New Customer-Facing Systems Extend the Reach of Small, Midsize Businesses

Small, Midsize Businesses Reaching to Cloud

Small business doesn’t always mean simple business. Like larger companies, small and midsize businesses (SMBs) need to reach new markets, develop new products, satisfy customers, and control costs. The main difference is that SMBs need to do these things with fewer resources. In recent years, software vendors have announced new products to address the challenges facing small businesses. This post outlines two of them.

The Growing Circle of Cloud ERP

Core ERP and Point Solutions

Traditional providers of ERP systems typically sought to expand their functional footprint to include complementary applications outside of core ERP. Now cloud ERP vendors are adopting a similar strategy, bringing significant benefits to buyers.

Oracle Acquisition of NetSuite Is a Mixed Bag

Oracle NetSuite Acquisition

Oracle took another step in its strategy of growth by acquisition by announcing a bid for NetSuite. But apart from helping Oracle in its race with Salesforce.com to get to $10 billion in cloud revenues, what are the benefits of the deal to Oracle? How does it help NetSuite, and what does it mean to the broader marketplace? Looking at the big picture, there are certainly benefits, but there are also several concerns.

Oracle v. Rimini Street Verdict Clarifies Ground Rules for Third-Party Maintenance

Oracle Rimini Street Verdict

Earlier this month, the jury reached its verdict in the Oracle v. Rimini Street lawsuit, a closely-watched case involving third-party maintenance (3PM) in the enterprise software industry. Assuming the jury’s verdict stands up against potential appeals, the case sets an important precedent for how 3PM providers should operate to ensure they are not violating the intellectual property rights of the software owners. We expect customer use of third-party maintenance will increase as a result of this verdict.

The Cloud ERP Land Rush is On

Like the Oklahoma land rush of 1889, cloud vendors today are rushing into new territory to stake their claims. One provider that has joined the land rush is FinancialForce.com, which recently announced new branding to signal its claim in cloud ERP. This post provides an overview of the cloud ERP landscape and the latest vendor to stake a claim.

Oracle and Salesforce.com: The Great Detente

Salesforce.com and Oracle this week announced a “new strategic partnership.” For their mutual customers, the announcement represents a welcome thawing of relations between the two companies. But it remains to be seen whether it represents a strategic change of direction for Salesforce.com (SFDC). Not a Radical Departure for Salesforce.com The press release is quite short, […]

Microsoft Dynamics Progresses Up-Market But Still Missing Pieces

Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) has many necessary elements in place with its Dynamics product line to continue its move into large enterprises, but it still needs to fill functional gaps in its product offerings. In this post we discuss Microsoft’s progress – and its limitations – in the large enterprise market.

Oracle Fusion Runs into Oracle Apps Unlimited

Here we examines the claim that Oracle’s Applications Unlimited policy has hurt adoption of Oracle’s Fusion applications. We look at the history of Oracle’s strategy for marketing, investment, and support for its applications and analyze the reasons why Oracle customers have been slow to migrate to Fusion.