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To Change or Not to Change: The Decision to Stay on the Green Screen
"Let’s consider a few reasons why you may not want to replace your legacy system, just yet:

They simply don’t break: Like your Grandad’s 1992 Honda or Swiss watch, the thing will pretty much run forever. The technology behind the old IBM mainframes is simple and sturdy, and as long as it is cleaned and maintained it will work. Cloud ERP systems, on the other hand, are only as reliable as your users’ internet connections.
Your business has not changed: We find many scenarios where companies have been doing the same thing for 30 years, and with good reason. Consider a company that manufactures a niche supply part for an industrial manufacturing segment. It may be specialized enough that the barriers and cost of entry is too great for competitors to chase and they have consistent clientele. With no desire to expand, there may be no reason to change what’s working."
digital  strategy  erp  software  selection  cloud  cyber  security  cybersecurity  failures  independent  consultants  top  10  systems  for  2020 
12 days ago by jonerp
How to Estimate ERP and HCM Implementation Time
"Magnitude of change. The bigger the change this project will mean for your company, the longer it will take.
Number of locations. A higher number of locations requires more time to accommodate different operations.
Number of countries. A higher number of countries in scope requires more time to accommodate different cultures.
Complexity of your operations. The more complex and unique your operations, the longer it will take you to implement.
Your internal competencies. The less implementation experience and capabilities your internal team has, the longer the project will likely take."
cloud  erp  implementations  digital  strategy  global  hcm  microsoft  dynamics  365  netsuite  oracle  sap  s  4hana  successfactors  workday 
13 days ago by jonerp
IBM’s Lost Decade
"After years of rearranging the financial deckchairs with segment redefinitions and “strategic initiatives”, plus non-sequiturs like “blockchain”, the company has all but admitted it cannot compete with the public clouds. Instead, the company has embraced a backwards-looking, consulting-led strategy they are calling “hybrid cloud” (a.k.a. “legacy 4eva!”) in hopes of confusing the market about their relevance in the cloud era (just check out their latest TV ads). The $34 billion Hail Mary that is the Red Hat acquisition is a lot to pay for a proprietary Kubernetes distribution."
blog  capex  cloud  computing  ibm 
17 days ago by jonerp
The Real Serverless Revolution
"The cloud’s pay-as-you-go model, with apologies to predecessors such as time sharing, heralded a revolution in pricing, consumption and infrastructure and redefined the industry in its image. It had such an advantage in accessibility over the model that preceded it that not offering a pay-as-you-go option was not, itself, an option.

The real question now about serverless then is not about the technology, but whether its pay-only-when-it’s-on economic model is about to do exactly the same thing that the cloud’s did before it."
business  models  cloud 
20 days ago by jonerp
ERP vs. HCM Implementations: Which is the Better Bet?
"HCM may affect a larger population of people than an ERP or CRM implementation, but they can actually deliver more value with less risk. For industries that spend too much on employee retention and morale-related issues each year, better performance management, learning and development, and other human capital capabilities can deliver much higher business benefits than having more efficient accounting or inventory management competencies."
digital  strategy  hcm  implementations  successfactors  workday  2020  erp  and  report  vs.  implementation  successful  oracle  cloud 
9 weeks ago by jonerp
What is an Agile ERP Implementation?
"ile is not an excuse to do less work. The real lesson here is that your project methodology is not the key determinant of success. Setting clear project objectives, defining effective organizational communication methods, and committing to an engaged and strong project governance structure are all crucial regardless of how you approach your project."
cloud  erp  implementations  global  hcm  microsoft  dynamics  365  netsuite  oracle  sap  s  4hana  successfactors  workday  agile 
10 weeks ago by jonerp
A Perspective on Data Migration in Digital Transformation
"The system integrator is typically only tasked with the main ERP system, therefore isn’t incentivized to ensure downstream systems/reporting are able to properly process the outputs. Many careers have been derailed when a CEO, COO or CFO is unpleasantly surprised by the poor condition of data appearing in their new executive dashboards and reports. Proper data readiness planning can significantly reduce post-project surprises."
cloud  erp  implementations  global  hcm  microsoft  dynamics  365  netsuite  oracle  sap  s  4hana  successfactors  workday  best  digital  strategy 
10 weeks ago by jonerp
What Is ‘Cloud Native’ (and Why Does It Matter)?
"For example, the practice of “lift and shift” to move on-premise IT infrastructure to the cloud in no way results in a cloud native solution. Deploying a solution in the cloud that was originally designed to run in a traditional data center is possible, but generally of limited merit, as you’re simply redeploying the same application and architecture on different infrastructure and likely making it more complicated in the process."
cloud  native  contributed 
10 weeks ago by jonerp
Dining Preferences of the Cloud and Open Source: Who Eats Who?
