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  • Research Bytes - Adding Fuel to Infor’s Accelerating Cloud Story

    Adding Fuel to Infor’s Accelerating Cloud Story

    Nearly all mature companies are in the midst of transitioning their business systems to the cloud. The cost savings and access to new capabilities can be enticing, but it is also a difficult task. One such company, Pilot Flying J, is in the midst of this change and can offer lessons to everyone on a similar journey.

    October, 2018

  • Technology Trends - The Economic and Strategic Benefits of Cloud Computing

    The Economic and Strategic Benefits of Cloud Computing

    Does SaaS save money? Based on our latest survey, we find organizations that have largely migrated to the cloud spend less on IT as a percentage of revenue and on a per-user basis. Savings come not only from a reduction in data center spending, but also from lower IT personnel costs. Moreover, because cloud-based systems reduce the effort needed for ongoing support, cloud adopters tend to devote a higher percentage of their IT spending to new initiatives. The cost savings, combined with strategic benefits in speed, scalability, and agility, argue in favor of organizations moving aggressively to the cloud. (19 pp., 6 fig.) [Research Byte]

    April, 2016

  • Research Bytes - Workday’s Goal: Become First Tier I Cloud ERP

    Workday’s Goal: Become First Tier I Cloud ERP

    It is becoming increasingly apparent that Workday’s ambitions go beyond human capital management and financial management systems. This Research Byte, based on briefings at a recent Workday analyst summit, discusses how Workday may become the first Tier I cloud ERP provider.

    October, 2014

  • Research Bytes - ERP Customers Tilt Toward Subscription Pricing

    ERP Customers Tilt Toward Subscription Pricing

    What do ERP customers choose when they can freely choose between traditional on-premises deployment under a perpetual license and cloud deployment under a subscription agreement? How are these preferences changing? One vendor's experience shows that customers are turning more and more to cloud deployment and, especially, subscription pricing.

    September, 2014

  • Technology Trends - Understanding Cloud ERP Buyers and Providers

    Understanding Cloud ERP Buyers and Providers

    Not all ERP systems that are labeled “cloud” are the same. At the same time, vendors need to realize that not all ERP buyers are the same. The study provides an overview of ERP cloud vendors and describes the two major categories of buyers in this market: first-time buyers looking for their first ERP systems and established companies replacing their legacy systems. We also segment cloud ERP providers into two categories: cloud-only ERP providers and traditional vendors that have added cloud or hosting as deployment options. We conclude with recommendations for buyers and providers who seek to serve these markets. Two appendices provide our analysis of key ERP vendors in each category.  (32 pp., 6 fig.) [Research Byte]

    August, 2014

  • Research Bytes - Cloud Users Spend Less, Spend Smarter on IT

    Cloud Users Spend Less, Spend Smarter on IT

    Does SaaS save money? Based on our survey of IT organizations that have migrated fully or largely to the cloud, we find that the answer is yes. Furthermore, their IT spending is spent in activities that deliver more value to the business. This Research Byte compares the IT spending of our cloud survey respondents with our industry IT spending benchmarks.

    February, 2014

  • Technology Trends - Four Cloud ERP Providers on the Salesforce Platform

    Four Cloud ERP Providers on the Salesforce Platform

    Customers of Salesforce.com that are looking for new ERP capabilities now have four cloud ERP systems to choose from on the Salesforce platform, Salesforce1. These are FinancialForce, Kenandy, Rootstock, and AscentERP. This report gives a brief description of the Salesforce1 development platform and why it is attractive to developers. We then describe each of these four ERP providers, along with their strengths and target customers. We conclude with recommendations for qualifying cloud ERP providers. (8 pages, 1 fig.) [Research Byte]

    February, 2014

  • Research Bytes - With SaaS, Software Not Only Service Needed

    With SaaS, Software Not Only Service Needed

    Software-as-a-service simplifies much of the complexity involved in implementing and using enterprise software. However, some SaaS providers may be neglecting key elements of success for buyers. This Research Byte shares lessons learned from recent from recent SaaS deal negotiations.

    September, 2013

  • Research Bytes - Oracle and Salesforce.com: The Great Detente

    Oracle and Salesforce.com: The Great Detente

    Salesforce.com and Oracle have announced a "new strategic partnership." For their mutual customers, the announcement represents a welcome thawing of relations between the two companies. But it remains to be seen whether it represents a strategic change of direction for Salesforce.com.

    June, 2013

  • Research Bytes - Moving Outside the Box of Enterprise IT

    Moving Outside the Box of Enterprise IT

    Information technology goes far beyond the realm of enterprise IT. New technologies, such as big data, mobile applications, and cloud computing hold promise in addressing many of the world's great problems, while at the same time offering strategic advantage for businesses. Corporate IT leaders, therefore, need to reach outside their narrow focus on ongoing support to incorporate these new technologies to deliver business value.

    June, 2013

  • Research Bytes - Cloud ERP Vendor NetSuite Enhances Manufacturing Functionality

    Cloud ERP Vendor NetSuite Enhances Manufacturing Functionality

    At its annual user conference in May, cloud ERP provider NetSuite promoted enhanced functionality for manufacturing companies. As manufacturing firms are increasingly open to cloud solutions, NetSuite is at the right place at the right time. Nevertheless, there are a number of decision points for NetSuite as it continues to build out its manufacturing footprint.

    May, 2013

  • Technology Trends - Choosing Between Cloud and Hosted ERP, and Why It Matters (2012)

    Choosing Between Cloud and Hosted ERP, and Why It Matters (2012)

    Cloud-based applications are storming the last fortress of on-premises applications—ERP—and some traditional ERP vendors are responding to this threat with hosted versions of their on-premises systems. While hosted ERP delivers some of the same benefits, potential customers need to appreciate the significant differences with cloud ERP systems. This report aids enterprises in understanding the differences so that they can choose the best option. It explores the five essential characteristics of cloud computing, the emerging benefits of ERP in the cloud, and market acceptance of cloud ERP. It concludes with practical recommendations for buyers considering cloud or hosted ERP. [Research Byte]

    April, 2012