Sunday, May 13, 2007

Notes on Software 2007

Okay, so I agree that this post is stale news by blogging standards. And yes, there are no revelations in this piece- just a few notes on the Software 2007 conference this past week.

The Software 2007 conference this week was a great experience. M R put up a great show with some marquee names like Ed Zander from Motorola, Marc Benioff from Salesforce and Steve Ballmer from Microsoft making appearances. Even though this year's theme was Innovation - the star of the show was SaaS.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the ISV community and the platform players expect SaaS (or WebWare) to be the next key determinant of which ecosystems will flourish or perish.

The event included some very interesting sessions including - the role of private equity; SaaS and the channel - maximizing the opportunity while navigating the obstacles of on-demand delivery. The session on 'Israel, China, India and the UK: The New Leaders in Software Innovation?' was the most controversial. Ganesh Natarajan of Zensar, India spoke softly and presented both sides of India's success story and potential dangers including need to invest in talent. David Scott Lewis, Senior VP, Startech Global Corporation, China was very provocative and clearly wanted to stir up a storm in a Chinese Tea cup (or British?). Although I disagreed with many of David's arguments, he clearly was very passionate about how he saw China and his company growing in outsourced product development over next few years.

Personally for me, the highlight was meeting with some of my blogging buddies from the Enterprise Irregulars, a club that I am a proud member of. It was nice to finally meet Jeff Nolan, Vinnie, Chris Selland, Sadagopan and Zoli Erdos in person. We often exchange ideas over email and are constantly in touch. (My other blog at has the details.)

Vinnie has written an excellent piece, The Innovation Disconnect, on how the CIO's see Innovation as opposed to the vendors view. Sadagopan reports on the closing remarks by McKinsey.

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