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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 
25 days ago 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 
29 days ago by jonerp
Lessons from a Microsoft Dynamics 365 Failure
"In this D365 case study of what not to do, the client’s reseller wasn’t working from a project plan. Clear roles and responsibilities for internal and external resources were never defined or documented. There was no risk register, issues log, or decision criteria. And the client had very little insight into project spend (as the integrator was behind invoicing them), nor did they have a clear understanding of how the estimated costs were trending.

Although this may all sound like basic blocking in tacking, it was missing from this project. And in this case, the integrator wasn’t providing any direction or guidance to their customer."
microsoft  dynamics  365  implementations  implementation  readiness  system  integrator  upgrading  to 
6 weeks ago by jonerp
Is Microsoft’s reality for AI really that different?
"This is an inherently challenging area – especially for a vendor with the history of Microsoft. It is welcome that such a powerful technology company is considering the potential pitfalls and possible solutions to these ethical questions. But it runs the risk of Microsoft being seen to be forcing its own West Coast morality and ethics on the rest of the world. In fact, the company is already experiencing the challenges of ethics itself with some employees wanting to stop providing AI services to the US military. This highlights how what’s right or wrong is very subjective and an area where any corporate should tread carefully."
blogs  ai  azure  ethics  google  government  ibm  industry  microsoft  ruur  society  xiaoice 
8 weeks ago by jonerp
Google Getting Serious about Enterprise IT
"This just in: Google has just announced hiring of Rob Enslin as President of Global Customer Operations for its Google Cloud unit.

Why is this a big deal? Because Enslin only in the past month announced his departure from SAP, where he spent 27 years and was most recently in charge of SAP's entire cloud portfolio. He was also a member of SAP's executive board."
amazon  google  microsoft  oracle  sap 
8 weeks ago by jonerp
The Trojan Horse Approach to Organizational Change Management
"Too many organizational change consultants put themselves into a change management box and don’t know how to effectively relate to the other components of digital transformation. They simply get their PROSCI certification, manage activities around “communications,” “awareness,” and other nebulous things, but fail to integrate change into the organization.

Worse yet, these change consultants fail to understand business operations, supply chains, industry trends, company strategies, and other components of integrated change."
digital  strategy  organizational  change  management  common  myths  transformation  managing  microsoft  dynamics  expert  witness  sap  failure  at  lidl 
10 weeks ago by jonerp
5 Ways To Demystify Zero Trust Security
"To Chase Cunningham’s point, more customer use cases need to be created, and thankfully that’s on his research agenda. Starting the conversation with each vendor visited by asking for their definition of Zero Trust either led to a debate of whether Zero Trust was needed in the industry or how their existing architecture could morph to fit the framework. Booth staffs at the following companies deserve to be commended for how much they know about their customers’ success with Zero Trust: Akamai, Centrify, Cisco, Microsoft, MobileIron, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec, and Trend Micro."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  trends  &  concepts  akamai  capgemini  centrify  cisco  ledios  cyber  louis  columbus'  blog  microsoft 
12 weeks ago by jonerp
Risks of Microsoft Dynamics 365 System Integrators
"Choosing a technical system integrator is an important decision for any digital transformation. But the risks of Microsoft Dynamics 365 system integrators are even greater than for other ERP solutions.

While SAP, Oracle, and other ERP vendors have tightly controlled their ecosystems, Microsoft Dynamics has traditionally taken a hands-off approach to their system integrators. This has led to a high degree of variation in the market and almost too many options to choose from. This can make it difficult for many organizations to select the best Dynamics 365 system integrator."
microsoft  dynamics  365  implementations  implementation  system  integrator  vs.  netsuite  expert  witness  sap  s4hana  upgrading  to 
12 weeks ago 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
Polishing brand ERP
"As an industry, we have implemented or upgraded ERP software tens of millions of times. It is absurd that we tolerate the failure rates and cost overruns that has become synonymous with ERP. Every aspect of ERP was a reason to gouge – close to 100% gross margins on software, ridiculous MPLS circuit and storage pricing, you name it. Offshore vendors who could show CMM Level 5 continuous improvements suddenly forgot that discipline when it came to ERP support. Much of what is delivered by SIs and outsourcers can and should be automated – see several ideas here"
featured  posts  technology  software  accenture  eds)  enterprise  (ibm  (other  vendors)  microsoft  offshoring  oracle  outsourcing  sap 
february 2019 by jonerp
News Analysis - Adobe, Microsoft and SAP announce the Open Data Initiative to empower a new generation of customer experiences - Good idea, good start...
"MyPOV – This has been the 20+ year promise of every CRM vendor – always desired – seldom achieved. But vendors traditionally only have taken an exclusive to their offering’s stance – which of course does not reflect enterprise reality, which spans multiple vendors… and left it to the enterprise to implement this use case.
adobe  cloud  constellation  research  crm  customer  success  holger  mueller  ignite  microsoft  nextgen  apps  sap 
september 2018 by jonerp
Oracles streak of missed opportunities
"But even within its peer group, Oracle has missed out on several opportunities. It took way too long to deliver Fusion. Even then, it could have stalled growth at Workday, Salesforce, Adobe and other cloud vendors. It could have delivered a knockout punch to SAP starting around 2010 with its early start with Fusion and its many cloud acquisitions. It could have taken several of its vertical industry capabilities to the cloud and gone after SAP in those markets. It did not and SAP with S/4 and its own cloud acquisitions has weathered the storm."
business  featured  posts  enterprise  software  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  sap 
september 2018 by jonerp
What is the Difference Between an Application and a Platform and Why it Matters?
