There may be life yet in enterprise software. Workday’s much anticipated debut on the New York Stock Exchange did not disappoint. Shares of the SaaS company blew by the $28-per-share expectation, opening at $48.05 per share.
Greylock Partners, seeking more operational experience in the enterprise and cloud computing sector, named Dev Ittyhceria, an operations guy who made his name in enterprise software, as its newest partner. Ittycheria founded Bladelogic and sold it to BMC seven years later for $900 million.
To hear IBM and Microsoft tell it, their respective cloud strategies are coming along nicely, thank you very much. But given the hazy definitions of cloud computing and the lack of real numbers, it’s hard to tell if that really is the case.
When SAP pre-announced better-than-expected earnings, there was no mention of cloud computing. But, there is a feeling that the company, as it completes its buyout of SuccessFactors and closes more Business ByDesign deals, might be able to put its reputation of cloud cluelessness behind it.
Today, things tend to trickle up as far as enterprise software selection goes: Businesses are increasingly taking cues from their employees when it comes to choosing enterprise software. Many employees, now, prefer software that incorporates the social and collaborative aspects they use in their personal lives.