Out with the Old
We watched Dick Clark, drank Champagne, and sang Auld Lang Syne. We also began work on our year-end close, just like so many of the PeopleSoft customers who read our blog. This must mean that 2006 is over and 2007 is beginning. It was such a great year for us that we felt we would be remiss not to blog the year.
In with the New
2006 marked the first full year of operations for Grey Sparling Solutions. It was a great year to be part of the Oracle/PeopleSoft world. 2005 was a year of uncertainty for PeopleSoft customers (what is Oracle going to do? what is Fusion all about? who planned the PeopleSoft content at the 2005 OpenWorld?), but 2006 was a huge improvement.
Oracle announced Applications Unlimited at the Collaborate 2006 conference, and that has been hugely popular. Oracle also announced that the PeopleSoft products would have their own General Manager structure, with longtime PeopleSofter Doris Wong heading things up. Another interesting metric is that all of the system integrator companies that we work with seem to have more business with PeopleSoft projects than ever before
The Grey Sparling Effect
We saw a significant increase in the number of customers using Grey Sparling products. That wasn't too hard since we shipped our first product in November 2005, but we have more customers than employees now, which I always remember as being a key statistic for enterprise software.
It also helped that we have several new products that we shipped this year:
All of that helped us turn a profit for 2006. Woo hoo! Well, it wasn't a very large profit, but it still feels pretty good to hit profitability in our first 18 months of operation. We also became an official Oracle partner this year.
PeopleSoft Experts on the Road
Aside from folks that became Grey Sparling customers this year, we talked with a large number of people at various conferences. We were extremely flattered to be asked as subject matter experts by conference organizers to give Oracle (versus vendor) presentations. This allowed us to connect with over 2,000 PeopleSoft customers in person in 2006.
PeopleSoft Experts Online
In addition to physical meetings with folks, we also met lots of people via our weblog. I'm always surprised that there aren't more PeopleSoft bloggers out there - we certainly know plenty of people with lots to say about PeopleSoft!
We were also proud to be credited with inspiring some new bloggers out there.
2006 Blog Entry awards.
We figured that if Time Magazine can have its set of top 10's, we should too.:
Top Grey Sparling Conference Stories of 2006
While we're putting together our top blog entries, we might as well list out our top conference stories of the year.
2007 - The Year Ahead
The coming year looks to be an exciting one as well. With the success of the conferences we attended last year, we're signed up for lots of conferences this year as well. Although the sessions haven't been formally approved for these conference, expect to see us at:
From an engineering perspective, we've got two new products that we're partnering with customers to build in the first half of the year:
We also have plans to add some new features to our existing products, so if you've already licensed something from us, you'll probably hear from us soon.