Business Strategy for Software Executives
August 1, 2006
Is Enterprise Software Doomed?
The old ways of the software business are dying but there is still time for even old-fashioned vendors to reposition themselves and compete in the open-source era.
By Guy Smith, Silicon Strategies Marketing
Like the old man slung over John Cleese's shoulder in Monty Python's Holy Grail, the enterprise software industry today is yelling, "I'm not dead yet!"
In Search of a New Tech Bubble
More and more media outlets are starting to talk about a new bubble in technology investing. Matt Miller of WaldenVC disagrees. In the latest post to his SandHill.com Blog, The Picky VC, he searches the latest valuation and investment trends and finds little evidence of a new bubble.
Mercury Lives Happily Ever After
Mercury Interactive has had a rough year ñ but its acquisition by HP may be a fairy tale ending to a long and sordid story of life as an enterprise software vendor. Tony Baer of onStrategies thinks the match is a good one. Read why in this week's post to the SandHill.com Blog on merger mania.
With Partners Like TheseÖ
Microsoft's vertical market strategy took a new turn this week with the acquisition of health IT software, Azyxxi. The move is troublesome, according to Erik Keller of Wapiti LLC. As major enterprise vendors move into niche markets, the delicate ecosystem is disrupted. Erik says vendors must examine their partnerships carefully ñ or face the consequences.
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Donít Miss Dr. CK Prahalad on Innovation
The worldís no. 3 management guru talks to SandHill.com and describes what software vendors need to do to evolve their offerings for the next era of business. Read CKís oped ìInnovation Through Co-Creationî on SandHill.com.
Poll: Tech Bubble Rising?
Second quarter venture capital investment remained strong. Are VCs pushing the tech industry to another unsustainable position?
Last week, SandHill.com readers gave their opinions on the impact of Microsoft's entry into the on-demand market.
More at SandHill.com:
Google launches open source repository.
Pi receives $9 million.
Agilent buys Xpedion Design Systems.
Bob Potter named chairman and CEO of WebGen Systems.
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