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Blog Post Archive

When content became king: Marketers know what you want before you know

Marketing today bears no resemblance to the Mad Men era. Powerful analytic tools are parsing companies' web sites and content. Machine learning tools are studying buyers' behaviors to generate recommendations for even better web designs.

The Technology That Powers Businesses and the Economy

The technology that powers business is key to driving productivity improvements and economies. The recent Promat and Automate 2015 shows in Chicago had a significant number of technologies that can do both. But, were the innovations breakthroughs or incremental? And, where were the ERP vendors?

Book Reviews: SAP Nation and Stacking the Deck

Two very good books: One documents the massive SAP ecosystem and the challenges now confronting all within it. The other details, in a very personalized but highly transferable way, how major change should be undertaken.

BlackLine: The big, understated force in cloud financial software

It's amazing: Of all the financial applications that could be built, ERP vendors focus on core financials like general ledger. Here's a firm that serves an enviable clientele -- but it's not a big name brand in financial software (y...

Leadership Change at Adaptive Insights

Adaptive Insights, a cloud-based corporate performance management vendor, has a new CEO. Tom Bogan comes from a lengthy finance career - something that could be of value as the company (and the sector) continues to experience growth...

Book Reviews: SAP Nation and Stacking the Deck

Two very good books, one documenting the massive SAP ecosystem and the challenges now confronting all within it. The other details, in a very personalized but highly transferable way, how major change should be undertaken. Both are great books for IT professionals, software executives and top executives.

The problem is HR, not HR technology

Powerful Human Resources 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.

Intacct: User conference offers clear advantages

Intacct's user conference served as a coming of age event for this growing mid-market cloud accounting software vendor. New partnerships with Salesforce and American Express were announced, and industry analysts were invited to mix with a happy bunch of customers.

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.

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