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Wrapping Up FOSS Predictions for 2010 with a Look Back
I love end of year predictions. Whether they're right or wrong is one thing, but it's valuable to imagine various scenarios of what might happen. Taking the

affero gartner  that adoption of Affero-style reciprocal licensing will increase (these licenses close potential gaps in the redistribution of FOSS source code). I wouldn't know his reasoning behind this but I could hazard a guess that it's due to the increase in SaaS availability, which was shown to sidestep some of the traditional source code distribution requirements. Finally, most interesting to me is his comment that By 2012, at least 70% of the revenue from commercial OSS will come from vendor-centric Read More...
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TEC’s I&CM Evaluation Center (Slowly but Surely) Gaining Traction - Part I
A number of earlier TEC articles and blog entries have analyzed the nascent sales performance management (SPM) or enterprise incentives management (EIM

affero gartner  I&CM Evaluation Center (Slowly but Surely) Gaining Traction - Part I A number of earlier TEC articles and blog entries have analyzed the nascent sales performance management (SPM) or enterprise incentives management (EIM) software market, which has also been one of those areas with a significant uptake of on-demand deployments. Indeed, companies of all size increasingly use software packages for sales compensation and other incentives management , to more accurately and strategically model and forec Read More...
SAP as a Retail Market Force: More Fact Than Fiction
Can SAP, a market and technology leader in business management software, translate its success in the manufacturing industry to retail? TEC principal analyst P

affero gartner  as a Retail Market Force: More Fact Than Fiction It is well known that SAP AG , founded in 1972, is a market and technology leader in business management software, and since those early days retailers have been using the now legacy SAP R/1 and SAP R/2 financials solutions to support their financial processes. With the success of the client-server SAP R/3 enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution in the early 1990s and the burgeoning expansion of the global ERP market, SAP embarked on tailoring its Read More...
Integrating Vulnerability Assessment and Remediation: Guidelines to Maximize Performance and Benefits
Over the past few years, vulnerabilities have exploded across all types of platforms—leaving IT security and operations teams scratching their heads. Today

affero gartner  Vulnerability Assessment and Remediation: Guidelines to Maximize Performance and Benefits Integrating Vulnerability Assessment and Remediation: Guidelines to Maximize Performance and Benefits If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. With the perpetual onslaught of new vulnerabilities , including zero-day threats, implementing a cost-effective, positive security approach to unified protection and control is a critical Read More...
The (Underappreciated) Value of B2B Pricing Software
Conventional wisdom would suggest that pricing, as a key component of a business’s financial performance, is a critically important discipline within any

affero gartner  (Underappreciated) Value of B2B Pricing Software About five years ago we published an article series entitled “ The Case for Pricing Management ,” since companies in the manufacturing, distribution, services, retail, telecommunications, and hospitality and travel industries can face a variety of pricing problems. On the one hand, unnecessary discounting and quoting prices below a break-even point can result in a company’s poor financial performance. On the other hand, pricing some items out of Read More...
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About LMS But Were Afraid to Ask-Well Maybe Not Everything!
Today, if a company wants to retain its employees, it must take great strides to make their jobs more rewarding. To give their employees the learning experience

affero gartner  You Ever Wanted to Know About LMS But Were Afraid to Ask-Well Maybe Not Everything! As the 1977 Trooper song says We're here for a good time, not a long time , and while the song was referring to living rather than working, the latter part of the lyric certainly holds true for today's workforce. People just don't stay at one job for very long anymore. For many organizations, gone are the days of simply hiring an employee, giving them a half decent salary with a few perks, and hoping like hell Read More...
The Impact of the Economic Crisis on Software Buying Behavior
When the economic crisis hit, organizations scurried to find ways to cut back and keep their businesses afloat. Survival was key. Investments and projects of

affero gartner  Impact of the Economic Crisis on Software Buying Behavior When the economic crisis hit, organizations scurried to find ways to cut back and keep their businesses afloat. Survival was key. Investments and projects of all kinds were put on hold, including upgrading and replacing enterprise software systems. A forecast alert by Gartner showed that enterprise software spending between 2008 and 2009 dropped by 2.6%. No doubt, enterprise software spending is one of the areas in which organizations Read More...
The Blessing and Curse of SharePoint's
Notwithstanding Microsoft's recent purchase of Skype, some pundits have started to question its relevance in the long term (in view of the ongoing consumer

