The practical impact of Nadella's selection for enterprise IT buyers won't be known for some time. So much the better for poorly supported speculation!
Monolithic business applications (think late-90s ERP) made a certain amount of sense--all that functionality tightly integrated under one user interface. Unfortunately, as Ben Kepes points out, that interface usually stank.
Over the next few years, enterprise software providers will focus more on providing "enterprise-class support" for mobile data and applications on top of existing mobile architectures, predicts market research firm Gartner.
Tech is known for rapid change. Tony Byrne points out that some things stay the same. Byrne, of the Real Story Group, outlines six lessons for enterprise software buyers based on trends that have persisted for years and that will remain important in 2014 and beyond.
Microsoft continues to dominate a sluggish enterprise software market, according to the latest stats from IDC. Microsoft had a 17.1 percent share of the enterprise software market based on revenues in 2012, down from a 17.4 percent share in 2011.
The enterprise software behemoth Oracle has agreed to buy Acme Packet, a provider of session border controllers and other IP-based network products, for $29.25 per share, or a total of $1.7 billion, net of Acme Packet's cash.
LAS VEGAS-- When you think about Robert Bosch, you usually think hardware. But Bosch also has a large software unit that provides software stacks to enterprises looking to manage business processes, sensor outputs and big data.
Enterprise spending on mobile data services is expected to offset declines in spending for fixed and mobile voice services, spurring an annual 2.4 percent growth in telecom services spending over the next couple of years, according to the latest data from Gartner.
Virtual machine and cloud system software was the fastest growing segment among software markets, posting a 17.8 percent growth rate in the first half of 2012 compared with the same time period last year, according to the latest data from IDC.
For an interesting and expansive overview of the changes enterprise software underwent last year, take a look at an article by IDG News Service's Chris Kanaracus. While it would be going too far to