Alan Pelz-Sharpe

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Alan Pelz-Sharpe is a Research Director at 451 Research. He has over 20 years of experience in the information management industry, working with a wide variety of end-user organizations and suppliers around the world.
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Startups? Silicon Valley? SHELDONVILLE? It's the dotcom bubble again!

There has probably never been a better time to launch a startup in Silicon Valley. In fact, it’s the dotcom boom era all over again. Venture capital money is washing over the land from San Francisco to well south of San Jose, along with waves of intelligent people and the easy accessibility of near unlimited reach and …

On the road with an IT ball-gazer: Forget big data, the future of tech is the 'social enterprise'

Comment I spend a great deal of my time out on the road visiting tech firms and tech buyers. By default I spend a lot of time sitting in the back of cars being driven to and from offices and airports. I love my job. That being said, I don't particularly like chatting about my work outside of work situations, as I am aware that there …

Swollen cloud could burst at any time, splatter us with FAIL – anxious tech biz

As a technology consultant, I regularly speak - both formally and informally - with sellers and buyers of cloud services, and I don't know if I can ever remember a time when the conversations have been further apart. While may be a temporary disconnect, it may point to something long term and more fundamental. Everyone is …
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The software industry: So efficient, we invented shelfware

It has always amused me that we work in an industry that has built up such a bad reputation for overselling that we actually coined the phrase "Shelfware". To be fair and accurate about it, buyers are just as guilty as sellers here, and they often bulk-buy licences for software and services with little consideration, seldom …
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SOD Big Data! Most of what you're keeping is digital landfill

I've been an industry analyst a long time – and I have seen a lot of "the next big things" come and go. In fact our appetite as an industry for the next big thing rivals that of Simon Cowell in pursuit of the next big star. And just as Simon's "stars" are usually anything but, so too are we in the IT sector often deluded, and …