"Hadoop has left behind a trail of tears with customers who spent vast sums to construct “data lakes”, yet struggled to successfully deploy and manage them much less find a business return snorkeling in those lakes. Meanwhile, the big data business has moved to the cloud, by virtue of being both cheaper and easier. As Mathew Lodge said, “Ironically, there has been no Cloud Era for Cloudera.”
blog  cloud  computing  hadoop  ibm  open  source  pivotal  red  hat 
12 weeks ago by jonerp
How Zero Trust, Service Meshes and Role-Based Access Control Can Prevent a Cloud-Based Security Mess
"“All data breaches are the exploitation of the old broken trust model. And almost all cybersecurity incidents exploit the trust model as well,” said John Kindervag, founder of the Zero Trust Model and field Chief Technology Officer at Palo Alto Networks.

The Trust Model is the perimeter-centric approach to security. Bordered by firewalls, you trust internal traffic by default. As a former penetration tester, Kindervag contends that, for most orgs, once you get inside the Level 3 layer network — and he says there’s always a way — then you have access to almost everything because of “that broken trust model.”
cloud  native  containers  security  feature 
october 2019 by jonerp
Why SAP’s Support for Cloud Foundry Is Indefinite
"SAP’s continued support of Cloud Foundry, as well as other open source projects, such as Eclipse, also reflects the complex relationship the proprietary software giant has with the burgeoning open source movement. SAP obviously will not support all open source tools and platforms that might compete with its own proprietary offerings, for example. But in the case of Cloud Foundry, the option is seen by the company as the best choice to allow SAP customers to extend their use of SAP software across different cloud native platforms, including, of course, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services (AWS)."
cloud  native  services  news  open  source 
october 2019 by jonerp
The Biggest ERP Failures of All Time
"It should be noted that the criteria above tend to skew toward larger organizations. Many of us heard about Hershey’s when they couldn’t ship candy after their SAP failure, but many of us do not hear about the local, lesser known companies that didn’t experience failures of this magnitude. But even smaller organizations are not immune to the challenges outlined below."
digital  transformation  case  studies  erp  expert  witness  failures  oracle  cloud  implementations  sap  s  4hana  biggest 
october 2019 by jonerp
What’s New In Gartner’s Hype Cycle For AI, 2019
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Between 2018 and 2019, organizations that have deployed artificial intelligence (AI) grew from 4% to 14%, according to Gartner’s 2019 CIO Agenda survey.
Conversational AI remains at the top of corporate agendas spurred by the worldwide success of Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and others.
Enterprises are making progress with AI as it grows more widespread, and they’re also making more mistakes that contribute to their accelerating learning curve."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  trends  &  concepts  ai  cloud  computing  gartner  hype  cycle  for  artificial  intelligence  2019  louis  columbus'  blog 
october 2019 by jonerp
Breaking Down Silos in your Business
"Breaking up your enterprise wide deployed integration hub into right sized containers provides improved agility, scalability, and resilience. Agility, because many teams can work on integrations without having to defer to a centralised integration team. Scalability, because individual flows can be scaled on their own. Resilience, because isolated flows cannot steal shared resources such as CPU from one to another."
cloud  integration  agile  development  thinking  api  economy  app  modernisation  breaking  down  silos  microservices  multicloud 
october 2019 by jonerp
What really is Product Marketing?
"Finally, being in denial about the onset of idea bankruptcy on the part of Product Management. This happens 2-3 quarters before its clear to everyone but at some point, the company can start to look to product marketing to come up with new “stories” off the same code. This is a result of a tired product organization that has may have temporarily lost its ability to outflank the competition. Insist that your product team tells you why you will win. If your product marketer is dominating that conversation in a leadership or a board meeting about this topic, you’re in trouble."
business  startup  lessons  cmo  go  to  market  marketing  product  management  saas  and  cloud  selling  go-to-market 
october 2019 by jonerp
Leaving Panorama Consulting: Reflections on the ERP Software Industry’s State of Chaos
"It took me quite some time to accept the fact that I needed to leave a company I founded, led, and was the face of for 13 years. So much so that I didn’t talk about it much in the months after my departure and during the formation of Third Stage. Yet clients, potential clients, and industry peers understandably had – and in some cases still have – questions about this unusual situation."
digital  transformation  news  how  to  find  the  best  independent  erp  consultants  leaving  panorama  consulting  oracle  cloud  implementations  sap  s  4hana  third  stage  group 
september 2019 by jonerp
What really is Product Marketing?
"Finally, being in denial about the onset of idea bankruptcy on the part of Product Management. This happens 2-3 quarters before its clear to everyone but at some point, the company can start to look to product marketing to come up with new “stories” off the same code. This is a result of a tired product organization that has may have temporarily lost its ability to outflank the competition. Insist that your product team tells you why you will win. If your product marketer is dominating that conversation in a leadership or a board meeting about this topic, you’re in trouble."
product  management  saas  and  cloud  selling  go-to-market  cmo  marketing 
september 2019 by jonerp
What We Must Do to Avoid the Tragedy of the Commons in Open Source
"Put Value Where You Get Value: Consider how valuable the open source technology you’re using is to the future of your company, then put a number on it. Add the need for the technology to stay up-to-date with new features and functionality as well as with the latest security updates. That responsibility rests with you: you are now a part of the community. You can’t assume it’s someone else’s problem to deal with. If we all did that, the technology would stagnate."
cloud  native  tools  contributed  open  source 
september 2019 by jonerp
Bridging the Gap Between ERP Implementation vs. Business Transformation
"Organizations generally struggle to unlock the value of their ERP implementations or digital transformations to their full potential. For many, it can be hard to deliver much more than mere incremental improvements as part of their transformations.

