DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCEWhen in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the Internet, the separate and equal station to which the laws of computing and of computing’s God entitle them, a decent respect […]
The End of SaaS
Sometimes, there is nothing much to add. So I present to you – words of wisdom – as could only be articulated by the leader of a stagnating on-premise software vendor emotionally tied to the “cocaine” of endless upgrade fees and maintenance streams. SaaS Market will Collapse in Two Years Lawson’s CEO, Harry Debes, doesn’t […]
Getting Things Done at Office2.0
Ready to be connected? (Photo by Azi) Ismael Ghalimi is someone I have long admired for the number and quality of projects he takes on and finishes. In fact, he has built an Extreme Productivity Seminar that shares his techniques. (See slides here). He also happens to use Force.com, the salesforce.com platform, for automating his […]
Letter to MBA Summer Interns – Five Things I Learned The Hard Way
I had dinner a few days ago with some very smart interns who are spent their summer at salesforce.com. We talked about what they did, who they worked for and even caught up on some gossip. As is my wont, after a few glasses of wine, I was off pontificating about life lessons. The interns […]
My Favorite Blogs and Non-Blogs About Business, Marketing and Sex
Even as my blog revolves around technology – my favorite blogs don’t – no offense to my favorite Enterprise Irregulars friends. Here are some of my favorite writers: Calculated Risk: This blog focuses on housing and the economics around it. I started reading it in 2006 when I was trying to sell my house and […]
Customer is King – Feedly RSS Reader Launched! Long Live the King!
Its been a great day for feedly – the start up created by Edwin Khodabakchian and his impressive team. I have known Edwin since Oracle acquired his previous baby Collaxa. He brought a fresh new spirit to Oracle and was an inspiration to be around. My favorite are his minimalist diagrams – he can convey […]
Run by Wall St? Cause or Company?
In light of the Yahoo! – Microsoft fiasco, fellow bloggers Larry Dignan and Vinnie Mirchandani have been asking the question whether there is too much emphasis on just one stakeholder – the shareholder. After all, shouldn’t a technology company (or any company for that matter) be equally focused on the value for customers, partners and […]
First US Real-Estate, now UK : India & China – You Are Next!
Calculated Risk, my favorite blog on the mortgage mess reports from the Economist. From The Economist: The bust begins … finally, tighter credit and overstretched household budgets are pulling prices down. A collective shudder ran down the spines of British homeowners on Tuesday April 8th when Halifax, a part of HBOS and the country’s biggest […]
What Game Are You Playing? Snakes and Ladders? Chess?
Our world view predisposes our behavior and reaction. I have lately been thinking about how people use the metaphor of sports and games to describe their behavior in personal and business life – ‘I won’, ‘She lost’, ‘Not fair’, ‘Wrong call’, etc. However, we do have one big fundamental choice. And some of exercise it […]
Next Step: Salesforce.com SaaS Platform
I am excited to share with my readers that I have joined Salesforce.com. I am on the product management team and will help drive strategy for Salesfore.com’s SaaS platform. The Force.com platform provides end-users, enterprises and ISVs with a complete, integrated, hosted solution for building and delivering custom applications without worrying about the underlying infrastructure. […]
Oracle SaaS Platform Growth
Phil Wainewright writes: The event itself signals Oracle’s increasing awareness of its opportunity to become a leading supplier of the building-blocks for Saas infrastructure. There’s been a big turnaround in Oracle’s public pronouncements on SaaS in the past year, culminating at Oracle OpenWorld with the announcement of its new CRM On Demand products and a […]
Fixing the HD DVD v Blu-Ray Dilemma With A Guarantee
So, the HD DVD vs. Blu-Ray wars continue and but for the early adopters, there is little adoption of either format. The problem is that customers don’t want to bet on the wrong format like they did (or heard people did) in Beta-VHS wars. And until there is significant adoption of either format, there is […]
Thought: Good Looking PC Or Mac Wannabe?
Quick Question: What do you think of when someone mentions a great looking computer that works well? If your answer was Apple as was the response from 10 or so friends I quizzed, you are part of the majority. And this is a huge problem for Microsoft and its allies. Every time, a PC maker […]
♥ Huckabee for President. Mind, Not So Much.
So Huckabee and Obama have won the primaries and if nothing else this shows that Americans care about what kind of a person you are rather than how much money you can raise, how politically astute you can be or how you can dodge the issues. From the day I was exposed to Huckabee in […]
9 Predictions I Will Regret in 2008
The season of top 10 predictions is fully upon us and I could not resist coming up with my own top 10 list. Google Will Decide Against Doing Something: After years of saying yes to every problem they seem to encounter and even some non-problems (Google Products, Google Checkout, Google Base), Google will finally refuse […]
Warren Buffett Explains Mortgage Meltdown
Chris (BloggerJacks) has written an excellent post talking to the current malaise in the credit market and its impact on the economy. He referenced my earlier post on this topic which I am re-posting as the words of Warren Buffett are truer today than even months ago. As we go through this volatility and near […]
Beating India and China at their own Numbers Game
Yes, China and India have huge populations – 1.3 billion and 1.1 billion by latest estimates. I am tired of hearing how they are the place to be because of these numbers. So here is a thought: We have an economy that is five times as large as either of these – six billion to […]
Aberdeen Group on Oracle SaaS Platform: A Leader
The Aberdeen Group has issued a research note evaluating the Oracle SaaS Platform. The Insight report talks to the leadership and momentum of the SaaS Platform for ISVs looking to build on-demand applications. I will let Aberdeen Group’s report do the talking, so here is a short excerpt from the conclusion section: Oracle has indeed […]
Enterprise Software Sexy like Diane Keaton, Not Britney
Scoble asks Why enterprise software isn’t sexy in response to a question recently raised by Bill Gates. And I say its sexy but its in the eye of the beholder. Yes, consumers get turned on looking at a map overlayed with restaurant locations but my enterprise customers want to see real value. Sexy Diane Keaton […]
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