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Friday, August 03, 2007

Enterprise Software Industry: Directions

I wrote a brief note in sandhill.com after attendingthe Enterprise 2007 event. Here’s my reflection of the state of the enterprise software industry, as shared by me with the other participants. The note can be read here.

Observers of the enterprise software industry can't avoid the glaringly noticeable trend therein. This is an industry - seen as ever-maturing by some and "never maturing" by others - and an ecosystem that is demonstrating growth indicators which are now becoming visible to all observers. A range of data clearly supports the notion of growth: starting from value added by the industry over the last few years - take the number of people that the industry employs, the projected growth rates, the capital outlay for the industry, and so on.

The consumerization of the enterprise is moving ahead at full speed and may become irreversible. While some enterprises are experimenting with this –wherever adoption has happened the surge in interest appears high promising to make the adoption of such technologies faster and deeper within enterprises. The interesting part of the equation is that a number of newcomers are coming with a variety of solutions but enterprises see before them humongous opportunities for differentiation and for fostering competitive advantage in adopting such technologies.

The role of IT inside business may get more and more strong and the actual disappearance of border between IT & Business may be happening – it’s definitely begun as of now. From IT being a LOB, IT shall be a dominant force in every LOB. While all this is happening, there is a discernible movement that is being felt all across the ecosystem: the customers are beginning to slowly assert themselves in taking control of their IT destiny. Read more here.

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