July 26, 2010
Many companies, abetted by various vendor solutions, have sought to curtail spreadsheet use. Most of those projects have been futile: Users in finance, sales, marketing and supply chain functions just love their multi-celled document too much. When it comes to IT budgeting processes, tracking apps spending and TCO management, CIOs also love themselves some spreadsheets, too.
July 22, 2010
I recently spent some time on the phone with Jeff Day, who serves as Director of Marketing at Apptio, a Pacific Northwest-based firm whose focus is on providing companies with insight into exactly what, where, and how they’re spending in relation to IT. While most companies have at least some insight into sales, manufacturing, finance, and HR spending, many actually neglect the breakdown when it comes to IT. And current spend visibility solutions are falling short of providing this information, especially at the level required to better manage vendors and internal demand and usage.
July 12, 2010
Since it launched almost exactly a year ago with a $300 million fund, the venture firm of Andreessen Horowitz has cut a rather high-profile path through the Silicon Valley investing community.
June 18, 2010
As I reflect on my time in the Northwest, I find myself gravitating toward the bigger picture: which areas of technology and business innovation is this region poised to really own over the next few years? After giving us the likes of Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, McCaw Cellular, and Starbucks, surely Seattle is ready for an encore or two?