"Unfortunately, there are a number of reasons why SaaS vendors struggle to make the transition to platform vendors. First, it time-consuming and resource intensive. While investing in a platform and its associated services open up an opportunity to clean up technical debt, fixing architectural issues “under the covers” are typically less exciting that new features that generate more excitement from customers, partners and analysts."
featured  posts  technology  software  aws  cloud  computing  microsoft  azure  platform-thinking  saas 
september 2018 by jonerp
Nothing permanent about Oracle-Rimini
"But…..Oracle could have solved this years ago by offering a similar service. Most Rimini customers I talk to were not just attracted by the lower price (they had to balance the viability risk that came with a small vendor being sued). They did like the fact that Rimini supports their customizations. They love the fact that their ticket volumes have GONE UP. Yes, they got tired of raising tickets with Oracle (or SAP) because they tell me they rarely got resolved so they quit raising them. They like the dedicated rep model they get with Rimini. Oracle usually tells them the quality of their product is more secure, more trusted etc. It was a quality of service, as much as product and an economic decision for many customers."
featured  posts  technology  software  enterprise  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  sap 
august 2018 by jonerp
Tis the season for software lawsuits
"I want to see how Teradata attorneys can succinctly explain arcane optimization algorithms to a jury. Also how they refute SAP’s considerable prior art when it comes to analytics – their three tier architecture in R/3 which allowed it to support multiple databases and understand how users access certain fields more than others , Business Warehouse going back to 1997, its Business Objects acquisition in 2007 and its Sybase acquisition in 2010 and many other elements. In The New Polymath, in 2010 I had written about work at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Pottsdam which I believe was the genesis for what became HANA. Not saying one side has more merit than the other, but it will mean looking at a lot of documentation to say who developed what and when before the other did."
business  featured  posts  cloud  computing  enterprise  software  (ibm  industry  commentary  microsoft  oracle  saas  sap 
august 2018 by jonerp
The cloud continues to grow in leaps and bounds, but it’s still AWS’s world
"That is not to say that Microsoft and Google are not growing too. In fact, Canalys had Microsoft growing at an 89 percent clip last quarter while Google grew an amazing 108 percent. It’s always important to point out that it’s easier to grow from a small number to a bigger number than it is to grow from a big number to a bigger number. Yet AWS continues to defy that idea and grow anyway, although not quite at the rate of its competitors."
cloud  alibaba  amazon  canalys  marketshare  google  microsoft  synergy  research 
july 2018 by jonerp
Oracle could be feeling cloud transition growing pains
"“Generally speaking, when a company chooses to reduce the amount of financial detail it shares on its key strategic initiatives, that is not a good sign. I think one of the justifications put forward is that is becoming difficult to differentiate between cloud and non-cloud revenues. If that is indeed what Oracle is claiming, I have a hard time buying into that argument. Its competitors are all moving in the opposite direction,” he said."
cloud  amazon  aws  marketshare  microsoft  oracle  synergy  research 
june 2018 by jonerp
I hope SAP dreams biggermuch bigger
"It will continue to do ok with that approach. But I hope SAP starts to dream bigger. It has a new cadre of executives, many from its acquisitions, that are ambitious and driven. It has a customer base which has largely stayed loyal in spite of a number of unforced errors SAP has made."
business  featured  posts  enterprise  software  microsoft  oracle  sap  sapphirenow 
june 2018 by jonerp
Event Report - Microsoft Build 2018 - AI, IoT and bringing it together
"We had the opportunity to attend Microsoft’s developer conference Build, held from May 7th till 9th 2018 at the Seattle Convention Center in Seattle. Attendance with over 7k attendees, and a large global representation of the press colleagues makes this one of the best attended events from an influencer perspective."
ai  azure  build  cloud  constellation  research  developers  future  of  work  holger  mueller  iot  microsoft  ml  nextgen  apps 
may 2018 by jonerp
NetSuite on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure: What It Means for Customers
"But now, at NetSuite’s customer conference last month, NetSuite has announced its plans to migrate its application suite to OCI.

The fact that Oracle now owns NetSuite does not take away from the significance of this announcement. Although NetSuite has always been built on Oracle’s database, it has only been using the database for physical storage. (Salesforce takes a similar approach.) NetSuite built all of its administration and provisioning tools, including multitenant management, on top of the database. Although Oracle is currently in process of moving its Fusion customers to OCI, the move by NetSuite is a much larger workload—with tens of thousands of customer instances to migrate. If NetSuite and Oracle can accomplish this migration—and NetSuite executives repeatedly assured us that it will—it will be a major proof case establishing OCI as a platform for cloud ISVs."
crm  selection  erp  it  infrastructure  amazon  aws  azure  cloud  iaas  microsoft  netsuite  oracle 
may 2018 by jonerp
Yawn: Amazon cloud business just keeps rolling along
"A technology highlight at SuiteWorld 2018 is the introduction of machine intelligence to the NetSuite midmarket ERP platform for real-world use cases"
cloud  earnings  amazon  aws  azure  marketshare  google  platform  microsoft 
april 2018 by jonerp
SAP: Past, Present and Future
"I was very encouraged that most of the conversations were focused on process, industry and geography. This used to be SAP’s strength and it is good to hear Board members and a new generation of executives who lead its cloud properties like hybris and Ariba talk fluently about trends in talent management, shop floor, customer facing areas and be able to bring in nuances from different verticals and global regions. Every so often the company gets consumed with platforms and tools like NetWeaver and HANA and forgets it is an application software vendor. There was mandatory technology talk and buzzwords in this session but I felt good about SAP’s present and future after spending time with these executives."
