Review: PwC Global 100 Software Leaders

Consultants Mind

PWC released their 4th report on top 100 global software leaders here. Of course you will see the major bulge-bracket software companies (Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, EMC etc), but you will also see a lot of names that you may interact only tangentially.

Big software/lousy software

Seth Godin Blog

Software works as a business. Any time someone builds software that works better when others are using it too, the network effect has a chance to kick in. Online, the network effect allows some companies to clear the table, signing up hundreds of millions of users, creating software dynasties. And then, almost always, the software gets lousy. Apple’s software rarely gets significantly improved… Because we don’t have a choice (for now).

Software-as-a-Catalyst

Strategy+Business

According to this year's Global Innovation 1000 study -- an examination of the 1,000 public companies that spend the most on researching and developing products for their markets -- the world's major innovators are shifting more of their R&D to software and services.

On paying for software

Seth Godin Blog

The business of software is a bit of a miracle. Properly designed, software isn’t more expensive to create when more people use it. That’s one of the reasons that people hesitate to pay for software. There isn’t a feeling of scarcity, that the store will run out if it’s free… But of course, this overlooks the two-and-a-half essential missing factors: Businesses need money to make the software in the first place.

Taking Agile Way Beyond Software

BCG

Article Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Too often, agile remains confined to software development. But companies that successfully implement agile across their entire enterprise can create an exceptional customer experience and gain an edge over the competition. Article

Rethinking car software and electronics architecture

McKinsey

As the car continues its transition from a hardware-driven machine to a software-driven electronics device, the auto industry’s competitive rules are being rewritten. Our Insights

Bulger Partners – Strategy Consulting for the Software Economy

Management Consulted

Have we got a treat for you today, as we highlight up-and-coming software consulting firm Bulger Partners. Chris brought with him decades of experience advising software and tech clients in the IB world, and found that the skillset he was optimized to serve and consult for the new software economy. The software economy relies on the open exchange of ideas, and Bulger Partners has incorporated this mantra into the way its main office is structured. BULGER PARTNERS.

How Software Is Helping Big Companies Dominate

Harvard Business

In fact, research suggests that big firms are dominating through their use of software. In 2011, venture capitalist Marc Andreessen declared that “software is eating the world.” Research by one of us (James) links this trend to software. Andrew Brookes/Getty Images.

Cracking the Code in Private Equity Software Deals

BCG

PE firms must prepare to capitalize on the wave of software companies hitting the buyout market. Software industry expertise is essential for capturing outsized returns. Article Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Five thoughts on software

Seth Godin Blog

Removing features to make software simpler doesn''t always make it better. The network effect , combined with the low marginal cost of software, means that there''s a race to have ''everyone'' use a given piece of software.

How Hardware Makers Can Win in the Software World

BCG

Suppliers of medical devices, building and factory controls, and farm equipment are among the many traditional hardware companies that are investing in new software and analytics-driven solutions. Article Thursday, May 26, 2016.

Bulger Partners – Strategic Advisers to the Software Economy

Management Consulted

Have we got a treat for you today, as we highlight up-and-coming software consulting firm Bulger Partners. Chris brought with him decades of experience advising software and tech clients in the IB world, and found that the skill set he was optimized to serve and consult for the new software economy. Bulger Partners works exclusively with businesses whose primary strategic assets are software and data. The firm touts sector expertise in: Enterprise Software.

Bulger Partners – Strategic Advisors to the Software Economy

Management Consulted

Have we got a treat for you today, as we highlight up-and-coming software consulting firm Bulger Partners. Chris brought with him decades of experience advising software and tech clients in the IB world, and found that the skill set he was optimized to serve and consult for the new software economy. Bulger Partners works exclusively with businesses whose primary strategic assets are software and data. The firm touts sector expertise in: Enterprise Software.

Bulger Partners – Strategic Advisors for the Software Economy

Management Consulted

Have we got a treat for you today, as we highlight up-and-coming software consulting firm Bulger Partners. Chris brought with him decades of experience advising software and tech clients in the IB world, and found that the skill set he was optimized to serve and consult for the new software economy. Bulger Partners works exclusively with businesses whose primary strategic assets are software and data. The firm touts sector expertise in: Enterprise Software.