This problem isn’t necessarily due to lack of software capabilities. Though many are lacking the maturity of past legacy solutions, the current leading ERP and HCM systems such as S/4HANA, Oracle Cloud ERP, Microsoft Dynamics 365, and others contain advanced technologies that many will simply never be able to consume."
cloud  erp  implementations  digital  strategy  global  hcm  microsoft  dynamics  365  netsuite  oracle  sap  s  4hana  successfactors  workday 
september 2019 by jonerp
8 New Rules of Open Source Infrastructure
"Almost all teams have not automated to the degree they ought to. Most of them realize this at some level but fail to do something about it. Certain tools that have become popular with operators address the first 80 percent of automation use cases nicely but not the rest. The result is that lifecycle management events such as upgrades, canarying, expansion, etc. remain too complicated and time-consuming."
cloud  native  technology  contributed  open  source 
september 2019 by jonerp
Plex ML project – something every software vendor/systems integrator could emulate
"Our customers are trying to figure out how to optimize their settings, so when I was pondering that stat – 15% of our tickets are related to configuration settings – I realized this would be a great place to build a machine learning model that could help us understand what the net effect is.

Our desire was to ask “How could a customer use this model to compare it to their settings?” and be able to say, “Here are the settings you should change in order to have the optimum configuration.”
featured  posts  technology  software  cloud  computing  industry  commentary  saas 
august 2019 by jonerp
Why Do ERP Implementations Really Fail?
"This all leads us to the key question: why do ERP implementations really fail? It’s not because of the symptoms outlined above. Instead, ERP failure can typically be traced to three primary root causes:

Misalignment. If your team isn’t on the same page about what this digital transformation means to your company and how it supports a bigger-picture strategy, then it is likely to lead to the problems outlined above. Without alignment from the top of the organization on down, the project team simply cannot have clear direction and will struggle to gain consensus on decisions."
cloud  erp  implementations  failures  hcm  microsoft  dynamics  365  netsuite  oracle  sap  s  4hana  successfactors 
august 2019 by jonerp
How to Make Sure the Next Cloud Outage Isn’t the End of Your Business
"While basic observability will transform the way you look at your cloud providers, it’s often not enough to understand the impact on your business. You could see that 1% of the requests to a cloud service are failing, but without business context you wouldn’t see that those 1% impact your largest and most important customers. This is why it’s important to look at expanding your observability to include “distributed tracing,” a tool that allows you to bring business context throughout your software’s usage of cloud services. With the context of a trace, your team will be able to see whether 1% failures are slightly annoying or a critical business problem."
cloud  services  monitoring  contributed 
august 2019 by jonerp
Salesforce is acquiring ClickSoftware for $1.35B | TechCrunch
Another day, another Salesforce acquisition. Just days after closing the hefty $15.7 billion Tableau deal, the company opened its wallet again, this time announcing it has bought field service software company ClickSoftware for a tidy $1.35 billion.

This one could help beef up the company’s field service offering, which falls under the Service Cloud umbrella. In its June earnings report, the company reported that Service Cloud crossed the $1 billion revenue threshold for the first time. This acquisition is designed to keep those numbers growing."
Another  day  Salesforce  acquisition.  Just  days  after  closing  the  hefty  $15.7  billion  Tableau  deal  company  opened  its  wallet  again  this  time  announcing  it  has  bought  field  service  software  ClickSoftware  for  a  tidy  $1.35  billion.  one  could  help  beef  up  company’s  offering  which  falls  under  Cloud  umbrella.  In  June  earnings  report  reported  that  crossed  $1  revenue  threshold  first  time.  acquisition  is  designed  to  keep  those  numbers  growing. 
august 2019 by jonerp
There is No Such Thing as “ERP Failure”
"Organizational Change Management (OCM) may seem like an overused term these days – and some may even argue that organizational change management is dead – but companies still overlook the most basic premise of making sure their users understand and use the systems provided for them. If you completed proper training upon your initial implementation, consider the idea of refresher training, updated training for new releases as well as make sure that a training program is in place for new users."
digital  strategy  erp  failures  oracle  cloud  avoid  failure  implementation  sap 
august 2019 by jonerp
Agile + ERP Implementations: Why It’s a Terrible Idea
"“Quick win” agile transformations allow functional areas or individual locations to get started on something right away, but it doesn’t fix the underlying issue of organizational misalignment, which is the real cause of digital transformation failure. For example, if your finance team decides to implement the “digital core” of SAP S/4HANA’s financial modules, this may or may not align with the needs of the rest of the organization."
