Profile of Mary Hayes Weier
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Articles by Mary Hayes Weier
posted in February 2009
The Rocky Mountain News is dead, and the San Francisco Chronicle is on life support. The Detroit Free Press, which just won the George Polk Award and Worth Bingham Prize for investigative reporting that led to the perjury conviction of a popular mayor, is reducing home delivery to three days a week. Community newspapers are dying, and online news media isn't filling the void. It's a bad situation.
Revenue growth of 34% shows businesses are buying SaaS despite of, and perhaps because of, tight IT budgets. There are spots of trouble, however.
Cloud computing is growing, with Google now monetizing its App Engine. But no matter what the vendor, customers should have a good emergency-exit strategy.
I couldn't help but take Google's Gmail outage today a bit personally. I'm in the midst of my one, big yearly contribution to my son's school: computerizing the school's heavily paper-based read-a-thon competition, using Gmail as the platform. So I'm asking you please, Google, don't mess up my PTO project. For once I look like a hero rather than the under-involved parent.
Microsoft has teamed with Bull, Dell, and HP to offer appliance-like data warehouses starting at $13,000 per terabyte.
Gartner published a report this week on the "five most-common SaaS assumptions." I agree with all of them, but must throw in my own two cents on the first assumption: SaaS is less expensive than on-premises software.
There was a good deal of chatter in the "blogosphere" this week about whether legalese in SAP contracts prohibits the use of third-party maintenance providers. But I don't know if anyone bothered to pick up the phone and ask SAP that question. So that's what I did.
Understanding customer buying habits and retaining their loyalty is hugely important in the troubled airline industry.
We learned last week that Steve Cakebread had left his president and chief strategy officer job at Salesforce.com. This morning, SaaS vendor Xactly announced it's appointed Cakebread as its CFO.
I had a chat the other day with Dave Duffield, a software industry icon who founded PeopleSoft and, more recently, SaaS company Workday. Why, Dave, I asked, are you so confident in the profitability and growth potential of the SaaS model? After all, there's a lot more red than black on the industry's SaaS balance sheets. I share with you Duffield's thinking on the sustainability of SaaS.
Reuters reports that three high-level execs are out at Salesforce.com. The on-demand software company hasn't issued a statement, and I can't yet reach the PR team this morning (it's 7 a.m. on the West Coast). But I do find it interesting that it reportedly showed the door to Gary Hanna, executive VP of enterprise sales, a market segment viewed critical to Salesforce.com's continuing growth.
With the more harmonious approach to software application updates, SAP has its own story to tell against Oracle's upcoming Fusion application suite.
SAP called it one of its most significant announcements of the year. It leaked its announcement to the Wall Street Journal, which posted a story last night that referenced "Web-based software" and quoted a Salesforce.com executive. But today's big announcement didn't have much to do with SaaS at all. Rather, it was an acknowledgment that SAP's traditionally monolithic approach to software has created problems for customers.
The upcoming Volt hybrid sedan is GM's attempt to work with local governments to build public charging stations and offer price incentives.
The recent release of MicroStrategy 9 could help the business intelligence software company reverse the decline.