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

SAP Business ByDesign

Big, Report,

Big Investment,

Big Product Suite

Enterprise Irregular Dennis Howlett  and Vital Analysis founder Brian Sommer have teamed up to write a single, definitive report on SAP’s Business ByDesign product suite.  While both of them have blogged and/or developed short research reports on this product suite, both parties believed that something this […] Report Available


Data on Compensation Data

We are pleased to announce the availability of a new research report on . is a well-established provider of compensation data and consulting services.

The following is an excerpt from the Prognosis section of the report:

“ has been quietly but successfully building its business.  In […]

OpenAir Web Seminar

Point of View Selling in Professional Services

On June 11 (1 pm EST), Brian Sommer from Vital Analysis will be leading a discussion on Selling Professional Services via a Point of View style. The web-based seminar is being hosted by PSA (professional services automation) vendor OpenAir. Registration information and call-in […]

Jobfox report now available

Acquiring Passive Talent? Read This Report

We recently spent time with the folks at Jobfox. This firm has a slick new product designed for persons already employed but possibly interested in a new career oppportunity. This approach makes the software quite different from traditional job boards. You can get a […]

CODA’s NEON Product Line

NEON – Coda’s New Product Line

Neon, briefly, builds on strong core financial modules CODA’s had for decades. It incorporates a new user interface and very tight integration with Microsoft Office products (e.g., Outlook, Infopath, SharePoint, Excel, etc.).

We’ve documented the Neon solution in an analyst report and it can be […]

Kenexa – Playing in the Big Leagues

New Kenexa Report

We recently attended an analyst day at Kenexa’s headquarters outside of Philadelphia. We were briefed on a number of product and company announcements and have included much of this in a detailed report.

Here is a brief excerpt from the Product Direction section of the report:
“Kenexa is spending […]

Oracle SMB Coverage


Oracle’s Accelerate Strategy

There’s been a flurry of press releases and announcements re: Oracle and their re-doubled partner program in the SMB (small-medium business) space. We recently spoke with Jeff Abbott, Vice President Global Accelerate Strategy of Oracle, about the program and its new momentum.

Here’s a quote from […]

Futurestep Coverage

Futurestep – A Global Provider of RPO and More

We meet with executives of Futurestep, a Korn Ferry International firm, at the recent HR Week show in New York City. We received a fairly complete briefing and developed a research note on the firm and its offerings.

Here is an excerpt […]

Varicent Coverage

                         Sales Performance Management Vendor: Varicent

We spent time at the HR Week conference with an executive of Varicent and received a brief product demonstration of their Sales Performance Management solution.

We developed a summary report on their offerings and the company. An excerpt from the Prognosis section of the paper states:

“We believe […]

Emportal – New Sales

                                                       Emportal Gaining Momentum

We were already preparing this report based on the HR Week show in NYC recently: Emportal Update Report. The key theme of this update was that Emportal had acquired a number of new clients. Now, Emportal has released details on their new market success (see: […]