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Business Strategy for Software Executives

April 9 , 2007

Chris Barbin

Services 2.0: A New World for System Integrators

Heres why this 2.0 will forever change the software services ecosystem as it delivers Web 2.0 and SaaS 2.0 solutions to the enterprise.

By Chris Barbin, Appirio

Just when you thought it was safe to open your browser, another “2.0” trend hits the software industry. But before you click away, be aware that this “2.0” may be one that will impact your business in a direct and significant way.

I’m talking about “Services 2.0” and it is dramatically altering the system integrator (SI) landscape. This new breed of specialized firms fully embrace SaaS with complementary business and technology consulting, productized intellectual property, and support services via flexible social networks will be disruptive to traditional Global Systems Integrators (GSI).

This is not buzzword marketing. Software vendors must recognize that the advent of Services 2.0 is changing the entire value chain of their solutions.

By aligning with Services 2.0 companies to further disrupt the GSI model and redraw the lines of the software services ecosystem, software vendors will be able to improve the value, timeliness and cost-effectiveness of their customer solutions.


Steve Balmer to Keynote at Software 2007
Microsoft CEO to Share Strategic Insight

Steve BalmerWith the launch of Vista and Office 12, Steve Balmer will certainly have a lot to cover when he keynotes at Software 2007. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear this famed software business leader speak about Microsoft’s strategic direction. Register today for Software 2007, May 8 and 9 in Santa Clara, Calif. The final agenda for the event is online now!

WebMethods & Software AG: A Good Fit?

Tony BaerCan this German-American merger beat the odds and succeed? Tony Baer of onStrategies takes a closer look at the synergies between the companies and what the deal will do to the SOA and BPM markets in this week’s post to the Blog on SOA.

Apollo, We Have a Problem

Adobe is betting big on its new Apollo platform. Guy Smith of Silicon Strategies Marketing says however much he wants Apollo to succeed, the gods may be against it. Read why another development platform may not be the answer in this week’s post to the Blog on open source.

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News Update: The Catbird Seat

Bidding wars leave DoubleClick sitting pretty and Software AG with WebMethods; plus, Ray Ozzie talks in-depth, H-1B sells out and Web 2.0 security challenges emerge. Read these stories and more software news of the week in the latest Software News Summary.

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Parting Thought

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.”
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