And in Enterprise Software, "The Winners Are..."

Dennis Byron

Just coincidentally I'm sure, the morning after the U.S. TV show awards event known as the Emmys, the BusinessWire lit up with a couple of dozen companies claiming awards of their own. If you follow enterprise software news at all, you can't have missed the fact that it's that time of year again.


John Desmond is out with the Software 500 (which now includes services revenue for the reasons described in a post here on IT Business Edge in October 2008).


The popular annual listing is described as the 27th annual edition, which would have had it starting around 1983. I don't know the complete history, but it brings back good memories of the Bill Gannons senior and junior, Mike Walsh and Judy Hodges, as well as John. I am sure there have been many others involved over the years during which Software magazine was acquired by Technical Publishing (the guys that got me in a golf foursome right behind Arnold Palmer); reacquired by the Gannons; moved around the way IT magazines get moved in the Internet era; and finally acquired by John, one of Software's original editors.


Along with that piece of personal remembrance, it also is time to remember some of the 2008 listees that have been acquired. Gone are BEA, Captaris, Checkfree, Ilog, Iona, Primavera, Skywire and Tumbleweed, three of them not surprisingly to Oracle.


In addition, Fair Issac is now FICO, making it both a company name and a generic noun. Logility was rolled back into American Software from which it was spun years ago. Sun will be gone next year assuming Ellison does to the EU what Ballmer should have done. As will Borland, Genesys, Interwoven, mValent, Scheer, SPSS, Vignette and who knows who else.

Of course all of this action makes room for a lot of newcomers, and moves a lot of companies higher up the list. More to come on that in an upcoming blog post.


Congratulations, Software, for almost 30 years of starting some great arguments. Everyone loves lists.


In order to see the 2009 Software 500 list immediately, John says:

"We make the 2009 Software 500 available first to our direct requesters of digital Software Magazine. All the direct requesters have received a link to the issue. We do that to encourage people to sign up for the digital magazine. We will post it (directly) on the ( site in the coming weeks.")

Also note: How the companies noted above appear on the 2009 list depends on the Software 500 methodology. The companies mentioned above were acquired or had name changes in 2008 but did exist for part of 2008. Therefore maybe they are still on the 2009 list. In preparing this post, I did not compare the 2008 list line by line with the 2009 list.


I will review the 2009 list in a later post, when John makes the list totally accessible on his Web site. That way even those of you that don't want to sign up to get it can join the argument about whether all these mergers and acqusitions are good for your IT efforts. And whether the companies that Software says are hot are hot or not.

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