Cloud Computing

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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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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“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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What Does The Aprimo Acquisition Mean?

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What Does The Aprimo Acquisition Mean?

So, the news broke today that Aprimo has been acquired for $525 million in cash by Teradata, the data warehouse company. Teradata boasts enterprise-level clients like Walmart, AT&T and Dell. These clients use high-end solutions from Teradata to manage the massive amounts of data that flow in from B2C or large-scale B2B enterprises.

Aprimo, similarly, boasted many large enterprise clients including Kodak, Warner Brothers and BoA. Their product suite evolved from a marketing resource management tool ...

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Technology Never Comes Before Process

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Technology Never Comes Before Process

Over the course of my career in enterprise systems implementations, I’ve seen a lot of projects succeed. I’ve also seen my fair share of failures. Sure, many of the successes were SaaS-based rollouts. They’re naturally easier to roll out given the relative lack of infrastructure pain. No need to worry about servers and client machines because a credit card and a browser are typically all that’s needed to have a working, vanilla application.

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