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MGI Research coverage enables IT executives, users and investors to make more informed, timely and critical go/no-go decisions on issues that directly affect valuations, market entry and exit, major investments, acquisitions and divestitures. MGI core quantitative research helps technology vendors and investors to more accurately assess and benchmark company operating performance and strategy and identify ways for improvement in growth, gains in market share and valuation multiples. MGI core quant data underpins MGI Advisory Services and Benchmarking engagements. Research themes focus on the major non-linear industry trends such as virtualization, cloud computing, SaaS, emerging mobile platforms, 4G, social media and Agile and their impact on the user, vendor and investor strategies. Access to MGI research materials is available by Subscription. Select research notes are available in our Research Store. Subscribers get priority access to all published research as well as analyst consultation. Among companies covered are, Oracle, Google, Microsoft, SAP, IBM, HP, CA, BMC and others.

Zuora After The Funding - The Outlook

Summary:  In an MGI 360 Rating published On March 27th 2015 we increased Zuora rating from 60 to 61 (out of 100) and re-iterated a POSITIVE Outlook. In this research note (see attachment below) we take stock of recent milestones at the cloud billing vendor and review company opportunities and challenges.

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MGI 360 Ratings - Zuora March 27 2015 Billing Management Systems

Rating: 61 out of 100 - up from 60


Opinion: We are increasing the MGI 360 Rating of billing software supplier Zuora to 61 from 60 and re-iterate a POSITIVE outlook.

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Re-thinking Enterprise Applications For Business Agility

We believe that over the next ten to fifteen years agility will significantly drive business decisions and ultimately guide company valuations. This shift will have a broad, deep and lasting impact on how businesses view their current application software portfolios and force them to re-think their business software strategies, evaluation approaches and investment strategies. This research report (see below) analyzes the key drivers behind this new focus on business agility.

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MGI 360 Ratings - Aria Systems FEB 20 2015 Billing Management Systems

Rating: 61 out of 100 - up from 59


Opinion: We are increasing the MGI 360 Rating of billing software supplier Aria Systems to 61 from 59 and re-iterate a POSITIVE outlook.

MGI 360 Ratings - SAP SE FEB 3 2015 Billing Management Systems

We initiate coverage of SAP Billing and Revenue Management (BRIM) solution (part of the SAP hybris Customer Engagement and Commerce portfolio at MGI 360 Rating of 66 and a Positive outlook.

MGI 360 Ratings - ORACLE FEB 3 2015 Billing Management Systems

We reduce the rating of Oracle BRM in the Billing Management Market from 66 to 63 and maintain a Neutral outlook. The reduction stems from

Cloud ERP - Rootstock Rising

After massive expansion in the 1990s, the market for business applications addressing manufacturing, industrials, and wholesale distribution underwent major consolidation in the past 15 years. Recently, however, a crop of vendors has emerged with solutions designed to enable greater business agility. This research note analyzes Rootstock Software, and is the first in a series that will examine the emerging providers of manufacturing and business applications. In this research note (see attachment below), we look at the use case for cloud-based manufacturing ERP software and position of Rootstock in that market.

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How Much Does a Mobile App Cost? How Long Does it Take?

Cost of Mobile AppOne of the key issues we encounter in our mobile practice is a simple question that continues to baffle most enterprises: How long should it take to develop a mobile app and how much money will it cost? One would expect that as business units and IT organizations become more experienced with mobile app development, they would get more precise with their estimates and establish internal benchmarks and metrics. Yet, in talking with various companies, we find that there is a broad spectrum of timeframes and budgets even for anything that is above a basic single page mobile app.  MGI Research recently conducted the State of Mobile Apps industry study focused on mobile app development, management and security. In this research report we highlight survey data focused on timeframes and budgets. CLICK HERE to access the full copy of this report.

Ericsson Buys Into Agile Billing – Acquires MetraTech

On Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Ericsson announced the intent to acquire Waltham, MA-based MetraTech Corp. Terms were undisclosed.   MetraTech (MGI 360 Rating: 60) is a provider of agile billing solutions to select vertical industries.  This deal may trigger further acquisitions of cloud billing vendors, as legacy on-premise billing suppliers and ERP vendors seek to meet customer demand for agile solutions. The deal is a bold move for Ericsson – it effectively doubles its addressable market for billing systems, and gives it an early advantage in monetization solutions for the emerging Internet of Things and M2M growth opportunities. Whereas many enterprise software deals have been about consolidation, Ericsson’s purchase of MetraTech is about growth and innovation. We view this transaction as a positive for Ericsson and MetraTech clients.

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