Business Strategy for Software Executives
June 3, 2008
Oracle: A New Value Proposition
SVP of Application Development Jesper Andersen explained how innovation is driving Oracle’s value proposition - and its acquisition strategy - in his Software 2008 keynote.
By Maryann Jones Thompson, Sand Hill Group
Jesper Andersen hasn’t watched Oracle’s aggressive acquisition strategy from the sidelines– he’s lived it. After an early career in Oracle’s development organization, Andersen became group VP of PeopleSoft’s product strategy organization and was “acquired” to become an Oracle executive again.
With more than 15 years of developing enterprise software, Andersen is well-versed in the way things were – and the way things are headed in the industry. During his keynote address at Software 2008, Andersen addressed the method behind Oracle’s acquisition madness, the unique value of his application suite and how Enterprise 2.0 will take a larger role in the company’s products in the future.
The New Field of Master Data Managment
Master data management (MDM) is becoming a critical area of investment for many enterprises. R. Ray Wang and Rob Karel of Forrester Research share tales from early adopters of MDM strategies and their implications for enterprises and software vendors in this post to the
VARs Adapt to New Realities
Some industry watchers speculated that SaaS would kill the channel. Of course, that hasn’t happened. Bruce La Fetra of Rubicon Consulting looks at what’s changed and how VARs adapted to the rapidly evolving world of enterprise software in this post to the SandHill.com Blog on channel management.
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DON’T MISS: Communicating with the Right Investors
Executives spend too much time talking with investors who don’t matter. Read this article from The McKinsey Quarterly to find out how to identify those who do.
News Update: Breaking Down Walls
Cisco goes open with Etch; plus, Google shows off its infrastructure, a whistleblower snags IBM’s deep pocket, Gates and Ballmer chat fireside and Workday signs a big deal. Read these stories and more software news of the week in the latest SandHill.com Software News Summary.
Poll: Oracle - Cunning or Crazy?
Has Oracle’s voracious appetite for acquisitions paid off so far?
Last week, readers speculated on how SaaS will take over other industries.
More at SandHill.com:
Analysts tell Google to buy Salesforce.com.
Persystent Technologies garnered $11.6 million in Series A financing.
NetSuite paid $26 million for OpenAir.
Michael Robichaud named CEO of Percussion Software.
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