digital  strategy  microsoft  dynamics  365  implementations  oracle  cloud  erp  sap  s  4hana  best  system  integrator  failures  implementation 
august 2019 by jonerp
Capital One’s Cloud Misconfiguration Woes Have Been an Industry-Wide Fear
"Developers and IT decision-makers should not be surprised by the recent Capital One data breach: Misconfigurations have long been the top cloud security concern. A new StackRox survey of IT decision-makers supports this finding as 60% of respondents are more worried about misconfigurations or exposures, as compared to attacks and generic vulnerabilities."
cloud  services  security  research 
july 2019 by jonerp
Taking Advantage of the Public Cloud without Compromising Security
"The challenge is that cloud consumers often have a misconception about the security provided in a public cloud, mistakenly believing that cloud providers deliver security services natively. The reality, however, is that cloud providers are only obligated to secure the underlying cloud infrastructure shared by all customers. However, and despite the fact that cloud providers also offer customers security services to attach to their applications, securing corporate data, web applications, and compute resources are the responsibility of the client."
cloud  services  security  contributed 
july 2019 by jonerp
Is Sage obfuscating on cloud revenue?
"There is a lack of detail in Sage results that often frustrates. On the whole the numbers look solid. Yet there are several unanswered questions about its actual performance and strategy. Aaron Harris, appointed in 2019 will deliver his cloud strategy at the end of year. It will be interesting to see how that shifts Sage towards fulfilling its vision. At the moment it is not easy to see whether it is actually heading in the right direction. Again, there was no mention of Sage People, which historically has been one of the fastest growing cloud products for Sage."
business  erp  latest  news  cloud  ebp.  accounting  enterprise  management  results  saas  sage  50  intacct  steve  hare 
july 2019 by jonerp
Cloud Applications – A long, winding road dotted with Bystanders
"In wave 1 of the cloud, the economics were compelling. The cloud collapsed 4 contracts from on-prem world – the software, the hosting, the AMS and that of SIs who did frequent upgrades. Multi-tenancy and simplified contracting explained why it was so attractive to look at a Salesforce or a SuccessFactors relationship. But in the last decade, reality has set in. I have heard from a number of customers their incumbent infrastructure is fully amortized – the cloud only adds to that cost layer. I have heard from others who have sharpened their pencils, that buying their infrastructure is still cheaper than subscribing in the cloud when it is annualized. Then there is the expectation that comes from their outsourcing experiences – when you hand someone a 3 or 5 year contract you have the right to expect CMM Level 5 or Six Sigma continuous improvements. Instead, too many SaaS renewals are turning into unpleasant head-butting experiences – no improvements, just massive cost increases."
featured  posts  technology  software  cloud  computing  industry  commentary  saas 
july 2019 by jonerp
Fatal Flaws in the Digital Transformation and ERP Software Industry
"This is the first time in my career where all the major players are releasing relatively new and unproven flagship products. For example, while SAP spent roughly 20 years fine-tuning its R/3 product, S/4HANA has only been on the market for a few years. The number of customers successfully using this new product is relatively small. The kinks haven’t been worked out and the breadth of functionality simply isn’t there yet.

The same is true for Oracle ERP Cloud, Microsoft Dynamics 365, and other top ERP systems. In some cases, the vendors have rewritten the software from scratch (example: Oracle). In other cases, they have pieced together the “best of” older flagship products (example: Microsoft). In most cases, these products are not as ready for prime time as their predecessors were."
digital  strategy  erp  implementations  hcm  microsoft  dynamics  365  netsuite  oracle  cloud  sap  s  4hana  successfactors  workday  failures  implementation 
july 2019 by jonerp
Cloud Hangover? Getting a Grip on Cloud Costs
"Understand the cultural shift cloud has introduced into the workplace. The procurement of cloud and accessibility to what many presume is an unlimited resource with no direct visibility into spending for those consuming resources requires education for IT, finance and business teams alike. For example, engineering teams using cloud to build and support applications have little or no understanding of how to responsibly optimize spend. Similarly, finance has limited understanding of how to purchase cloud resources and is unaccustomed to providing the visibility IT needs to efficiently use this consumption-based resource."
cloud  services  contributed 
june 2019 by jonerp
HEAD IN THE CLOUDS: Week 8
"This week’s issue discusses Microsoft’s up-selling practices and the often-found and detrimental inconsistent messaging enterprises communicate to their cloud vendors during cloud negotiations."
cloud  hitc  microsoft  negotiation  tactics  ecs  enterprise  suite  mobility  +  security  365  office  secure  productive  spe  windows  10 
may 2019 by jonerp
DataStax and the Modern Commercial Open Source Business
"If developers matter, convenience is by default a killer feature because developers value it. No developer used EC2, for example, in its initial incarnations because it was more reliable or more powerful than a hardware based alternative; it was neither. Developers used EC2 instead because it was convenient. They could have an instance up in ninety seconds without having to even talk to IT, and pay for it as they went on an as needed basis instead of as an up front capital expense."
