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Energy For More People

holger_kisker September 1, 2010
Last week, I attended the ONS (Offshore North Sea) 2010 conference, one of the world’s largest energy conferences, with more than 49,000 participants, in Stavanger, Norway. The conference theme was “energy for more people,” an important goal, not only to keep pace with the growth of the world’s population (expected to hit 9-plus billion people […]
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Smart Meter In Utilities – The Lighthouse For Smart Computing

holger_kisker June 22, 2010
Some days ago at Forrester’s IT Forum in Lisbon (June 9-11) I gave a presentation together with my colleague Andy Bartels on the IT market recovery (we predict a 9.3% IT market growth in 2010) after two economically challenging years in 2008/9. In fact, we were making the point that the market rebound we currently […]
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SAPPHIRE NOW 2010 – The Quest For Innovation

holger_kisker May 23, 2010
      The Name This year SAPPHIRE officially changed its name and became SAPPHIRE NOW. Why? Different answers from different people. Those that should know said: "The new name stresses the urgency." Urgency for whom, SAP? And will the next SAPPHIRE be named SAPPHIRE THEN? Never change a successful brand. The Event Another premiere […]
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SAP Acquires Sybase – What’s The Strategic Intent Behind The Deal?

holger_kisker May 13, 2010
SAP today announced an agreement to acquire Sybase, Inc. for $5.8billion. Sybase has a broad portfolio of solutions, so the question comes to mind: what is the strategy, the driving force behind the deal? What are the Sybase crown jewels that SAP is after? The main three assets Sybase brings to SAP are obviously a […]
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Social Media Will Play A Big Part In BI’s Future

holger_kisker May 12, 2010
When preparing for our upcoming Forrester Data Management Tweet Jam (May 13th, 2-3pm ET/8-9pm CET) -“What BI is Not!”- a few of Forrester’s data management and BI analysts got together to discuss some of today’s key BI questions. One of the questions on the table was, “How will social media impact traditional BI?” The snapshot below […]
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An Analyst’s Day

holger_kisker April 30, 2010
5:30am, the family sleeps and it’s time to prepare – today is Analyst Day in Frankfurt. I’m on the road 2h45min before the event starts (1h20min should be sufficient) but sometimes the traffic is terrible. Last week I missed a flight because the highway was completely closed after an accident and I had to give […]
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Asset Virtualization – When Avatars Are Field Engineers

holger_kisker March 31, 2010
Smoke and fire is all around you, the sound of the alarm makes you dizzy and people are running in panic to escape the inferno while you have to find your way to safety. This is not a scene in the latest video game but actually training for e.g. field engineers in an exact virtual […]
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The Battle Of Partner Eco-Systems

holger_kisker March 30, 2010
On the need to analyze, compare and rate partner eco-systems – please vote. The world is becoming more and more complex and so are the business challenges and their related IT solutions. Today no single vendor can provide complete end-to-end solutions from physical assets to business process optimization. Some large vendors like IBM, Oracle or […]
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SAP Changes Continue – 10 Predictions for 2010

holger_kisker February 25, 2010
After the recent board changes the strategy will change too After the recent board changes at SAP the message we could read in most news was like ‘new board – old strategy’. Along with the board changes SAP did not announce (yet) any significant strategic changes. But what good is it to change the board […]
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On The Convergence Of BI And BPM

holger_kisker February 16, 2010
When business processes finally become intelligent Over the past several months I have done a lot of research on the BI market, the trends and the vendor landscape. There is a clear indication that BI solutions are becoming more sophisticated, more intelligent and – more integrated into other applications to enhance the performance of the […]
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SAP CEO Resigns – Long Live The Co-CEOs

holger_kisker February 8, 2010
SAP changes its board structure to focus again on product and technology 2009 was a tough year for the whole IT industry but SAP’s performance (-8% in total revenue and -28% in software revenue) was somewhat below the results of many other leading IT companies. The product launch of Business ByDesign is years delayed and […]
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What’s The Price Of Software Tomorrow?

holger_kisker December 31, 2009
Traditional Software Licensing Comes To An End  Cloud computing, on-demand solutions, subscription fees… software licensing is undergoing significant changes. Enforced by the current economic crises with tight IT budgets, companies don’t have the money to pay upfront licenses and are reluctant to take financial risks over many years when purchasing software. A key factor of […]
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SAP Is Skydiving Into The Clouds

holger_kisker December 11, 2009
A brief reflection from the SAP Influencer Summit on SAP’s On-Demand strategy   At the SAP Influencer Summit in Boston Dec 8/9, SAP put a lot of emphasis on its new roadmap into cloud computing and how serious the company is taking the topic for its future success. Well, to be true SAP actually avoided […]
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What recent acquisitions mean to SAP?

holger_kisker October 21, 2009
How Many Legs Does An Elephant Need?   While Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems is still pending there has been a lot of speculation about which IT giant will take the next big acquisition step in response.   Is there a rule of cause & effect that fuels the spiral of acquisitions?   ·         Know […]
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Predictive Analytics is for Experts only! – Really?

holger_kisker September 30, 2009
You don’t need to be a scientist to boost your business with applied mathematics On 22/9/09 SPSS Inc. announced a new certification process to confirm an individual’s expertise with some of their statistical solutions. “Look at this”, I thought “sophisticated software still requires experts to unfold the value they can provide”. Being a physicist by background, […]
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The Rise Of The Collaborative Cloud

holger_kisker September 10, 2009
Salesforce.com announces Service Cloud 2   On 9/9/09 Salesforce.com announced the launch of Service Cloud 2, a new set of three collaborative offerings: Salesforce Knowledge, Salesforce Answers and Salesforce for Twitter.   With Salesforce Knowledge companies can share data in the Service Cloud, Salesforce Answers enables companies to create communities to capture knowledge and Salesforce […]
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IBM Looks Into The Crystal Ball

holger_kisker July 30, 2009
The IT mega vendor acquires the predictive analytics specialist SPSS     On July 28th IBM announced the plan to acquire SPSS, a leading provider of predictive analytics solutions. The acquisition, which is subject to shareholder and regulatory approval, is expected to close later this year and will position IBM as a leading vendor of […]
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Infrastructure, Software And Services – The Lines Are Blurring

holger_kisker June 30, 2009
CSC celebrates its 50th anniversary at Innoventure Europe 2009   At Innoventure Europe 2009 on June 22 & 23 in Paris CSC outlined their new strategic concept – increased industry focus and innovation. After 2 years of transformation CSC has finally settled on their new vertical organization and strategy around the 6 industry clusters Public […]
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Symantec Juggles the Channels

holger_kisker May 8, 2009
In an analyst event on Apr. 22nd in London, Symantec outlined their new Partner Management concept – increased focus on a decreased number of partners.   Channel partners are the lifeblood to Symantec’s sales and already contribute ~85% of the business in EMEA – which is expected to increase. This is split into segments; Small […]
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Oracle Shakes the Eco-System

holger_kisker April 24, 2009
Since the announcement of Oracle to acquire Sun Microsystems you can find a lot of thoughts on the web about Oracle’s main motivation behind the deal, the portfolio mapping of the two giants and how Oracle would leverage pieces of the new assets or possibly sell-off some again. Please read this Forrester Report for more insights. […]
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