business  enterprise  software  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  sap 
april 2018 by jonerp
SaaS Matters: Key Caveats for SaaS Contracting
"In these cases, enterprises should challenge their various SaaS vendors to include the ability to scale up and down as needed during the term of the Cloud subscription agreements. That means, as usage decreases, SaaS vendors should provide the customer the ability to reduce the commitment to align with actual need at that point in the term, with a corresponding reduction of the fees or a credit towards future usage."
cloud  contract  negotiations  uncategorized  agreements  microsoft  on-premise  oracle  saas  salesforce  sap  servicenow  workday 
april 2018 by jonerp
SAPs new ERP pricing model: Quick analysis
" In addition to Trust, I wish this team had also been given Realism as a target. As I pointed out in my recent note on Uptake, value in software has been moving away from transaction processing to intelligence and analytics. Not sure the exchange/conversion values reflect the fact that ERP functionality pricing should have steadily declined over the last few decades. In a world where machines are doing more of the work at the front end of so many processes, improving quality of data etc. why should you continue to pay for (often duplicative) work by your ERP system at the back end of that process at the same rate you did a while ago?"
featured  posts  technology  software  enterprise  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  sap 
april 2018 by jonerp
Musings - Why splitting Windows is Nadella's first major mistake
"Platform Morphing beats Platform Abandonment. You don’t split a platform, even when it is old. You renovate it (see e.g. IBM with Z/OS), you re-platform it (see Microsoft with Windows 10), you innovate (see Apple OS X) or you morph it to where it needs to be and where to evolve towards. Nadella is right that in the very long run, the PC is dead. And certainly, the cloud and the edge are showing more growth. But the industry has not come up with an alternative to the PC - yet. You can call the Chromebooks something else than a PC, but the form factor, connectivity is practically the same device. This is where Windows may have to morph, to maybe a browser based OS, and Microsoft has very much the assets (and the ambition) in play with Edge. And a micro Edge browser could very well work on the IoT edge. Wait – we have even have a perfect branding head line – Microsoft Edge for the IoT Edge – with all the good Windows DNA should that IoT edge platform need to get a little more beefier. Wait there is also Windows Server… so morph, position… even “embrace and extend” – remember that? Why no more in 2018?"
android  constellation  research  future  of  work  futurist  holger  mueller  ios  microsoft  nextgen  apps  platform  windows 
april 2018 by jonerp
For Satya Nadella, Business is Personal - by @dealarchitect
"Secondly, there are lots of details about the personal imprint he is putting on Microsoft including pushing for the Windows 10 launch in Kenya – such a contrast to the massive Rolling Stones Windows 95 launch in a previous generation. He is particularly impressive when he talks about his approach to partnerships and acquisitions – his outreach to Apple, Google and Salesforce among others. How he mended frayed relations with Samsung and Yahoo. How he recruited Peggy Johnson from Qualcomm to help make “Silicon Valley our best friend”. How he crafted acquisitions as diverse as LinkedIn and Minecraft."
trends  &  concepts  microsoft  oracle 
march 2018 by jonerp
Microsoft PowerApps and Citizen Code - by @dealarchitect
"Mohammad, a pharmacist by training, considers himself a “tech enthusiast” – in the past he taught himself how to use Microsoft Access, then discovered and began using PowerApps, Flow, Power BI and the Common Data Service. Leveraging these tools, and learning through videos and help on the community forums, he built a solution combining all the Business Application Platform products."
featured  posts  technology  software  enterprise  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  sap 
february 2018 by jonerp
Microsoft Business Applications Analyst Forum – a scorecard - by @dealarchitect
"The event was very well paced and covered wide ground with slides, panels and demos. From a business process perspective, CRM dominated especially with recent moves with LinkedIn and partnering with Adobe. That was understandable because the audience was heavily skewed towards CRM analysts."
business  featured  posts  cloud  computing  enterprise  software  (ibm  industry  commentary  microsoft  oracle  saas  sap 
february 2018 by jonerp
Progress Report - Microsoft wants to enable the digital feedback loop with its Biz Apps and more - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, Microsoft is late to the ERP suite game. It certainly has put the leadership team in place, now it comes to delivering. 2018 already saw the ERP market leader announce an on premises product, a key lesson learnt that when you don’t develop fast enough, customers will dictate the platform."
azure  cloud  crm  erp  hcm  holger  mueller  iaas  microsoft  nextgen  nextgenapps  nextgenerp  paas 
february 2018 by jonerp
Greening the Cloud: Comparing the Renewable Energy Credentials of the Hyperscale Providers - by @fintanr
"Most large enterprises will struggle both to run data centers as efficiently as the hyperscale providers and to leverage their data centers to influence public policy or the make-up of power grids.

