Brain

About Brain Sommer

Brian Sommer founded Vital Analysis in 2007 based on the market success that accompanied his TechVentive, Inc. launch several years earlier. Brian closely follows what C-level executives think, feel and need. He is also in a unique position to diagnosis the winners and the losers in technology

Clouds and Shared Services?

Shared Services 2.0?
My good friend and colleague, Jeff Williams, and I are guests on a webinar mid-day today re: shared services. In preparing for the webinar, we talked a lot about how shared services has been changing the last few years. Moreover, we discussed how the economics and technologies that […]

New Report: QUANTIFYING THE VALUE OF TALENT MANAGEMENT

Making the Business Case for Talent Management and Learning Systems

Dr. Katherine Jones has been working with the Vital Analysis team here for the last 18 mos. or so. If you don’t know her, she’s quite an expert on HR and ERP technologies. Recently, she penned a research report on […]

New Report: An elegant solution to keep your books INTACCT

Jeffrey L. Williams (Jeff), good friend and colleague, and I took a fairly good look at Intacct recently.
If you don’t know Intacct, they’ve got a solid SaaS (software-as-a-service) Accounting solution that integrates with many best of breed solutions to round out an entire suite. We’ve interviewed top […]

Procure-to-Pay = Problems-to-Pay?

Over the last couple of weeks, my colleague, Jeffrey L. Williams, and I have been pondering a number of heady topics affecting Finance organizations and the executives who run them. We’ve talked about the future of shared services, F&A Outsourcing and even the basic processes like Procure-to-Pay. Out of […]

New report: Plex Systems flexing its muscles

Tom Ryan, good friend and colleague, and I took a fairly good look at Plex Systems recently.

If you don’t know Plex, they’ve got a solid SaaS (software-as-a-service) ERP solution. We’ve interviewed customers, top management and more to develop this report.

Here’s an excerpt from our Market Prognosis section of the […]

SaaS – Large Enterprise Adoption – Definitely an Early Majority play now

We recently completed a report about large enterprises and their adoption of SaaS applications. When this kicked off, we thought we’d find a lot of firms telling us they’re still worried about data security in the cloud. We thought we’d hear a lot of hemming and hawing.

Instead, we found […]

NEW REPORTS COMING!

Our expanded team of analysts (including veterans from Gartner Group, Aberdeen Group and another Software Intelligence star) have just completed a number of analysts reports on:

– SuccessFactors

– Workday

– Financial Force

– Plex Systems

– Taleo

– NetSuite

– and many more firms

We’ve been furiously interviewing companies with great cloud/SaaS stories and we’ve even […]

Want to be more relevant? Quit chasing, fixing and passing around paper docs!

Jeff Williams, an old colleague of mine at Accenture, and I will be guests on a webinar on June 3, 2010. The webinar will be run by CFO magazine and sponsored by SpringCM. SpringCM is a cloud-based content management solution headquartered here in Chicago.

Jeff and I will get quizzed […]

Can We Talk?

Recent Events and the Economy Have You Second-Guessing IT Contracts?

A lot of service firms would like to chat with you about your integrators and outsourcers. They want to know if they can have some of that business. Some of their efforts are premature, some of it self-serving and some […]

Software Negotiations

You Can Read Code – But Can You Read a Software Vendor?

Recently, Brian Sommer of Vital Analysis was interviewed for a brief article on software contract negotiations. The article was for the AirTran in-flight magazine Go. You can peruse the online version of the magazine here. The article is […]