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A SaaS Start-up Cautionary Tale: The Makana Experience (Or: How You Can Create a Great Product and Still Hit the Wall)
Great products and a growing customer base are not enough to succeed in the SaaS ICM marketplace. Find out why Makana, a startup SaaS vendor, found it difficult
SaaS Start-up Cautionary Tale: The Makana Experience (Or: How You Can Create a Great Product and Still Hit the Wall) This article has gone through several twists: it was initially conceived as an examination of the Makana product line in early 2009. I changed tack upon Makana’s acquisition by Salary.com during the second half of that year. The latest plot turn in the Makana saga is a recent e-mail I received from a Salary.com representative, issuing a no-comment with respect to Makana, as Salary.com
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The Best-kept Secret in the Product Lifecycle Management Mid-market
The name Omnify Software may hardly come to mind when one thinks of the product lifecycle management (PLM) leaders, but that might change down the track
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Product Review: Ramco HCM
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10 Ways to Fail as a SaaS Company
For companies considering offering a product with a software-as-a-service (SaaS) business and delivery model, there are many ways things can go wrong—from
to Fail as a SaaS Company For companies considering offering a product with a software-as-a-service (SaaS) business and delivery model, there are many ways things can go wrong—from inadequate market research, to poorly planned release cycles, to a failure to keep up with industry developments. Discover 10 common ways that SaaS companies fail, and learn how to avoid these pitfalls.
Product Development and Portfolio Management
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Product Safety and Stewardship: Taking a Strategic Approach to Safer and
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Plex Systems: A Veteran SaaS ERP Player in Manufacturing
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The Myths and Realities of Product Development and Outsourcing
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Myths and Realities of Product Development and Outsourcing Recent years have shown a dramatic boom in outsourced product development, and it seems most companies are changing and adapting this practice. However, companies should be wary of some of the false promises and myths of outsourcing. Many outsourcing firms, especially product development firms, can be misleading in their promises. Discover the myths and realities of product development outsourcing.
Considering Product Activation? You Need to Think about These 10 Issues
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Product Activation? You Need to Think about These 10 Issues Agilis's Orion Network Licensing Platform is a complete product activation solution, since Orion allows software vendors to accommodate all their varying user environments: network-connected, partially-connected, firewall-protected and disconnected, while retaining full licensing flexibility and security across all these user scenarios. Source: Agilis Software Resources Related to Considering Product Activation? You Need to Think
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