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Progress Report - C3IoT Analyst Day - A unique approach to PaaS needs more adoption - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, C3IoT is a relatively small vendor, with limited resources that must support a large solution footprint and a demanding customer base. Single projects that the C3IoT platform powers typically required a headcount larger than C3IoT’s complete employee base. Truly a David vs a Goliath task scenario, which C3IoT can only solve with scaling know how and 3rd party resources rapidly on its platform."
c3iot  cloud  constellation  research  futurist  holger  mueller  integration  iot  nextgen  apps  nextgenapps  paas  trusted  advisor 
20 days ago by jonerp
Event Report - SAP Hybris Live 2017 Barcelona - YaaS morphs and more agility ahead - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, SAP Hybris is in the middle of a transformation on the platform side and at the same side customer best practices are changing. SAP overall is trying to capture this with its design thinking projects under the SAP Leonardo umbrella, it is not clear how SAP Hybris is part of them. Equally missing is the overall SAP CRM vision and plans, something that always affects ecommerce plans, where SAP Hybris plays. Lastly SAP needs a 3rd party data and overall DaaS strategy, as customer acquisition and sentiment collected from first party data – will always remain only a fraction of the challenge ecommerce vendors have to solve."
cloud  constellation  research  crm  e-commerce  futurist  holger  mueller  iaas  nextgen  apps  nextgenapps  paas  sap  hybris 
22 days ago by jonerp
Event Report - Workday Rising 2017 - Workday opens and advances the platform - but its early days - by @holgermu
"Overall Workday is moving in the right direction, I’d like to see it move a little faster, but customers will be in good shape as long as Workday delivers on the platform, architecture and functionality capabilities it has announced and shared at Rising. CxOs making decision should practice the usual caution as with all new products – minimum required capabilities, commercial implications, and roadmap are a few prominent considerations to mention. Stay tuned."
ai  chris  kanaracus  cloud  constellation  research  erp  finance  future  of  work  futurist  hcm  holger  mueller  machine  learning  nextgen  apps 
5 weeks ago by jonerp
Event Report - Ceridian Insights 2017 - Ceridian widens and deepens the Dayforce Suite
"We had the opportunity to attend the Ceridian yearly user conference, Insights, held at the Aria in Las Vegas, from the 3rdtill 5th of October 2017. The conference had record attendance with almost 3000 participants and was very well attended from influencers and analysts."
ceridian  constellation  research  fow  future  of  work  hcm  holger  mueller  nextgen  payroll  strategic  advisor  trusted  workforce  management 
5 weeks ago by jonerp
Event Report - Oracle Open World 2017 - Top 3 Positives / Top 3 Concerns - Overall good - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, Oracle needs to find a better way with customers and improve its image and day to day standing. Betting solely on the better product is risky. And with the overall bet of Oracle on the large, integrated, chip to click stack (from the Silicon to the user click in SaaS) – enterprises will even more think twice before they do business with a vendor of Oracle’s wreputation. Doing right and better with customers is always a good true North – but it seems it is not (yet) a priority for Oracle executives, as none of that was mentioned in the critical keynotes."
autonomous  constellation  research  daas  database  future  of  work  hcm  holger  mueller  iaas  nextgen  apps  openworld  oracle  paas 
6 weeks ago by jonerp
News Analyses Roundup - SAP's September Tech Announcements - SAP doubles down on technology
"On the concern side, SAP is coming late to many of these moves, but better late – than never. Extra kudos for the ABAP beta – we have asked SAP for many years about the future of ABAP developers. If you lose a developer community it is always hard to make up (look no further than IBM with Rational). And SAP decided to build the road before the destination with EIM. Ok. But SAP needs a SAP native (or certified) BigData / Hadoop capability."
cloud  constellation  research  content  eim  futurist  hana  holger  mueller  leonardo  mendix  mobile  nextgen  apps  nextgenapps 
7 weeks ago by jonerp
Event Report - Microsoft Ignite / Envision 2017 - Broad push - few highlights - by @holgermu
"On the concern side Microsoft took an even more notable timeout on the Hololens side. And despite making key announcements that matter to customers (for instance support for Kubernetes, Tensorflow, CloudFoundry), these partnerships were all mentioned in the keynotes but not shown in demos (I may have missed them) or announced in roadmaps. Instead a lot of innovation on Docker came to light, e.g. SQL Server 2017 can run in… a Docker container. The biggest challenge enterprises have with Microsoft is the absence of a holistic PaaS strategy."
