By Brian Sommer on March 31, 2015
Marketing today bears no resemblance to the Mad Men era. Powerful analytic tools are parsing companies’ web sites and content. Machine learning tools are studying buyers’ behaviors to generate recommendations for even better web designs.
By Brian Sommer on March 26, 2015
The technology that powers business is key to driving productivity improvements and economies. The recent Promat and Automate 2015 shows featured many technologies that can do both. But, were the innovations breakthroughs or incremental? And, where were the ERP vendors?
By Brian Sommer on February 20, 2015
It’s amazing: Of all the financial applications that could be built, ERP vendors focus on core financials like general ledger. Here’s a firm that serves an enviable clientele — but it’s not a big name brand in financial software (yet).
By Brian Sommer on November 14, 2014
Intacct’s user conference served as a coming of age event for this growing mid-market cloud accounting software vendor. New partnerships with Salesforce and American Express were announced, and industry analysts were invited to mix with a happy bunch of customers.
By Brian Sommer on October 21, 2014
Made-up words were in abundance during this fall’s software conference season. Your dauntless reporter traveled the world to bring back the latest in tech marketing speak. If you want to sound like you’re current with today’s dubious jargon, here’s a quick primer to get you all caught up.
By Brian Sommer on October 15, 2014
Powerful Human Resources analytic tools were in abundance at the recent HR Technology show in Vegas. But can/will HR departments buy these solutions? Probably not — unless the HR group itself changes.
By Brian Sommer on October 8, 2014
For years, IT departments have had tools to measure up-time and other metrics. But other internal operational groups often possess fewer of these tools. That isn’t right. New taxonomies, tools and analytics are needed in non-IT spaces.
By Brian Sommer on October 7, 2014
Recent conferences by Infor and Oracle demonstrate that the on-premises vs cloud debate is over. Brian Sommer looks at what happened with Oracle this last year to get to this point.
By Brian Sommer on September 30, 2014
Brian Sommer recommends two must-read articles for executives. One looks at the challenges in getting great talent for a resurgent U.S. manufacturing environment. The other examines why performance reviews deliver adverse business results.
By Brian Sommer on September 24, 2014
Infor’s suite of high-end cloud financial software products include a new user interface, in-memory database technology and more. CloudSuite signals a major shift in the application space. Will CIOs bite?