Infor and the 80% Solution: Coleman, Birst, GT Nexus, and CloudSuites

Better, Cheaper, Faster is a myth in a cloud-enabled world.
Coleman is Infor's Artificial Intelligence Effort
Coleman is Infor’s Artificial Intelligence Effort

When I represented Amalgam Insights at Inforum, I was wondering if I would be a fish out of water. After all, I am not an ERP analyst. I am not a retail analyst. I am not an HR technology analyst. And those are the first three things I think of when Infor comes to mind. As an analyst who focuses on technology consumption and bridging gaps between the CIO and CFO, I was wondering what would grab my attention other than Infor’s acquisition of Birst.

I was pleasantly surprised by the clarity of Infor’s vision of supporting industry-specific technology consumption. Infor ended up bringing up three key ideas that are core to the future of technology consumption and will end up being strategic considerations for the future of IT.

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Machine Learning and the Rise of the REEP: Role-Based Expert Enhancement Platforms

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Don’t fear the REEPer

Based on Amalgam Insights’ discussions with over two dozen enterprise application solutions over the past six weeks, we believe that a new generation of applications is starting to emerge. Machine Learning has led to the evolution of a new generation of platforms that are transforming expert productivity by providing insights through self-guided logic that improves over time.

Amalgam Insights calls these solutions Role-Based Expert Enhancement Platforms (REEP), an emerging technology made possible by the increasing use of machine learning and artificial intelligence in the business world. We believe that, in the short-term, the emerging value of machine learning will come not from generalized platforms, but from these role-based solutions that will greatly simplify finance, compliance, and sales enablement tasks. As companies start thinking about the role of machine learning in enhancing their organizations, Amalgam recommends that they consider these four key areas of benefit:

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What Is Technology Consumption Management?

Better, Cheaper, Faster is a myth in a cloud-enabled world.
Better, Cheaper, Faster is a myth in a cloud-enabled world.
Better, Cheaper, Faster is an IT lie.

Technology Consumption Management is at the core of Amalgam Insights’ research, advisory, and consulting efforts to bridge the CIO and CFO offices. In today’s world, we have instant access to cloud-based scale, massive processing power, artificial intelligence and machine learning APIs, automated data modelling and integration, mobility and IoT devices, and collaborative platforms. The question is no longer whether technology can support our business goals, but how we identify, purchase, and adopt the technologies that we need.

Traditionally, the goals of IT were to provide “Better, Cheaper, and Faster” technology. However, with the emergence of the cloud, subscription and varible pricing, and consumerized demands for technology, this cliche no longer applies. Amalgam Insights would argue that world-class technological resources are now available on-demand at relatively low costs for proof-of-concept projects. In this world, the traditional measures of “Cheaper” and “Faster” are only marginally relevant for competent IT sourcers. In addition, the idea of “Better” has largely transformed from measures of storage, processing power, and speed to purpose-built technology experiences to support business outcomes.

Digital Transformation is an important and foundational paradigm shift for IT Management.

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AI for the Accounting Guy: MindBridge Artificial Intelligence-Auditor

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Amalgam Insights’ Net-Net Summary of Mindbridge Ai

Based on a briefing with MindBridge Ai on June 19, 2017 and MindBridge Ai’s $4.3 million funding round on the same date, this summary provides guidance to auditors and accountants seeking guidance on applying artificial intelligence to risk, compliance, and audit efforts. Amalgam Insights believes that this emerging approach is an important governance step for financial transactions as digital transactions become increasingly diverse and auditors are responding by either building self-built tools or working with internal data science teams.

