Constellation Research event: Expansive, respectful vibe

Constellation Research event: Expansive, respectful vibe

Let’s face it – industry events are increasingly formulaic. Most vendor conferences are predictable – keynotes and product futures, rock bands, large partner booths. Most research firm events tend to be siloed around their category definitions and what currently excites them. So, I particularly enjoy events like Cognizant Community which are about conversations with peers, mind expansion, […]

A vertical that is growing...well, like a weed

A vertical that is growing…well, like a weed

I have been imploring software vendors to globalize and verticalize their applications for a while now – after two decades of cloud apps, less than 20% of the grid of applications across countries and operational processes is filled. I have been increasingly writing about fintech, shop floor, healthcare and other industry functionality. But I wasn’t […]

The disconnect between software buyers and vendors - about the role of SIs

The disconnect between software buyers and vendors – about the role of SIs

In the case studies I wrote for SAP Nation 3.0 I noticed two common threads A) Customers were using SIs cautiously – the last set of experiences with SIs and outsources has made them wary. A couple even thanked me for writing the first volume and bringing out the massive cost and poor quality of […]

Gradually, then suddenly

Gradually, then suddenly

Lots of people are rattled by all the executive changes in the industry over the last few months …Bill McDermott and Rob Enslin at SAP…John Donahoe at ServiceNow…Mark Hurd and Thomas Kurian at Oracle …Charles Phillips at Infor….Bob Stutz at Salesforce…. There is plenty of speculation … Call me old fashioned, but I take the […]