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No crisis in Enterprise Software? March 30, 2009

Filed under: Analysts,Economy,Enterprise Software,Facts — Bertil Snel @ 21:09

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Press release from Gartner today: Gartner Says Worldwide Enterprise Software Market to Experience Flat Growth in 2009

In short, Gartner predicts that in 2009 the Global enterprise software market will grow 0,3% (flat) from 2008. The size of the market is almost the same as the GDP of Portugal with $222.8 billion. Gartner predicts flat growth this and next year.

I am somewhat surprised, not necessarily because I see a different reality but more so because almost every other bit of market data points to negative growth. The reality as it seems is that the enterprise software market is relatively strong because it experienced a big shake-out in 2001/2 and because the software increasing deliver on its promise of improved ROI. Especially market areas like virtualisation, open source and SaaS.

Not surprisingly Gartner points to the importance of strong partnerships for enterprise software vendors. “Aligning with partners that can provide local knowledge or industry insight will be a considerable differentiator.”. We’ll take that to heart.

By the way, first day of spring and the weather is great. I expect more good news about the crisis these days – hard to be pessimistic.


The Crisis of Credit Visualized March 15, 2009

Filed under: Economy,Facts,Video — Bertil Snel @ 10:28

The Short and Simple Story of the Credit Crisis.

Click more for part 2



Pi Day equals nerd day March 14, 2009

Filed under: Facts,Video — Bertil Snel @ 13:59

Pi PieToday is pi day. Nerds across the globe celebrate. Why today? 03/14/1:59 – roughly equal to π truncated to seven decimal places. 

π is an irrational number (like most humans) which means it cannot be expressed as a fraction and the decimals never end. Many have tried to understand pi and express it in the most accuracy. 

Pi has been calculated into the billions and some people make it a sport to memorise the the most digits of pi. In 2006, Akira Haraguchi from Japan recited ten thousand digits without error in 16 hours. Now there’s a geek! If you are really bored today why not try? Here are the first million digits to get you started.

And to get you excited about pi, here is a song:


Interesting Snippets that make amazing slides March 5, 2009

Filed under: Facts,Image,Web 2.0 — Bertil Snel @ 20:45
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Very cool quotes and stats with beautifull images make for amazing slides describing how things are changing online and in media & communications.  

Interesting Snippets

Interesting Snippets

These slides are also syndicated at Futurelab’s blog, check it out if you haven’t already, it’s a great compilation of thoughts and news.


If MySpace were a country (and other interesting facts) March 3, 2009

Filed under: Facts,Video — Bertil Snel @ 20:33

Sometimes size matters! Some of these statistics are staggering. And I expect that few will change, even in this recession.

Now you know…..