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New Release Adoption Rates The Key Metric in Software

Getting the installed base to upgrade is becoming a survival imperative, as customers left on older versions compare what they have to what's available from the cloud and find it wanting. The ERP industry is finally taking the new release ... Continue reading

The Web of Nouns

Web of Things is all the rage, where your smart phone starts your car and schedules servicing, or the refrigerator reminds you to pick up milk on the way home. In the near future things will connect to the web ... Continue reading

A Modern Transaction Architecture

Consider the Payroll application as typically designed. The object is to convert hours worked into paychecks while calculating taxes, benefit deductions, and garnishments. The work flow is broken into a series of segments: hours entry, payroll calculations, verification, check printing. ... Continue reading

What is Modern?

Rumors have SAP joining the stampede to HTML5 based user interfaces. To get there, SAP will build a new platform, replacing the $4 billion platform underneath Business-By-Design. HTML5 is the current technology for a "modern" user interface, filling the role ... Continue reading

Bookmark, Link, Search

[Highlights of CEO Keynote at HarrisData's 1013 User Conference.] Step away from the vendor hype wars over cloud computing and look at what the cloud means to users. Anything a user wants to do will be reached by a bookmark, ... Continue reading

Too Big to Succeed

Cyprus is in the news as the world wrestles with insolvent banks in that country. The challenge is that a failure of the Cypriot banks would lead to wider failures across the world. The underlying idea is that banks can ... Continue reading

Implementation Risk

Another day, another ERP vendor sued over an implementation failure. The customer did not achieve success implementing core ERP software and naturally blamed the vendor for inadequate support. You would think that by now someone somewhere would understand what it ... Continue reading

Surviving the Drop in Business Investment

Truly amazing news as the UK's National Museum of Computing keeps the WITCH online - mechanical relays, paper tape and all! The computer's "flashing lights and clattering printers and readers provides an awe-inspiring display for visiting school groups and the ... Continue reading

Tablets Mean Changes for the Enterprise

Plenty of hype has been offered as tablet computers (first the iPhone, then the iPad) arrived, sold in enormous numbers, and slowed PC sales. Software vendors were quick to deliver Apps - partly to ride the new wave and partly ... Continue reading

The Pendulum Swings

Anecdotal evidence of a US manufacturing rebound has been building for the past two years. Here and there manufacturers "reshored" production to address problems encountered in the rush to low labor costs in China and elsewhere. New statistical evidence supports ... Continue reading

Storm vs Cloud

Once again, Mother Nature dashes the best laid plans of men. The Friday storm took down Amazon's cloud data center in Virginia (once again). The storm disrupted power supplies for much of the greater DC area, including Amazon's US-East-1 region. ... Continue reading

Hype, Mixed Messages, Snark, and Cover-up

The convergence of cloud, mobility, and consumerization of business technology make a competitive environment for ERP applications even tougher. No vendor can deploy all the answers today. This leads to exaggerated claims and snarky counter claims by the big ERP ... Continue reading

To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before

[CEO presentation at this year's user conference, ed.] Charting a new course Where to go? How to get there? As CEO, my focus is on leading HarrisData and our customers to a successful future. That requires answering a couple basic ... Continue reading

Cloud, Mobility, and Big Partners

IBM recently announced new PureSystems and PureFlex hardware for inhouse cloud deployment. The good news is, as Frank Scavo notes For some reason, Oracle, Microsoft, and IBM are able to make life easier for small developers. Thus HarrisData achieved certification ... Continue reading

Cloud Security, Full of Holes and Bugs?

Maybe not full of holes, but certainly the Cloud requires us to think carefully about what we are doing. Mel Beckman addresses the top 5 vulnerabilities of the cloud: Each of the three cloud service models has at minimum one ... Continue reading

Welcome to a New Partner

Thank you to Tom Kempster and ABC services for their fine introduction to our new partnership. "Our partnership with HarrisData will free our ERP customers from the chains of their existing ERP software, allowing ABC Services to deliver new high ... Continue reading

Multitenancy: Panacea and Problem

Multitenancy is a buzzword getting a lot of attention these days. Over at ZDNet, Eric Lai started quite a conversation looking at what he felt were Four Big Problems with Multitenancy from an enterprise application space. Frank Scavo replied that ... Continue reading

The End User Training Arms Race

What conclusion should we reach from SAP answering Oracle's investment in training technology? That the big ERP players care about the successful use of their products? While that spin may work for technology and financial analysts, the role of end ... Continue reading

US Labor Costs Lower Than Elsewhere

More good news for US manufacturers as per unit of output labor costs decreased by 13% while increasing everywhere else. James Hagerty and Kate Linebaugh (Wall Street Journal, "In U.S., a Cheaper Labor Pool", 1/6/12) report on manufacturing cost trends ... Continue reading

2012 Could be a Good Year

Boosted by productivity gains and higher costs in competitors, including China, U.S. manufacturing exports have grown at their fastest rate since the late 1980s. As we close out 2011 and start thinking about 2012, US manufacturing is getting positive reviews ... Continue reading

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