If there are green criteria to your projects, considering one of the hyperscale providers will serve you well."
aws  business  cio  cloud  cto  data  featured-data  google  infrastructure  microsoft  sustainability 
february 2018 by jonerp
Enterprise Software Platforms have underperformed - by @dealarchitect
"My relative disappointment with enterprise platforms is one reason I was one of the few analysts who was not clamoring for Workday to open up its own platform. It did last year and I hope they set ambitious goals for partners who develop on its platform – make sure they are well funded, go after massive and underserved markets across verticals and geographies."
featured  posts  technology  software  cloud  computing  enterprise  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  saas  sap 
january 2018 by jonerp
SAP: When you come to a fork in the road, Take it! - by @dealarchitect
"Even though its cloud acquisitions – SuccessFactors, Ariba, hybris, Concur etc – were not cheap, they have helped keep SAP competitive on this side of the pond. With what we have seen in the first couple of years of S/4HANA the ship is tilting back to the on-premise world. Oh sure it promises three options – public cloud, private cloud or on-premise but the public cloud option is a tiny portion of the deployments."
featured  posts  technology  software  cloud  computing  enterprise  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  saas  sap 
january 2018 by jonerp
Oracle Database: Solid for Now - by @dealarchitect
"When I talk to corporate buyers, I get a similar vibe of “little love” for Oracle. They constantly evaluate open-source, NoSQL, HANA and other options. But the talent, systems management tools and other “bag of tricks” they have invested in to tune the database, recover from downtime etc. keep them grounded. Having said that Oracle sometimes misreads continued commitment to the database as customer loyalty."
technology  software  enterprise  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  sap 
january 2018 by jonerp
Microsoft makes Azure Bot Service generally available for developers - by @ron_miller
"Microsoft introduced the Azure Bot Framework more than two years ago and companies have been building chatbots for a variety of scenarios ever since. Today, the company made generally available the Microsoft Azure Bot Service and Microsoft Cognitive Language Understanding service (known as LUIS)."
artificial  intelligence  cloud  developer  enterprise  tc  microsoft  azure  chatbots  conversational  ai 
december 2017 by jonerp
Dont write off SAP yet - by @dealarchitect
"Not sure why it feels the need to exaggerate progress on S/4. In SAP Nation 2.0 I profiled progress of several next-gen products and I wrote “As we have seen earlier with Oracle, Microsoft and JD Edwards, a next-gen product takes years of development and maturation. Migrating a legacy customer base takes even longer. Those are just the laws of physics. SAP may be able to bend them slightly with S/4, but will likely not be able to break them.”
business  featured  posts  enterprise  software  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  sap 
november 2017 by jonerp
News Analysis - Microsoft and SAP join forces to give customers a trusted path to digital transformation in the cloud - by @holgermu
"
MyPOV – No surprise – Microsoft and SAP will drink their own champagne and use each other products / services… the emphasis on clear roadmap maybe some self-reflection on the fact that there has not been too much roadmap traction in the past 18 months. Good to see co-created and supported offerings and services – that’s what prospects and customers expect from both vendors when they partner."
azure  cloud  constellation  research  holger  mueller  iaas  microsoft  nextgen  apps  paas  partnership  s4  hana  saas 
november 2017 by jonerp
Microsoft’s period of congenial cooperation could be over - by @ron_miller
"A couple of years ago while a guest of Marc Benioff onstage at Salesforce’s Dreamforce customer conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said something that seemed to signal a new period of amicable cooperation for his company. Several pieces of evidence seem to suggest that the period of friendly cooperation that was in full bloom in 2015 could be over, and not just with Salesforce."
cloud  enterprise  tc  microsoft  satya  nadella  coopetition  partnerships 
november 2017 by jonerp
Salesforce and Google are the latest pals in the cloud - by @ron_miller
"Salesforce and Google inked a deal today that could provide easier integration between Salesforce tools and Google’s G Suite and Google Analytics. It also named Google as a preferred cloud provider for its core services as part of its international infrastructure expansion."
cloud  enterprise  tc  salesforce  google  platform  partnerships  microsoft  g  suite  google-analytics  dreamforce  2017 
november 2017 by jonerp
Microsoft and AWS could be the strangest cloud bedfellows yet - by @ron_millerr
"Hell did not freeze over, but something remarkable has happened: Microsoft and AWS announced they are working on a project together. Project Gluon is an open-source, deep learning project for building, deploying and managing machine learning models."
cloud  tc  microsoft  aws  salesforce  machine  learning  project  gluon 
october 2017 by jonerp
The Era of Microsoft on Windows-Only Is Over – OMG - by @merv
"The momentum is clear. Gartner Software Market numbers show that Microsoft passed IBM in total DBMS revenues in 2014 and is now second only to Oracle. In 2016 overall DBMS revenues grew at 7.7 percent and Microsoft grew at 10.3 percent, strengthening its #2 position, while Oracle grew 3.3 percent – off a much larger base that includes the Linux workloads Microsoft did not compete for."
data  warehouse  gartner  ibm  industry  trends  microsoft  opdbms  operational  dbms  oracle  rdbms  sap  sql  server 
september 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - Microsoft Ignite / Envision 2017 - Broad push - few highlights - by @holgermu
"On the concern side Microsoft took an even more notable timeout on the Hololens side. And despite making key announcements that matter to customers (for instance support for Kubernetes, Tensorflow, CloudFoundry), these partnerships were all mentioned in the keynotes but not shown in demos (I may have missed them) or announced in roadmaps. Instead a lot of innovation on Docker came to light, e.g. SQL Server 2017 can run in… a Docker container. The biggest challenge enterprises have with Microsoft is the absence of a holistic PaaS strategy."
azure  constellation  research  dynamics  future  of  work  futurist  holger  mueller  iaas  microsoft  nextgen  apps  paas  sql  server  trusted  advisor 
september 2017 by jonerp
SuccessConnect- a higher calling? - by @dealarchitect
"What was less on display was the software. The sessions were long on slides and words, less on demos. Given that it was my first SuccessConnect, I asked a few “regulars” – analysts who come to the event every year. To a person, they used the word “transition”. SuccessFactors is being transitioned to leverage SAP’s assets."
