Software Pulse

Business Strategy for Software Executives

February 11 , 2008

Rudolph Melik

Patterns of Project Management Success

Software vendors can improve their project ROI by following proven paths to project success.

By Rudolf Melik, Tenrox

Looking back on 2007, I found myself asking, which projects were successful? Which ones disappointed or failed, and why?

The answers were surprising. We identified a set of characteristics which helped predict a successful outcome for our business projects - and another set which forecasted failure. Software vendors can learn from these patterns of project management success and can deliver improved productivity and return from their project teams.


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Enterprise SaaS is No Slam Dunk

As more large companies turn to the on-demand model, there may be a backlash on the horizon. Ken Bender of Software Equity Group says SaaS vendors’ increasing need to integrate their apps into large IT installations may force them to raise prices and negate the attractiveness of the model. Read why in this post to the Blog on SaaS.

Some Sleek Mobile Maneuvers

Nokia recently bought Trolltech - the latest in a series of moves which position the mobile manufacturer well for deploying a Linux stack for mobile devices. Read Guy Smith of Silicon Strategies Marketing’s take on Nokia’s savvy strategy in this post to the Blog on emerging technology

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DON'T MISS: The Leadership-Innovation Gap

McKinsey research reveals a wide gap between the aspirations of executives to innovate and their ability to execute. Organizational structures and processes are not the solution. Read how to bridge the gap in this article from The McKinsey Quarterly.

News Update: Signs of the Times

More speculation about a Microsoft-Yahoo combo; plus, Torvalds analyzes competitors, the marriage of HR and SaaS, body heat wanted and integration needed. Read these stories and more software news of the week in the latest Software News Summary.

Poll: If Not Microsoft, then Who?

Which company will end up merging with Yahoo?   
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Tech groups push patent reform.
Read the most important enterprise software industry news of the week >>

SugarCRM receives another $20 million.
Monitor the latest software venture capital deals >>

Workday acquires Cape Clear Software.
Size up last week's software M&A deals >>

Ketera named Steve Savignano as CEO.
See who's made it to the top in our list of recent software executive appointments.

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Parting Thought

“Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too.”
-Robert Half

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