azure  constellation  research  dynamics  future  of  work  futurist  holger  mueller  iaas  microsoft  nextgen  apps  paas  sql  server  trusted  advisor 
7 weeks ago by jonerp
News Analysis - Oracle Unveils New Programs that Transform how Customers Buy and Consume Cloud – Gloves Off - by @holgermu
"For the industry, its key to watch how well Oracle can move customers to cloud (or cloud at customer). For Oracle competitors, massive potential could disappear. As Constellation estimates that 30-40% of on premise systems are either Oracle systems, or systems so closely connected to an Oracle system – this is a key development to watch – to determine the overall move of the on-premise load to public cloud (the other one is the VMware / AWS partnership)."
aws  cloud  constellation  research  database  futurist  holger  mueller  iaas  oracle  paas  saas  strategic  advisor 
8 weeks ago by jonerp
Event Report - SAP SuccessFactors SuccessConnect - New Leadership - Old Challenges - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, SuccessFactors still needs to find its way inside, versus or with the SAP mainstream. The acquisition is soon more than six years ago and while SuccessFactors has delivered a compelling HR Core product with EmployeeCentral, it need to address looming payroll (no mention in keynote) and overall platform / suite level questions. The sooner, the better. And as a general conversation, HR conferences increasingly seem to be about celebrities and good vibes. All good but the product message can’t be overshadowed too much."
constellation  research  core  hr  fow  future  of  work  futurist  hcm  holger  mueller  nextgen  payroll  sap  successfactors 
9 weeks ago by jonerp
Summer 2017 News Analysis - Workday announces its PaaS - by @holgermu
"Workday has long held the record of most closed major SaaS property in the market. The moniker was something along the lines that “SaaS knows no customization”. A valid point, but only to the degree that enterprises must be able to run their business. At the moment enterprises can’t run their business anymore the pressure on vendors grows very quickly to provide better extension, customization and sometimes even stand-alone software building options."
appdev  apps  constellation  research  devops  futurist  hcm  holger  mueller  hr  nextgen  paas  strategic  advisor 
12 weeks ago by jonerp
Summer 2017 News Analysis - SAP Leonard event July 2017 - by @holgermu
"CxOs know that the 20th century best practices will not keep their enterprise in the survival race of the early 21st century. Design Thinking work shops are nothing new, and have proven themselves in the past. What is new is that an enterprise software vendor of the caliber of SAP is ready to partner with enterprises to establish these new best practices. This ensures integration with the rest of SAP automation and the potential bonus of becoming part of the roadmap. In the traditional approach it was clear that the work would always remain a custom effort – with the associated integration burden and maintenance costs following from a custom effort"
ai  bi  cloud  constellation  research  holger  mueller  iot  leonardo  machine  learning  nextgen  apps  paas  sap  platform 
august 2017 by jonerp
Summer 2017 News Analysis - Oracle invests in IaaS (or at least CAPEX) - by @holgermu
"You can’t build out a cloud in the real world without massive CAPEX investment. Look at the AWS / Amazon, Microsoft Azure and Google numbers. On the flip side Oracle execs are smart enough to not throw good money after bad money – e.g. put CAPEX $s in a non-working cloud infrastructure. So, at any chance given to me since 2014 I asked CEO Mark Hurd – when will Oracle spend more CAPEX? The answer has always been evasive… But at its OpenWorld conference, Oracle unveiled the 2nd generation of its IaaS solution. It now seems to get the CAPEX it needs to get real."
cloud  constellation  research  database  holger  mueller  iaas  nextgen  apps  oracle  strategic  advisor  trusted 
august 2017 by jonerp
Summer 2017 News Analysis - Microsoft makes Azure Stack available - by @holgermu
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Why it matters: Despite the trend to cloud there are still many enterprises that have to operate enterprise automation on premises. Look at the number of SAP customers opting to run S/4HANA on premises. Microsoft now offers a path for them to run Azure similar / identical products – and build and move applications and load to an Azure like on premises stack – with the option to move it later. And there are plenty of motivated hardware vendors that want to sell more servers to customers for their local data centers (Cisco, Dell, HP etc etc.)"
azure  cloud  constellation  research  dell  futurist  holger  mueller  hp  microsoft  nextgen  apps  on  premise  partners  trusted  advisor 
august 2017 by jonerp
Summer News Analysis - Google introduces Google Hire - by @holgermu
"Google is getting more and more in the enterprise software space / SaaS market. Good to see it knows that e.g. data migration and reports are a must for the enterprise. It will have to answer questions soon in regards of plans to offer more than recruiting capabilities, e.g. onboarding and learning come to mind."
constellation  research  google  cloud  platform  for  work  gsuite  hcm  holger  mueller  hr  lean  recruiting  talent  acquisition  depth  chart 
july 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - July 2017 Microsoft London AI Event - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, Microsoft has to find a match to the uptake in mindshare and real-world AI deployments that Google’s Tensorflow is seeing, if not Tensorflow will be the Kubernetes of 2017 – a Google launched open source offering that dominates an important aspect of the cloud infrastructure. And one can argue that Tensorflow is even bigger stakes than Kubernetes, as it not only dominates the AI / Machine Learning equation, but due to data gravity pulls along substantial data storage and processing load. Not to mention the model training and execution loads."
