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Postcards from a not so dystopian future... Or in other words, Europe should relax a little bit.... http://www.forbes.com/sites/benkepes/2013/10/16/postcards-from-the-edge-a-letter-from-a-post-prism-future/
1 month, 3 weeks ago on A red tape-wrapped rant at Europe’s flawed cloud thinking
@garyturner Gary, the question here is whether "specific requirements" are real or perceived. Also there is obviously a big difference between an infrastructure stack on which SaaS sits, and the backoffice tools on which a business runs. To your two examples, billing and back office systems, both of these are pretty well supported by flexible and customizable SaaS products today - say Zuora or Chargify for your billing and one of the plethora of project management/CRM offerings that exist.
The flourishing of SaaS solutions in the past 8 years or so means that the requirement for build versus buy is very different than it was previously.
3 months ago on One foot in the cloud, another on the ground
Just a point of clarification - Xero uses Yodlee and hence the problems with weird standards and formats is handled by Yodlee and not Xero itself - it's the cost, rather than the hassle, of bank feeds that Drury is saying justified the move. But agree with your summary that net/net it's probably the right thing to do...
3 months, 1 week ago on Xero will shutter Personal, the world yells foul
Good post Phil - VMware is standing on a burning platform that they're all to aware of. The problem is (to extend a metaphor) there's folks within the company that love the heat and keep dousing the structure with more gasoline. The existing revenue stream are, as I suggested in a post today, similar to kids on crack - super hard to give up.
That said, Gelsinger and co know all this and are working hard to change - expect to see some real carnage in both the company and the ecosystem in the months ahead if they're going to be successful.
More here - http://diversity.net.nz/out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new-vmwares-new-reality-and-the-carnage-to-come/2013/08/27/
3 months, 2 weeks ago on VMware and the reversible cloud
Phil - seems like SoSaaS to me (to use your phrase of old). Doesn't Sage need to really reinvent to become a true cloud company?
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Sage keeps calm, carries on to the cloud
Nope - because it won't be long before people realize that EVERYTHING can be sifted by a great number of Governments around the world and that any resistance by way of provider location or encryption, is largely futile...
More here - http://diversity.net.nz/blockprism-yeah-good-luck-with-that/2013/08/06/
4 months ago on Warning: EU’s PRISM exploitation will cost US $35bn
Google has had incognito mode in chrome forever. Actually I remember when it was announced, I was sitting in a Google IO session and the presenter told us all it was awesome if you needed to find a cure for foot fungal infections but didn't want your friends to know. The entire audience sniggered, everyone realizing that incognito mode is used, in the vast majority of cases, for surfing porn.
I don't think many people think of incognito as a foil to PRISM, rather it's the modern day equivalent of a plain brown paper bag....
5 months ago on Google redefines irony
If a standard flaps its wings in a forest somewhere, but no one in the world actually cares or adopts that standard, does it really exist? Or, put another way, the only standards that matter are those that rise naturally through industry use and not by the creation of big committees filled with stuff shirts....
5 months, 1 week ago on Taming the nexus with Platform 3.0
Hopefully this funny will ease your grief a little - http://diversity.net.nz/the-ultimate-analysis-of-workday-salesforce-and-oracle/2013/06/26/
But I agree with you - this is so... depressing on so many levels, and kind of an affront to those of us who (naively maybe) believed all of Benioff's rhetoric. It just shows what a master strategist Ellison is, I don't know what he has on these guys but it's amazing to see them seemingly bend to his demands...
More here - http://diversity.net.nz/a-big-week-for-oracle-ellison-yet-again-proves-hes-a-master-strategist/2013/06/26/
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Salesforce + Oracle? Good grief! (the 5 stages)
Dennis - while I agree that two tier ERP lies at the heart and to the future of this announcement, right now it doesn't get there. It seems more about Oracle getting some reflected cloud glory and "maybe" NetSuite enjoying some cred from the HCM association with Oracle.
One thing it does show is the absolute brilliance of Ellison as a strategy - it makes me want to throw up a little but it's pure gold..
