TheLegacy ERP Conversion Under Way At Dietz & Watson

A regional deli supply company upgrades its legacy ERP system, which includes much custom coding from RPG to PHP: “The core ERP system includes product processing, sales analysis, and financials. Much of it was developed in-house, with the financials a customized version of packaged software from a vendor no longer in business. The system is very stable, according to Wolinsky.”

TheLegacy ERP Conversion Under Way At Dietz & Watson

US SMB Spending

“Spending on information technology by the almost 6.5 million small and medium-sized businesses [1-999 employees] in the United States will approach $161.1 billion in 2015, accounting for over one-quarter of overall global SMB IT spending”

Details on spending totals are provided for key hardware, software, and services technology areas: PCs and peripherals, systems and storage, telecommunications equipment, packaged software, and IT services.

From IDC

Bottoms up, viral spread still works

Cloud startups like Dropbox pose a problem because they are viral in their sign-up and billing. This is what has given them a foot in the door at SMBs and the departments of big companies, and resulted in CIOs’ business-collaboration platforms becoming based on Dropbox before they know it.

Also, some good insights into IBM go-to-market thinking around software.

Bottoms up, viral spread still works

21 percent of Ultrabooks purchased by midmarket companies were bought in big box retail stores such as Best Buy, in part because the purchasers could actually handle the product before plunking down the cash. Because Ultrabooks are touted as lightweight and highly portable, the ability to handle the merchandise gives retail channels have an advantage over online channels, where the greatest advantage is often a lower price.

“21 percent of Ultrabooks purchased by midmarket companies were bought in big box retail stores such…”

“21 percent of Ultrabooks purchased by midmarket companies were bought in big box retail stores such as Best Buy, in part because the purchasers could actually handle the product before plunking down the cash. Because Ultrabooks are touted as lightweight and highly portable, the ability to handle the merchandise gives retail channels have an advantage over online channels, where the greatest advantage is often a lower price.”

http://www.thevarguy.com/2012/05/03/report-smbs-buying-ultrabooks-through-retail-channels/