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Exploitation and Exploration – a Modern Spin on Hunters and Farmers

In their book Lead and Disrupt: How to Solve the Innovator’s Dilemma, Charles A. O’Reilly (Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford Graduate School of Business) and Michael Tushman present a number of case studies of “ambidextrous” managers running organizations built Read more ›

Glue Products Have An Advantage When Customers Determine Value for a Solution

“Glue products” connect sections of software solutions for customers. At the application layer examples include Tibco, IBM’s MQ Series and more. At the functional level, examples include software systems for training, networking, data collection, and many more. This post will Read more ›

Succeeding at Enterprise Software Sales Still Requires Sales People Who Can Do Something More than Just Present Products

During the 2014 Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, hosted by JP Morgan, Judson Althoff, President of Microsoft, North America made clear the importance of “consultative” skills, rather than product presentation, to the success of sales of Microsoft software to enterprise Read more ›

Is There a Best Background for an Enterprise Software Business Manager?

Justin Althoff is Microsoft’s President for the North American Market. Mr. Althoff was recently interviewed by Sterling Auty, Software Technology Analyst at JP Morgan. The interview took place on May 20, 2014, during JP Morgan’s Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. Read more ›

Channel Conflicts — Android Style: Why is the Moto G Hitting the Market, but not the Chinese Market?

On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, Google’s Motorola Mobility unit announced the “Moto G”, an ultra low cost smart phone. This device, which sports a high resolution screen and “the latest Android” O/S, is available at a very low retail price Read more ›

Enterprise Purchasing Policies Can Inadvertently Impede Return On Investment in IT Systems

Early stage Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) planning on a customer profile typified by a larger, enterprise class business customer, should have a tactic in place to handle modern enterprise business purchasing methods, at least for the United States market. These Read more ›