cloud  databases  open  source 
may 2019 by jonerp
Conquering the Cloud Native Conundrum
"It might surprise many, but people issues top the surveys as the biggest challenges facing cloud native today. A recent CNCF survey confirmed that the cloud native community is getting better and better at solving our most challenging technical problems with security, monitoring, storage and networking are all trending downward. Unfortunately, “people” issues continue to top the charts. A Gitlab survey further supports these top challenges — including replacing ingrained practices, resistance to change and cross-team communication."
cloud  native  kubernetes  sponsored 
may 2019 by jonerp
Survey Results Show How the Hybrid Cloud Is Happening
"Additional evidence of the enterprise embrace of multi and hybrid cloud can be seen in the ongoing growth of Kubernetes, a distributed application framework as well as a container orchestration technology. Just as Docker containers were well timed with enterprise adoption of the cloud in general, Kubernetes is well timed with growing enterprise adoption of hybrid cloud. Despite its complexity and other challenges, Kubernetes, along with the hyperscale public cloud providers, is really shaping the modern IT operations paradigm."
cloud  native  services  sponsored 
may 2019 by jonerp
Big ERP Systems Integrators Exposed
"It may not quite be time to fire your ERP system integrator, but just recognize that you do have options outside the big incumbents. And, it’s not an either / or proposition: you can get the best of the system integrator and augment with the more strategic and specialized skills sets of others."
digital  strategy  erp  implementations  hcm  microsoft  dynamics  365  oracle  cloud  sap  s  4hana  successfactors  workday  consultants  failures 
may 2019 by jonerp
Uber vs. Lyft: How the rivals approach cloud, AI, machine learning
"Uber is launching its IPO at $45 a share and Lyft is already public. Here's a look at how they approach technology, infrastructure and development."
cloud 
may 2019 by jonerp
The OpenStack Opportunity
"A year ago this month, it was abundantly clear that both the OpenStack project and the foundation created around it were at a crossroads. After years of a “Big Tent” strategy that left the project with members trying to take the project in different directions and reinventing various wheels, a strategy that made it hard to even answer the basic question of what OpenStack was, last year’s annual gathering of OpenStack project adherents was a step in a new direction. From the aggressive embrace of Kubernetes to the upleveling of projects distinct from OpenStack itself like Kata Containers and Zuul, the OpenStack Foundation was clearly signaling a willingness to break with its past, to chart a new direction for itself."
cloud  open  source 
may 2019 by jonerp
Huawei Analyst Summit – living at the bleeding edge where everything is more ‘R’ than ‘D’
"Huawei sees a role for itself that includes R&D out at the bleeding edge of research and technological development."
cloud  platforms  -  infrastructure  and  architecture  internet  of  things  iot  robotics  ai  machine  intelligence 
may 2019 by jonerp
Dell-VMware beat the hybrid cloud drum
"Getting to grips with the latest hybrid cloud gambit from Dell and VMware."
cloud  platforms  -  infrastructure  and  architecture 
may 2019 by jonerp
HEAD IN THE CLOUDS: Week 5
"It is hard to stay on top of the latest news, events and rumblings tied to cloud computing and the cloud vendors responsible for it...."
cloud  cisco  facebook  workplace  google  webex  zoom 
may 2019 by jonerp
Bringing cloud services to the edge
"The cloud comes to you as the fusion of edge infrastructure and cloud services enables breakthrough applications."
cloud  platforms  -  infrastructure  and  architecture  iot  robotics  ai  machine  intelligence 
april 2019 by jonerp
SAP earnings Q1 2019 – accounting for Qualtrics and restructuring, as an activist investor takes a stake
"SAP's Q1 2019 earnings report was packed with upbeat numbers, but some loaded news came with it, including the separate announcement of an activist investor, and a continued "operational overhaul." Here's my pre-Sapphire Now review."
cloud  erp  financials  and  supply  chain  platforms  -  infrastructure  architecture 
april 2019 by jonerp
Demystifying Zoho – CEO Sridhar Vembu reveals Zoho’s ambitions in a post-ERP world
"Zoho's ways can be mysterious, but their growth is undeniable. At Zoholics 2019, talks with CEO Sridhar Vembu cast a new light on Zoho's ambitions - including that pesky "are you an ERP vendor?" question, and a future... beyond software?"
cloud  erp  financials  and  supply  chain  platforms  -  infrastructure  architecture  digital  enterprise  in  the  real  world 
april 2019 by jonerp
Enterprise hits and misses – executive shakeups jolt the enterprise and cloud BI earns its relevance
"This week - executive movement shakes up the enterprise, but what comes next? Also: cloud BI makes adoption gains, and is the term RPA dead? Your whiffs include Air Pod awkwardness and Twitter's burning ambitions."
analytics  planning  and  data  analysis  cloud  erp  financials  supply  chain  platforms  -  infrastructure  architecture  hits  misses 
april 2019 by jonerp
Bill McDermott’s outsized SAP valuation ambition – a Rubicon crossed or a bridge too far?
