Business Strategy for Software Executives
November 24, 2008
SaaS Revamps the Supply Chain
High-tech companies need to take advantage of SaaS-model benefits for real-time visibility into their supply chain—especially in tight economic times.
By Jim Burleigh, SmartTurn
Often when I speak with executives at high-tech companies about their supply chain solutions, I’m shocked. They’re presumably people with a strong affinity for using technology to improve their business, but most of them are still dealing with archaic technologies and manual processes for handling the inventory and warehouse management challenges of manufacturing companies.
It’s almost like the cobbler’s children not having shoes. They have applied technology to their marketing, sales, manufacturing, and design processes; but they struggle with supply-chain fundamentals and lack technology that enables real-time visibility across their supply chains.
The good news is that this scenario is changing. Savvy vendors are using Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) combined with cutting-edge social networking concepts to resolve longstanding challenges in the technology supply chain.
Incremental Innovation Helped Toyota Lap GM
A look at the electric car strategies of Toyota and GM underscores the benefits of incremental innovation. Read why in Jon Fisher’s post to his SandHill.com Blog on Strategic Entrepreneurism.
8 Legal Tips for SaaS Vendors
As the market for SaaS products stays strong despite the economic downturn, Gene Landy of Ruberto, Israel & Weiner explains several legal issues that software vendors should keep in mind.
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Assessing Innovation Metrics
The results of a new McKinsey Global Survey show that many companies think they are doing a good job of measuring innovation when in fact there is significant room for improvement. Read why in this feature from The McKinsey Quarterly.
News Update: Banking on Change
Microsoft is free, Yahoo’s Yang is out; plus a Smart Planet and sacred cows. Read these stories and more software news of the week in the latest SandHill.com Software News Summary.
Poll: Supply Chain Optimized?
Is your company’s supply chain as streamlined as it should be?
Last week, readers estimated the realization of their company’s maintenance/service revenue potential.
More at SandHill.com:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt calls for innovation bailout.
Agilence receives $4 million; CEO describes the fundraising climate.
IBM acquires Transitive Corporation.
Bill Evans named CEO of Arkeia Software.
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