Paul Esherwood
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ERP Today Live! with Jellyfish
In this ERP Today Live! session we explore the benefits of an integrated platform and single data model for end-to-end transformation and analyse the impact it has on delivering customer and employee experience.
Microsoft and SAP share the love in new mega deal
Microsoft has chosen RISE with SAP on Microsoft Cloud, making it the first public cloud provider to adopt the solution. Microsoft and SAP have a long track record of collaboration and the Redmond giant has run large parts of its internal operations on SAP ERP for decades. However, the announcement that Microsoft has signed up to RISE with SAP to deploy S/4HANA Cloud (private edition) is still a huge endorsement of SAP’s cloud credentials - considering Microsoft has its own cloud ERP solution in the form of Dynamics 365.
ERP Today Live! International Women’s Day
Paul Esherwood talks to Abigail Allman, CMO at ERP Dynamics and Steph Poore, sales manager at IFS on International Women's Day. #breakthebias - is the industry doing enough? If you work in the ERP sector - male or female - check out #womeninerp - a community support network for the ERP community.
Workday results top revenue estimates but fall down at profit, again
Workday has announced results for Q4 2022 and full year ended 31 January 2022, revealing an operating loss of $101m on the quarter and an overall loss of $116.5m for the year. For Q4 2022, total revenues were $1.38bn, up 21.6 percent against the same period last year with subscription revenues at $1.23bn, an increase of 22.2 percent. For the full fiscal year 2022, Workday recorded revenues of $5.14bn, an increase of 19 percent compared to last year.
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IBM bolsters Azure capabilities with Neudesic acquisition
IBM has acquired Neudesic, the US cloud services consultancy specialising in the Microsoft Azure platform. Headquartered in California, Neudesic has more than 1,500 cloud and data experts located across the US and in India and provides the full scope of digital transformation services.
Dream Big
Bill McDermott Dreams Big. His aspirations are not bound by convention nor are they constrained by tradition. They are driven by a conviction that anything is possible and we all have the ability to reimagine our future on whatever scale we conceive.
Editor’s Words: capability and complexity
In a previous editorial, I quoted Tom Peters who famously said: “If you’re not confused, you’re not paying attention” - but that sentiment is already outdated.
Being #2 set the stage for #1 in cloud ERP
Oracle has been on a journey of self-reflection over the last few years.The once brash and spiky vendor has reinvented itself with a new customer-centric narrative, a modernised partner network and a portfolio of products that has escalated it to the undisputed position as the world’s leading cloud ERP vendor.
Partnerships key to mass-adoption
When the world’s largest consulting firms like Accenture, Deloitte and EY start talking about a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ the rest of the world better sit up and take note
Cute acquisitions augment the core offering
ServiceNow is building-out its offering with highly targeted acquisitions that enrich the core proposition rather than making huge plays that history knows are sometimes difficult to integrate. 
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Tech Trends Report 2022
The Deloitte Tech Trends report is in its thirteenth year and looks at current, emerging and future technology trends. It is essential reading for any digital leader and is widely regarded as one of the most comprehensive and thorough reports of its kind.
Industries: the final frontier for cloud
Ever bought something new to find that it’s actually something old in a different wrapper? There are some great examples of deep domain experience, regulatory compliance and finely tuned capability - but there is also a lot of vapourware out there too. 
Boomerang hires and the importance of maintaining relationships with former employees
The battle for talent is well documented in this issue of ERP Today and virtually all large employers are in a race against time to find, hire and onboard the staff they need to meet their obligations.
Benefits of low code app development still flying under the radar, according to ServiceNow research
Businesses will begin to place a greater emphasis on low code app development in 2022, but employees still need educating on the benefits that this can bring to themselves and to their organisation, according to new research from ServiceNow. The survey...
ServiceNow beats expectations on all fronts
ServiceNow has announced financial results for its fourth quarter that beat all predictions. The highlight from the earnings call is the growing number of customers that are spending more than $1m – up by over 50 percent.
Microsoft confirms position as #1 cloud vendor
Microsoft has announced its results for Q2 and revealed stunning growth across the board including a 32 percent increase in cloud revenue – worth $22.2bn on the quarter – confirming its position as the number one cloud vendor.