ai  bigdata  cloud  constellation  research  futurist  holger  mueller  iaas  machine  learning  microsoft  nextgen  apps  nextgenapps  r&d 
july 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - Salesforce TrailheaDX - AI, Events and more - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, Salesforce is the only vendor that maintains two complete application platforms with Force and Heroku. Granted, this is less an issue for Salesforce in 2017 than it was eg. in 2012, as the vendor has grown to an impressive scale. But still R&D, marketing, sales etc. efforts go towards to platforms. And both platforms aren’t brand new in 2017, so neither will be the future platform for SaaS / PaaS. Those thoughts have to happen at Salesforce and will likely result in the emergence of a third platform in the coming year."
cloud  constellation  research  developers  force.com  futurist  heroku  holger  mueller  nextgen  apps  paas  salesforce  training  trusted  advisor 
june 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - FInancialForce Community Live 2017 - All about Services - by @holgermu
"On the concern side – it is always sensitive when vendors retrench in footprint plans and ambition. FinancialForce has done a respectable job at addressing these concerns and informing customers ahead of the changes in HCM and the partnership with ADP. At the end of the day it is better for vendors to realize what the can do with their R&D budgets, and better to stop too ambitious plans sooner than later What matters for FinancialForce customers is that the partnership with ADP will deliver – if and when it does – the potential FUD around this change - will all be history."
adp  cloud  constellation  research  erp  financialforce  financials  fow  future  of  work  futurist  hcm  holger  mueller  services 
june 2017 by jonerp
Progress Report - Unit4 Analyst Summit - New Achitecture and Deep Verticals - by @holgermu
"On the concern side Unit4 has its hands full. New platform, Business World On almost completely on it, new acquisitions to integrate and a new value proposition for customers. The good news for customers is that Unit4 is almost out the tunnel… It would be well advised to find a more aggressive go to market in North America in regards of its ERP products. More competition is good for customers and markets. And modern offerings are only modern … for so long."
constellation  research  erp  fp&a  futurist  higher  education  holger  mueller  nextgenapps  psa  service  industries  trusted  advisor  unit4 
june 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - Cloud Foundry CF Summit 2017 - Microsoft joins the kingdom - by @holgermu
"Microsoft joins the kingdom, SAP makes mark – Last year I referred to Cloud Foundry as the ‘King of PaaS’ – due to the lack of competition, most prominently in regards of the platform’s uptake by industry players that in another era would have built their own platform. And certainly not adopted an open source project. So, along the analogy, Cloud Foundry sees Microsoft joining the kingdom. While all partners are important, Microsoft is almost the last data point (Oracle is the last major player still standing out – formally) to join. Microsoft is a key win for CloudFoundry due to the vendor’s long history as development tool, platform product vendor and of course as owner of the Windows franchise. It also helps Microsoft as it gives its customers a (lower level) PaaS as go to location. Coupled with the expanded SAP presence and keynote by CTO Goerke it gives CloudFoundry more chops, most importantly adding two more cloud platforms with Azure and the SAP Cloud."
cloud  foundry  constellation  research  futurist  holger  mueller  iaas  ibm  microsoft  nextgen  apps  paas  sap  trusted  advisor 
june 2017 by jonerp
Progress Report - Hortonworks ploughs on - seeds BigData - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, HDF has not shown reasonable acceptable market adoption – at least that’s the interpretation since Hortonworks shared … no numbers on adoption. It’s going to be key for Hortonworks to get some traction, otherwise the return of R&D will be suboptimal for customers. On the brighter side HDP is doing well in the market, the IBM partnership will help further. It’s a departure from Hortonworks ‘open source only’ mantra, but reflects market realities and opportunities."
bigdata  constellation  research  futurist  hadoop  holger  mueller  hortonworks  ibm  nextgenapps  trusted  advisor 
june 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - Cornerstone on Demand Convergence 2017 - Back to Learning Basics - by holgermu
"We had the opportunity to attend Cornerstone’s yearly user conference Convergence in San Diego, held from June 5th till 7th 2017, at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina. The conference was very well attended with over 1000 attendees, and almost 30 influencers. The show floor saw a wide range of partners – including – as it’s in the time of the marketplace – coopetitors. A good sign for customers."
cloud  constellation  research  cornerstone  futurist  holger  mueller  hr  core  learning  nextgen  hcm  talent  management  trusted  advisor 
june 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - SAP Sapphire 2017 - All in on Leonardo, but wait there is more... - by @holgermu
"SAP & Hadoop – it remains rocky – A regular reader knows the concerns I have articulated many times with SAP – the lack of support for ‘spinning rust’ – aka HDD, aka ultra large cheap storage of digital information. Literally every next generation application scenario that creates digital disruption runs on Hadoop and uses MapReduce to understand data. I ask Plattner the question every time I can at Sapphire and got mildly optimistic, when Plattner agreed SAP needs a story here (after, body language doesn’t lie and an audible of then CTO Clark on ‘social networks’)."
