What Did You Take Away From WebInno31?


SMB Research stopped in at the WebInno (Web Innovators Group)  event this week.  We cannot speak to the previous 30 WebInno’s (or even whether there have been 30 previous WebInno’s),  but WebInno31 was a bit of a hoot.

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SMB Research – Taking Stock: Interprise Solutions, LogicBay, Partner Relationship Management, Kiva, Jobscope

Interprise Solutions has announced its 2011 Event for August 23-26 at the Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas.  This promises to be, we would think, one of the more exciting Interprise events in recent history with release of its 6.0. (We’re working on an overdue review of this solution which Gary Harrison has kindly taken the covers off for us.)

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Sustainability Strategies for the SMB / SME


 Mango NetworksLisa Lillelund provided a timely and engaging presentation at the North Shore Technology Council‘s (NSTC) North Shore Technology Council  first Wednesday of the month Sustainability Forum at the Cleantech InnoVenture Center in Lynn.  Mango Networks describes itself as “a Sustainability, Clean Energy, and Environmental Communications Company..[who] advises companies, universities, schools, clean tech start-ups, and resorts…[and advocates] for environmentally friendlier business and living practices through our consulting projects, articles, Mango Networkspresentations, and educational events.’   Ms. Lillelund’s message to the assembled audience reflected Mango’s mission to educate on what sustainability is, and what we can all be doing about sustainability in our businesses and our lives.

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Vuuch, an Enterprise Social System for Product Development

Vuuch screenshot

SMB Research had a conversation with Vuuch at the recent Enterprise 2.0 Boston show.  While we struggled briefly to know how to characterize this company and solution properly, CEO Chris Williams quickly helped out, explaining that Vuuch is an “enterprise social system for product development….sitting between enterprise social software (things like Jive and Yammer) and PLM [product lifecycle management].” Vuuch This really piqued our interest, and so SMB Research visited nearby Sudbury, MA-based Vuuch last week.   What did we learn?  If you are involved with product development, and find yourself wondering if there is an easier way to manage the email traffic and other project-related team interactions, then Vuuch may be worth a look.

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SMB Research – Report from Enterprise 2.0 Boston 2011

TechWeb's Enterprise 2.0 Boston Conference 2011

SMB Research spent some time this past week at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference.  The TechWeb folks put on a very good conference as they usually do, crafting a lot of different sessions on a lot of different topics.  If you have anything to do with social media, or are working on your company’s social business strategy, this is really a can’t miss event.  Put this on your calendar for next year:  June 18 – 21, 2012, in Boston.  The theme of this year’s conference “Building Social Business” reflects a maturation of the market from the conceptual to the execution in social business strategy.  An estimated 1,600 attendees descended on the new venue this year, Boston’s Hynes Convention Center, to share ideas and strategies.

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SMB Research – Taking Stock: NetSuite, Internet Retailer Conference (IRCE), Enterprise 2.0

SMB Research provides another wrap-up of news big and small – or simply epiphanies for us -  that we think you may want to know about.  On deck this week are: Events, events, and more events. – oh, and also NetSuite, Waterloo Manufacturing, Plex Systems, and Tribute, Inc.

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Everest Software and Versata – Software Vendors or Portfolio Companies?


SMB Research has been hearing some interesting things from the Everest Software end-user community.  So we decided it was time to take a closer look.  What we find is a software company that seems to like to do things its own way – and perhaps a bit differently than some of the software and technology companies you are more familiar with.  Everest Software has been around for quite a long time, and continues to make an impression on customers – either quite positive or very negative.

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SMB Research – Taking Stock: Microsoft SharePoint, Plex Systems, Salesorder.com

SMB Research attended SPTechCon Boston 2011 this week, and the highlight (as you might infer if you are keeping up the SMB Research Blog) were the exhibitors.  We diligently trolled the booths looking for SMB and midmarket stories, and vendors and service providers servicing same.

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Living it up at SPTechCon Boston 2011

Microsoft SPTechCon Boston 2011

[This post has been updated June 5, 2011 to correct some errors that an alert reader has pointed out to me.]

OK, granted, it was my own fault for coming to this, a mistake I am not likely to repeat.  You go to enough conferences, and sooner or later you make the mistake of thinking that everyone knows how to put on an event that isn’t lame.

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Social Media from the Legal Perspective

We hear so often about Social Media from the technological or strategic viewpoint that I was not quite sure what to expect from the GSMI’s (Global Strategic Management Institute‘s) event, “Social Media: Legal Risks & Strategy”.   While many of us are understandably excited about the promise and the opportunity of social media, the legal aspects are ignored at our own peril.

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SMB Research – Taking Stock: SYSPRO, Lawson Software, Interprise Solutions

SYSPRO, the long-time private ERP vendor will be presenting on June 8, 2011 in New York City at the Atlantic Design and Manufacturing Show.   SYSPRO has been around for more than 30 years, and continually showing up on the evaluation lists of midsize companies, particularly in the food, medical devices, electronics, machinery/equipment and distribution industries, looking for a cost-effective full-featured system. [Read more...]

Infor Global Solutions Acquires Lawson Software

Lawson Software‘s signing, in the past few days, of the definitive agreement to be acquired by Golden Gate Capital and Infor Global Solutions promises to vault the combined entity to the #3 slot of ERP vendors. This is a notable achievement for Infor. [Read more...]

SMB Research – Taking Stock – April 20, 2011

EFI logo

It was great to get an update this week from Lawson Software (there’s a lot to be said for a briefing after a conference, btw).  More to come!…. [Read more...]

SMB Research debuts a new feature on the SMB Research Blog: “Taking Stock”

SMB Research debuts a new feature on our blog today: “Taking Stock“, an irregular  (but frequent), sometimes irreverent, stream of consciousness piece that delivers to you in near real-time insights and ideas that SMB Research are still percolating into articles and posts for our Blog.  (You can also follow SMB Research on twitter at  @smbresearch.) [Read more...]

Epicor Software and Activant Solutions to be Acquired and Merged into….Epicor Software

Epicor logo

In an announcement following by barely 3 weeks the disclosure that Lawson Software had received an unsolicited bid from Infor Global Solutions, private equity firm Apax Partners has announced plans to acquire and merge Activant Solutions and Epicor Software into a new privately-held company, to be called Epicor Software. The new entity will have some 30,000 customers and $825M in revenues.  This clearly indicates continuing interest by the investment community in the lucrative ERP marketplace, and an opportunity for larger players in the marketplace other than the two giants, SAP and Oracle.

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