"Can SAP pull off a doubling or more of its current market valuation? McDermott is making the case but it is hard to see how the numbers stack up."
cloud  erp  financials  and  supply  chain  crm  customer  experience 
april 2019 by jonerp
California’s latest gold rush – Google and Intel dig in to tap the AI business market seam
"The latest California gold rush is underway with AI market dominance as the seam that everyone's trying to dig into."
cloud  platforms  -  infrastructure  and  architecture  iot  robotics  ai  machine  intelligence 
april 2019 by jonerp
IBM’s Q1 FY2019 results demonstrate just how hard a cloud pivot is working out
"IBM may not have delighted Wall Street but you can see its trajectory as an object lesson in business model pivots and what this means for customers."
cloud  platforms  -  infrastructure  and  architecture  outsourcing  professional  services 
april 2019 by jonerp
All change – Rob Enslin joins Google from SAP
"Rob Enslin joins Google - this is a big enterprise software landscape shake-up."
cloud  platforms  -  infrastructure  and  architecture 
april 2019 by jonerp
Event Report - Google Next 2019 - Google puts more arrows in the cloud quiver
"Digital Transformation and Verticals are added to the leitmotiv – Not surprisingly with Kurian there was the entry of the three-bullet slide – what matters are the new messages and since Google Next, they are Digital Transformation and Verticals. Both not brand new, from an influence perspective Digital Transformation is already a bit ‘tired’ but to be fair most enterprises have not been digitally transformed. Messaging needs to appeal to the bulk of existing and prospective customers, and this will likely work. Verticals are a new message, but something that the ‘As’ (how Google refers to Amazon and Azure) have woken up to as well. But Kurian brings a SaaS perspective: When I asked him if Google can win in Verticals without SaaS offerings – he smartly replied with the Media industry as an example where Google can play (and traditional ERP vendors have fallen short, as Kurian knows first hand from Oracle)."
cloud  constellation  research  futurist  google  platform  next  holger  mueller  iaas  nextgenapps  paas  trusted  advisor 
april 2019 by jonerp
Qualtrics and SAP’s new mission as a ‘system of action’ – exclusive interview
"In an exclusive interview Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith and SAP's Adaire Fox-Martin explain the software giant's new mission as a system of action for customers"
analytics  planning  and  data  analysis  cloud  erp  financials  supply  chain  crm  customer  experience  user  xaas 
april 2019 by jonerp
Enterprise hits and misses – cybersecurity leaks, privacy falters, and Google Cloud raises their enterprise bet
"This week, in a travel version of hits/misses - cybersecurity stats that startle, and privacy gaffes that irritate. Plus: Google Cloud ups their enterprise game - and analysts weigh in. Your whiffs include the triumph of fussy babies in flight.
cloud  platforms  -  infrastructure  and  architecture  data  privacy  diversity  hits  misses  security 
april 2019 by jonerp
The State Of Cloud Business Intelligence, 2019
"An all-time high 48% of organizations say cloud BI is either “critical” or “very important” to their operations in 2019. Organizations have more confidence in cloud BI than ever before, according to the study’s results. 2019 is seeing a sharp upturn in cloud BI’s importance, driven by the trust and credibility organizations have for accessing, analyzing and storing sensitive company data on cloud platforms running BI applications."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  trends  &  concepts  amazon  web  services  analytics  aws  intelligence  cloud  bi  analysis  forecast  for  2019  computing  louis  columbus 
april 2019 by jonerp
The CIO at Del Monte Foods, he says yes to IT cost savings from cloud migration
"Working with Accenture, the company moved 200 servers and a sizeable application footprint to the Amazon Web Services cloud in just four months."
cloud  platforms  -  infrastructure  and  architecture  digital  enterprise  in  the  real  world  use  cases 
april 2019 by jonerp
Nutanix and HPE partner to open up the hybrid cloud PaaS market – what to expect
"The combination of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud software and HPE’s GreenLake range of base applications services give both partners something to offer both their own and their new partner’s customers, and they stand to gain most from it in the way of greater choice."
cloud  platforms  -  infrastructure  and  architecture 
april 2019 by jonerp
How Google Cloud aims to stay relevant as AWS momentum plows on
"Kurt Marko offers his analysis of the announcements coming out of Google Cloud Next and the performance of new head honcho, Thomas Kurian."
cloud  platforms  -  infrastructure  and  architecture  crm  customer  experience  internet  of  things  iot  robotics  ai  machine  intelligence  productivity 
april 2019 by jonerp
Sustainability might not be sexy, but life depends on it
"That’s 5 million units a year, all which generate data, and all of which need energy and resources in their creation. Chris suggests that by 2030 most people will have 15 devices, all generating data because “everything computes at the edge and everywhere”. He’s seen research that suggests we will run out of gold by 2030. Yikes!"