cloud  constellation  research  futurist  holger  mueller  iaas  iot  leonardo  nextgen  apps  paas  s4  hana  sap 
may 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - Microsoft Build 2017 - Good Housekeeping, laying foundation, deliver on vision - by @holgermu
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On the concern side, there are only few things at the moment. Microsoft must clarify usage (and potential pricing as it consumes resources to use it) to the developer and ISV community. Biggest concern is probably Hololens, which was unusually quiet for a Build conference. Tacitly admitting that there is a lower end space for VR is one way as an indicator. I am sure the strategists in Redmond would have planned to have the Hololens for holiday shopping season 2017. Now it’s a partner strategy – but a fundamentally different experience – it is 100% VR – not mixed reality. And that middle of the road Windows 10 PCs can run this is a sign for a volume and low-price strategy – quite the opposite where the Hololens is these days. I think we will learn sooner or later more."
build  cloud  constellation  research  future  of  work  futurist  holger  mueller  hololens  iaas  microsoft  mysql  nextgenapps  office 
may 2017 by jonerp
News Analysis - Unit4 releases Wanda bot; the first true self-driving ERP user experience - by @holgermu
"Always good to see innovation. Bots like Wanda are changing the user experience of ERP radically and lastingly, probably forever. Once voice and chat work as a user interaction, there is no way back for a user. Interesting enough it will create a temporary stickiness of ERP applications from the user side – who don’t want to go back to keyboard and old screens, logins etc."
ai  assistant  bots  constellation  research  erp  futurist  holger  mueller  ml  nextgenerp  trusted  advisor  unit4  user  interface 
may 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - Red Hat Summit 2017 - The New Kids on the Block are thriving - by @holgermu
"We had the opportunity to attend Red Hats yearly user conference Red Hat Summit in Boston, held May 2nd till 4th 2017, at the Boston Convention Center. The conference was well attended with over 6000 attendees, a new record for Red Hat. In its 13th edition, I took note of the international customer base, reflected also in the Red Hat innovation awards."
aws  cloud  constellation  research  containers  futurist  holger  mueller  jboss  linux  nextgenapps  redhat  trusted  advisor 
may 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - NetSuite #SuiteWorld17 - The Suite gets complete and an Oracle boost - by @holgermu
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On the concern side, acquisitions are never easy. It is one thing to plead support and investment into NetSuite – another thing to execute it. There is a reason there is a chasm between large enterprise and SMB offerings – not only in product, but also go to market. Customer need to listen attentively how this will develop for them in the next quarters, as Oracle has to become a little more ‘un-Oracle’ to succeed in SMB."
constellation  research  erp  fow  future  of  work  futurist  hcm  holger  mueller  hr  netsuite  nextgen  oracle  smb 
april 2017 by jonerp
News Analysis - SAP reshuffles Executive Board - sets up for next 5 years - by @holgermu
"This morning SAP surprised us with the news of re-organizing its executive board, largely initiated by the departure of Steve Singh. As often with organizational press releases – you have to read it from the bottom up, but we will follow our customary process of dissecting the press release."
constellation  research  holger  mueller  hybris  mcdermott  reorg  sap  ariba  strategy  successfactors 
april 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - SAP Ariba Live - The quest to make Procurement awesome - by @holgermu
"Finally, it was good to see that SAP seems to have found the right length of ‘leash’ for the Ariba subsidiary – not too close to stop innovation, and allowing freedom (e.g. manifested in Ariba using angular.js and not Fiori) but also have leverage (e.g. with HANA). That SAP CEO McDermott said in a Q&A (see a Storify Tweet Story here) that he would be open to e.g. integrate with perennial co-opetitor Oracle, speaks signs of the flexibility and pragmatism that is lived now at the top of both companies, always a good sign for customers."
ariba  cloud  constellation  research  holger  mueller  nextgenapps  purchasing  sap  scm  supply  chain  management 
march 2017 by jonerp
Down Report – Power failure takes Azure services down - 3 Cloud Load Toads - by @holgermu
"Good summary of what happened, a power failure / power event. Good to see that customers were notified. Power events can always be tricky to recover, and it looks like Azure management erred on the side of caution bringing up services rack by rack and then adding services like SLB later. But the downtime for affected customers was long, best case – when in the first 25% of racks was almost four hours, and worst case 10 hours+. Remarkable it took Azure technicians 2 hours 20 or so minutes to get the power back."
