Business Strategy for Software Executives
December 26, 2006
The Biggest Trends of 2006
Hereís a look at the most important evolutionary strides taken by the software industry in 2006.
By M.R. Rangaswami, Sand Hill Group
Congratulations! Youíve made it through another year in the software business, one of the most exciting and rapidly evolving industries on the planet.
2006 was a year of continued transition ñ transition to new technologies, new business models and new vendor ecosystems.Ý
The software industry is moving into a new phase of confidence. Following several years of slides, shifts and upheaval, many software vendors are watching their next-generation strategies crystallize.
After wrangling with the ramifications of consolidation, spending caps, open source, offshoring, SaaS, SOA, on-demand, Web 2.0 and other trends, executives are now better aware of their opportunities and increasingly ready to guide their companies into the next era.
At SandHill.com, weíve enjoyed documenting these changes for software business leaders. Here is a look back at the opinion pieces, blog posts and news stories which shaped the evolution of the industry in 2006.
Time Validates Enterprise 2.0
Man of the Year for 2006 is you ñ I mean me, I mean usÖ. The newsmagazine pays tribute to the power of Web 2.0 technologies and Internet connectivity. In this weekís post to the SandHill.com Blog on Enteprrise 2.0, well-read blogger, Vinnie Mirchandani pays tribute to the technologies and people who made this honor possible.
The Next Enterprise App?
As with the cobblerís kids going shoe-less, IT is often one of the least sophisticated technology operations in the enterprise. Tony Baer of onStrategies takes a look at the new software which manages and delivers of IT services.Ý Read why these products may result in the next enterprise off-the-shelf application in this weekís post to the SandHill.com Blog on emerging technology.
Publish Your Perspectives!
The SandHill.com Blog wants your opinions. Send your thoughts on the enterprise software industry to firstname.lastname@example.org and weíll publish them in our blog.
The Elusive Art of Postmerger Leadership
Mergers that appear to be successful in the short term often destroy value later on. By concentrating on five issues, CEOs and top teams can increase the odds of a genuinely happy ending.Ý Read more in this article from The McKinsey Quarterly.
Donít Miss: CIO Predictions for 2007
Leading-edge CIOs, Toby Redshaw of Motorola and Dave Watson of Kaiser, give us their take on the enterprise software market in 2006 and make some interesting predictions for 2007 in this candid conversation with Sand Hill Groupís MR Rangaswami. Click here to download to the latest podcast from SandHill.com.
Poll: Software Story of 2007?
What will be the story that epitomizes software business in 2007? ÝÝ
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