Leader talk at Software 2007


Some really interesting things were spoken about at Software 2007 and a few are pasted below:

Steam Engines bought a lot of change, but soon it was time for the engine to change……

Now software is going through the fundamental transformation that the internet brought to many other industries.”
– Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft

“We look at RedHat for how to sell open source, Salesforce.com for how to sell subscriptions, Southwest Airlines for how to disrupt the market, and Ikea for how to build a global market of high quality, low cost products – from Sweden… There is no real model for how to [succeed at open source.]”
– Marten Mickos, CEO, MySQL


“Not only can the small companies innovate. The large companies can innovate as well.”
– Hasso Plattner, Chairman and Chief Software Advisor, SAP

“Innovation and growth are both very important. We spend $3.6 billion in R&D… We have a world class research lab – and very few companies today are investing in the ‘R.’”
– Shane Robison, Chief Strategy & Technology Officer, HP

“How do we get a company that has 60,000 people to innovate as fast as companies in Silicon Valley? It’s not easy.”
– Ed Zander, CEO, Motorola

BRIC [Brazil, Russia, India and China] is the market where my competitors aren’t. I’m going to skate to where the puck is going to be and let my competitors fight over where it is now.”
– Andre Boisvert, Chairman of Compiere and Pentaho

“Innovation is at the heart of our soul. We do not want to see the stagnation that so many companies have placed on the industry to preserve their ‘cash cow’ business models.”
– Marc Benioff, CEO, Salesforce.com

I think of innovation as a positive disruption of the status quo.
– Victoria Barret, Forbes

“The big challenge [of innovation] is to maintain equilibrium among the business interests involved. If you look at the success of the iPod, Apple has maintained equilibrium between the music companies, consumers and the e-commerce companies.”

It certainly looked good from here🙂:

“This really is the best of times for the software industry.”
– Ken Berryman, Partner, McKinsey & Co.

“We are really looking at the beginning of the next big tech cycle.”
– M.R. Rangaswami, Sand Hill Group

“Whenever you see that your product is doing really well, start something new.”
– Hasso Plattner, Chairman and Chief Software Advisor, SAP

“I think the next open source IPO is extremely important. You have to see exits.”
-Tom Berquist, CFO, Ingres

“I don’t have to tell you that mobile is going everywhere – everywhere around the world, in every company, for every person, in every home… There’s not a discussion that we can’t have about mobile.”
– Ed Zander, CEO, Motorola

Posted by Digvijay Singh Rathore

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