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Lessons from Xero part one: Hansens

Over on our sister site JD-OD.com, we have posted a slew of videos that I shot at Xero's Melbourne offices where I concentrate on the experience of professional partners. In this first excerpt, we look at what Hansens are doing.

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FinancialForce-logo An enterprise cloud is more than just a stack of servers in a datacenter

When choosing a Cloud platform for your business, look for what capabilities the platform itself inherently offers beyond what you are able to do today.  Examples of these capabilities might include native support for mobile devices, customer and supplier portals with embedded social capabilities, point and click integration and the ability to customize and build your own apps.

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Failing fast at the coal face

We're here to make a dent in the universe. That means we have to question all assumptions about what we do and why we do what we do. And so while long years of experience help, they sometimes hinder. Even so, new apps mean an abundance of choice.

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Does SaaS save money?

Around the end of March, Frank Scavo and I were having a back and forth on the cost of SaaS/cloud apps. This is not a new discussion but one worthy of review given the maturing applications space plus the spend shift we are seeing among buyer organizations.

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CIOs and CMOs in a tug of war? Doh!

Is there a war going on between CIOs and CMOs? In some circumstances yes but then it doesn't sound like a fruitful way to acquire technology assets. I think there is a better way to look at how spend occurs looking for the mutual value that each party can bring to the table.

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Infor: sucking less

Infor has a new and attractive UI, a comprehensive integration story and is starting to make moves in the mobile space. But are these enough for the company to 'suck less' and brings its customers into the 21st century? It is too early to say but early signs are promising.

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UK cloud accounting in 2013

What's happening in the SaaS/cloud accounting market? Quite a lot. The main players are all growing at a rapid rate while the big brand of Sage seems to be dragging its heels. The stage is set for an interesting 2013-14 as Xero, FreeAgent and KashFlow continue to grow at mid-double digits. More important though, their innovations are changing business for the better.

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Why cloud vendors are hard to beat

Recent conversations around vendor relationships got me thinking about the reasons why cloud vendors are doing so well in relation to the rest of the tech sector. Buzzword bingo and analyst fueled hype aside, it seems to me that there are certain characteristics that set cloud vendors apart. This article examines those differences.

Charles Phillips Inforum 2013

Infor parades its digital revival plan

Infor is an unexpected rider hitching a lift on the bandwagon of next-generation enterprise software. It aims to outsmart larger rivals Oracle and SAP in enabling its customers to take advantage of all today's buzzwords - mobile, social, big data analytics and cloud connectivity. But is its customer base ready to take advantage of all the goodies unveiled at its annual conference this week?

Skills gap saps SaaS success rate

Cloud application vendors argue that their apps are so easy-to-use and rapid to deploy that there's very little call on professional services to implement them. But that attitude may be leading enterprises to under-invest in the skills and effort needed to realize the business results they hope to achieve.