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I am not happy to Revisit a Vendor Survival post saying that my prediction that a vendor will not survive was correct (for example, SUN). If a vendor is not a monopoly, I am not happy to find that the probability that it will survive is lower than it was (Apple, HP etc.). Even if it is a monopoly in specific markets and not a monopoly in others, I am not happy to find that its Survival probability is lower than it was (Microsoft).  The reason that I am not happy is that competition is good for my customers: They can buy better products and pay less. This post is out of the ordinary. The probability that Software AG will Survive is now higher than it was when I wrote the post: Will Software AG Survive until 2019?     Software AG's Business Lines In my previous Vendors Survival post on Software AG, I analyzed its two major Business Lines: 1. Mainframe DataBase, Development ... (more)

The Next Generation of Private Clouds

The Public Cloud is a promise. A promise for a new model without an Information Technology department.  Unlike the Public Cloud, the Private Cloud is nothing to write home about. Utility Computing disguised in modern and attractive name.  Reality is not as simple as described in the paragraphs above.  If you read the article Tectonic shift as Public Cloud giants acknowledge the private deployment options, you will discover that even Amazon and Google admit that Public Cloud is not a magical solution for all problems. There is a necessity for Private Clouds. There are systems for which ... (more)

SaaS vendor leading the CRM Market

According to recent Gartner CRM Market Report Salesforce.com is the Worldwide CRM Software Spendings market leader with 16% in 2013. SAP is second with 13% and Oracle third with 10%. As far as Revenue Growth from 2012 to 2013 is concerned, Salesforce.com is leading with 30.3%. Microsoft following with 22.8% and IBM with 22% Revenues Growth. SAP growth rate is 12.7%. Oracle is lagging with 4%.  According to the same Gartner's report, 41% of CRM Systems are SaaS-based. Seven years ago     Seven years ago the data was not resembling current data. Oracle after acquiring Siebel and PeopleSoft... (more)

SaaS is Mainstream

Four years ago I wrote a post titled: SaaS is Going Mainstream. It was based upon Burton Group (now part of Gartner)'s SaaS survey. Three years later I wrote a post titled: ERP as a SaaS Maturity Indicator and a post titled: Fall is a Season not the future of SaaS. The last post cited, was my answer to an article titled: The Rise of Big Data and The Fall of SaaS. My opinion as well as the data, I based my opinion upon, supported the idea that SaaS market is growing and it is Going to be Mainstream. The Time is Changing, SaaS is no longer Going Mainstream: It is Mainstream. Read the f... (more)

STKI Summit 2010: The effects of Infrastructure Complexity

Complexity was one of the issues presented by Dr. Jimmy Schwarzkopf's STKI summit Keynote presentation. My Take in a previous post glanced at Complexity and the topic of a comment to my post was Complexity. Pini Cohen's Architecture and Infrastructure EVP & Senior Analyst's presentation in the STKI Summit included many slides on the same topic.  The key point was that In Israel  2009 was a year with record downtime dew to Complexity. Storage was a major cause for not good enough service due to under staffing. According to Pini's presentation the complexity is driven by three factors: ... (more)