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Cloud ERP Is Kicking Like Bruce Lee

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Cloud ERP Is Kicking Like Bruce Lee

While we’ve seen the leading cloud CRM application, Salesforce.com, spread like wildfire in enterprises across the U.S., the adoption rate of SaaS ERP applications has been slower. Many have doubted the potential of SaaS ERP ever since NetSuite, cloud ERP software leader, went public in 2007 and everyone could see its slower growth compared to that of Salesforce.com. However, times are changing.  SaaS skeptics may want to re-evaluate their beliefs after looking at new financial stats and research.

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The Cloud Is Sexy But This Is Sexier

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The Cloud Is Sexy But This Is Sexier

There’s a lot of hype surrounding “the cloud.” To the average person, the term is mysterious, intriguing, and sexy. To the IT professional, the cloud represents the future of technology. Here at vConstruct, we see the cloud as all these things, but above all, it means revolutionizing business. We agree with Phil Wainewright’s assertion in his most recent ZDnet post, Cloud and the reshaping of business, that “the most important innovations on cloud platforms are going to ...

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SuiteWorld 2011: NetSuite Becomes More Competitive But Still Needs To Improve Analytics

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SuiteWorld 2011: NetSuite Becomes More Competitive But Still Needs To Improve Analytics

SuiteWorld was a fantastic showcase for NetSuite. They are really pushing NetSuite as more than a Quickbooks replacement (although that’s still an acquisition play for them) but rather an entire platform for ERP.

The Mark Hurd speech was short but highly impactful. Pair that with the gossipy item from AdWeek about the exclusive NS party at Ellison’s SF home and it reinforces a gentle reminder that Oracle looms large in the NetSuite backseat.

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Make Switching Business Systems As Easy As Changing Your Socks

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Make Switching Business Systems As Easy As Changing Your Socks

Had a great chat with Ben Kepes, a Cloud and SaaS industry celebrity, blogger,  and founder of Diversity Limited, a consultancy specializing in SaaS, Cloud Computing and business strategy, about the headaches caused by manually switching business applications, starting with the data first.

While part of the data migration process does have to be manual, a huge chunk of it can be automated. Right now, IT specialists have to manually extract the data, manipulate it in excel, ...

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Migrating Data – The Dark Horse Of Cloud Computing

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Migrating Data – The Dark Horse Of Cloud Computing

As we’ve been testing MigrationPath, the web-based tool we’re developing that makes moving to the cloud quicker and easier, and seeing positive results, the excitement in the office has been growing. In fact, the other day MigrationPath shortened a portion of a data migration project from 7 hours to 15 minutes!

Recently I was able to share our excitement with George Dearing, founder of Austin-based The Dearing Group. We talked a lot about the need for a tool, like MigrationPath, that ...

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vConstruct In The Austin Business Journal

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vConstruct In The Austin Business Journal

Wow!  The ABJ featured vConstruct in today’s news showing the rest of Austin what we’re all about. How cool! I’m so proud of us. For those who don’t know us yet, vConstruct is a group of smart, dedicated people, passionate about one simple idea: getting companies to the cloud easily and efficiently.

By now most companies know why SaaS is better – but few anticipate the problems that arise when moving to it. SaaS is easier but it’s not easy. ...

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Using Third-Party Controls

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Using Third-Party Controls

Third-party controls have their advantages and disadvantages.  They allow you to develop applications quickly because you can add functionality and save on development time, but they have their limitations.  Its these limitations that get people into trouble, because once you integrate a third-party control in your application, there always seems to be a point where you need to go beyond the functionality of the control and as a result, replace it.

When considering a third-party control, an open source control (or ...

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System Integration Vs. Data Migration

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System Integration Vs. Data Migration

There are many products on the market today that are designed for system integration, and yet they claim can be used for data migration.  While system integration tools can be used to migrate data between systems, they require you to temporarily integrate the two systems together.  This may seem like a great idea at first, but using an integration tool to migrate data can present many problems, especially when you are integrating one or more live systems.  Just because you ...

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Re: Facebook As AOL – Better Than Sex?

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Re: Facebook As AOL – Better Than Sex?

Oliver Marks puts together a nice piece about the rise of Facebook juxtaposed against what people were saying about AOL back in the mid-to-late 90s.

I see his point, that looking at the Facebook revenue model leaves one wondering where the true impact of the social network is. The ad model does not appear to be generating the revenues of a Google. They are not the giant retailer that Amazon is. So, the question is, ...

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“Revenue Performance Management”

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“Revenue Performance Management”

A thought from this interview – Phil Fernandez on YouTube @ Dreamforce: Eloqua and Marketo have both started using the term, “revenue performance management” to describe their market. A quick Google search indicates that a number of other players have as well – Qlutch, Cloud 9, Right 90, among others.

Is this term really going to stick?

Dan and Chip Heath wrote a book about the stickiness concept. One of the key things that ...

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