Software Pulse
April 21, 2010

C.K. PrahaladRemembering C.K. Prahalad: A Champion of Innovation

The passing of one of the world’s foremost management strategists reminds us of his tremendous contributions to the software business and urges vendors to keep business-driven innovation at the core of their missions.

By M.R. Rangaswami, Sand Hill Group

“Business processes and IT infrastructure and systems must combine for an extremely flexible, response-driven, real-time enterprise. Software vendors must adopt an innovative, flexible mindset in order to deliver products that will drive their customers’ success in the years to come.”

– C.K. Prahalad, 2006

Few business leaders influenced the transformation of the software industry like C.K. Prahalad. Through his open-minded vision and influence with global CEOs, C.K. urged enterprises to adopt a new perspective about the potential of technology and innovation to transform business – a management philosophy that thrives in today’s competitive economy and will continue to set apart the next generation of corporate leaders.


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The End of an Era

S. SadagopanS. Sadagopan of Mahindra Satyam pays tribute to C.K. Prahalad as an “aggressive die-hard activist” who has influenced “wide swaths of people in all walks of life.” Read more on the impact of C.K. Prahalad in this post to his Blog, The Deep End.

Beware the TCO Trap

Tim Minahan of Ariba counsels customers that they won’t achieve savings targets and transformational goals with technology alone. Read why a relentless focus on ROI and TCO is not the path to achieving business objectives in this post to the Blog, New Era, New Thinking.

Mobile Moves

Kamesh Pemmaraju

Guy Smith of Silicon Strategies Marketing looks at the latest mobile platform market share figures and the results of strategic moves by Microsoft, Apple, RIM and Google in this post to the Blog Outlook for Emerging Tech.

Top 5 Cloud Strategies for CIOs

Kamesh Pemmaraju

Kamesh Pemmaraju shares approaches for enterprise cloud computing adoption and Gartner’s perspective on the impact of open source on cloud computing in this post to his Blog, Leaders in the Cloud.

DON’T MISS: M&A Teams: When Small is Beautiful

Large M&A departments aren't essential for making successful acquisitions. Read why in this article from The McKinsey Quarterly.

Poll: The Power of Innovation?

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  4. 10 challenges Microsoft must overcome in 2010 (eWeek)
  5. IBM profit beats forecasts, boosts 2010 guidance (CNBC)

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“I think that we are likely to see at least moderate pickup in investment activity as we go through the year 2010."

- Bill Wiberg, general partner at Advanced Technology Ventures, on Q1 VC investment totals.

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