Business Strategy for Software Executives
August 1, 2005
Navigating Software’s "New World"
The combination of globalization and open source spells opportunity for the software industry.
By Kim Polese, SpikeSource
Strange things are happening in the technology business today. In the global economy, the power of nations and corporate conglomerates is giving way to that of individuals and small businesses. At the same time, IT customers are reticent to buy, vendors are merging, and new technologies and business models are taking hold.
Today’s software startups — and established vendors — need to navigate these new waters carefully, by understanding the net impact of globalization, innovation and consolidation on the software business.
Don’t Miss the Inside Scoop on Informix
Last week’s story on Informix’ demise got rave reviews from SandHill.com readers. Click here to read the excerpt from Steve W. Martin’s new book and find out what software executives can learn from the former CEO’s missteps.
Should Borland Sell Out?
Can the last truly independent software company survive on tools alone? Tony Baer handicaps Borland’s chances in this week’s SandHill.com Blog on M&A.
.Net vs. Open Source Fundings
Must VCs have an ideology? Do they support one technology at the expense of the other? Jeffrey Nolan examines this issue in this week’s software VC blog.
Share your insight on the software business. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your submissions to the SandHill.com Blog.
August Events in the Valley
Don’t miss the IBDNetwork Strategy Series panel on The Pros and Cons of Working with Early-Stage Investors this Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 6:30 in Menlo Park. Next Tuesday, Under the Radar will focus on the prospects for mid-sized vendors.
Poll: ¿Es Vista Buena?
Last week, SandHill.com visitors gave their opinions on the pace of the software business in light of strong Q2 earnings from several vendors. Give your opinion and see the results >>
Download Software 2005 Podcasts and Videos
The conference made news throughout the industry. Now hear what people are talking about. Major Software 2005 keynote presentations and panels are available online in video or Podcast format. Visit the Software 2005 post-conference page for presentations from all presenters and other post conference news.
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