Business Strategy for Software Executives
February 27 , 2006
From Bubble to Breakthrough
Reshaping a dotcom startup into an enterprise software powerhouse took focus and discipline.
By Josh Pickus, Computer Associates
When you’re running a company, it can be easy to get lost in the day-to-day. This was especially true during the Internet Bubble. Everyone knew that the business behavior of dotcom startups and Wall Street was unsustainable, but there was so much going on – and so many dreams of what we were going to become - that everyone continued to enjoy going through the motions.
Until the market fell out from under us, that is.
Many software CEOs are in a similar position today. There is an opportunity for most companies to reinvent themselves to better compete in the next software era. Yet there are so many day-to-day functions, strategic half-steps and false hopes distracting them, most executives will miss the window of opportunity to reinvent their companies.
This Bubble-to-breakthrough story shows how newfound discipline and focus were the keys to ensuring our company’s future.
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