At the beginning of this year, I wrote a short post outlining a few predictions I have about how enterprise software is going to evolve in 2015. We’re at the halfway point, so let’s evaluate a few of them.
You’ve perhaps heard of the LAMP stack, the standard web-service building blocks of Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. Now there’s a new superstar technology stack on the rise: MSG.
Competitive pressures have pushed speed of software development to become one of the highest priorities for businesses today.
On VentureBeat earlier this month, a European venture capitalist took some U.S. VCs to task for hyping “portfolio-support platforms” and other value-added services, presumably to the exclusion of old-fashioned company building. He derided investors who push a “bouquet of generic operational support resources” and warned entrepreneurs to be skeptical of these offerings—implying that young companies don’t need such services to bloom.
A few years ago, I started noticing a strange business problem plaguing some of the companies I worked with: They knew more about prospective customers they hadn’t yet signed, but were courting, than their existing base of users.
It’s a big step for a small company to take on institutional financing from a global venture-capital firm—one with big expectations for growth, advanced business processes and, of course, returns.