Business Strategy for Software Executives
October 15, 2007
Where are Software’s Children?
Enterprise software is losing its young guard. Here’s what we need to do to bring them back
By M.R. Rangaswami, Sand Hill Group
They say that youth is fleeting. In the enterprise software industry, the youth are fleeing.
Look at the hairlines of today’s software leaders and it’s apparent: they wunderkinds of today are not looking to create the next wave of corporate computing applications. Many of software’s potential entrepreneurs are joining companies in the “green,” Web 2.0, biotech, Internet or other emerging fields.
Bill Gates was 19 when he founded Microsoft. Steve Jobs started Apple at 21. Even Marc Benioff was in his 30s when he founded Salesforce.com – and he remains one of the industry’s youngsters at 42.
Software companies need to do more to attract the next-generation of business leaders who will drive the evolution of the industry into the decades to come.
Oracle Relieves BEA
After much speculation, Oracle is the vendor which moves to acquire BEA. Tony Baer of onStrategies speculates about what Charles Phillips might be seeing in this week’s post to the SandHill.com Blog on M&A.
When an offshoring initiative gets underway, most companies are up in arms about how to manage the engagement. Uktarsh Rai gives his perspective on how to succeed offshore in this post to the SandHill.com blog on offshoring best practices.
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DON’T MISS: The Profit-Performance Link
McKinsey research indicates that organizational and financial performance are strongly related. Read how in this article from The McKinsey Quarterly.
News Update: Oracle Takes the Bait
Oracle bites, SAP departs, Oracle grins and Google phones. Read these stories and more software news of the week in the latest SandHill.com Software News Summary.
Poll: SAP-Business Objects?
What does SAP’s acquisition of Business Objects mean to SAP’s strategy?
Last week, readers gave their opinions as to what would be the fate of BEA.
More at SandHill.com:
Five ways to improve software licensing.
M3 Technology Group receives $6.5 million.
McAfee buys SafeBoot for $350 million.
Vertica Systems named Ralph Breslauer as CEO.
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