An executive’s guide to software development

McKinsey

This essential capability is a blind spot for many nontech leaders. Our Insights

Will Your Software Help or Hinder Digital Transformation?

BCG

The Boston Consulting Group and CAST, a leader in software analysis and measurement, have established a partnership to help companies address functional, data, and technical complexity in their IT landscape and operations. Article Monday, May 02, 2016.

The very same software

Seth Godin Blog

If you want to join a social network, well, the software that connects the titans of your industry is the very same software you can use. Something rare is happening, and it might not last long.

Telecom’s Twin Peaks: Software-Defined and Virtualized Networks

BCG

Software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) have already started to change the way that telecom networks are designed, deployed, and operated. Article Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Examples of Automation Software in Today’s Workforce

Cheryl Cran

As shown in Workfront’s State of Work report, knowledge workers today want automation software, with 86% of U.S. The post Examples of Automation Software in Today’s Workforce appeared first on NextMapping.

Hardware is sexy, but it's software that matters

Seth Godin Blog

You can make software if you choose to. Not just the expected version of software that runs on a computer, but the metaphorical idea of rules and algorithms designed to solve problems and connect people. For years, the Mac was merely a container for Mac software.

Software is testing

Seth Godin Blog

Writing the first draft of a computer program is easy. It's the testing that separates the professional from a mere hack. Test and then, of course, make it better. The same thing is true with: Restaurant recipes. Essays. Web user interface. Customer service. Management techniques.

Advanced analytics in software pricing: Enabling sales to price with confidence

McKinsey

Building advanced analytics such as dynamic deal scoring into the core commercial process helps software sales organizations price smarter, streamline the approval process, and win more deals. High Tech Insights

Our software must get better

Seth Godin Blog

But software, software is different. one piece of software can be used by a billion people, no extra cost per person. Unlike candy or anything physical, it doesn’t cost more per user (not a penny more) to have more people use great software instead of settling for good software.

Warfare, Software, and Industrial Design

Strategy+Business

Sprint and scrum, a design approach favored by the software industry, was behind many of the incredible innovations made by industrial and defense companies in the mid-20th century.

Symantec Says "Antivirus Software Is Dead"

MishTalk

The Wall Street Journal reports Symantec Declares Antivirus Software Dead , turns to minimizing damage from breaches. Symantec Corp (SYMC) invented commercial antivirus software to protect computers from hackers a quarter-century ago. Rather Curious Propositions Symantec has a rather curious proposition that essentially boils down to this: Hire us to learn how to minimize the damage once hackers break through our software.

Sleeping giant: Europe as a global software competitor

McKinsey

Software has an obvious home in the world of IT, and US tech firms are the most visible. Yet it’s increasingly critical to production and manufacturing—which gives Europe the opportunity to be a global software contender. Our Insights

How Non-Tech Companies Are Joining the Software Revolution -- in Pictures

Strategy+Business

Innovative companies are shifting their R&D spending to focus on software and services

From hardware to software: How semiconductor companies can lead a successful transformation

McKinsey

Many semiconductor companies struggle when attempting to transition from hardware to software. How can they improve the process? Our Insights

How B2B Software Vendors Can Help Their Customers Benchmark

Harvard Business

Today, the data to answer those questions exists — it’s captured by the software-as-a-service firms whose services companies use to run their businesses. Of course, there are several steps that software companies need to take in order to make data mirrors possible.

Construction in the cloud: An interview with Thomas Wolf, CEO of RIB Software

McKinsey

As construction moves into the cloud, here’s what industry leaders must do to lay the groundwork for change. Insights on Capital Projects & Infrastructure

Software Robots Eliminate 94.7% of Jobs Needed for Space Launches

MishTalk

It used to take 150 to do a space launch. Now it takes 8 thanks to artificial intelligence at the launch site. That is a 94.7% reduction in the number of jobs. The BBC reports Japan launches ''affordable'' Epsilon space rocket. Japan has launched the first in a new generation of space rockets, hoping the design will make missions more affordable. The Epsilon rocket is about half the size of Japan''s previous generation of space vehicles, and uses artificial intelligence to perform safety checks.

