Business Strategy for Software Executives
November 6 , 2007
After the M&A Frenzy: What’s Next?
Leveraged buyouts and strategic acquisitions have set new records. What will happen to these assets – and to software M&A - when the economy slows?
By Ken Bender, Software Equity Group, LLC
We have no crystal ball, but Software Equity Group has a decent track record forecasting the software industry’s economic expansion, consolidation and contraction over the past fifteen years.
Make Time for “White Space” Thinking
Many execs are so focused on what is going on inside their companies that they are not assessing the changes going on in the market and what impact those changes might have on the future of their companies. Nilofer Merchant of Rubicon Consulting stresses the importance of setting aside time for long-term thinking in this week’s post to the SandHill.com Blog, “New Era, New Thinking.”
A Roadmap to Services Excellence
As the technology services industry matures, it is critical to identify predictive and diagnostic measures to gauge the health of the businesses. Jeanne Urich of Adexta Consulting shares the results of a new study which identify five pillars of services excellence and a roadmap for achieving each. Read more in this week’s post to the SandHill.com Blog on services best practices.
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Cracking the Complexity Code
There are two types of complexity. Understanding where to intervene is the key to managing them to create value. Find out the three things that companies must get right in order to realize how to make the most of this Web 2.0 content in this article from The McKinsey Quarterly.
News Update: On the Battlefield
Icahn steps in as the war for BEA continues; plus, Ellison “lockboxes” his NetSuite shares, Google steps up its mobile efforts and Mandriva’s CEO calls out Steve Ballmer. Read these stories and more software news of the week in the latest SandHill.com Software News Summary.
Poll: A Recession in 2008?
Will the U.S. economy and technology spending slip into a recession next year?
Last week, readers gave their opinions as to whether Oracle would end up buying BEA.
More at SandHill.com:
Oracle’s Fusion is getting a new boss.
Socialtext received $9.5 million in new funding.
Iron Mountain to buy Stratify for $158 million.
Ray Homan named CEO and director of BDNA.
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