2009: The Year in Software
More consolidation, cloud frenzy and consumerization characterized the software business and SandHill.coms best-read stories in 2009.
By Maryann Jones Thompson, SandHill.com
In the dark days of early 2009, the software industry and most others was mired in the depths of the global financial crisis which derailed most corporate strategies in late 2008. Software moved down the list of corporate priorities as businesses around the world struggled to stay afloat.
Fast forward twelve months. The economic situation is brighter but enterprises remain cautious about IT budgets as do VCs with their startup investments. Software companies spent 2009 responding with renewed excitement about the potential for cloud computing, significant M&A activity and innovation in mobile applications and other consumer-driven enterprise technologies. Here is a look at the most notable news stories and most popular SandHill.com executive perspectives of 2009.
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Is the Cloud Misleading Enterprises, Customers, Politicians?
Anders Trolle-Schultz of SaaS-it Consult compares the hype around cloud computing to “The Emperors New Clothes” in this post to the SandHill.com Blog on the cloud.
Best Practices: Secure Your IP
Adi Ruppin of Confidela offers five tips for improved data security in this post to the SandHill.com Blog on R&D best practices.
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DONT MISS: IT in the New Normal: McKinsey Global Survey Results
Recession or no recession, corporate and IT leaders continue to see a key role for IT, especially in regard to capturing efficiencies across the enterprise. Many expect IT investments to grow soon. Read the findings of a global survey in this article from The McKinsey Quarterly.
Week in Review: The Pacesetters
SAP influences the market; plus Azure does reorg, Cognos goes social, and Google Googles. Read these stories and more software news of the week in the latest SandHill.com Software News Summary.
Poll: Software Story of 2009?
Which story did the most to shape the year in software business?
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Last week, readers gave their perspective on whether software companies are getting better at branding.
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More at SandHill.com:
IDCs top ten tech predictions for 2010.
Read the most important enterprise software industry news of the week >>
IT service and asset management vendor Service-now.com received $41 million.
Monitor the latest software venture capital deals >>
Microsoft acquires healthcare vendor Sentillion.
Size up last week’s software M&A deals >>
Liaise named Ray Villeneuve CEO.
See who’s made it to the top in our list of recent software executive appointments.
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