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Louis Columbus
Works at Plex Systems
Attends Webster University, Adjunct Professor Graduate Program
Lives in California
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Enterprise software author, analyst, blogger and speaker, expertise in product management, product marketing and sales, Software-as-a-Service, Infrastructure-as-a-Service; industry analyst and founder of Software Strategies Research, blogger, market researcher & strategist. Frequent speaker at industry events, seminars and webinars.
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  • Plex Systems
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  • Cincom Systems
  • AMR Research
  • Ingram Micro
  • Gateway Computers
  • Toshiba America
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My areas of expertise are in the areas of channel management, quoting, sales and product configuration, pricing, contract management, order management, CRM and ERP systems and their use in attaining sales and profit objectives of organizations.  My interests specifically are in the areas of how Web Services and XML are making it possible for companies to attain their selling goals profitably through their channel networks.  

I’m a regular contributor to industry blogs, participate in webinars, and have written several ebooks on my topics of interest in addition to assisting in sales cycles, system architecture, solution and pricing planning discussions.    

I also teach MBA courses in international business, global competitive strategies, international market research, and capstone courses in strategic planning and market research.  I’ve taught at California State University, Fullerton: University of California, Irvine; Marymount University, and Webster University.  As I have a passion to write I am currently completing a book on how collaborative platforms can significantly improve value chain performance with publication scheduled in 2013. A few years ago I founded Software Strategies Research and the results of those studies will be published on Amazon.com, Google Books and on my website, http://softwarestrategiesblog.com/

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  • Webster University, Adjunct Professor Graduate Program
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  • Marymount University, Adjunct Professor Graduate Program
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  • Stanford University, Graduate School of Business (Strategic Marketing Management Program)
  • Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California Irvine, Instructor
  • California State University, Fullerton Lecturer and Instructor
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Interesting, thought-provoking post by +Dion Hinchcliffe on the enterprise products with the greatest disruptive potential in 2014.  A good read, and if you follow #enterprisesoftware  be sure to read it.   #EnSW   #Cloud  
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Great view of the Golden Gate at dusk.  
 
San Francisco, Golden Gate, Rise of Towers - Photo by +Ali Ertürk   www.artofhdr.com #sanfrancisco #skyline #goldengatebridge
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Below is my weekly update to the #cloudcomputing  index.   #F5networks   ($FFIV). continues to see strong growth for its security products, and is building two new security operations centers to handle demand.  The first is in Seattle and the second is in Tel Aviv.   #EnSW   #enterprisesoftware   #SaaS  
The six highest performing cloud computing stocks year-to-date in the Cloud Computing Index are F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV), VMWare (NYSE:VMW), Akamai (NASDAQ: AKAM), Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR), EMC (NYSE:EMC), Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ:RVBD) and Fusion-IO (NYSE: FIO).  A $10K investment in F5 Networks shares made January 2nd of this year is worth $11,588 as of market [...]
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Elementum is going to be an interesting company to watch, especially in how this start-up addresses the unique needs of healthcare, food & beverage, and aerospace & defense supply chains.  Tracking supplier quality and performance will change entire industries for the better.  The more regulated the industry, the more suppliers and manufactures are going to need this. #Cloud   #SCM   #enterprisesoftware  
Elementum, a company that exited stealth recently to disrupt supply chain management, is announcing new investment from Box co-founder Aaron Levie,Yahoo..
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Beautiful view of Paris, France !
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PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) regularly collaborate to produce The MoneyTree Report, which provides a comprehensive look into venture capital trends.  I've summarized the latest report in the blog post below.  Over $4B was invested in software deals by venture capitalists (VCs) during Q1, 2014, four times as much as biotechnology.   #venturecapital   #enterprisesoftware  #EnSW #PwC
Just over $4B was invested in software deals by venture capitalists (VCs) during Q1, 2014, four times as much as biotechnology. Software deals netted out 42% of all dollars invested in the first quarter, with biotechnology receiving 11%.  VCs invested $816M in IT Services or 9% of all dollars, making this the [...]
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Google's acquisition of Titan Aerospace opens up earth sciences, broadband availability to remote locations, and a myriad of other possible uses for remotely sensed data. $GOOG  
Summary: Facebook was considering purchasing the startup, which builds drones that can stay aloft for years, earlier this year. A purchase price has not been released.
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Great presentation by +Peter Coffee of #Salesforce  worth reading on the future of   #mobilityapps  and #analytics  .    #EnSW  $CRM #CRM  
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Excellent photo essay published in The Atlantic today titled London and the U.K. From Above.  Definitely worth a look. 
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Did a weekly update to the #Cloud  Computing Index.  Market correction this week shows cloud business models need more endurance training and the ability to deliver above-average growth in order to keep investor confidence.   #EnSW   #enterprisesoftware   #cloudcomputing  
The six highest performing cloud computing stocks year-to-date in the Cloud Computing Index are VMWare (NYSE:WMV), Akamai (NASDAQ: AKAM), F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV), Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR), Fusion-IO (NYSE:FIO), Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD) and EMC (NYSE:EMC).  A $10K investment in F5 Networks on January 2nd of this year is worth $11,749 [...]
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