featured  posts  technology  software  cloud  computing  enterprise  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  saas  sap 
september 2017 by jonerp
Pivotal Container Service – A Quick Analysis - by @krishnan
"One way to compete is to highlight the technical strength of CloudFoundry platform against Kubernetes and find a way to sell into enterprise accounts. But the momentum in Kubernetes is too strong for Pivotal to spend their sales cycles fighting Kubernetes. A smarter move is to support Kubernetes and add a layer of abstraction to hide its complexities. This is exactly what Pivotal is trying to achieve with this announcement. The key thing to notice here is BOSH as the glue to Kubernetes world (more about it later)."
infrastructure  platforms  amazon  aws  azure  bosh  containers  google  cloud  google+  kubernetes  microsoft  openshift 
august 2017 by jonerp
Microsoft warns of new tech support scam approach
"The new email campaigns use reputable brands to trick users. Microsoft has published some of the emails it has captured. These appear to come from big brands such as Alibaba, Amazon and LinkedIn. They all contain links that if examined are not to the sites they claim to be from. The reason these emails succeed is that people often take the email at face value, trust the brand and just click on the link without thinking about it."
homepage  slider  latest  news  security  cyber  email  linkedin  malware  microsoft  exchange  office  365  outlook  scammers 
august 2017 by jonerp
Enterprise Artificial Intelligence Is about the Big Picture and the Little Things
"The first gathering of London’s new AI and Machine Learning in Enterprise Applications Meetup wasn’t too fussed with this war of tech giants. Microsoft’s Global Strategist Nigel Willson came to reveal the signs of oncoming AI, and then KPMG’s Chief Technology Officer Priti Padhy was all about how to apply it to the enterprise space. Today we’re going to cover what they see as currently available to us and how enterprises are going to take advantage of it. It’s a lot more practical and a lot less sci-fi than you think."
analysis  technology  top  stories  ai  and  machine  learning  in  enterprise  applications  meetup  artificial  intelligence  cognitive  computing  kpmg  microsoft  pix  video  indexer 
august 2017 by jonerp
When will artificial intelligence replace editors? - by @jbernoff
"Not any time soon. Computers are getting much better at identifying writing problems — passive voice, excessive adverbs, misspelled words, the wrong form of “its.” They’re not so good at suggesting answers. And they’re a long way from understanding conceptual and structural issues."
about  jacob  brogan  microsoft  word  slate 
august 2017 by jonerp
Summer 2017 News Analysis - Microsoft makes Azure Stack available - by @holgermu
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Why it matters: Despite the trend to cloud there are still many enterprises that have to operate enterprise automation on premises. Look at the number of SAP customers opting to run S/4HANA on premises. Microsoft now offers a path for them to run Azure similar / identical products – and build and move applications and load to an Azure like on premises stack – with the option to move it later. And there are plenty of motivated hardware vendors that want to sell more servers to customers for their local data centers (Cisco, Dell, HP etc etc.)"
azure  cloud  constellation  research  dell  futurist  holger  mueller  hp  microsoft  nextgen  apps  on  premise  partners  trusted  advisor 
august 2017 by jonerp
Microsoft’s Monopoly Hangover - by @benthompson
"This is why I don’t give Ballmer too much credit for Office 365 and Azure: the products of Microsoft’s future were there, but the Windows-centric business model was constricting every part of the company to an ever-shrinking share of the overall market; Nadella’s greatest success has been taking off that straitjacket."
articles  business  models  cloud  computing  culture  differentiation  enterprise  evolution  of  ibm  incentives  making  money  microsoft  product  management 
july 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - July 2017 Microsoft London AI Event - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, Microsoft has to find a match to the uptake in mindshare and real-world AI deployments that Google’s Tensorflow is seeing, if not Tensorflow will be the Kubernetes of 2017 – a Google launched open source offering that dominates an important aspect of the cloud infrastructure. And one can argue that Tensorflow is even bigger stakes than Kubernetes, as it not only dominates the AI / Machine Learning equation, but due to data gravity pulls along substantial data storage and processing load. Not to mention the model training and execution loads."
ai  bigdata  cloud  constellation  research  futurist  holger  mueller  iaas  machine  learning  microsoft  nextgen  apps  nextgenapps  r&d 
july 2017 by jonerp
The Hidden Biases that Can Lurk in Artificial Intelligence Systems
"Artificial intelligence and “automated decision-making” systems are being implemented in many crucial real-world settings, cutting humans out of the decisions that these systems are making. But how sure are we that the decisions they arrive at are fundamentally correct?

Researchers are finding a startling number cases of human bias that have crept into AI models and decision-making algorithms, which in turn can unwittingly lead to discriminatory practices on the part of companies and governments deploying these systems."
analysis  culture  technology  top  stories  ai  now  american  civil  liberties  union  artificial  intelligence  development  diversity  fivethirtyeight  google  microsoft 
july 2017 by jonerp
SAP Leonardo: The dawn of intelligent applications - by @dealarchitect
"I think SAP is at a crossroads – it needs to get serious about modernizing its industry solutions (think of what in-memory computing can do to turbocharge many of those transaction intensive solutions and how much the processes need to be updated for the new world of AI, robotics and other automation) and it needs to focus Leonardo and its ecosystem on product and revenue-centric processes at its customers."
featured  posts  technology  software  microsoft  oracle  sap  leonardo 
july 2017 by jonerp
Understanding the Long-term Leap to the Cloud
"Cloud vendors are not offering the compelling discounting levels they offered on the initial investments when it comes to additional solutions. Some cloud vendors quickly “disremember” the discounting provided to early adopters and treat each order form independently from the others. This means that the additional solutions executed in the separate order forms could be well below market (e.g., off by 15-30%) when compared to the discounting received on your initial investment."