IBM announces strong(ish) Q4 results
IBM has reported stronger than expected Q4 results with earnings of $3,35 per share on revenue of $16.7bn. Analysts expected IBM to announce revenues of about $16bn – the beat pushed IBM’s stock by up to 7 percent before closing...
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Heathrow Airport takes off with Oracle Cloud
Heathrow Airport has transformed its HR and finance functions with the implementation of Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications, with Capgemini and Oracle Consulting combining their resources to overcome the challenges of the pandemic and deliver the programme at pace.
DXC Technology expands global partnership with ServiceNow
DXC Technology, a Fortune 500 technology services company, has announced the formation of a new global DXC ServiceNow strategic business group to deliver market-leading, cost-efficient, resilient technology services that transform enterprise service operations, built on DXC Platform X.
Deloitte and Oracle rejuvenate legacy data systems for Galderma
Deloitte and Oracle have transformed the legacy data systems of the world’s largest independent global dermatology company, Galderma, through the implementation of Deloitte SuperLedger™, a platform built on Oracle Cloud.
Lumenia’s HEADtoHEAD event set for 8th to 10th March
ERP Today is returning as media partner to Lumenia Consulting for its full-scale virtual event taking place on 8th to 10th March. The established event offers a unique opportunity for business leaders to compare leading ERP solution providers and their...
Bill McDermott and ServiceNow cover story preview
Bill McDermott is a titan of the industry and currently serves as the CEO at one of the hottest enterprise software companies in the world – ServiceNow. In an all-access interview, McDermott talks exclusively to Paul Esherwood about his life, career and the opportunity to build ServiceNow into the defining enterprise software company of the twenty-first century. This short extract previews some of the topics that we covered.
Strong SAP results reveal record cloud performance
For the fourth quarter, the company saw rapid expansion of current cloud backlog to €9.45bn, up 32 percent. Driven by strong adoption of RISE with SAP, S/4HANA current cloud backlog is up 84 percent to €1.71bn, while cloud revenue increased by 28 percent to €2.61bn.
Ex-Oracle SVP joins de Novo as NED
Clive Swan, the former SVP for application development at Oracle, has joined de Novo Solutions as non-executive director. We don’t usually cover appointments, but this hire is a significant feather in the cap for de Novo, which is effectively a...
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Oracle buys Cerner in $28bn industry play
Oracle has announced the acquisition of Cerner Corporation for approximately $28.3bn. The all-cash deal will give a serious boost to Oracle’s aspirations to lead in the vertical cloud battleground - with healthcare and health services being their number one priority.
ServiceNow and Qualtrics partner up reuniting McDermott with his last SAP acquisition
ServiceNow and Qualtrics have announced the availability of new joint capabilities that enable companies to deliver personalised service experiences. The partnership between Qualtrics and ServiceNow re-establishes a connection between ServiceNow CEO, Bill McDermott, and the company that he bought during the final months of his tenure at SAP.
Oracle cloud revenue up 22 percent as stock soars
The news boosted Oracle’s share price by nearly 16 percent on Friday pushing the value of the company to more than $280bn. The rally also boosted Larry Ellison’s personal fortune by $16bn to a staggering £135bn making him the world’s fourth richest person, one spot behind Microsoft founder, Bill Gates.
ERP Today Live! with Anwen Robinson, GM & SVP, Infor UK
Anwen Robinson joined Infor as UK General Manager and SVP back in February 2021. Now settled in the role and ready to share her plans for the region - we had a lot of fun discussing what had been achieved so far, Infor's commitments to industry specificity, creating an identity for the Infor in the UK and what that means for customers.
Paul Kurchina joins ERP Today as Global Brand Ambassador
Paul Kurchina, former board director of ASUG and respected SAP analyst, has joined ERP Today as its first global brand ambassador and advisor. Kurchina is considered by both industry and technology corporations as an information technology visionary and internationally respected builder of teams and communities.
ERP Today Live! On the cloud vs. in the cloud, with Infor
This is the third session in a 3 part series looking back at articles we wrote in 2019 so we can find out if our predictions were correct and what’s changed in the last 2 years. This session focusses on the difference between being on the cloud and in the cloud.