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Last week in tech

Here is my somewhat cheeky look at what was interesting and entertaining last week in the wonderful world of technology. In this episode we're talking SAPPHIRE v SuiteWorld and about Google not paying its taxes in the right place - allegedly.

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Cloud SIs do it differently

Global SIs have established relationships with enterprises that make them preferred partners for most projects. But cloud implementations may require a different approach that specialist cloud SIs are better equipped to deliver.

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ICAEW flubs cloud case

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has flubbed its understanding of cloud - big time. In a report entitled: The Business Case for Cloud (restricted distribution), author Chris Tiernan, managing partner of Grosvenor Consultancy Services makes a number of assertions that are perplexing at many levels.

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Sapphire Now 2013 report card

I'm awarding SAP high marks for clarifying HANA options and a passing grade for talking about a modern user interface badged Fiori. Not approved for graduation? The cloud platform story. Read on for more.

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Face/Off - SuiteWorld vs Sapphire Now

This week has seen diginomica team members in Orlando for SAPPHIRE Now and San Jose for NetSuite SuiteWorld. I was in San Jose at the SuiteWorld event but had contact with colleagues over in Orlando. Which was better?

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Qualcomm mulls shift to cloud ERP

At wireless technology giant Qualcomm, insiders are said to refer to NetSuite's cloud ERP system as 'the rapid platform', in contrast to the 'legacy platform' from Oracle that runs its core systems. Already deployed in peripheral business units, a larger role for NetSuite may now be on the cards.

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NetSuite SuiteWorld - Day 2 in review

This morning's keynote was all about demos. That's great for prospective customers but there needs to be more. In this keynote, Evan Goldberg, CTO NetSuite showed us a slew of enhancements including work on the user interface, multi-book accounting and a natty wine distribution application developed by a partner.

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NetSuite SuiteWorld : Day 1 in review

Well - I got that wrong. Contrary to what I thought, the NetSuite SuiteWorld opening keynote and surrounding executive presentations did not center on retail. Instead, the company chose to walk us through the four big elements of the company's focus: the suite, customizations, omni-commerce and suite for industries.

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Sapphire Now : Day 1 in review

Day one of Sapphire Now 2013 brought its share of surprises and enough hyperbolic HANA-is-superfast quotage to keep the hype meter in proper orbit. I spent a good chunk of day one in the JD-OD.com video studio with customers and startups, getting the views from folks who had made the trek from Czech Republic, Germany, and Israel.