cloud  erp  program  management  ibm  it  sourcing  microsoft  oracle  salesforce.com  sap  licensing  negotiation  on-premise 
july 2017 by jonerp
IBM Ends Hadoop Distribution, Hortonworks Expands Hybrid Open Source - by @merv
"IBM has followed Intel and EMC/Pivotal in abandoning efforts to make a business of Hadoop distributions, and followed Microsoft in making Hortonworks its supplying partner."
apache  atlas  hadoop  hive  impala  big  data  cloudera  gartner  hortonworks  ibm  biginsights  microsoft 
june 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - Cloud Foundry CF Summit 2017 - Microsoft joins the kingdom - by @holgermu
"Microsoft joins the kingdom, SAP makes mark – Last year I referred to Cloud Foundry as the ‘King of PaaS’ – due to the lack of competition, most prominently in regards of the platform’s uptake by industry players that in another era would have built their own platform. And certainly not adopted an open source project. So, along the analogy, Cloud Foundry sees Microsoft joining the kingdom. While all partners are important, Microsoft is almost the last data point (Oracle is the last major player still standing out – formally) to join. Microsoft is a key win for CloudFoundry due to the vendor’s long history as development tool, platform product vendor and of course as owner of the Windows franchise. It also helps Microsoft as it gives its customers a (lower level) PaaS as go to location. Coupled with the expanded SAP presence and keynote by CTO Goerke it gives CloudFoundry more chops, most importantly adding two more cloud platforms with Azure and the SAP Cloud."
cloud  foundry  constellation  research  futurist  holger  mueller  iaas  ibm  microsoft  nextgen  apps  paas  sap  trusted  advisor 
june 2017 by jonerp
Enterprise Cross-currents observations from this years event season - by @dealarchitect
"We have way too many new-age software products with core finance capabilities or those offering support for services businesses and hardly any for all variety of “books of record” for other industries. Utility billing, retail merchandising, electronic medical records in healthcare, travel reservation engines and countless others have been ignored by most software vendors as they develop their next-gen products."
featured  posts  technology  software  cloud  computing  erp  industry  commentary  microsoft  oracle  saas 
may 2017 by jonerp
SapphireNow – is SAP poised to lead the industry again? - by @dealarchitect
"I also did not like Plattner announcing in his keynote S/4 is “basically done” or the fact that he said some bloggers had confirmed to him he was correct. Not this blogger – to me S/4 is where R/3 was in 1995. As we saw over the next decade, SAP (and other ERP) vendors had to expand functionality in CRM, SCM, EAM, BI and many other categories. SAP also had to launch a wide range of IS, industry solutions."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  analytics  big  data  cloud  computing  enterprise  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  saas  sap 
may 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - Microsoft Build 2017 - Good Housekeeping, laying foundation, deliver on vision - by @holgermu
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On the concern side, there are only few things at the moment. Microsoft must clarify usage (and potential pricing as it consumes resources to use it) to the developer and ISV community. Biggest concern is probably Hololens, which was unusually quiet for a Build conference. Tacitly admitting that there is a lower end space for VR is one way as an indicator. I am sure the strategists in Redmond would have planned to have the Hololens for holiday shopping season 2017. Now it’s a partner strategy – but a fundamentally different experience – it is 100% VR – not mixed reality. And that middle of the road Windows 10 PCs can run this is a sign for a volume and low-price strategy – quite the opposite where the Hololens is these days. I think we will learn sooner or later more."
build  cloud  constellation  research  future  of  work  futurist  holger  mueller  hololens  iaas  microsoft  mysql  nextgenapps  office 
may 2017 by jonerp
The Linux Foundation and Its Critics
"Yet although Garrett’s criticisms were largely unsupported, they were repeated uncritically, including on the popular FOSS Force site, under the headline “Linux Foundation sells out.” The article attracted another series of criticisms altogether: that the Foundation had no interest in desktop Linux and was no more than “another corporate power play,” and that the community needed to fight the “hypocrisy” of corporations and ensure that they never controlled the direction of open source development."
analysis  culture  op-ed  top  stories  core  infrastructure  initiative  linux  foundation  technical  advisory  board  microsoft  open  source  communities  software  freedom  conservancy  tech 
may 2017 by jonerp
That giant sucking sound? Hadoop moving into the cloud - by @monkchips
"Even in the cloud though it promises elastic scalability, capacity planning is an issue – what happens when your Hadoop cluster grows out of the sizing you have set up on AWS Cloud? Hadoop and associated tooling carries a fairly significant management overhead. While the distribution players can mitigate these issues to some extent, the alternative is managed serviced from AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP."
featured  posts  technology  software  aws  azure  big  data  bigquery  bigtable  gcp  google  hadoop  microsoft 
may 2017 by jonerp
Software Vendor Implementation Services Not Always Best Choice - by @fscavo
"Choosing the wrong system will lead to almost certain failure. But choosing the wrong implementation team can also kill project success, even if it is with the right system. And, interestingly, many times your software vendor's professional services team is not the best choice. This post outlines the reasons why."
erp  selection  implementation  consultants  microsoft  dynamics  netsuite  oracle 
may 2017 by jonerp
Microsoft Puts AI Where the Data Is
While the machine learning and artificial intelligence landscape is far more complicated than the database market, if Microsoft can turn SQL Server into a platform where enterprises can work with machine learning and AI from the comfort of their own database systems, where they have familiar controls and development tools, then AI and ML may truly find a home in tomorrow’s enterprise.
