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Compliant IT Coverage

How Few Articles Covered the Monopolistic Aspects of the Salesforce Acquisition of Slack

Executive Summary

  • Salesforce's acquisition of Slack was greeted with a series of copycat articles that provided the same information but did not bring up the acquisition's monopolistic aspects.
  • We cover one article that did.

Introduction

Recently reading about the Salesforce/Slack acquisition, I found what seemed to be the same articles -- mostly about stock prices, the total value of the...

The Limited Capacity to Process Negative Information

Executive Summary

  • There are two sides to the problem in reporting negative information.
  • We cover the lesser-known restrictive ability of humans to tolerate negative information.

Introduction

We often cover the financial bias that exists in the IT space. This places emphasis on the supply side of the equation. However, there is also the demand side. And readers show a dominant preference for...

How S/4HANA Cost Overruns and Failures are Suppressed

Executive Summary

  • SAP and the IT media have aggressively pushed S/4HANA.
  • Now that critical information is streaming in about S/4HANA. IT media is suppressing this information.

Introduction

S/4HANA has seen an aggressive promotion in the IT media, mostly just repeating what SAP said about the application. The IT media did nothing to warn customers or even to explain fundamental peculiar aspects of...

How IDG Works to Provide Inaccurate IT Information

Executive Summary

  • Through ComputerWorld, IDC writes ridiculously inaccurate articles that are paid placements from SAP. IDG owns IDC is owned by a Chinese conglomerate with an overwhelming focus on advertising.

Introduction

ComputerWorld published the article What Does SAP’s Next Generation ERP Mean for Customers? On July 28, 2017. This article, my ComputerWorld, is a series of falsehoods that...

IT Media Technology Coverage

Why Are So Many Articles Essentially Duplicates of Each Other?

Executive Summary

  • As media has consolidated, many articles are duplicates of one another.
  • We cover why so many articles are now so similar.

Introduction

This topic started as a discussion around the article How to Understand Big Tech's Degradation of Media.

How German Media Has Been Similarly Degraded as US Media

In Germany, we are some years behind this development...

Why do Commenters Now Disagree So Often with Article Authors?

Executive Summary

  • One article proposes that commenters often argue against the author.
  • We propose an alternate hypothesis for why this so often occurs.

Introduction

This topic started as a discussion around the article How to Understand Big Tech's Degradation of Media

How German Media Has Been Similarly Degraded as US Media

In Germany, we are some years behind...

Why are Russian Oligarchs Considered Bad, While US Oligarchs are Considered Good?

Executive Summary

  • Russian oligarchs are routinely critiqued as bad, while US oligarchs are promoted positively in the establishment media.
  • We analyze why this is.

Introduction

This topic started as a discussion around the article How LinkedIn Has Degraded as a Content Platform.

About Microsoft's Acquisition of LinkedIn

The problem is that Microsoft is corrupt. LinkedIn started and continues to pretend...

How Media Moved to Balance and Elite Manipulation and Against Objectivity

Executive Summary

  • Media moved to an approach of "balance" that is both not objective and is against the scientific method.
  • Less frequently known is that a primary proponent of balance was an elitist propagandist name, Walter Lippmann.

Introduction

The media has focused on balance for many decades. Balance is where each side is given equal time and equal footing,...

How to Understand Big Tech’s Degredation of Media

Executive Summary

  • Big Tech has degraded US media.
  • This erosion has placed control over the media with companies that have no interest in supporting free expression.

Introduction

Big Tech has been instrumental in degrading the quality of media available to the public. The primary way they have done this is by vacuuming up a substantial portion of the income...

Why Do So Few People Seem to Care About the Exaggerations of AI?

Executive Summary

  • There is a significant issue with only a small percentage of the population, even in developed countries caring what is true concerning AI/ML.
  • This article presents evidence that this is the case.

Introduction

The AI/ML bubble has been aggressively hyped for several years now. IT media has been aggressive in promoting the AI/ML bubble, as it has with nearly all...

Why Most IT Media Will Prefer AI Authors For Their Corporate Friendly IT Articles

Executive Summary

  • IT media has become so robotic and advertiser driven, then it's a perfect fit for AI to replace many current journalists.
  • The IT media has demonstrated they prefer to be PR outlets for vendors.

Introduction

We analyze the IT media. We find that many articles are written by journalists without domain expertise, without the time to investigate the story, and...

IT Consultants

How Lying SAP Consultants Try To Rip Off Brightwork Research

Executive Summary

  • Lying and cheating are so endemic in SAP consulting firms that they constantly reach out to Brightwork Research to get free advice.

Introduction

SAP consulting firms lie so frequently it is hard to keep up with all of their scams. One of the common scams is to pretend that they have capabilities that they do not have. How...