Why Mindbridge Ai Matters for Financial Audiences

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CIO Recommendations for HPE Flexible Capacity & Project New Stack

HP Project New Stack Concept for Hybrid IT cost, orchestration, & usage management
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Eating the Candy Cloud via Alex Yosifov from Flickr

Amalgam Insights specializes in Technology Consumption Management with a focus on how companies can align IT purchases and subscriptions to the relevant consumption models. This can and should include options for enterprises to purchase not only on a per-server or per-core basis, but also on a duration, user, resource, usage unit, feature, or baseline capacity basis. In this light, AI was especially interested in evaluating HPE’s Flexible Capacity billing capabilities across storage, computing, and networking as well as HPE’s new launch of Project New Stack.

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How does the 2017 version of HPE support enterprise IT departments?

Meg Whitman at HPE Discover 2017

Meg Whitman at HPE Discover 2017
Meg Whitman at HPE Discover 2017
Recently, Amalgam Insights attended HPE Discover, HPE’s semi-annual show devoted to its enterprise offerings. Our firm was especially interested in seeing how HPE would position itself after having divested much of its software portfolio to Micro Focus and then spin-merging its Enterprise Services division with CSC to form DXC Technology on April 1st of this year.

In HPE’s General Session and subsequent presentations, several key themes emerged in HPE’s positioning. The most obvious is that, in consolidating HPE’s offerings to servers, storage, and networking, the company is now focused on being the arms dealer for hybrid IT support. This is based both on the core HPE portfolio of technology and services as well as removing the business services and complementary technologies that were previously seen as competitive to potential HPE competitors. This fundamental change should serve HPE well.

How HPE found its focus

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The Evolution of IBM’s Cloud, Watson, and Analytic Consulting at IBM Vision

In mid-May, Amalgam Insights (AI) attended IBM Vision, an event focused on business performance, both as an attendee and a presenter. This has been my favorite IBM tradeshow for several years, as it focuses directly on key concerns that I have looked at throughout my career: financial management, enterprise governance, and compliance. Because everyone at this show is focused on some form of BI, performance management, or risk, it is easy to speak with a business user, consultant, or IBM professional at this show and to quickly find common professional ground.

This year, I took three key findings away from IBM Vision that should be of ongoing value for financial departments within the enterprise.

• The Maturity of IBM’s Cloud Analytics Capabilities
• Promontory Digital’s Role for IBM and IBM Watson
• IBM’s DataFirst Method for Analytic Consulting

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Informatica Unleashes AI, Brand, Cloud, and Data-Driven Disruption at Informatica World 2017

New Informatica Brand for New Informatica Aspirations
New Informatica Brand for New Informatica Aspirations
New Informatica Brand for New Informatica Aspirations

Amalgam Insights (AI) recently attended Informatica World 2017, where executives, partners, and customers provided backing for Informatica’s ability to support “The Disruptive Power of Data,” (an Informatica-trademarked phrase) as well as its positioning as the Enterprise Cloud Data Management leader.

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The Definitive Guide to the Asentinel-Tangoe Merger: Marlin Equity Partners Agrees to Acquire Tangoe

Marlin Equity, Asentinel, and Tangoe
Asentinel-Tangoe Merger brings together much of TEM's history.
Asentinel-Tangoe Merger brings together much of TEM’s history.

[Updated May 3rd with links to additional coverage from AOTMP, Blue Hill Research, Oracle Dispatch, StraTEM Consulting, and the Wall Street Journal]

On April 28, Marlin Equity Partners, an investment firm with over $3 billion in capital under management and the current owner of Telecom Expense and Enterprise Mobility Management vendor Asentinel, announced entering an agreement to purchase Tangoe for $6.50 per share for a transaction estimated at $242.6 million in cash.

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AI Analyzes Infor’s Intent to Acquire Birst, A Cloud BI Trailblazer

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On April 25th, enterprise application company Infor announced that it planned to acquire Birst, one of the leaders in the standalone Cloud BI world. Birst is expected to remain as a standalone solution and Infor will become Birst’s largest ISV as Birst becomes the analytic back-end for Infor-based applications. Amalgam Insights (AI) finds this to be interesting based on our long history of analyzing Birst.

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