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Oracle and Netsuite – the last shoe drops
@dahowlett Thanks Dennis. I guess I'm seeing a few things happening simultaneously:
1) A fundamental change in the way organizations look. A number of factors (generational, technological, economic) are going to result in future organizations looking and working differently from what they do today. I'm imagining much a more fluid, organic approach towards what constitutes and org. It won't be so well defined. Of course many say that is just futuristic nonsense but we'll see. If the prediction is correct, then less and less organizations will be the big monoliths that can have their needs met by traditional "big box" ERP. In which case the question is whether the traditional ERP vendors can build products of sufficient flexibility to meet this need. My prediction is generally not.
2) At the same time as this, NetSuite is moving decidedly up the food chain, but also strongly into verticals (viz the manufacturing and retail news of late). This means that not only do they butt heads more often with the smaller end of big box ERP, but that organizations are seeing them as a compelling alternative. In fact at SuiteWorld I spoke with a number of customers who fell into two buckets - firstly those who wouldn't have used NS a couple of years ago, when the functional breadth wasn't sufficient and secondly those who use NS as the lower end of their two tier approach - rolling up into a traditional ERP
So essentially I'm seeing more of a macro demand for two tier, coupled with an increasingly compelling message from NetSuite. If you add those two things together (and obviously many would disagree with the basic premise here), NetSuite becomes more of a target for Oracle.
As always, the opinions of just one lone voice and YMMV
6 months, 1 week ago on NetSuite taps market for $270 million
The chances of Oracle NOT acquiring NetSuite outright get lower and lower the more people buy in to the "two tier ERP" idea. But then again I've been saying that for a few years now....
@dcook11 In Francisco's defence (and hey, I don't know the guy from a bar of soap) - having attended a number of events of this ilk, there does seem to be a real tendency towards lightweighted belief as opposed to deep critical thought.
The bigger issue here is that, one could suggest, this tendency is a response to societal changes and the demands of an attention-poor and satisfaction-demanding public.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on The cult of ideas
Francisco - an incredible important and astute post. I was at a conference last week (an excellent event BTW, no criticism there) where one of the speaker roused the audience into an Obama-like "yes we can" fever with such themes as "Fuck misogyny, our industry is rife with it" and "Designers, demand your place at the board table" and other snippets. Rather than critical and analytic thinking around the statements, the crowd was carried away in what, quite frankly, felt a little too much like a Nuremberg rally for my comfort.
I sense the tide will eventfully turn - once everyone has had their five minutes of fame and the high-falutin ideas are proven to be nonsensical, we may just return to a more robust way of looking at and talking about these things.
@njyx Not me dude, I don't have a TV, or cable, or Netflix, or Hulu, or or or..... Hippies y'know
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Well, I for one like the Bravo “Silicon Valley” show
@njyx Oh and one more thing - this is probably the best thing to happen to Ben, Sarah, Hermione and the rest in their careers. They knew what it was and were likely pretty sure how it would turn out but did they ever get themselves some fame in the interim....
@njyx Meh, I'm not so sure dude.... actually yeah I am, the show is awful, but then again so is most "reality" TV. To simply single out this show is probably unfair - all modern TV is shit... Luckily we all have ValleyWag and Business Insider to keep us highbrow....
@adron @benkepes Adron, it was a tongue in cheek snark - pretty much all of the folks in here pimping their company's wares are friends, it's all good. Gotta put food on the table and all that... / @themaria @AaronEndre @kevinmarks
12 months ago on Dear Yammer and the entire cloud wave: If you expect companies to use your software, it has to work
@AaronEndre @benkepes @themaria @kevinmarks @scott_allison @sarahcuda "outraged"? Aaron, you're in luck. I have a halo just sitting here waiting for you - you are indeed the caped crusader of consumer protection and we love you for it...
Oh and I'm sure Huddle is stoked too
@kevinmarks yessum. And Maria is, I'm sure, stoked to have the support of Salesforce behind her ;)
All good, just enjoying being the malcontent in this group of folks