Software Pulse

Business Strategy for Software Executives

October 13, 2008

Joe Ruck

When the Levee Breaks

SaaS customers and vendors need to work harder to ensure business continuity in order to avoid a business disaster.

By Joe Ruck, BoardVantage

“Now, cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good, When the levee breaks, mama, you got to move.”
Memphis Minnie, inspired by the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927

Saas is a great way to deliver software efficiently and effectively, but all too often it can be used as a way to do a run around IT. In doing so, critical IT functions such as ensuring security and system reliability can be short-circuited. Companies must apply sufficient consideration to questions of business continuity rather than relying on the brand name of their SaaS vendor to ‘always be there’.


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The conference will explore the answers to critical questions such as, what cloud business models are showing early signs of success, what best practices are driving cloud marketing, and, importantly, what early-adopter customers are doing in the cloud today. Register now and help set the agenda for the next wave of computing.

America’s Education Crisis

Jon FisherThe U.S. has maintained its leadership position in the worldwide economy despite a lowering of educational standards. Jon Fisher argues that America must reinvest in education to maintain the lead in the next era of science- and technology-driven industries. Read Jon’s perspective in his Blog, “Strategic Entrepreneurism.”

SaaS in a Scary Economy

Paul GiurataThe agile development process coupled with a savvy SaaS approach can help software companies survive challenging times. Paul Giurata of Catalyst Resources explains why in this post to the Blog on SaaS.

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Creating Organizational Transformations

If organizational transformations are to succeed, change can’t be thought of as a single, standardized process. Read the results of this new McKinsey Global Survey in this article from The McKinsey Quarterly.

News Update: Tech's "Nuclear Winter"?

Experts weigh in on how software companies will survive the financial crisis; plus IBM bets big on the cloud, Pentagon issues open-source guidelines, SAP users balk, Facebook co-founder exits and Oracle and Symantec keep buying. Read these stories and more software news of the week in the latest Software News Summary.

Poll: SaaS in a Recession?

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HCL beat out Infosys to acquire SAP-consultancy Axon.
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Sudip Nandy named CEO of Aricent.
See who’s made it to the top in our list of recent software executive appointments.

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Parting Thought

Yesterday's home runs don't win today's games.”
— Babe Ruth

Courtesy of Malcolm Kusher, The Kushner Group



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