Business Strategy for Software Executives
September 25, 2006
Eliminating the Innovation Disconnect
Software vendorsí concept of ìinnovationî is quite different from that of todayís CIOs. Understanding the ìMAGICî framework for CIO innovation can help close some of the gap.
By Vinnie Mirchandani, Deal Architect
CIOs, like most business executives, are under intense pressure to innovate as global competition intensifies.
But as I talk to CIOs around the country, it is becoming clear that their views on innovation are very different from those of software vendors. They do not want to be "spoon fed" innovation. They are irritated that vendors think there is a magical budget called “innovation” that they can just open up and spend. They want building blocks they can use and adapt to their own vision of innovation.
AJAX: A Victim of its Own Success?
There are now hundreds of AJAX tools to help build Web pages. That’s the bad news. While standards exist for specific pieces of AJAX, no standards exist for how it is used. Tony Baer of onStrategies says this posts a problem for mashups and other enterprise uses for AJAX. Read more about the new OpenAjax Alliance and what it hopes to achieve in this week’s post to the SandHill.com Blog on Enterprise 2.0.
Learning Customer Needs from a 5th Grader
Software vendors have long been criticized for being out of touch with their customersí needs. Antony Awaida learned another lesson about product development and the importance of getting into the customerís head while working with his sonís Bizworld class. Read more in this weekís post to the SandHill.com Blog on Sales & Marketing.
How Will Tomorrow’s Tech Builders Raise Capital?
Technology entrepreneurs are common. Tech company builders – the Gates’, Ellisons, Jobs’ and others who spend decades building their companies – are a rare breed. Phil Bookman argues that the current startup finance model may not ensure that the next generation of these industry leaders will be able to fund their ventures. Read more in this week’s post to the SandHill.com Blog on Software Finance.
Publish Your Perspectives!
The SandHill.com Blog wants your opinions. Send your thoughts on the enterprise software industry to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll publish them in our blog.
Battle of the Megavendors
A new war of words and a new batch of numbers scores this round of "SAP vs. Oracle"; plus, what's holding open source back, what's holding SOA back, what's pushing software patents to record levels and more software news of the week. Read more about these stories and more software news of the week in the SandHill.com news summary.
Don’t Miss: Enterprises Getting the Most Out of CRM
Few companies gracefully pass sales leads and service information across the barriers of departments and business units. But those that do enjoy substantial rewards. Read more about how enterprises are linking CRM systems in this article from The McKinsey Quarterly.
Poll: Is HP Abnormal – or the Norm?
The HP corporate espionage scandal has once-again tainted the technology giant’s image. But were HP’s actions that uncommon – or did they just get caught in the act? Give us your two cents.
Last week, SandHill.com readers gave their opinions as to how the software IPO market would perform over the next 12 months.
More at SandHill.com:
SOAs help improve dialogue between IT and business users.
OpSource receives $20.5 million.
Art Technology Group pays $48.3 million for eStara.
Captara names Rick Ludlow CEO.
Send us your feedback on this newsletter and the SandHill.com site.
"Before you build a better mousetrap, make sure you have some mice out there."
Courtesy of Malcolm Kusher, The Kushner Group
THIS WEEK'S SPONSOR
Aztec Software is a software and technology services company which specializes in software product development services that accelerate the creation of software products, reduce time to market and help make schedules predictable in order to better manage resources, predict costs, and reduce market and technology risks.
Software Pulse is a publication of SandHill.com, the online resource for software business strategy.
To unsubscribe, see the bottom of this email.
Send us your feedback,
SandHill.com is published by Sand Hill Group, which provides investment and management advice to emerging leaders in the $600 billion enterprise software, services and solutions market. Sand Hill Group produces the Software and the Enterprise series of conferences for industry executives, and authors research reports on cutting-edge technology topics.