Software Pulse

Business Strategy for Software Executives

February 3, 2009

Lyle Fong

How to Increase Business Value from Customer Engagement in 2009

By Lyle Fong, Lithium Technologies

As businesses began re-focusing on 2009 goals, executives across almost every industry undoubtedly added maintaining and expanding their customer base to the list of top priorities for the year. Yet, too many companies struggle with how to engage customers effectively in today's increasing global and competitive environment. The good news is that the proliferation of the social web has helped make it easier for businesses to connect with customers.


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Securing the Cloud

Security must adapt to the unique technical and organizational demands that the cloud presents. Eric Olden of Symplified explains the specific challenges of security in the cloud in this post to the Blog on cloud computing.

Why SaaS Shines When the Sunset Comes

Recent product phaseouts by Microsoft and Oracle are one example of why Gary Damiano of Host Analytics considers SaaS to be a superior software model. Read his analysis in this post to the Blog on SaaS.

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How Companies Make Good Decisions

Companies get a lot of advice about how to make good decisions. Which decision-making disciplines really make a difference? Find out in this article from The McKinsey Quarterly.

News Update: SaaS Surges

Tough times turn clients to on-demand; plus, mixed news for virtualization vendors, SAP job cuts and growth in IT salaries. Read these stories and more software news of the week in the latest Software News Summary.

Poll: Engaging Customers?

What one factor will best engage software customers in 2009?
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Last week, readers picked the global trend that will shape the coming year.
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Tipping point reached in cloud computing.
Read the most important enterprise software industry news of the week >>

Medical software maker Diagnosoft received $4 million.
Monitor the latest software venture capital deals >>

Radialpoint bought HiWired.
Size up last week’s software M&A deals >>

Former HP CTO Ozzie Diaz named CEO of wireless security firm, AirPatrol.
See who’s made it to the top in our list of recent software executive appointments.

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Parting Thought

“Walking on water and developing software from a specification are easy if both are frozen.”
— Edward V. Berard


Courtesy of Malcolm Kusher, The Kushner Group


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