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SaaS Buyer's Guide for Wholesale and Distribution
SaaS, despite its phenomenal popularity, is certainly not one-size-fits-all. You need to consider decision criteria such as fit, return on investment, and risk.

idc herbert simon  for enterprise infrastructure at IDC, a global IT market researcher. Ultimately, cloud computing is expected to transform a firm's IT spending from a capital expenditure to an operating expense—from up-front lump sums to monthly pay-peruser. As Piff states, cash flow is king for most organizations. He goes on to say that today's restrictions on credit have forced companies to look for more cost-effective cloudbased software solutions. HR software solutions such as Bond Talent ( Read More
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The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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Embedded Linux for Handhelds
A spate of recent announcements from Lineo, Inc., Red Hat, and others concern the development of

idc herbert simon  in two years [Source: IDC ], and so resources should also be expended to focus some embedded Linux effort on the more prevalent CPU architectures. We also expect Transmeta to reap some benefit from these announcements. User Recommendations Although it ain't here yet , users will potentially find a great deal of value in these developments. Low-cost appliances have a natural affinity for Linux. As long as the applications are present, users should consider these products seriously when they arrive. Low pr Read More
Salesforce.com Wants to Help You Transition to a Customer Company
Coincidentally or not, my industry analyst career started at about the same time that salesforce.com was founded, back in 1999. And boy, has the vocal cloud

idc herbert simon  by 2020, according to IDC . Social revolution: Gives companies new ways to connect with and engage their customers on social channels and share feeds, profiles, groups, and files—there are reportedly 4.5 billion social network users nowadays. Community revolution: Allows new ways of collaboration for customers, employees, and partners. Companies can create private and public communities with single sign-on (SSO) capabilities with secure and portable identities across disparate apps. Trust revolution: It Read More
Best Practice: Thames Water Adopts BMPS Solution to Streamline Its Customer Services with Wipro as Systems Integrator
This IDC Energy Insights report details Thames Water's journey to implement an advanced business process management system in its Customer Services business

idc herbert simon  as Systems Integrator This IDC Energy Insights report details Thames Water's journey to implement an advanced business process management system in its Customer Services business unit, working with long-term partner Wipro as the systems integrator. This approach enabled Thames Water to realize significant operational and business benefits in a short time despite financial constraints. Download this white paper to learn more about the benefits, impacts. amd lessons learned. Read More
A Quick Look at Version 6.5 of Sugar CRM Professional
Sugar CRM announced the latest version of its customer relationship management (CRM) solution at Sugarcon 2012, its annual conference. After the event, I had a

idc herbert simon  a 2010 study by IDC & The Radicati Group, there are 15 million CRM users and 365 million people using tools other than CRM to manage relationships with customers. The keyword used by Sugar during our conversation was “open,” which refers to the following concepts: open solution, due to the new user interface, which makes the product more flexible and easier to integrate with social and other customer management tools open cloud, as Sugar CRM runs in their own cloud, a public cloud, a partner cloud, an Read More
And the Real ERP Is…
On October 9, I ran a contest asking readers to define ERP in their own words. Why? Because there are so many different definitions floating around on the Web

idc herbert simon   Read More
Vendor Profile: PTC's Offering for Retail, Footwear, and Apparel
This IDC Vendor Profile focuses on PTC’s FlexPLM product for the retail, footwear, and apparel (RFA) industry—a product that leverages the product lifecycle

idc herbert simon  Footwear, and Apparel This IDC Vendor Profile focuses on PTC’s FlexPLM product for the retail, footwear, and apparel (RFA) industry—a product that leverages the product lifecycle management (PLM) capabilities of PTC’s Windchill product line. Find out about PTC’s entrance into the RFA market, its acquisition of Aptavis, and its customer collaborations with companies such as Nike, Liz Claiborne, and Nordstrom for continuing product development. Read More
Business Solutions of the Future
The future is tomorrow’s present. Many have tried to predict it using silly or scientific methods, from chiromancy (palm reading), aleuromancy (fortune cookies)

idc herbert simon  think. According to an IDC report , we created 281 billion GBs of data in 2007, and by 2011, that number will increase to 1,800 billion GBs. While we do have more sophisticated tools to extract and manipulate data, one of the challenges of the future will be to have structured data. This involves the existence of workflows for data creation and administration, data cleansing, and data deduplication (removal of duplicate records). Business data is created by users through an interface to a database. Read More
Driving Business Innovation with a New Generation of Real-time Applications
Every industry that is dependent on IT is in the midst of a major transition brought about by Big Data analytics, the cloud, mobile, and social business. These

idc herbert simon  relationship. This paper from IDC shows you what you need to do to drive a new generation of enterprise applications that meet today’ business requirements. Read More
PC Market Figures Show Compaq, Dell, and HP Lead
The desktop PC market is turning from a five-way fight into a three-way horse race, led by Dell, Compaq, and HP.

