No. 7: Enterprise Applications

By Lawrence Walsh  |  Print this article Print

The Dow Jones is bleeding billions, but solution providers say key technologies continue to drive strong profitability. Here are the top 10 technologies according to Channel Insider readers.

7. Enterprise Application
2008 Profitability Rating: 14%
2007 Profitability Rating: 11%
Profitability Change: +3%

ERP, supply chain management, CRM, RFID monitoring and management systems, data mining and analytics, content management systems…the list of enterprise applications is endless. SMBs went through a period of believing that they could pick up free or cheap open-source applications, modify them and have robust, enterprise-class applications. That works for a while, but not for ever. Businesses are discovering the need for feature-rich, extensible and dynamic applications that help optimize business performance. This is driving demand for everything from run of the mill office applications to multimode relational databases.

Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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