azure  cloud  constellation  research  down  report  holger  mueller  iaas  microsoft  nextgen  apps  nextgenapps  power 
march 2017 by jonerp
Down Report - Human error takes AWS S3 down in US-EAST-1 - and it is felt - 3.8 Cloud Load Toads - by @holgermu
"MyPOV – Certainly production and billing systems need to be connected, and in many scenarios the production system can create issues with the load triggered for the billing system. But a production system should never be able to be stopped by an administrative system, like a billing system. Production should be kept running, billing can be worried about later. It is likely that the S3 billing system (my speculation) is using S3, too – creating a potential recursive dependency. Needless to say – these systems should be isolated."
amazon  aws  cloud  load  toads  constellation  research  down  report  holger  mueller  iaas  lessons  learnt 
march 2017 by jonerp
Progress Report - Oracle HCM Analyst Summit 2017 - Oracle HCM stronger and stronger - by @holgermu
"We had the opportunity to attend the Oracle HCM analyst meeting on February 22nd 2017, held at the beautiful Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay. The meeting was well attended with 20 analysts participating."
constellation  research  fusion  hcm  futurist  holger  mueller  hr  technology  nextgen  oracle  cloud  strategic  advisor 
february 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - SAP Capital Markets and S/4HANA Update - Good Plan - Execution matters in 2017
"On the concern side, talk is cheap and slides are patient. SAP must deliver and execute in 2017 to get S/4 HANA cloud out of a sleeping beauty style deep sleep. Bigdata capabilities, PaaS functionality and Machine Learning are quickly becoming table stakes for enterprises, so speed is of the essence."
ai  constellation  research  futurist  hcp  holger  mueller  machine  learning  nextgenerp;  paas;  hana  s4  sap  cloud  platform  strategic  advisor 
february 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - Acumatica Summit - Acumatica grows and expands portfolio- by @holgermu
"But overall it is clear Acumatica has something going in the SMB market. With the largest and longest term player in the market with NetSuite now being part of Oracle – Acumatica is ready to take advantage, should NetSuite show any signs of weakness. Stay tuned – we will be watching."
acumatica  constellation  research  e-commerce  field  service  holger  mueller  netsuite  nextgen  apps  nextgenapps  oracle  smb 
february 2017 by jonerp
News Analysis -SAP Introduces Jump-Start Enablement Program for SAP Leonardo IoT Portfolio >> Bundling and Simplification matter for IoT
"Good to see SAP bringing together the sprawling IoT portfolio with Leonardo. Cross IoT solutions integration needs will be expected to be addressed – so this is an area to watch. And well done by SAP to reduce the commercial uncertainty of early versions and pilots. "
bigdata  cloud  constellation  research  holger  mueller  internet  of  things  iot  nextgen  apps  nextgenapps  sap  sustainability 
january 2017 by jonerp
Progress Report - Salesforce has a platform vision - 2017 it has to get real - by @holgermu
"On the differentiation side, we are not so sure if Salesforce has hit the mark, but that would require more detailed product roadmap / plan analysis than a 2 day analyst meeting can deliver. What is clear is that for the first-time Salesforce is offering a strategic path to rid itself of its in-house infrastructure. As founder Parker Harris correctly observed, IaaS was not around when Salesforce was started… but by now it is best practice for a SaaS (and PaaS) provider to be based on an IaaS and leave the heavy lifting (and investing) to the IaaS players."
aws  cloud  constellation  research  crm  futurist  holger  mueller  musings  nextgen  apps  nextgenapps  paas  salesforce  strategic  advisor 
january 2017 by jonerp
Q4 2016 Future of Work Developments & Trends Shootout - by @holgermu
"In a close finals match Oracle ekes out the win over SuccessFactors. While the IaaS decision for SuccessFactors for Azure will impact many SAP customers, Oracle has shown an overall push across the Oracle HCM suite, and most importantly acknowledged and shared that it is re-building the Taleo Recruiting capabilities on the Oracle Cloud technology stack, whenever Oracle completes that - it will be the most complete suite from a functionality perspective on a single platform."
constellation  research  fow  future  of  work  google  holger  mueller  kronos  kronosworks  microsoft  openworld  oracle  hcm  sap 
january 2017 by jonerp
Q4 2016 NextGen Apps Developments & Trends Shootout - by @holgermu
It can't get much better for AWS - with two events sparring with each other. And while the AWS and VMware partnership could be the latter vendor's 'last hurray' in regards of vitalization, it also shows the market influence AWS has by now (read here). But nothing showed that more than AWS reInvent. AWS is not slowing down and the conference has become the IT world get together, replacing VMworld (minus the hardware vendors) read here. "
aws  cloudfoundry  constellation  research  google  holger  mueler  ibm  mapr  microsoft  nextgen  apps  salesforce  sap  shootout 
december 2016 by jonerp
Event Report - AWS reInvent 2016 - Growth at full speed - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, AWS was not able to deliver a major ‘All in’ customer to the two keynotes, admittedly GE is a tough act to follow, but I would have expected to see more public traction. Instead we had repeat keynote presenters, e.g. FINRA. Nothing wrong with this, good to see an update. The event was well visited from an international perspective, but apart from ENEL, I didn’t recall non-North American customers presenting."
