Jon picks the highs and the lows from a hectic summer week of enterprisey events.
The SAP Mentor program has been a great success and includes some of the smartest people I know. But now it needs to switch gears and more faithfully reflect the direction that SAP is taking.
A weekend conspiracy theory take on the PRISM thing. In short - you can't make this stuff up...or can you?
Salesforce.com and SAP may have stolen the headlines, but the best vendor-sparked conversations were actually coming out of Informatica World. Here's why.
SAP wants to "unleash" its will on the CRM market (and Salesforce.com) - like Russell Crowe unleashing hell in Gladiator perhaps? - through its hybris acquisition. But clearly there are the implications for the ecommerce market and the likes of rivals such as NetSuite. The war in heaven is hotting up again.
So email does matter after all. Buying ExactTarget not only plugs gaps in the Salesforce Marketing Cloud. It could be just what the vendor needs to solve impending renewal challenges in its core Sales Cloud business.
Ariba's networks strategy is a long vision of how indirect spend gets optimized. It's a vision I find compelling.
SAP goes on another shopping trip. This time it's e-commerce automation with the acquisition of hybris. What do we think? Not a lot but we are prepared to be surprised.
Digital government needs to shake off the sham consultations exercises with citizens and use wikis and Twitter to create genuine engagement with the electorate.
Yesterday Salesforce.com announced plans to buy up email marketing firm ExactTarget for a cool $2.5 billion. Wall St got a bit twitchy, but industry analysts take a longer term view of what could be a bulls-eye move from Benioff.
Killing off maverick spending is one of the much vaunted claims for spend management. When put in those terms the allure sounds obvious. But what do you do when you have no systems to manage spending? Check out how Storebrand did it, achieving 20 percent savings along the way.
AribaLIVE is underway in Berlin. We find a company enjoying success but with plenty of work to do. We also hear how SAP is 'eating its own dog food' as an Ariba customer. The insights are invaluable.