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Blog Post Archive

Talk like a modern technology marketer (humor)

Made-up words were in abundance during this fall's software conference season. Your dauntless reporter traveled the world to bring back the latest in tech marketing speak. If you want to sound like you're current with today's dubious jargon, here's a quick primer to get you all caught up.

The problem is HR not HR technology

Powerful HR analytic tools were in abundance at the recent HR Technology show in Vegas. But can/will HR departments buy these solutions? Probably not -- unless the HR group itself changes.

ServiceNow: Bringing a services approach to more than IT

For years, IT departments have had tools to measure up-time and other metrics. But other internal operational groups often possess fewer of these tools. That isn't right. New taxonomies, tools andanalytics are needed in non-IT space...

The cloud wins it all: A post-OpenWorld view of Oracle and ERP

Recent conferences by Infor and Oracle demonstrate that the on-premises vs cloud debate is over. Brian Sommer looks at what happened with Oracle this last year to get to this point.

Reshoring and performance reviews: Two priorities for business leaders

Brian Sommer recommends two must-read articles for executives. One looks at the challenges in getting great talent for a resurgent U.S. manufacturing environment. The other examines why performance reviews deliver adverse business results.

Why Infor’s CloudSuite heralds innovation wave in the financial software market

Infor's suite of high-end cloud financial software products include a new user interface, in-memory database technology and more. CloudSuite signals a major shift in the application space. Will CIOs bite?

The rise of Gigwalk: Imagine if your business had a half million mystery shoppers

Businesses rarely know what others do to promote or merchandise their products. Gigwalk, not your ERP vendor, has a slick mobile/cloud solution -- powered by a half million 'Gigwalkers' -- that addresses some costly business problem...

Sage's up-market solution: Is X3 ready for North American market?

Sage ERP X3 has hit a new level of technological sophistication and market relevance. Will the firm put the resources together to help this product line take off in the North American marketplace? A key customer visit adds insight.

Cloud financial software continues its march into large enterprises

Growth is evident in the cloud financial software space. Recent earnings, customer announcements and other data points continue to reinforce the shift to a new solution style.

The talent businesses really need (and HR software might not deliver)

Change has become so frequent that businesses need a more adaptable worker/executive. But are employers and the HR solutions they use up to the task?

The trajectories of great software companies

Ever wonder how much growth a software firm should really target? If you thought the sky's the limit, you might want to think again.

As IT's industrial age ends, the humanist era begins

There’s a real skills crisis in IT -- and it’s not a quantity issue. The new IT is not what the old IT was designed to do. For some, the new IT will create opportunities; for others, soul-searching and less relevance.

Where did the 'Human' in Human Resources go?

It's said that younger workers know on their first day on the job whether they'll stay for any time with this employer, based on how much genuine human interaction occurs on Day One. Here's an interview with an HR executive who's got an interesting perspective on the matter.

'No one has done cloud ERP' - Not so fast!

Recent remarks by a Microsoft executive about cloud ERP didn't ring true. A little digging brings clarity around his claims.

So long, spreadsheets -- hello in-memory cloud financial tools

It's time to cull some of the spreadsheets that finance (and operational) executives are using. Cloud-based solutions can offer the audit trails, one-source-of-truth, collaboration and other features missing in solutions of yore.

The Visual Organization - New book by Phil Simon

It's not enough for firms to create competencies around big data and data science. Organizations must also 'see' the insights in these huge, new data sources. Phil Simon takes a few questions about his newest book and the implications on people, businesses and technology.

The Bell Tolls for Old HR and Recruiting Processes

Identified was bought by Workday and Monster acquired Gozaik and TalentBin. Smart market watchers should be asking "Why" these deals were done and what these deals could do to recruiting/HR vendors, competition and the companies that would benefit from re-imagined HR processes.

Bye-Bye Spreadsheets - Hello In-Memory Cloud Financial Tools

It's time to cull some of the spreadsheets that finance (and operational) executives are using. Cloud-based solutions can offer the audit trails, one-source-of-truth, collaboration and other features missing in solutions of yore.

Bye-Bye Spreadsheets - Hello In-Memory Cloud Financial Tools

It's time to cull some of the spreadsheets that finance (and operational) executives are using. Better, more powerful tools can crunch accounting, operational and external data (together!) in seconds via in-memory cloud solutions. Better still, these tools may have the audit trails, one-source-of-truth, collaboration and other features missing in the solutions of yore.

Why customer experience will remain a tough sell

Customer experience has to be more than just CRM with some social content awareness. But, beyond the functional shortcomings of these products, the real challenge may be in finding someone to buy the whole enchilada.

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