5 Parts to Solid ERP Contracts

5 Parts to Solid ERP Contracts

For all of the reasons I wrote about last week, ERP software system contracts are becoming increasingly complex to negotiate and draft owing to the growing number of functions such systems are required to accommodate. Because of the complexity, there are many ways an ERP project can go wrong, starting with how a user defines…

6 ERP Trends to Watch In 2019

6 ERP Trends to Watch In 2019

As 2019 looms larger on the calendar, it’s easy to forget what the great Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra said about looking ahead: “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” Even still, as an ERP software licensing and litigation attorney who has worked in the field for more than a decade, I…

Open Source “Piggybacking”

In a previous post, we described a lawsuit filed by Rosetta Stone against competitors for “piggybacking” Rosetta Stone’s trademarks in an attempt to divert website traffic.  CNet columnist Matt Asay analogizes this situation to an open source problem here. The open source software development culture thrives on access and sharing of oftentimes copyrightable source code. …

ChiTech Academy Showcase: a motivated CPS tech-based high school

Earlier this month the Chicago Technology Academy held their first annual ChiTech Showcase for students, parents and supporters of Chicago’s tech-forward high school. Marcus Harris supported the event by moderating student panel discussions on current and future technology issues After the student workshops and panels concluded, students formally presented the ChiTech Showcase to the school…

Marcus Harris speaks on contracting and negotiating business software licensing with SAP

Software Attorney, Marcus Harris, on November 2, 2011, will speak at the fall meeting of the Canadian IT Asset Management Users’ Group (CITAMUG) in Toronto. The meeting is hosted by Ms. Sherry Irwin, President and Principal Consultant at Technology Asset Management Inc. and CITAMUG Founder and Chair. A frequent speaker on software license negotiation, Marcus…

Marcus Harris on LawTalkRadio discussing the Cloud and software selection

Listen to internet radio with ALRPRA Inc on Blog Talk Radio There are a few factors we should consider when exploring cloud computing options. Software and technology attorney Marcus Harris of Marcus Stephen Harris, LLC recently appeared on LawTalkRadio to talk about the legal issues you should note when moving to the cloud and selecting…

Dealing With A Software Vendor Audit Before It Happens

Software license agreements almost always include language that allows the vendor to audit a customer’s use of the software to determine compliance with the license grant.  Standard vendor language is usually broadly drafted in favor of the vendor.  Typical language allows the vendor to conduct audits at will and capture revenue for any inadvertent usage…