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Brian Sommer

Brian is in a unique position to diagnosis the winners and the losers in technology. Brian’s expertise is well-known and respected.

He was the longest running (10 years) and most senior director of Andersen Consulting’s (now Accenture’s) global Software Intelligence unit - a position that required him to pick the best possible software solutions for hundreds of clients globally.

At Accenture, Brian also led the development of computer-based ERP training products for SAP, Cullinet, PeopleSoft and other packages. He also advised the firm on ERP software market forecasts and helped establish manpower planning estimates by vendor for deployment globally.

Brian was responsible for growing and leveraging the firm’s $1 billion+ ERP practice. To aid its market penetration, Brian designed and developed seven Software Spectacular shows. Each event attracted over 500 Accenture clients, dozens of ERP vendors and the CEOs of virtually every major vendor.

Brian promoted Accenture’s practice as a speaker at dozens of prominent vendors’ user conferences – a keynote speaker for many of them (e.g., PeopleSoft, Dun & Bradstreet, Coda, Lawson and many more).

Brian authored and edited numerous publications, methodologies and practice aids for that firm’s application software practice. He also developed a number of functional and process oriented intellectual property products in the HR and Finance areas. Some of these included: The Comprehensive Finance Diagnostic, the Shared Services Design Aid, Post-Merger Integration Design Guide and hundreds of presentations on related HR and Financial Management.

Mr. Sommer was one of Andersen Consulting’s most prolific contributors to that firm’s knowledge management system.

Lastly, but most importantly, Brian orchestrated the relationships between Accenture and PeopleSoft, Adaytum and dozens of other ERP vendors globally.

Recently, Brian has written software and outsourcing buyer guides for the strategic sourcing and HR-Business Processing Outsourcing markets under his own company’s brand. He co-wrote a major e-sourcing buyers guide for another technology research firm. Mr. Sommer has also developed extensive reviews of project portfolio management software, professional services automation and supplier relationship management software. Mr. Sommer just completed the design of a major channel partner training program for a large database and middleware vendor and is currently developing an advanced course for high value partners.

Mr. Sommer has bylined or contributed to numerous national periodicals such as Optimize, Wall Street Journal Europe, Computerworld, Information Week, CIO, CFO, Business Finance, Computers & Finance and others. He has been widely quoted in North American publications and has also been quoted in French, English, Japanese, Canadian and other newspapers and magazines.

Brian has presented software topics at many major universities (e.g., Harvard Graduate School of Business, Wharton School of Business, Georgia State, Arizona State, etc.), institutional investor conferences (e.g., Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse First Boston) and other forums. Mr. Sommer has been on the steering committee for the University of Texas Information Impact Management program. Brian has served on the editorial advisory board for and The Review of Accounting Information Systems.

Mr. Sommer has a BBA (Marketing) and an MBA (Finance) from the University of Texas at Austin.