amazon  aws  cloud  constellation  research  holger  mueller  iaas  nextgen  apps  nextgenapps  paas  reinvent 
december 2016 by jonerp
First Take - AWS reInvent - 1st Keynote - AWS enters the hardware business - and much more - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, AWS has an issue of riches. With growing new capabilities from 700 to 1000 year over year - it is a lot for customers, prospects and partners to digest. I asked Jassy in Q&A and it is clear that AWS - at least for now - is not concerned about this. Architects help customers to walk through the challenge to find the right services for their use case is the answer."
amazon  aws  cloud  constellation  research  digital  disruption  transformation  futurist  holger  mueller  iaas  paas  reinvent  saas 
december 2016 by jonerp
Event Report - Microsoft Connect - No April's Fools - Linux, Google and more - by @holgermu
"On the concern side Microsoft still has steps ahead to become an enterprise level PaaS that starts with analysis, design capabilities, does requirement collection, end to end test automation etc. It will be interesting and potentially very powerful to see Visual Studio and Teams come together. I maybe wrong, but it always seems to me that Microsoft is about the developer (nothing wrong with it) and less about the enterprise that needs to build a next generation application."
azure  cloud  constellation  research  developers  futurist  google  holger  mueller  hybrid  linux  microsoft  nextgen  apps  sql  server 
november 2016 by jonerp
Event Report - Kronos KronosWorks - Solid progress and big things loom - by @holgermu
"On the concern side Kronos must keep managing the transition and innovate in its product. The current architecture is adequate, but not how you want a workforce management product be for the next 10 years to come. The good news is that Kronos has done the heavy lifting, moving to an API architecture, even more interesting being used as an API layer for Workforce Management capabilities by large enterprises who have opted in building their own Time and Attendance / Absence Management."
constellation  research  hcm  holger  mueller  kronos  kronosworks  nextgen  smb  strategic  advisor  workforce  management 
november 2016 by jonerp
Event Report - SAP TechEd Barcelona - Analytics, ML, PaaS and Hana 2 - by @holgermu
" SAP could have stressed developer aspects / experience / side more, given the audience. But literally every major product line had substantial, architectural announcements, from the ‘sundeck’ of S/4HANA to the engine room with HANA. The new container and BYOL developer options for HANA and HCP stand out in my view."
constellation  research  hana  platform  hcp  hec  holger  mueller  iaas  netgenapps  paas  sap  teched 
november 2016 by jonerp
Event Report - IBM World of Watson - IBM's bets its future on Watson - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, IBM needs to make sure not lose the eye on ‘bread and butter’ business, e.g. buried in the announcements was a new, HTAP enabled version of DB2. That by itself would have carried a conference by itself not too many years ago. And pretty much all the solutions talk general capability with a grey line between Watson capabilities, product capabilities and what smart consultants are making possible. Prospects and customers want and need to know what are product vs. services capabilities, as the mix creates a very different value proposition. Hiding behind ‘it’s all about the solution’ won’t work for long, as tangible AI platform capabilities are key to evolve solutions that are powered by them."
ai  cloud  cognitive  computing  constellation  research  futurists  holger  mueller  iaas  ibm  ml  paas  predictive  analytics  strategic  advisor 
october 2016 by jonerp
Event Report - Zenefits Z2 event - Good start for the very SMB - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, Zenefits has lost some time to restart its offering. In the meantime, the competition has not stood still, and has equally simplified its products (e.g. Paychex) or extended its footprint (e.g. partner Gusto). And payroll is crucial to get right for enterprises small and large. A bad payroll run derails equally all work at an enterprise of any size. So expanding payroll footprint should be a priority for Zenefits."
benefits  constellation  research  futurist  hcm  holger  mueller  nextgen  strategic  advisor  user  conference  zenefits 
october 2016 by jonerp
News Analysis - VMware has found AWS as its public cloud IaaS - by @holgermu
"MyPOV -Describes well what the partnership is about – keep VM formats, images, tools, practices and seamlessly gain an outlet to the public cloud, in this case AWS. Similar to the IBM partnership announced earlier this year (see our analysis here) both VMware and AWS will work together to provide this seamless services. Effectively VMware on AWS creates what VMware promised a long time with vCloudAir - only the hardware comes from AWS this time."