technology  top  stories  artificial  intelligence  big  data  deep  learning  documentdb  hadoop  machine  microsoft  r  server 
april 2017 by jonerp
Ajit Pai can’t convince websites that killing net neutrality is a good idea
"The plan to eliminate net neutrality rules and replace them with voluntary commitments is not winning over lobbyists for major Internet companies."
law  &  disorder  ministry  of  innovation  ajit  pai  amazon  facebook  fcc  google  microsoft  net  neutrality  netflix 
april 2017 by jonerp
Down Report – Power failure takes Azure services down - 3 Cloud Load Toads - by @holgermu
"Good summary of what happened, a power failure / power event. Good to see that customers were notified. Power events can always be tricky to recover, and it looks like Azure management erred on the side of caution bringing up services rack by rack and then adding services like SLB later. But the downtime for affected customers was long, best case – when in the first 25% of racks was almost four hours, and worst case 10 hours+. Remarkable it took Azure technicians 2 hours 20 or so minutes to get the power back."
azure  cloud  constellation  research  down  report  holger  mueller  iaas  microsoft  nextgen  apps  nextgenapps  power 
march 2017 by jonerp
Microsoft’s 2Q17: cloud growth slows, Windows surprising, Surface resilient
"As ever, Microsoft also offered alternative figures that book Windows 10 revenue up front instead of amortized over several years, and which hold exchange rates constant to remove the impact of rate fluctuations year-on-year (which gives some indication of year-to-year changes in actual sales transactions, if not of money in the bank). Using that regime for both this year and last, revenue was up 4 percent at $26.1 billion, operating income was up 8 percent at $8.2 billion, net income up was up 10 percent at $6.5 billion, end earnings per share were up 13 percent at $0.83."
ministry  of  innovation  technology  lab  cloud  finances  microsoft 
january 2017 by jonerp
New Customer-Facing Systems Extend the Reach of Small, Midsize Businesses - via @fscavo
"We recently wrote how cloud systems are leveling the playing field for SMBs in leveraging big data analytics. In the same way, this new generation of customer-facing systems promises to give SMBs the tools they need to compete with larger organizations for customers internationally through multiple channels.

One word of warning is due, however. Because these new systems are built from the ground up, they may not have all the capabilities that SMBs may need to do business internationally. For all the problems with legacy systems, many of them have been developed over many years and have fairly mature functionality, although they typically lack the ease-of-use that this new generation of systems promise."
crm  selection  erp  cloud  e-commerce  intacct  kenandy  microsoft  dynamics  netsuite  oracle  plex 
january 2017 by jonerp
Briefing Notes: Oracle IaaS - by @krishnan
"Even though they are late by close to a decade, Oracle has moved into the public cloud space. They are clearly disadvantaged at this point in terms of richness of developer and other higher order services on top of their IaaS. But we expect them to fill the gap through acquisitions and compete hard with AWS."
briefing  notes  amazon  aws  azure  baremetal  cloud  infrastructure  containers  google  google+  ibm  microsoft  oracle 
january 2017 by jonerp
Q4 2016 Future of Work Developments & Trends Shootout - by @holgermu
"In a close finals match Oracle ekes out the win over SuccessFactors. While the IaaS decision for SuccessFactors for Azure will impact many SAP customers, Oracle has shown an overall push across the Oracle HCM suite, and most importantly acknowledged and shared that it is re-building the Taleo Recruiting capabilities on the Oracle Cloud technology stack, whenever Oracle completes that - it will be the most complete suite from a functionality perspective on a single platform."
constellation  research  fow  future  of  work  google  holger  mueller  kronos  kronosworks  microsoft  openworld  oracle  hcm  sap 
january 2017 by jonerp
Q4 2016 NextGen Apps Developments & Trends Shootout - by @holgermu
It can't get much better for AWS - with two events sparring with each other. And while the AWS and VMware partnership could be the latter vendor's 'last hurray' in regards of vitalization, it also shows the market influence AWS has by now (read here). But nothing showed that more than AWS reInvent. AWS is not slowing down and the conference has become the IT world get together, replacing VMworld (minus the hardware vendors) read here. "
aws  cloudfoundry  constellation  research  google  holger  mueler  ibm  mapr  microsoft  nextgen  apps  salesforce  sap  shootout 
december 2016 by jonerp
Lecko on collaboration and Microsoft on Teams at SMILE - by @dt
Consider me skeptical about the Yammer part... "Later in the day Rich Ellis of Microsoft talked with Marc about the new Teams product and how it fits in to their strategy. Rich was at Yammer before they were acquired, and was very clear in explaining that “Yammer is going nowhere!”. There were a few chuckles around the room, but he went on to explain Yammer is a key part of their strategy and onward development, providing broad collaboration across work groups. He commented that Satya (Nadella, the Microsoft CEO) jumps in to Yammer to connect and join in the conversations happening across the company."
collaboration  enterprise  social  network  office  software  business  digital  transformation  lecko  microsoft  teams  office365 
november 2016 by jonerp
Event Report - Microsoft Connect - No April's Fools - Linux, Google and more - by @holgermu
"On the concern side Microsoft still has steps ahead to become an enterprise level PaaS that starts with analysis, design capabilities, does requirement collection, end to end test automation etc. It will be interesting and potentially very powerful to see Visual Studio and Teams come together. I maybe wrong, but it always seems to me that Microsoft is about the developer (nothing wrong with it) and less about the enterprise that needs to build a next generation application."