trends  &  concepts  cloud  corporate  culture  edge  computing  future  hm19  hpe  hybrid  innovation  strategy  supply  chain  sustainability 
april 2019 by jonerp
Digital With Impact – Brian Sommer’s opus for the 21st century enterprise
"Brian Sommer's Digital With Impact is not a soft read. For many it might be a wakeup call, for others, it may be depressing. But for those ready to take action, it's a goldmine."
cloud  erp  financials  and  supply  chain  collaboration  sharing  digital  productivity  enterprise  in  the  real  world  transformation  -  frictionless  future  of  work 
april 2019 by jonerp
These 4 terms will kill your SaaS business
"Finally, “Seamless” (and sundry jargon). Seamless is ok if it’s about the customer experience but seamless for the most part is in the eye of the beholder. So make sure you can go the distance and that it is commercially worth it. Real time is another gem. Its great but it will crush your COGS, and I’ll bet you your favorite tipple that unless you’re building the next Bloomberg terminal, most of your customers use cases don’t require real time all the time. There are plenty of other clever sounding words that will crush speed. You get my drift."
management  saas  and  cloud  selling  go-to-market 
april 2019 by jonerp
Infor 3.0 is all about people and the future of work – an interview with CEO Charles Phillips
"I sit down with Infor CEO Charles Phillips to discuss how he’s tackling the next phase of Infor’s strategy, which places people at the centre of business systems."
cloud  erp  financials  and  supply  chain  platforms  -  infrastructure  architecture  collaboration  sharing  digital  productivity  crm  customer  experience  future  of  work  hcm  the 
april 2019 by jonerp
SuiteWorld19 – Oracle CEO Mark Hurd on moving NetSuite to the Oracle Cloud
"NetSuite is an important showcase for Oracle Cloud and its autonomous database, confirms Oracle CEO Mark Hurd at the vendor's SuiteWorld conference"
cloud  erp  financials  and  supply  chain  platforms  -  infrastructure  architecture 
april 2019 by jonerp
Oracle Cloud ERP: The Sleeping Giant?
"While nearly ever ERP vendor in the market is promoting “cloud” offerings to the point of exertion, many of the industry leaders including SAP S/4HANA and Microsoft Dynamics 365 are still struggling to migrate their full legacy functionality to the cloud. Oracle is no different in working to bring E-Business Suite capability into its cloud offering. However, where Oracle is stepping up their game is in the development and integration of emerging technologies into their ERP offering."
erp  software  selection  oracle  cloud  implementations  implementation  plan  and  budget  strategies  to  implement  better  successful 
april 2019 by jonerp
Accenture after Pierre – business as usual, with no pause button
"Accenture's long-standing CEO Pierre Nanterme passed away earlier this year, but it's a case of keep on keeping on for the firm."
analytics  planning  and  data  analysis  cloud  erp  financials  supply  chain  platforms  -  infrastructure  architecture  iot  robotics  ai  machine  intelligence  outsourcing 
march 2019 by jonerp
Progress Report - SAP Cloud Analyst Summit 2019 - Intelligent Suite and Moving to SAP Tech Stack
"Let’s focus on the good news first: The SAP Intelligent Suite messaging, unveiled at the very first meeting of this group one year ago – is still the true north for S/4HANA, C/4HANA and the sisters. It takes time to build product and keeping the vision and strategy the same is vital for delivering successful enterprise products. I may have missed the plans on the integration side. SAP is creating a distributed system landscape and this time owns the integration between these automation islands. At Sapphire 2018 executives were aware of owning this and committed to it. By now its time to see more specifics on how SAP wants to enable that integration for its customers."
ariba  c4hana  cloud  concur  constellation  research  fieldglass  hana  holger  mueller  hybris  nextgenerp  qualtrics  s4 
march 2019 by jonerp
The Best Cloud Computing Companies And CEOs To Work For In 2019 Based On Glassdoor
"Indexing the most interesting and fastest growing cloud computing companies by their Glassdoor scores and reputations is a great way to begin defining a long-term career growth strategy. One factor not quantified is how well of a fit an applicant is to company culture. Take every opportunity for in-person interviews, read Glassdoor ratings often and observe as much as possible about daily life in companies of interest to see if they are a good fit for your skills and strengths."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  trends  &  concepts  cloud  computing  jobs  cloudian  computer  reseller  news’  100  coolest  vendors  of  2019  fivetran  glassdoor  kony 
march 2019 by jonerp
Why Sportable Scoreboards moved to cloud ERP, and what they’ve learned about change – Oracle MBX ’19
"Sportable Scoreboards is not your typical Oracle customer, but they wouldn't have it any other way. At Oracle MBX/CX 2019, their team told me about their manufacturing niche, and why a move to Oracle Cloud Applications is core to their future growth."