affero gartner  Blessing and Curse of SharePoint's Grandma's Attic - Part 1 Notwithstanding Microsoft's recent purchase of Skype , some pundits have started to question its relevance in the long term (in view of the ongoing consumer mobile devices and/or social media success of Apple, Google, Facebook, Oracle, salesforce.com , etc. ). However, there are still many Microsoft products that are quite relevant. One of them is undoubtedly Microsoft SharePoint or  Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) . Until the Read More...
Is Epicor Poised to Rule the Mid-Market Retail Sector? (Part III)
Part II of this blog topic analyzed Epicor's forays into the attractive retail sector via the CRS Retail acquisition two years ago. Most recently, with the

affero gartner  Epicor Poised to Rule the Mid-Market Retail Sector? (Part III) Part II of this blog topic analyzed Epicor 's forays into the attractive retail sector via the CRS Retail acquisition two years ago. Most recently, with the acquisition of NSB Retail Systems , Epicor has further expanded its functional footprint, market share and geographic presence in the sector. Namely, NSB added over 200 specialty retail logos, thereby more than doubling Epicor’s retail install base. While many analysts like Gartner , Read More...
What-if Scenarios for Analyst Firm Mergers and Acquisitions
Now that Gartner is acquiring AMR, we cannot help but wonder what will be the next acquisition or merger in the business software research field. There are not

affero gartner  if Scenarios for Analyst Firm Mergers and Acquisitions Now that Gartner is acquiring AMR , we cannot help but wonder what will be the next acquisition or merger in the business software research field. There are not so many companies doing business software research and analysis, so the number of permutations is quite low. Let’s look at some of them and what the end result would be. Gartner acquires Aberdeen and launches The Magic Axis (Magic Quadrant + Aberdeen Axis). If they decide to acquire Read More...
Social Media in Your Supply Chain Keeps Everyone in the Loop
Social media is adding new value to cloud-based supply chain management for companies of all sizes. Internal social media (via Intranet) and external sites like

affero gartner  Media in Your Supply Chain Keeps Everyone in the Loop Social media is providing a key link in the new generation of cloud-based supply chains. Cloud-based supply chain management (SCM) platforms have been around for more than a decade now, although they haven't always been described as such. In recent years, though, this kind of software is starting to be built with social media capability as a central pillar. Companies with long supply chains that need to communicate with myriad partners across the Read More...
Centralizing Bank Connections
Electronic connections with corporate customers determine much of a bank’s competitive differentiation and cost structure. But many banks are held back by

affero gartner  Bank Connections Centralizing Bank Connections If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Inovis is a leading provider of on-demand Business Community Management solutions that empower companies to transact, collaborate and optimize communications with every facet of their business communities. By standardizing and automating mission-critical business interactions, companies can dramatically reduce the complexity and Read More...
Business Intelligence Standardization
Business intelligence (BI) is often an area of friction between information technology (IT) (who provide information) and the business users (who need it to do

affero gartner  Intelligence Standardization Offerings from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio provide a comprehensive set of business intelligence (BI) and performance management functionality, offering reports, dashboards, ad hoc analysis, and data management. Designed, packaged, and priced to meet the unique needs of small businesses and midsize companies, these solutions enable you to start and grow at your own pace – with minimal IT support. Source: SAP Resources Related to Business Intelligence Read More...
These Are the Times of CRM Vindication and Validation - Part 1
Some previous TEC blog posts have discussed the benefits (but also the inevitable caveats) of white papers, including the all-too-common vendors’ self

affero gartner  Are the Times of CRM Vindication and Validation - Part 1 Some previous TEC blog posts have discussed the benefits (but also the inevitable caveats) of white papers, including the all-too-common vendors’ self-serving marketing fluff and buzzword verbiage, and about their (un)intended audiences. As part of my daily routine of doing research on vendors and their strategies and offerings, I’ve read a ton of white papers in the last decade or so. And yes, these have ranged from blatant and flamboyant Read More...

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