azure  cloud  constellation  research  developers  futurist  google  holger  mueller  hybrid  linux  microsoft  nextgen  apps  sql  server 
november 2016 by jonerp
We had the opportunity to attend the satellite location of the Microsoft Teams l... - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, Microsoft is.. Microsoft. Users who for whatever reason want to escape the vendor’s products will always be at hand. A lot of the success of the chat collaboration solutions has been the desire to ‘do less email’ – but ultimately everything gets pulled back to email. Thorough, deep innovation in email (Outlook) is what is the long game, if not the war for productivity suites. AI, Robots, voice all play a role to get business users to new productivity levels. By taking the fight to point solutions, Microsoft may lose the eye on the real prize – collaborative productivity across all channels that the 21st century knowledge worker needs."
collaboration  future  of  work  microsoft  nextgen  hcm  office  outlook  productivity  slack  teams 
november 2016 by jonerp
Microsoft Teams and Slack point to the future of collaboration - by @dt
"Slack’s success highlights a key problem for our existing collaboration software options. They are more difficult to use than they should be. On top of that, the digital workplace is a mess. Alongside whatever we use for team collaboration, we access a whole host of disparate corporate systems with differing interfaces to get the job done. Slack has the ease of use and frictionless set up of the consumer apps we all used to on our smartphones and tablets."
collaboration  enterprise  social  network  tools  software  uncategorized  workplace  ibm  microsoft  teams  satya  nadella  slack  stewart  butterfield 
november 2016 by jonerp
Microsoft Q1 2017 – Revenue Growth Dependent on Cloud Adoption
"Microsoft expects Azure revenue and compute usage to continue to grow and beat out AWS when head-to-head. For those enterprise customers with high security and compliance demands, Microsoft is quick to mention that Azure is the most trusted and compliant cloud with more certifications than any other cloud provider (49 to be exact). Look for Microsoft to offer aggressive discounting on the larger deal should there be a willingness to add Azure to the renewal"
microsoft  cloud  contract  negotiations  renewal  licensing  negotiation  office365 
november 2016 by jonerp
Microsoft rebrands Dynamics - by @denispombriant
"Microsoft recently rebranded its business software offerings and the effect is largely positive though it must be emphasized that in performing the exercise, deck chairs moved though the cumulative effect remains to be seen."
crm  chuck  schaeffer  search  dynamics  microsoft 
october 2016 by jonerp
Microsoft cloud annualized run rate hits $13bn in strong first quarter
"At various times, Microsoft's critics have said that both Bing and Surface should be cancelled. Both now look to be reasonably well established businesses; Bing is claimed to be profitable, and while Surface's finances are murkier it appears at the very least that Microsoft is building it into a strong brand that is showing some ability to influence the broader PC market."
ministry  of  innovation  technology  lab  business  finance  financials  microsoft 
october 2016 by jonerp
Turning APIs into Products: The Next Stage of Business Growth
"Last year at API Strategy and Practice in Austin, Texas, one of the key themes that arose from speakers across multiple streams was the next challenge in this typical rollout. Business leaders charged with the responsibility of (a) encouraging internal APIs to be used by engineering teams creating new products, and (b) facilitating open APIs to be used by partner and external developers found they needed to move beyond a pilot or innovation project mindset and treat their APIs as products."
analysis  top  stories  api  strategy  and  management  apis  azure  microsoft  productization  tns 
october 2016 by jonerp
Musings - Quo vadis Twitter? Who could, should buy Twitter - and what is Twitter really? - by @holgermu
"It is fascinating to see Twitter grow to its current usage level and still struggle with monetization, turning to a profit. There are many assets inside of Twitter that can be of value for an acquirer – but they are all not easy to unlock, leverage. To me Google makes the most sense – but not sure if the vendor has the appetite to such a large investment."
acquisition  constellation  research  facebook  google  holger  mueller  microsoft  musings  oracle  salesforce  sap  twitter 
october 2016 by jonerp
Big Data Analytics Not Just for the Big Guys
"Based on our experience as consumers, it is evident that these “big guys” know how to use “big data.” But what about small to midsize companies? Like large companies, they also need to better understand the market, target their best prospects, and better serve their customers. However, in the past, they have not had the computing resources to gather and store petabytes of data, nor the internal skills to analyze all that data."
hcm  software  selection  it  strategy  adp  bi  big  data  hr  infor  microsoft  workday 
september 2016 by jonerp
First Take - Microsoft Ignite - AI, Adobe and FPGA [From the Fences] - by @holgermu
"On the concern side Microsoft needs to stretch the rubber between where it needs to be vis a vis the competition (there most notably AWS and Google) and at the same time where its customers are. There is a lot for customers to digest, understand and bring back to their executive teams for the adoption conversation. Making the case to a CIO’s peers was something that Microsoft has room to improve on, and at the same time needs to make sure their customer base does not get overwhelmed. Sometimes less is more. But a good problem to have."
ai  artificial  intelligence  azure  constellation  research  cortana  holger  mueller  ingnite  machine  learning  microsoft  office  strategic  advisor 
september 2016 by jonerp
Microsoft snatches HP CRM and service business from rivals Salesforce and Oracle - by @ron_miller
" In what has to be characterized as huge win for Microsoft, it announced this morning it had secured a 6-year deal with HP, Inc to run Microsoft Dynamics’ customer relationship management (CRM) and service software. What’s more, it grabbed this deal at the expense of its rivals."
cloud  enterprise  tc  microsoft  hp  salesforce  oracle  crm  service 
september 2016 by jonerp
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