Software Pulse

Business Strategy for Software Executives

April 21 , 2008

Jeff Nolan

Incrementalism and “The New New Thing”

With all the venture capital moving around in the Silicon Valley, where is the real innovation?

By Jeff Nolan, NewsGator

The latest venture capital numbers are in and guess what? Software startups drew another $1.3 billion in investment during first quarter. I’m wondering, “Where is “’The New New Thing’?”

Today’s venture capitalists are funneling a lot of money into businesses which are only incremental improvements over what the current market offers. The situation may leave the technology industry in another downward spiral if none of these “incremental” ventures fail to hit it big and no other genuine innovation appears soon.


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AppDev Innovation – The Virtualization Way

Ramesh PanugantyVirtualization touches all aspects of the technology business today. Ramesh Panuganty of Cognizant Technology Solutions explains how to leverage the possibilities of virtualization in the application development process without falling victim to its potential setbacks in this post to the Blog on Enabling Innovation.

Is SOA Getting Boring?

Last year, IBM said SOA was moving from the IT realm to that of business. Now the company says SOA is more about dealing with basic technical infrastructure issues. Tony Baer of OnStrategies talked to IBM’s Steve Mills about the shift in thinking and why SOA will increase competition in the software industry in this post to the Blog on SOA.

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DON’T MISS: Making the Board More Strategic

Corporate directors want to spend more time developing forward-looking strategies that help maximize shareholder value. Boards that are already highly influential in creating corporate value work differently. Read how in this article from The McKinsey Quarterly

News Update: Where the Dollars Flow

Strong Q1 profits appear despite a slowed economy; plus, SaaS evolves to PaaS and DaaS, giants partner to capture mid-market revenue, Oracle expands its SAP lawsuit and MySQL causes an uproar.   Read these stories and more software news of the week in the latest Software News Summary.

Poll: Incremental Innovation?

Can the technology industry grow on incremental innovation or will it take a “new new thing” for real profits?  
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More at

Web 2.0 companies will spend $4.6 billion by 2013, Forrester predicts.
Read the most important enterprise software industry news of the week >>

Venture capital investing slows in first quarter.
Monitor the latest software venture capital deals >>

Microsoft acquired Farecast for an undisclosed sum.
Size up last week's software M&A deals >>

Mike Bradley named CEO of Apprion.
See who's made it to the top in our list of recent software executive appointments.

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Parting Thought

“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.”
–Karen Kaiser Clark

Courtesy of Malcolm Kusher, The Kushner Group


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