By Vinnie Mirchandani on January 6, 2016
When I joined Gartner in 1995, I thought it was quaint some of the older analysts would talk about BUNCH – Burroughs, Univac, NCR, CDC and Honeywell. So 70s and 80s. In 1995, HP, IBM, Sun, Dell, Compaq and other hardware vendors were much more relevant. But frankly, what us ERP analysts coined: BOPS – […]
By Vinnie Mirchandani on December 11, 2015
I started the year with voices of customers still ringing in my ear from interviews for SAP Nation. They were fretting that there were few operational, industry-specific applications in the cloud. Workday and other cloud vendors were missing out on a window of opportunity around SAP and other on-premise vendors as they keep enriching back […]
By Vinnie Mirchandani on November 20, 2015
A reader of SAP Nation 2.0 commented it read like a “slow-motion train wreck”. It starts with the incredible excitement and expectations when S/4HANA was launched in February : “This is the biggest product launch in the last 23 years and perhaps the company’s history,” The book then documents the meandering, the hedging and the […]
By Vinnie Mirchandani on October 2, 2015
Another in the series of postmodern ERP Strategies. While these are excerpted from SAP Nation 2.0, the concepts can be applied to many other ERP environments. One of the largest cost components in the SAP economy is application management, much of it outsourced. That segment is being challenged to automate its labor, and also transition […]
By Michael Krigsman on September 8, 2015
Industry veteran Joe Cowan talks live about Epicor, what’s happening in the industry, customer expectations, and how to run a successful ERP implementation.
By Vinnie Mirchandani on August 13, 2015
There has been plenty of scorn about the scolding Oracle’s CSO delivered to her customers for “reverse engineering’ its code to test for security vulnerabilities. While Oracle, as usual, comes across as the “bad guy”, it is challenge most large software vendors face. Here is the IT reality these days a) Most IT vendors have […]
By Vinnie Mirchandani on July 6, 2015
I am always invigorated when I spend time with Plex executives and customers as I did at its PowerPlex event in Nashville last week. There was a blue collar excitement to the event. Accounting had an industrial engineering flavor with focus on efficiency and waste. HCM was about finding young talent who don’t mind hats […]
By Denis Pombriant on July 1, 2015
I’ve written many times about how conventional, premise-based, ERP seems to be evaporating and CPQ, configuration, pricing, and quoting, are business processes that illustrate the point. First, let’s all agree that ERP isn’t going extinct as it evaporates—it’s too valuable—but it is getting a haircut. Many of the functions leaving ERP are condensing back into […]
By Denis Pombriant on June 15, 2015
Franken-cloud is a manifestation of two things—new cloud technology and old style picking a vendor and figuring out integration later. Thinking about integration first, especially with the plethora of platform solutions available today, will ease the problem and make your business more agile.
By Denis Pombriant on June 5, 2015
Z-Insights will begin appearing in the market pre-Dreamforce but here are the announced modules and my rough cut at what they do.