amazon  aws  cloud  constellation  research  data  center  dell  emc  holger  mueller  iaas  nextgenapps  paas  sddc 
october 2016 by jonerp
Event Report - Salesforce Dreamforce #df16 - It's not about Einstein - but the platform - by @holgermu
On the concern side, time is off the essence for Salesforce. Key competitors in e.g. CRM as well as platform have made that move already and do not have to pay the tax for a dual platform in all phases of the software development lifecycle. The problem is that Salesforce product development speed is not moving breathtaking fast, e.g. an indicator is that the Sales Cloud has not fully moved to the new Lightning user experience / platform, that was announced …. at Dreamforce… 2014."
aws  constellation  research  crm  dreamforce  futurist  heroku  holger  mueller  nextgen  apps  nextgenapps  paas  platform  salesforce 
october 2016 by jonerp
Event Report - SAP / Trenitalia Digital Summit - SAP is serious about IoT - by @holgermu
"On the concern side SAP still needs to clarify its BigData in general and it’s Hadoop strategy specifically, acquiring Altiscale (my take here) is a step in the right direction, so was Vora (here my take at GA). But IoT – and all next generation applications need a Hadoop answer that runs on cheap HDD, as well as a supported IaaS platform answer. And while I understand the SAP strategy in regards of IaaS is evolving (partnerships with IBM (see here), Microsoft (see here) and AWS (for BW/4HANA – see here)) – the support for Hadoop on HDD in regards of official platforms support is - overdue."
bigdata  cloud  constellation  research  hadoop  holger  mueller  internet  of  things  iot  nextgenapps  sap 
october 2016 by jonerp
Musings - Quo vadis Twitter? Who could, should buy Twitter - and what is Twitter really? - by @holgermu
"It is fascinating to see Twitter grow to its current usage level and still struggle with monetization, turning to a profit. There are many assets inside of Twitter that can be of value for an acquirer – but they are all not easy to unlock, leverage. To me Google makes the most sense – but not sure if the vendor has the appetite to such a large investment."
acquisition  constellation  research  facebook  google  holger  mueller  microsoft  musings  oracle  salesforce  sap  twitter 
october 2016 by jonerp
News Analysis - SAP acquires Altiscale: It's not about BigData, but Next Gen Apps - by @holgermu
"A good move by SAP – that needed to have native Hadoop, HDD based BigData capabilities to operate use cases where in memory was either commercially or not even technically feasible. With Altiscale SAP now only addresses this part – but also the know how challenge that is surrounding BigData. At Constellation we see more than 66% of BigData project that are live and delivering value seeing interruption because of know how issues, vendor changes, new software, new consultants etc. So SAP gains both product capabilities and services capabilities, the combination is crucial."
bigdata  cloud  constellation  research  hadoop  holger  mueller  nextgen  apps  sap 
september 2016 by jonerp
First Take - Microsoft Ignite - AI, Adobe and FPGA [From the Fences] - by @holgermu
"On the concern side Microsoft needs to stretch the rubber between where it needs to be vis a vis the competition (there most notably AWS and Google) and at the same time where its customers are. There is a lot for customers to digest, understand and bring back to their executive teams for the adoption conversation. Making the case to a CIO’s peers was something that Microsoft has room to improve on, and at the same time needs to make sure their customer base does not get overwhelmed. Sometimes less is more. But a good problem to have."
ai  artificial  intelligence  azure  constellation  research  cortana  holger  mueller  ingnite  machine  learning  microsoft  office  strategic  advisor 
september 2016 by jonerp
First Take - SAP BW/4HANA - Data Gravity and Cloud win - by @holgermu
"A few days ago SAP formally launched its newest offering, its BW product as BW/4HANA. No surprised on HANA, as it dominates branding with SAP these days, the 4HANA suggests a sister relationship to the OLTP / ERP S/4HANA."
aws  bi  bw  4hana  cloud  constellation  research  data  warehouse  holger  mueller  in  memory  nextgen  apps  s4  hana 
september 2016 by jonerp
Progress Report - ADP Analyst Day 2016 - ADP has turned around Vantage HCM - by @holgermu
"On the concern side ADP cannot afford to rest. While the current UI is still appealing, it is no longer as fresh and in tune with the latest innovations in UI that are happening these days. Likewise its Data Cloud is on the right architecture and platform, given these decisions were taken 2+ years ago, but a fresh start today may consider other platforms, designs and architectures."
adp  bpo  constellation  research  future  of  work  futurists  global  hr  globalization  holger  mueller  core  mnc  payroll  strategic  advisor 
september 2016 by jonerp
Market Move - Dell Technologies is here - 3 scenarios and a bonus perspective - by @holgermu
"A large part of the Dell business will be hardware, and despite Dell building market share with PCs, overall PC sales are slowly dwindling, and servers that Dell can built are commoditized to the point that the don’t need to be purchased from Dell (neither its competitors)."
