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Enterprise Systems: Too Quiet? Are they slipping under the radar?

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Am I wrong or is the Enterprise Systems & Solutions business (IBM, Oracle, Accenture, some of HP, a bit of MSFT, Deloitte, KPMG, Cap) suspiciously quiet?

The Enterprise was always where the action was - dueling proprietary operating systems, rogue PCs, distributed systems, business process re-design & automation, Y2k, ERP, SOA, application integration, s/w as a service, consulting-lead highly industry-specific solutions, E-everything... Is Enterprise IT discreetly flying below the radar these days?

Market watchers now mistakenly assume that Tech is all about the low-end consumer product & "social" sectors, smartphones & dumb posts. Some say what used to go from Enterprise to consumer is now going the opposite way. Well, maybe a bit.

Truth is, the real action is elsewhere my dear Watson, in the Enterprise. All our lifelong digital footprints are now housed in Big Data mansions campused in low cost far-flung often darkened centers. Cool. The dollar value of the microprocessors in today's cars now exceeds that of the steel. Oracle is talking about Apps-on-a-chip, for example. SAP recently talked about HANA in memory database stuff but, frankly, I'm not sure their reach is wide enough any longer to build a standard and the topic may be too gorpy to matter.

As demand picks up watch for cash to go to work and Enterprise players to make major moves. Soon, I suspect...

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pcalento
Paul Calento 256 Points | Mon, 04/30/2012 - 00:31

There's a difference between existing business and the "new" ... and we talk about new a lot, but still consume a lot of the traditional elements for quite some time. As you point out, there's a revolution on the verge of happening that will shake things up. But I have a feeling a lot of it is already happening under the radar, its just under the guise of the traditional upgrade cycle.

--Paul Calento

(note: I work on projects sponsored by EnterpriseCIOForum.com and HP)

JBartman
Jeff Bartman 5 Points | Tue, 05/01/2012 - 02:43

Paul, thanks.  With so much focus on devices, mobile & consmers the tectonic shifts in the Enterprise are being felt like aftershocks, barely noticed.  Importanty though the entire world of Enterprise IT is meanwhile being inherited by IBM, Accenture, Oracle and to some degree by HP which still needs to up-level their consulting from outsourcing and break/fix to process re-design and strategic services.  Lesser or now-gone players like Sun, SAP, MSFT, Tata, infosys are abdicating territory to those four and their platforms.  Some low-end consumer trends may have impacted the Enterprise recently but the true action and innovations are still in the corporate world, cloud & saas are two examples.  Good stuff.       

JBartman
Jeff Bartman 5 Points | Thu, 02/09/2012 - 18:42
pearl
Pearl Zhu 90 Points | Tue, 02/07/2012 - 18:10

Hi, Jeff, intersting blog to discuss the "quietness" of enterprise IT, that may well reflect the digital trend: the convergence of IT consumerization & enterprise IT, the BYOD phenomenon, the internet of things, the characteristic of enterprise IT transforms from monolithetic infrasture & heavy application into mosaic, light-weight cloud base solution, technology may just follow the human's footstep, the outgoing extrovert leadership need be well complemented with multi-dimensional thinking the introvert leading style. thanks. 

JBartman
Jeff Bartman 5 Points | Thu, 02/09/2012 - 18:41
Interesting...  
JBartman
Jeff Bartman 5 Points | Thu, 02/02/2012 - 19:55

Am I wrong or is the Enterprise Systems & Solutions business (IBM, Oracle, Accenture, some of HP, a bit of MSFT, Deloitte, KPMG, Cap) suspiciously quiet?

The Enterprise was always where the action was - dueling proprietary operating systems, rogue PCs, distributed systems, business process re-design & automation, Y2k, ERP, SOA, application integration, s/w as a service, consulting-lead highly industry-specific solutions, E-everything... Is Enterprise IT discreetly flying below radar these days?

Market watchers now mistakenly assume that "Tech" is all about the low-end consumer product & "social" sectors. Some say what used to go from Enterprise to comsumer is now going the opposite way. Maybe a bit.

The real action is elsewhere, my dear Watson, in the Enterprise. Oracle is talking Apps-on-a-chip, for example. SAP recently talked about HANA in memory databse stuff but their reach is limited and the topic is too gorpy to matter. I suspect we'll see a player make a major move soon...

jdodge
John Dodge 1460 Points | Fri, 02/03/2012 - 15:12

Astute observation, Jeff. The obsession with consumerization and Big Data seems to obscure what CIOs and IT are really doing. This idea ties nicely into nicely into my series "what CIOs are really doing."

Here's the first video and I have a second stating what some of them are doing that will be up shortly. It has everything to do with enterprise systems.

What's really going on in IT departments?

 

 

JBartman
Jeff Bartman 5 Points | Sat, 02/04/2012 - 21:26

Interesting. There is often a gap between what CIOs may be thinking about (or even spending on) and what their actual "street-level" focus may be. If you follow the old standards: 1.) What generates revenue 2.) What reduces cost 3.) What reduces risk - operational, regulatory, reputational - you can see what's important. For example, keeping execs from doing the perp walk can be a very high CIO priority...

jdodge
John Dodge 1460 Points | Sat, 02/04/2012 - 21:46

Here's the second video, which describes what specific CIOs are doing. Their activities hew to the three standards you mention...

http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/video/what-cios-are-really-doing