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Some Problems Don’t Change

[ed. this is the CEO presentation from the HarrisData User Conference of May 22-25]. Logistics: The Soldier’s Perspective “Troops in action should never have to turn their backs on the enemy to fetch further supplies” “Troops should not be encumbered … Continue reading

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Bureaucracy Blamed for Bad Decisions

As Einstein famously stated, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” According to a Wall Street Journal article this morning (Don Clark and; Shara Tibken, “Cisco to Reduce Its Bureaucracy”) Cisco CEO John Chambers … Continue reading

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When Do Anecdotes become a Trend?

It is dangerous to extrapolate a trend from isolated reports, especially in a volatile environment such as the current world economy. It may be just as dangerous to ignore anecdotes concerning a change in a major trend. Fortunately, Auric Goldfinger … Continue reading

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Increasing Compliance Audits Irritate Customers

Software companies have increased the rate of license compliance audits to demonstrate their dedication to your organization’s well being. They also help you reduce costs by identifying unused seats and shelfware and adjusting maintenance bills downward. Please excuse my sarcasm, … Continue reading

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Collaboration vs Leadership in Decision Making

In last month’s post about vendor margins and cannibalization of older high margin products by newer low margin products, Cisco was highlighted as a firm with a high level of innovation whose profit margins disappointed investors. Carl at Chicago Boyz … Continue reading

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Its Good to be Public

The ERP vendor acquisition season heated up today with Apax Partners acquisition of ERP vendors Epicor and Activant, to merged into a new privately held Epicore. For the Epicore shareholder the offer yeilds an 18.9% premium over the past 30 … Continue reading

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ERP Software Vendor Metrics – What Matters?

With acquisitions in the air again, how do you tell if an ERP vendor is performing well? For example Lawson is performing well by many accounts, but received an unsolicited takeover bid anyway. Some suggest the cost of shifting to … Continue reading

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Infor Gets Aggressive

In a move that doesn’t surprise anyone, Infor launched a takeover bid for Lawson Software. Infor CEO Charles Phillips found his first target, and with the offer at a 19% premium to the trailing 90 day Lawson stock price (and … Continue reading

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Make ERP Interesting

Blimps, like ERP, used to be interesting. Back when only a few were flown a blimp sighting was unusual enough to attract attention, less so today with several different branded blimps and at least one of them flying over just … Continue reading

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Optimizing Dynamics for the Stack

Microsoft’s latest investment in Dynamics is aimed at developers, not business users. The focus is independent software vendors (ISVs) which build vertical ERPs using Dynamics as a base. The new version, now code-named Microsoft Dynamics AX 6, should reduce the … Continue reading

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