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Kickstarting 2012

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I recently attended Kickstart, an annual technology conference that takes place on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Kickstart is unique because it brings together around 50 of Australia's leading technology media and gives IT vendors the opportunity to discuss what's happening in the IT industry. It also gives us a chance to discuss our view on how we see the news agenda taking shape for the year to come.

While at Kickstart I had some great discussions with various Australian journalists and other IT vendors about where Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Business Intelligence (BI) is heading.

A few days before the conference, Gartner released a prediction that Business Intelligence software revenue will grow 11.7 percent in Australia to reach $406M this year.

While this figure is high, to me it is consistent with what we are hearing from the market. As more businesses evolve and assess how IT can help them cut costs, many look to ERP and ways they can incorporate it within BI.

Of course, much of the discussion at Kickstart focused on the ever-present debate around cloud computing.

My advice for ERP and BI customers considering cloud options is that they look at their business needs first, and then define the best IT architecture to deliver it. In my experience, the diversity of client's needs is reflected in business software implementations with infrastructures ranging from on-premise and hosted, to pure cloud play.

While at Kickstart, we also took the opportunity to unveil our new brand design and direction as a business, but more on that in the next blog post!

David Jackman

David Jackman

David Jackman

David Jackman was the Managing Director for ERP vendor Pronto Software.

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