acquisition  cloudfoundry  constellation  research  dell  emc  futurists  holger  mueller  pivotal  strategic  advisor  virtustream  vmware 
september 2016 by jonerp
Event Report - Box BoxWorks - Box is on the run - now with a platform - by @holgermu
"On the concern side there was little progress and announcement on the machine learning side. As an overall trend the intelligence permeates the LCD, which means the intelligence and the actor is not the human anymore – but the software behind it. In many cases today already, software is the better ‘driver’ for content than humans, it is cheaper, never sleeps, does not make mistakes, and if programmed correctly is bias free."
box  boxworks  cloud  constellation  research  content  developers  devops  futurists  holger  mueller  nextgen  apps  platform  strategic  advisor 
september 2016 by jonerp
Event Report - SAP SuccessFactors SConnect - Push on all fronts - by @holgermu
"On the concern side SAP must – like all vendors with a history in the enterprise software market – address the question of technical debt. Some of the acquired older SuccessFactors products are turning double digit if not teenage years old, always a point to rethink and possible rebuild products."
constellation  research  hcm  holger  mueller  hr  core  payroll  performance  management  sap  strategic  advisor  successconnect  successfactors  talent 
september 2016 by jonerp
Progress Report - IBM Alliances Insights - Deep Plans, now it is execution time - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, IBM now needs to execute on these plans, without falling back to traditional ‘professional services’ roots and deliver the more IP based, productized offerings. IBM has the DNA, resources and people to do that, but they need to come together at the right time. The Rubicon that the services business has to cross is not to only leverage existing product commitments from a services perspective, but to create lasting IP or even product offerings that create a flywheel effect between its services and these new products."
constellation  research  futurists  holger  mueller  ibm  cloud  microsoft  oracle  partnership  sap  softlayer  strategic  advisor  watson 
august 2016 by jonerp
Event Report - Pivotal SpringOne Platform - Spring in its 2nd spring - by @holgermu
"On the concern side it is really what the next steps after the immediate and announced ones will be. Adoption remains a challenge for all players, it is one thing to select a tool, a totally different challenge to become a software producer for almost every enterprise. Breaking with the best practice of using standard software and starting to build you own next generation applications is a major internal transformation."
cloud  foundry  constellation  research  framework  futurists  holger  mueller  nextgen  apps  nextgenapps  pivotal  springone  strategic  advisor 
august 2016 by jonerp
Market Move - Oracle acquires NetSuite - Oddly consolidation means more options for customers - by @holgermu
"This is likely not going to affect Oracle Cloud customers. Oracle has been a serial acquirer, the company knows how to do acquisitions, though this is the 2nd largest acquisition Oracle has done. And NetSuite has more overlap with many Oracle products than Peoplesoft had – e.g. NetSuite brings working CRM and Manufacturing applications to Oracle (something Peoplesoft did to a lesser extend). So Oracle will have to be very clear on where it sees the sweet spot for either product and what customers can expect to use depending on their size and use case"
acquisition  constellation  research  erp  futurists  holger  mueller  netsuite  oracle  strategic  advisor 
july 2016 by jonerp
Global HR Matters - How to get there - Part 1 - Why global is challenging, but critically important - by @holgermu
"On the software side, Global HR software on the contrary though, does exist, but as one can imagine it is a challenge to create and even more to maintain this kind of software. For an HR software vendor to be in the ‘Global HR’ system business, the vendor needs to understand the local content, the legislation and best practices that govern each of the countries the vendors wants to support."
analyst  firms  best  practices  constellation  research  futurists  global  hr  globalization  hcm  holger  mueller  nextgen  strategic  advisor 
july 2016 by jonerp
Musings - The Privacy Shield is real - what are the CxO repercussions? - by @holgermu
"The good news for enterprises is regulatory certainty - for now. It's a good time to check internal applications on compliance and have a conversation with your SaaS vendors on compliance. If an enterprises does not have data centers on both sides of the Atlantic - it's time to get them in place, or long term write off the business on the other continent."
cloud  constellation  research  data  protection  eu  holger  mueller  iaas  privacy  shield  saas  safe  harbor  security  usa 
july 2016 by jonerp
Event Report - SAP Sapphire 2016 - Top 3 Positives & Concerns: SAP changes - probably for the better - by @holgermu
" In the latest move, SAP announced a broad partnership with Microsoft, which on the IaaS side meant that SAP would support Azure for both HANA and S/4HANA deployments (read my analysis here). For a company that needs every $ from cloud to satisfy the financial projections, a remarkable and courageous move. Probably a wise one, too – as SAP may have realized that it cannot build the next generation IaaS platform with the know how available in house."
enswmu  hana  hcp  holger  mueller  holgermu  nextgenapps  paas  s  4hana  sap  sapphire 
may 2016 by jonerp

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