idc herbert simon  Recent figures compiled by IDC show that Compaq Computer Corporation maintains a slim lead over Dell Computer Corporation in worldwide (WW) PC shipments, while Dell extends its lead in the US PC market. Jumping into third place in both US and WW market shares is Hewlett-Packard, whose year-over-year growth rates led all of the major PC manufacturers by a significant margin. Although Gateway's sales and market share increased in the US space, they were leapfrogged by HP. IBM, which exited the retail market Read More
Windows 2000: Paragon for Partisans, Skewered by Skeptics
After a wait of more than a year, Windows 2000 (The OS Formerly Known as

idc herbert simon  OS unit sales. [Source: IDC] Microsoft still retains the lead with 38% of unit sales. Recently, Novell Inc. has reported an apparent security hole in the Active Directory feature, one of the features Microsoft has been promoting heavily. Although Microsoft originally disputed the report, someone in its organization has now said, in effect The problem exists, but we don't believe it is a realistic scenario . To compound Redmond's problems, Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Computer Corp., said he saw increased Read More
Dell's High-End Rackmount Servers - Challenging Compaq's Wintel Dominance
Dell Computer Corporation has shaken up the PC Server market, in three years moving from the #5 US market share position to a solid #2 (and #3 worldwide) - and

idc herbert simon  HP(~12%), and IBM (~16%) [Source:IDC]. The rackmount market is growing, partly due to server market growth in general, and partly due to a shift from pedestal/floor-standing/ tower servers. We estimate that rackmount servers will account for 60% of the general server market within 1-2 years (vs. 30-40% 2-3 years ago), and greater than 80% of the high-end Intel server market (85% probability). Product Strengths Entry Pricing: In a stripped configuration, the 6350 lists for ~$1000 less (~$7500 vs. Read More
Will Sun Burn Linux with
Sun Microsystems has eliminated licensing fees for Solaris 8 and its source code.

idc herbert simon  vendor during Q3CY99 [Source: IDC], and continues to be a top choice for web serving. However, Linux has made inroads in the last 1-2 years, in large part because of its price. Freeing the source may help Sun slow Linux's progress into its primary customer base. Although a secondary focus of this announcement is to try to pressure Microsoft to open its source and APIs, we do not expect Redmond to take the bait. User Recommendations This sweetens the pot for current Solaris users, and provides an extra inc Read More
High-End Wintel-Based Rackmount Servers - The Big Get Bigger
A market analysis of Wintel-based rackmount servers: who are the key players, why they'll stay that way, their strengths, why a customer would want one, and

idc herbert simon  vs. 58% in 1997) [Source:IDC]. In this marketplace, the also-rans will be those vendors who are not in the top four in sales (e.g. Data General, Unisys, Toshiba, Micron/NetFrame), or those whose names are not associated with either datacenters/data warehousing, clusters or ----similar high-end environments. Market Predictions This market will continue to grow, both in size and market share, over the next 3-5 years. This market share increase will come at the expense of freestanding systems. Market Read More
IDC Vendor Spotlight: Gearing Up for Rapid Telecom Innovation with Flexible Billing and Services
Communications service providers (CSPs) face a changing business environment, with consumers and businesses rapidly adopting the latest mobile devices for their

idc herbert simon  Vendor Spotlight: Gearing Up for Rapid Telecom Innovation with Flexible Billing and Services Communications service providers (CSPs) face a changing business environment, with consumers and businesses rapidly adopting the latest mobile devices for their computing and communications needs. This Vendor Spotlight examines the issues facing the communications industry and discusses the role that SAP plays in offering a new generation of billing software and services designed to address the needs of this Read More

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