The Pitfalls of Software Vendors Partnering with Consulting Firms

Executive Summary

    • There are increased sales that come from partnering with consulting firms.
    • There are major downsides that marketing often does not consider.

Introduction

This article presents the other side of consulting partnerships that are often ignored by marketing and sales at software vendors.

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California’s High Speed Rail

Executive Summary

  • California's High Speed Rail is project is an example of what consulting companies tend to do infrastructure projects.

Introduction

The waste that was the California High Speed Rail Project is explained in this quotation.

"Consultants assured the state there was little reason to hire hundreds or thousands of in-house engineers and rail experts, because the consultants could handle the heavy work themselves and save California money. It...

How McKinsey Lies to Clients By Producing Deliberately Inaccurate and Corrupt Forecasts

Executive Summary

  • McKinsey is one of the most powerful consulting companies globally and is instrumental in getting governments to privatize infrastructure to corrupt private entities.

Introduction

McKinsey is critical in providing authoritative but financially biased and corrupt advice, which is always about promoting privatization and to enrich McKinsey and entities connected to McKinsey. McKinsey and similar law firms bill enormous sums...

Blackrock: Consulting Profiles

Executive Summary

  • Blackrock is a combination hedge fund and consulting company that is highly corrupt and focused on predatory financial activities.

Introduction

A largely unregulated shadow bank/hedge fund, etc.. with over $7 T in assets. This is a good video that explains what Blackrock is. https://youtu.be/A4foal20UTA They are described by Ellen Brown as follows. "BlackRock was founded in 1988 in partnership with the Blackstone Group, a multinational private equity management firm that...

The Advisory Model: How Consulting and Advisory Firms Sell Out The Interests of Their Clients

Executive Summary

  • All consulting and advisory firms of any size sell out the interests of their clients for what is good for them.
  • This method and how it is hidden are covered in this article.

Introduction

Advisory companies sell out the interests of their clients for their own company benefits. For this reason, it is virtually impossible for companies and...

Gandalf the Grey Visits the Lord of the Rings’ Rohan IT Department

Executive Summary

  • IT consulting companies collude with vendors to provide vendor-controlled information to their clients.
  • This behavior has a precedent in the book and movies Lord of the Rings.

Introduction

The Fellowship of the Ring visits the Rohan IT department. To their surprise, they find that IT consulting firms have entirely taken over the mind of Rohan's IT Director, Theoden.

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Gartner

How Gartner Acquires IT Analysts for the Express Purpose of Stifling Competition

Executive Summary

  • Gartner's business model is based upon eliminating competitors.
  • This is done through acquisition.

Introduction

Gartner is one of the world's largest IT analysts. However, they got to this stage through performing many acquisitions.

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How to Best Understand Gartner’s Size and Scope

Executive Summary

  • Gartner's size is a critical component to understanding its success.

Introduction

Gartner is the dominant IT analyst in the world.

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Gartner’s Size and Scope

In 2012 Gartner had revenues of $1.615 billion, with around...

Did Gartner Copy Its Sales Strategy from Scientology?

Executive Summary

  • Scientology uses the dissatisfaction from customers to upsell them where they will receive the “real benefits.”
  • This article covers how Gartner copied this strategy.

Introduction

If one thinks of these two entities, on the surface, one would think there is nothing in common between the two. I wrote a book on Gartner and have spent a decent amount of time...

A Critical Analysis of the Gartner’s Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms Magic Quadrant

Executive Summary

  • Gartner produces an Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms MQ.
  • We evaluate this MQ to see if it holds up to scrutiny.

Introduction

Gartner produces a large number of Magic Quadrants highly. Curiously, while these Magic Quadrants are prevalent topics of discussion and determine many purchase decisions, each one that we have evaluated has significant problems that make us...

A Critical Analysis of the Gartner’s Cloud Core Financial Management Suites Magic Quadrant

Executive Summary

  • Gartner produces a Cloud Core Financial Management Suites for Midsize, Large and Global Enterprises MQ.
  • We evaluate this MQ to see if it holds up to scrutiny.

Introduction

Gartner produces a large number of Magic Quadrants highly. Curiously, while these Magic Quadrants are prevalent topics of discussion and determine many purchase decisions, each one that we have evaluated...

A Critical Analysis of the Gartner’s Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services Magic Quadrant

Executive Summary

  • Gartner produces a Cloud Infrastructure and Platforms Services MQ.
  • We evaluate this MQ to see if it holds up to scrutiny.

Introduction

Gartner produces a large number of Magic Quadrants highly. Curiously, while these Magic Quadrants are prevalent topics of discussion and determine many purchase decisions, each one that we have evaluated has significant problems that make us...

Who Are Gartner’s Competitors in the IT Analyst Space?

Executive Summary

  • There are sometimes lists published of Gartner competitors.
  • We question the validity of the idea of Gartner competitors.

