Business Strategy for Software Executives
August 6, 2007
Predicting the Next Software Decade
CEOs and investors predict what the next decade will bring for the enteprise software industry. Take our survey and see how your predictions stack up.
By M.R. Rangaswami, Sand Hill Group
Microsoft as open source partner… Oracle as application vendor... Bangalore as development leader... The Internet as a secure corporate network…
Unless you’ve just climbed out from under a rock, you’re well aware that the sofware industry is undergoing massive change. From buyer behavior to emerging technologies to new delivery models to global development to investor activity, nothing about today’s software business is the same as it was ten years ago.
At the tenth anniversary of the elite, invitation-only Enterprise 2007 conference last month, the software CEOs, investors and thought leaders in attendance were prompted to reflect on the evolution of the last ten years and to predict how the next ten years will play out. A survey of attendees revealed surprising insight on the most important industry influences of the past – and the future.
Software IPO Update
The latest analysis of second quarter software financial trends shows encouraging signs. Ken Bender of Software Equity Group reviews the latest software IPOs and looks closer at the current pipeline in this week’s post to the SandHill.com Blog on software finance.
Enterprise Software Shifts Direction
Customers continue to demand changes in the software business. S. Sadagopan of Satyam says this continued evolution of the buyer’s mindset and the ongoing importance of innovation will present a new environment for software sales. Read why in this post to his SandHill.com Blog, The Deep End.
Publish Your Perspective!
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Don't Miss: Focus on the Customer – Merrill Lynch
Merrill Lynch has combined operations with IT in a single unit. Diane Schueneman, the head of the company’s Global Infrastructure Solutions, explains how she is changing both to focus on the customer in this article from The McKinsey Quarterly.
News Update: Good Morning, DC
The U.S. government wakes up and votes to bolster the domestic tech industry’s future; plus, Google blacks out, Benioff sells off and Slim gives out. Read these stories and more software news of the week in the latest SandHill.com Software News Summary.
Poll: Most Influential Software Leader?
Which software leader has had the biggest impact on the industry over the past decade?
Last week, readers gave their opinions as to how the impact of services revenues on software vendor performance will evolve.
More at SandHill.com:
In Silicon Valley, millionaires who don’t feel rich.
Q4bis raises $6 million.
Dell buys ASAP Software.
Trevor Matz named president and CEO of Aternity.
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