Subscription myth busters: What it takes to shift to a recurring-revenue model for hardware and software

McKinsey

The benefits of moving to flexible subscription pricing are closer than they appear, but common misconceptions hold companies back. Our Insights

You Don’t Have to Be a Software Company to Think Like One

Harvard Business

Every business is, willingly or unwillingly, a competitor on a software playing field, no matter which sector it’s in. In a world underpinned by ever more powerful, affordable, and public technology platforms, software is still king. What role could software play in that equation?

US Navy to 3-D Print Ships; Brick-Laying Robots; Bit-Rot: Meet "Helium" the Software Coding Robot; End of the Programmer?

MishTalk

Meet "Helium" the Software Coding Robot Helium, a software coding program, can rewrite rotten legacy computer code in an hour. This is especially true of unoptimized Windows code and imaging software such as Adobe Photoshop.

Software Asset Management: A New Defense Against Cybersecurity Threats - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM MICROSOFT

Harvard Business

Rather than wasting efforts attacking hardened firewalls, they instead snoop out the often-overlooked back doors to a company’s network, such as unsupported or unapproved software, abandoned user IDs, poor password protection, or the unmanaged server under an IT analyst’s desk. And that’s where software asset management can help. Why Software Asset Management (SAM) Matters. More secure management of software assets and reliable cybersecurity practices.

Drivers Not Needed: Tesla "Autopilot" Software Allows Self-Parking Without Driver; Completely Driverless Public Transport Test in Arizona

MishTalk

Tesla has a solution: Software Upgrade Lets Cars Park Themselves With No Driver. Tesla, co-founded by billionaire Elon Musk, has distinguished itself by automatically pushing over-the-air software updates to customers, refreshing the vehicles with new and enhanced functions. "Autopilot" Self-Parking Hate parking cars in tight spaces in garages or streets? I certainly do.

What is Social Customer Service?

Tom Spencer

Social customer service allows you to open everything up using a social platform like Telligent or Jive Software. Business Strategy community building consulting customer retention Jive Software Management Consulting social customer service Telligent

Building the workforce of tomorrow, today

McKinsey

Software giant SAP is helping its workforce keep pace with technological change and new strategic thrusts. Insights on Organization

Seth's Blog: Levels of marketing magic, the placebo effects of desire

Seth Godin Blog

UTILITY: The album is good, the software is useful, the book changes things. Seths Blog.Seth Godins riffs on marketing, respect, and the ways ideas spread. About. Archives. Subscribe. Recent Posts. "Oh, Oh, thats just a hack someone put together.". The sophisticates. Q&A: Purple Cows and commodities. Colors or numbers? Words are hooks, words are levers. Mumbo vs. Jumbo. Death and Taxes, 2014. The opposite of anxiety. Stoogecraft. The fork in the road offers only two difficulties. Archives.

Seth's Blog: What's now?

Seth Godin Blog

When I was starting out in the software business in 1983 (gasp), our home computer of choice was the Commodore 64. Seths Blog.Seth Godins riffs on marketing, respect, and the ways ideas spread. About. Archives. Subscribe. Recent Posts. "Oh, Oh, thats just a hack someone put together.". The sophisticates. Q&A: Purple Cows and commodities. Colors or numbers? Words are hooks, words are levers. Mumbo vs. Jumbo. Death and Taxes, 2014. The opposite of anxiety. Stoogecraft.

The product management talent dilemma

McKinsey

Despite product managers’ central roles in software organizations, they are often neglected from a talent-management perspective. Four levers can address this industry-wide challenge. High Tech Insights

Detecting Lies on Earnings Calls

Strategy+Business

Can software and analytics help investors figure out if corporate leaders really mean what they say

The AI factor in talent management: An interview with Catalyte’s Jacob Hsu and Mike Rosenbaum

McKinsey

Top executives at one innovative software development firm share how they harnessed artificial intelligence to create a more diverse—and more productive—workforce. Public Sector Insights