”

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For UPS, E-Commerce Brings Big Business and Big Problems | Google FedEx eBay Amazon Uber Target USPS

The competition isn’t just FedEx anymore. Google is teaming up with retailers like Target to offer same-day delivery in Manhattan, Los Angeles and San Francisco. EBay picks up orders at stores and delivers them the same day or next day. Ride-sharing service Uber Technologies Inc. is experimenting in Washington, D.C., with same-day deliveries of about 100 items, including batteries, shaving gel and gum. Even the U.S. Postal Service is getting more aggressive, slashing prices to attract big e-commerce companies in time for the holidays. The post office is testing grocery deliveries for Amazon in San Francisco and delivers other Amazon shipments on Sundays in more than 20 metropolitan areas. The biggest new threat of all could come from Amazon itself, which recently began making some deliveries to consumers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and elsewhere. Amazon has said it expects the burgeoning delivery network to eventually “revolutionize how shipments are delivered to millions of customers.” “Longer term, can these guys make any money on e-commerce?”

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The Data-Driven CMO – A Q&A With CrimsonResearch | Informatica

But the truth is, solving a company’s data problem isn’t a simple, straight-forward challenge.  It takes time and it’s not always obvious how to solve the problem.  Marketers need to be part of this conversation.  They need to drive how they’re going to be managing data moving forward.  And they need to involve people who understand data well, whether they be internal (typically in IT), or external (consulting companies like Crimson, and technology providers like Informatica). So the reality for a CMO, is that it has to be a parallel path.  CMOs need to get involved in ensuring that data is managed in a way they can use effectively as a marketer, but in the meantime, they cannot stop doing their day-to-day job.  So, sure, they may not be getting the most out of their investment in marketing automation, but it’s the beginning of a process that will see tremendous returns over the long term.

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