Posts Tagged Cloud

The Sky is Falling ! … The Sky is Falling!- Really???

The sky is NOT falling – all that happened was Swiftpage sold Saleslogix to Infor – one of the LARGEST Private digital products companies in the world ($3billion/year).

 

Short story – (TRUE) – A customer of mine told me they had received a call from a former Saleslogix bp (who does Salesforce) and (in so many words) told him the sky was falling and suggest they should consider switching to SF from Saleslogix. Well.. my customer DID NOT SWALLOW THAT STUPID LINE!

A friendly message/warning to ALL Saleslogix customers – The “Vultures are circling”. This ALWAYS happens when a company is bought/sold. It’s a big “marketing ploy” – DON”T FALL FOR IT! If you have questions, then call your BP asap.. or call the team at Saleslogix in AZ.

A few points:

A – Yes.. Saleslogix’ CRM will become Infor CRMTM

A – Existing Saleslogix BP’s will become Infor (crm) BPs

B – Infor (ERP) BP’s are not going to be selling/servicing Infor CRMTM – NOTE: remember the big mess Sage caused by allowing the ERP/Accounting BP’s to get into the Saleslogix crm business.. total failure!

C – An immediate DOUBLING of the R&D budget to speed up the (Saleslogix) Road Map implementation

D – The Windows/LAN fat client is still part of the product

E – SData is and will remain the integration (access) point for Saleslogix

F – The R&D budget is being DOUBLED asap to speed up the road-map installation

G – The sale will be finalized in a couple of weeks (probably Sept 1st because it starts a new quarter).

H – The Nov Customer & Partner Conference will still happen in Scottsdale. IMHO the “Swifties” will probably not be there and the Infor team will be.

 

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Sage Selling ACT & SalesLogix to Swiftpage

Well.. many of us saw this coming when Sage first announced ACT & SalesLogix NOT being part of it’s “core business”.

Here are some links to the official announcement:
globalcomms.sage.com
www.investors.sage

Plus another from Sharecast – Thanks “Nato”!:
www.sharecast.com

.. and of course, Swiftpage.. GREAT People!

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#Outsourcing and #Offshoring – What is the REAL Truth Here?

Unless you live with your head stuck in a very dark place .. 😉 … You have heard a “bit of” public discussion and comments about how “Outsourcing” is a bad thing.

Well – I am here to say ” reductio ad absurdum” –

Business is all about outsourcing and it starts at the lowest level. To start with a fairly absurd (and obvious situation), we do not “build our own mobile phones” – we pay someone else to do it – we “outsource”. On a higher plane – (most) businesses do not write their own accounting/erp package or their crm system – they “outsource”.  There are TONS of examples we all can come up with and not have to “strain the brain” as one may say. The vast majority of SMB (Small/Medium Businesses) on the planet outsource and provide outsource services to those who do.

The fallibility of the “Outsourcing is bad” statement lays in the confusion between the words:
Outsourcing and Offshoring

The REAL “bad one” is Offshoring and those (in the public sector) who are saying “Outsourcing is bad” need to extract their brain from that deep dark place, look it (Outsourcing and Offshoring) up in the dictionary (or wikipedia), and stop being intellectually dishonest to all of us.

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Was the Incident at Google a “One-Off” or a “Trend” ?

Some of you may not be aware but Google just experienced a situation where a significant number of email accounts were wiped out. What is disturbing is Google can (and probably already has) restored these accounts BUT says the actual email is lost forever!

We know in the past that SalesForce also has had “cloud problems” but has appeared to left that in the dust.

How may other “cloud providers” have experienced these kinds of things? Were these caused by equipment or software “failures” or were they the results of criminal hackers?

Do we really want to run business applications in this (cloud) environment?

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Let’s Talk About The Cloud…

Most business (and individuals) have been using Cloud based applications for some time now.  Some of the most common types are Email services (ex: Gmail), Blogging apps (ex: WordPress), Community Forums (ex: Community.SageSalesLogix,com), etc…

We have also seen the introduction of enterprise applications which are normally on premise (Exchange, CRM applications, ERP/Accounting, Project Planning and Management, etc) showing up in the Cloud.

The BIG question is: “.. How do we integrate these applications?…”

Some cloud vendors have provided their own solutions when all the applications are theirs BUT in reality, we are all using applications from a mixed bag of providers.. AND just does not work (in the long run). Toss in “on-premise” applications now you really have a challenge!

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