We're here to make a dent in the universe. That means we have to question all assumptions about what we do and why we do what we do. And so while long years of experience help, they sometimes hinder. Even so, new apps mean an abundance of choice.
Around the end of March, Frank Scavo and I were having a back and forth on the cost of SaaS/cloud apps. This is not a new discussion but one worthy of review given the maturing applications space plus the spend shift we are seeing among buyer organizations.
There's been a lot of satisfaction in Whitehall over the success of the GOV.UK website winning the Digital category at the annual Designs of Year Awards, but the real success will lie in boosting the profile of design in the public sector.
We've been talking about the great 'digital divide' for many a long year, but with governments of all political persuasions now locked into Digital by Default roadmaps to a greater or lesser degree it's never been more important.
Is there a war going on between CIOs and CMOs? In some circumstances yes but then it doesn't sound like a fruitful way to acquire technology assets. I think there is a better way to look at how spend occurs looking for the mutual value that each party can bring to the table.
There are multiple key components to the UK government's phenomenally ambitious Digital by Default strategy - but are the cracks already beginning to show?
Infor has a new and attractive UI, a comprehensive integration story and is starting to make moves in the mobile space. But are these enough for the company to 'suck less' and brings its customers into the 21st century? It is too early to say but early signs are promising.
What's happening in the SaaS/cloud accounting market? Quite a lot. The main players are all growing at a rapid rate while the big brand of Sage seems to be dragging its heels. The stage is set for an interesting 2013-14 as Xero, FreeAgent and KashFlow continue to grow at mid-double digits. More important though, their innovations are changing business for the better.
Recent conversations around vendor relationships got me thinking about the reasons why cloud vendors are doing so well in relation to the rest of the tech sector. Buzzword bingo and analyst fueled hype aside, it seems to me that there are certain characteristics that set cloud vendors apart. This article examines those differences.
Infor is an unexpected rider hitching a lift on the bandwagon of next-generation enterprise software. It aims to outsmart larger rivals Oracle and SAP in enabling its customers to take advantage of all today's buzzwords - mobile, social, big data analytics and cloud connectivity. But is its customer base ready to take advantage of all the goodies unveiled at its annual conference this week?
Cloud application vendors argue that their apps are so easy-to-use and rapid to deploy that there's very little call on professional services to implement them. But that attitude may be leading enterprises to under-invest in the skills and effort needed to realize the business results they hope to achieve.
On a rare winter trip out of the frozen north, I visited Atlanta where I met with Mico Yuk. Mico is an outspoken business intelligence consultant, often working in the SAP world. In the above video we discuss a couple of stories: one she wrote on SCN that talked about the five things BI people need to do in 2013, the other, colleague Dennis Howlett's response.
Hot on the heels of winning an important deal with other government departments and pivoting its own business model, UNIT4 announced its first central government shared services deal, this time as the solution provider to the Department of Transport. It is yet another way point in the company's transition to a services first business.