Introduction

Sometimes the question is raised as to who are the competitors to Gartner. Generally, people are quick to begin listing other companies that are IT, analysts. However, the answer to the question is not as straightforward as it first...

IT Media Accuracy on SAP

Is There a Problem with Gerry Weber and SAP?

Executive Summary

  • SAP has seen a significant drop in its stock price and bankruptcy.
  • Gerry Weber has also been going through many system changes.
  • Are these financial problems related to their IT changes?

Introduction

Pedro Rodriguez made the following observation about the retailer Gerry Weber.
"Gerry Weber total shares value is slowly approaching the total cost of a SAP project (Around...

How to Become an Approved Analyst for SAP?

Executive Summary

  • SAP has a specific set of rules for who they recommend as analysts for the IT media to speak to.
  • See why Brightwork Research & Analysis does not meet these criteria.

Introduction

Brightwork Research & Analysis is not on the approved analyst list of SAP. Find out why.

Comment by Ahmed Azmi

"I think SAP is now at the lowest point...

How Accurate Was IT Media on SAP to Host its Own Products and not Rely on AWS?

Executive Summary

  • SAP stated that they would only host their products and not rely upon AWS.
  • This turned out to be false, and in this article, we cover how IT media covered SAP's statements.

Overall Articles or Sources Used for the Study's Calculation

Below are recordings of each article on SAP Netweaver, along with the year. We have the individual articles in...

A Study into the Accuracy of the IT Media on SAP

Executive Summary

  • SAP pays large numbers of IT media entities in both advertising and in paid placements.
  • We review the accuracy of the IT media on SAP.

Introduction

In our research, A Study into the Accuracy of SAP, we evaluated significant pronouncements by SAP and measured their accuracy. This study demonstrated very low accuracy on the part of SAP. This research is...

How Accurate Was IT Media on SAP Netweaver?

Executive Summary

  • For years SAP has said that SAP Netweaver was a game changer.
  • In this article, we review the accuracy of this claim. 

Overall Articles or Sources Used for the Study's Calculation

Below are recordings of each article on SAP Netweaver, along with the year. We have the individual articles in our database but only publish the year...

Paid Off Media and Bias Articles

Is The Most Accurate Analogy of Software Vendor Marketing Content – Human Excrement?

Executive Summary

  • Their marketing departments control the websites of software vendors and consulting firms.
  • We cover how the best way to think of his content is as a type of excrement.

Introduction

Often, software vendors' websites are thought of as a place where potential and current customers and other interested parties can learn about the software. This is not an...

Why is it More Common for Bias to be Called on Negative Rather than Positive Articles?

Executive Summary

  • The term bias is often used as a critique against an article or argument -- however, it is normally used against arguments where the conclusion is negative.

Introduction

This comment was taken from a LinkedIn discussion in response to our article Is Blockchain All that Innovative or is it Overhyped?
I have seen many good applications of the technology in real...

The Similarities Between Media Coverage of Suze Orman and Enterprise Software Media

Executive Summary

  • Suze Orman is a faux financial analyst who was pushed on the public by major media entities.
  • We cover the similarity between Suze Orman and how bad ideas are brought to enterprise software information consumers.

Introduction

This article covers the financial advisor Suze Orman. Orman is one of the most popular public givers of financial advice in the US. This...

Why Media Entities Must Defend or Not Critique Word Salad

Executive Summary

  • Executives often have false information they need to communicate that they present with a word salad.
  • It is important that media entities maintain their access and income, not critique these word salads.

Introduction

If you have noticed that CEOs and other high-level executives seem to go unchallenged in interviews with IT media, you are right. This article will cover...

Is VentureBeat Really Independent Journalism?

Executive Summary

  • VentureBeat is a top-rated site that covers the venture capital area and the companies that VCs fund.
  • VentureBeat claims to be independent journalism, but is it?

Introduction

We ran into VentureBeat when analyzing a separate story. The articles we read at VentureBeat seemed to repeat claims made by the entity they were covering and noticed that a large amount of...

How PR Firms Act as Parasites on the Media System

Executive Summary

  • PR firms help companies get positive press by manipulating media entities.
  • In this way, they function as parasites on the system, allowing companies with money to get positive and deflect negative press.

Introduction

We recently received this email from a PR firm. (Bold in the quote indicates replacement of the actual noun to provide anonymity.)

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Poll Results: Should Brightwork Sell Out to SAP?

Executive Summary

  • SAP resources are often displeased with Brightwork for not being sufficiently pro-SAP.
  • This poll was created to ask how many readers would prefer if we sold out to SAP.

Introduction

In this poll, we asked several questions about selling out to SAP and how readers feel about media and research entities controlled by software vendors through things like paid placements...