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August 30, 2010

RFP’s a waste of time?

Filed under: Sales and Business Development — janats @ 11:42 am
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We know many organisations that use Technology RFP’s. Personally we’ve always found them very limiting and often impose fixed rules that make a mockery of attaining value as it is hard to nake them generic enough to satisfy all vendors that are being invited to submit them. Interesting to see this blog post which is of the same opinion.

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November 2, 2007

SAP Acquire Business Objects

Filed under: Sales and Business Development — janats @ 5:47 pm
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SAP agreed to acquire Business Objects for $6.8 billion.  This is SAP’s largest acquisition.  SAP has promised an updated product roadmap soon.

September 22, 2007

Finance crisis ‘will hurt IT contractors’

Filed under: Sales and Business Development,Technology — janats @ 1:34 pm

The number of IT contractor roles in Britain’s finance industry will inevitably decline amid jitters from the Northern Rock credit crisis, a leading IT jobs agency said yesterday.

A management expert also said shock waves from the lender’s implosion will shake the finance jobs market for at least the next 18 months, with IT staff budgets among the hardest hit.But global IT recruitment firm Hudson says demand for financial IT experts could slump as early as this year, causing pay rates to plateau, before they further depress into 2008.

A slowdown in temporary IT jobs looks like an inevitability, the firm said.Economic pressure on IT staff budgets would revert market status to five years ago, when contractors were mainly hired for niche roles, rather than to fill headcount.But for now, there is no evidence that end users facing the shaken finance industry are cutting their spending on IT contractors, consultants or freelancers.

Similarly, contractors themselves aren’t refusing IT roles with financers, but they are asking questions about how these companies responded to the turmoil, Hudson added.Another IT recruitment agency, CV Screen, doesn’t foresee Britain’s financial woes as having a “sudden impact” on permanent or contract IT recruitment.Its managing director, Matthew Iveson, said: “It would be naïve to think that the current credit crunch will not have some impact on the employment market.“But the current signs are that organisations are still feeling bullish and have not put [IT] projects on hold. We are continuing to field enquiries from both existing and new clients.”Positively for the economy, management and IT consultants are yet to be bitten by Britain’s banking crisis, hailed as the most embarrassing for over a decade.

Fiona Czerniawska, director of a thinktank for the Management Consultancies Association, which represents 70 per cent of the UK consulting industry, said confidence among members remains high.“Capital markets is quite a niche segment,” for UK-based consultants, she added, “much smaller than banking and insurance, so it’s unlikely firms would be heavily exposed here.“Longer-term, however, it’s clearly a situation we need to keep an eye on, as it might be the first sign that the recent boom in consulting may have peaked.”

Finance crisis ‘will hurt IT contractors’ :: Contractor UK

We’ve heard comments from numerous consultancy firms that they expect to see a glut of contractors released onto the market that in January and result in better choice for agencies and lower rates…..

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Vocalink project delayed

Filed under: Sales and Business Development,Technology — janats @ 12:06 pm

The £300 million project to cut thd 3 day wait for clearing payments at high-street banks has been delayed by 6 months.  Vocalink, who are developing the service, came across an issue in testing and are now to delay the service until May 2008

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Reuters sign with Fujitsu

Filed under: Sales and Business Development,Technology — janats @ 12:03 pm

Reuters have signed a 10 year contract with IT services group Fujitsu.  The contract is worth roughly £500 million.  Reuters expect to save £150 of IT spending over the course of the deal.

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Barclays also need emergency loan

Filed under: Sales and Business Development,Technology — janats @ 12:01 pm

A “technical breakdown”   meant that Barclays Bank had to apply for an emergency £1.6 billion loan from the Bank of England.  Barclays blamed the ther eason on a malfunction with the Bank’s inter-settlement system, Crest.  This left the Bank temporarily unable to cover its positions in the market.

Concerns over liquidity in the global financial markets certainly seem justified with the admission of facts coming out of high street banks over the last month…

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September 15, 2007

eXpansys expands

Filed under: Sales and Business Development — janats @ 3:08 pm

Online retailer eXpansys has acqyired YooNoo Ltd for a total of £1.2 million.  YooNoo owned http://www.globalpositioningsystems.co.uk amongst other sites making YooNoo the marekt-leading retailer of satnav systems in the UK.

September 13, 2007

Investment Banking feels the Pain

Billions of dollars of ‘sub-prime’ loans to homebuyers with poor credit records have been lost to defaults in the US.  This has had a huge knock-on effect in the UK, especially on Credit Derivatives, which have hit the wall due to the fact that they didn’t escalate their risk position.  This ultimately leads to lower revenues for the banks.

What does this mean for software vendors who sell in the Financial Services industry ?  Short term pain I’m afraid.  Projects have been postphoned and in some cases cancelled, and there is an expectation that consultants and developers on contracts will be released onto the market at the end of the year when their contracts expire.

It’s not all doom and gloom, vendors who have products that cater into Commodities, FX. Equities, and Prime Service (Extended Services to Hedge Funds) may still be able to prosper, but in general it could take up to 9-12 months for the market to settle again.

June 5, 2007

Salesforce.Google !!

Filed under: SAAS,Sales and Business Development,Web 2.0 Apps — janats @ 10:39 am

There’s been a lot of speculation about Salesforce and Google lately. The two companies will soon announce a marketing and distribution alliance that will tightly bind Google Adwords to existing Salesforce tools that track sales from online advertising.

Salesforce and Google will be starting an extended partnership encompassing marketing and distribution of their products across 43 countries. It will begin with the integration of Google Adwords and Salesforce’s lead generation tools into a new application called “Group Edition”. Group edition replaces Salseforces earlier version Team edition.

Group Edition will enable Adwords users to track Adsense referrals to their site and build up a customer profile based on a the data a user enters into a site and their navigation path. Businesses will handle their Adwords campaigns through Google, as usual, but Salesforce takes over from there. When potential customers click through to the businesses site, Google tells Salesforce what search terms brought the user to the page and where they navigate throughout the site.

Techcrunch

This is a very interesting alliance –   Kieden, a company acquired by SalesForce last year seems to be the technology they are using for this.

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Google Buys Feedburner

Filed under: SAAS,Sales and Business Development,Web 2.0 Apps — janats @ 7:15 am

Seems Google is at it again…..this looks to be a smart buy for Ad syndication….

Google has continued its recent spending splurge with the purchase of FeedBurner, the Chicago-based distributor of news feeds to web browsers . Thought to be in the region of $100m (£50m), the deal offers the web giant a chance to extend its huge online ad network into the realm of RSS and off-site consumption of content.

InformSME – The latest news and information for small business – Google confirms FeedBurner buy

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