News & Views

News & Views is published monthly by 180 Systems. Our objective is to provide recent articles to our readers on business technology topics. In some cases, our blog contains a title with a hyperlink to a source article, a quote from the article and our comments. In other cases, we have provided a blog without a hyperlink for original content by 180 Systems. We encourage you to post your own comments. You can also access our blog by topic.

BI, CPM and budgeting survey 2014

Business Intelligence

April 1, 2014 from CPA Magazine and written by Michael Burns – “…Here, you’ll find a survey of many of the leading BI and CPM systems, as well as an overview of current trends, and a synopsis of what two vendors had to say about their product and costs…”


Industry Focus by 180 Systems


We have changed our website to reflect our expertise in a number of industries including:

  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution
  • Professional Services
  • Not for Profit and Public Sector
  • Financial Services
  • Service Management
  • Third Party Logistics
  • Hospitality
  • Construction

On our website you will now find key requirements and systems that are industry specific.


Cloud Users Spend Less, Spend Smarter on IT

Cloud Computing

February 2014 from computer economics – “…The study finds that organizations fully utilizing cloud computing save on average more than 15% in IT spending, whether measured as a percentage of revenue or on a per-user basis, as shown in Figure 2 from the full study.  Detailed analysis of respondents’ IT spending mix shows that the savings come not only from a reduction in data center spending but also in IT personnel costs.

As a result of these economic efficiencies, cloud users are able to devote a higher percentage of their IT spending to new initiatives and less to ongoing support. The cost savings, combined with strategic benefits in speed, scalability, and agility, argue in favor of organizations moving aggressively to the cloud…”

180 View – You can bet that an on premise vendor will be able to show you statistics with the exact opposite findings. In our opinion, there is currently a high price tag to get on the cloud for ERP systems but as the price comes down, more organizations will go up.

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Cisco Invests $1B in Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing

March 24, 2014 from Newsfactor – “More than $1 billion over the next two years — that’s what Cisco Systems is planning to spend to build what it’s dubbing the Intercloud, the world’s largest global network of clouds to enable the Internet of Everything…

Here’s the big picture: Cisco has pegged the networked connection of people, data, processes and things, which it calls the Internet of Everything, as a $19 trillion economic opportunity in the next 10 years.”

180 View – So far Amazon is the leading cloud in the sky and charges a premium for their hosting. Competition will lower the costs making cloud computing more compelling.


Infor bets big on Amazon Web Services for cloud ERP

Cloud Computing, ERP

March 26, 2014 from Computerworld – “Infor is betting big on Amazon Web Services for its cloud ERP (enterprise-resource-planning) software strategy, with plans to begin offering a series of product suites on the company’s IaaS (infrastructure as a service)…”

180 View – We just completed contract negotiations with another vendor that uses Amazon for hosting its system. The vendors need to pay Amazon and also add a markup on the hosting fees leading to an expensive solution for the client. There are alternatives which are less expensive. The trouble is that the alternatives probably don’t have a lot of experience with the application. Our client wanted one throat to choke if there was a problem and so chose hosting from the applications vendor using Amazon Web Services.


ERP Support Requirements Range Widely

ERP, Software Selection

March 2014 from computer economics – “…Our study, ERP Support Staffing Ratios, shows the typical range of ERP support staffing ratios for installations of all sizes. At the median, there are 58 users per ERP support staff member, rising to 131 users per ERP staff member at the 75th percentile. At the 25th percentile, each ERP staff member supports just 29 users…”

180 View – A key question in the selection process should be the effort required to internally support the system. It is really hard to get this information from the vendors and references should be asked this question.


Enterprise Software: Suites Don’t Always Win


February 6, 2014 from The Enterprise System Spectator – “The major enterprise software providers promote their pre-built integration as a selling point in capturing new business from existing clients. They argue that, rather than attempting to integrate different systems from different providers, organizations should buy everything from a single provider and get the integration for free…”

180 View – The Enterprise System Spectator continues to be a good source of independent thinking. This article is about ERP vs Best of Breed and there is no winner.


GigaOm Pundit Suggests Enterprises Have Gone From Hadoop to ‘Hadumping’

Business Intelligence

March 20, 2014 from eWeek – “Discussion at a GigaOm conference shows that Hadoop isn’t a big success when enterprises blindly compile huge volumes of disparate data without knowing what to do with it…”

180 View – Hadoop was/is a much hyped technology for processing big data. Big data was discussed in our CPA magazine article above – “Big data is still a big trend — at least according to many pundits and vendors. We have read that 90% of the world’s data was created in the past two years. But whether that data comes from hundreds of thousands of health records, clicks on websites or comments on social networks like Facebook, the challenge is to use it to make better decisions. And the trick is to uncover correlations that can help predict what will happen in the future. But this can be a daunting task that may require data scientists. It can also consume big amounts of time when a more common-sense and intuitive approach might be more helpful. The best approach is a blend of BI and human insight whereby you use your own opinion but not your own facts.”


Washington Conservatory


180 View – If only we could all work as well together.


Starling Murmations


180 View – Another example of working together