cloud  erp  financials  and  supply  chain  platforms  -  infrastructure  architecture  digital  enterprise  in  the  real  world  manufacturing 
march 2019 by jonerp
Rimini Street opens up a new front with first public incursion into Salesforce territory
"The first win of a Salesforce client and the signing of the biggest deal to date, but also increased full-year losses."
cloud  platforms  -  infrastructure  and  architecture  crm  customer  experience 
march 2019 by jonerp
Serverless Challenges We Need to Overcome
"More broadly, there are two big challenges that are holding back the adoption of this new and emerging technology. The first is the lack of knowledge by the engineering teams and the second is the lack of supporting tools in the technology ecosystem, to help developers with everyday tasks. The first challenge can be addressed by the cloud vendors sharing knowledge and advice through developer advocates, and by the developer community sharing its knowledge and experience through publications, blogs, and community events."
cloud  services  serverless  contributed 
march 2019 by jonerp
SAP Nation 3.0 – Manifest Destiny, a review and conversation
"SAP Nation 3.0 - Manifest Destiny provides the kind of call to action for both customers and SAP that has been missing in recent years. As such it is a solid read with something for everyone."
cloud  erp  financials  and  supply  chain  crm  customer  experience 
march 2019 by jonerp
Ready for Everything-as-a-Service? 5 things you need to know
"What happens when servitization of products meets productization of services? Phil Wainewright meets FinancialForce CEO Tod Nielsen in the XaaS zone"
cloud  erp  financials  and  supply  chain  digital  transformation  -  frictionless  enterprise  professional  services  xaas 
march 2019 by jonerp
Exclusive – how JAAS Systems built a manufacturing vertical on Acumatica’s cloud ERP platform
"Some pundits are skeptical about partners building cloud ERP verticals. JAAS Systems could care less - these days, they're the official manufacturing edition for Acumatica cloud ERP. Here's why JAAS bet on Acumatica, and cloud manufacturing."
cloud  erp  financials  and  supply  chain  platforms  -  infrastructure  architecture  digital  skills  training  the  new  professional  it  as  a  service  manufacturing 
march 2019 by jonerp
Why Empathy in Open Source Matters More Than You Think
"Willingness to build empathy into your processes can have enormous, real-world consequences. I recently heard a fantastic talk by Nickolas Means about the Three Mile Island disaster. Most of the popular analyses of the incident trace the root cause to “human error” and stop there. But here’s the thing: chalking things up to human error is lazy. It’s much harder, and more insightful, to prod further at why those human errors occurred."
cloud  native  culture  devops  sponsored 
march 2019 by jonerp
MariaDB CEO on the open source enterprise – we can bridge the gap between bare metal and microservices
"The MariaDB OpenWorks show brought a flurry of news and open source drama. During my talk with MariaDB CEO Michael Howard, I asked him about an underreported storyline: MariaDB's commitment to Kubernetes and microservices."
cloud  platforms  -  infrastructure  and  architecture  devops  nosql  the  open  source  stack 
march 2019 by jonerp
The coming Enterprise Software Hurricane
"In the book, I point out that “tilting the bell curve of customers” to move Bystanders into the Risk Taker and Modernizer categories is SAP’s big short term opportunity. The book has several ideas for SAP to do so. Other on-prem vendors have similar opportunities in their own customer bases. And, whoever does it quickly in their customer base will also have a shot at attracting Risk-takers and Modernizers from other on-prem competitors. However, as these vendors introduce new offerings and messages, SaaS, TPM and other vendors won’t stand still – they will update their own offerings to remain competitive."
featured  posts  technology  software  cloud  computing  enterprise  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  saas  sap 
february 2019 by jonerp
Taming the multi-cloud monster – organic adoption vs. bureaucratic control
"Balancing the need for cloud controls and management with the convenience, speed and dynamism that drew users to cloud services in the first place."
cloud  platforms  -  infrastructure  and  architecture 
february 2019 by jonerp
NetSuite report at NRF
"This data clearly shows that personalization is a hard thing to get right. But maybe we’re trying too hard. A few years ago, an article in Harvard Business Review, “Stop Trying to Delight Your Customers,” by Matthew Dixon, Karen Freeman, and Nicolas Toman, said, “…[customer] loyalty has a lot more to do with how well companies deliver on their basic, even plain-vanilla promises than on how dazzling the service experience might be.” Quite right. Attempting to dazzle with service people or bots can backfire."
business  cloud  computing 
february 2019 by jonerp
Speed as a competitive edge – how Fabuwood Cabinetry uses modern ERP as a data platform
"You wouldn't think getting an edge in quality kitchen cabinetry is about speed. Or that ERP success is about becoming a customer-facing data platform. But as I learned from Acumatica customer of the year Fabuwood, both are achievable."
cloud  erp  financials  and  supply  chain  retail  e-commerce  the  omni-channel  use  cases  manufacturing 
february 2019 by jonerp
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