Michael Fauscette leads IDC’s Software Business Solutions Group which includes research and consulting in ERP, SCM, CRM, and PLM Applications (and the associated business process that the software supports), partner and alliance ecosystems, open source software, software vendor business models, SaaS and “cloud computing” and software pricing and licensing. With extensive executive experience with software vendors ranging from large enterprise companies to small Silicon Valley start ups, Mr. Fauscette brings a unique perspective by relating research data and trends to the overall strategic focus and go to market strategy of application software companies. Having spent an extensive amount of time working with software end users throughout his career, Mr. Fauscette has a business process oriented and end user focused approach to software research and analysis. He conducts market research, analysis and consulting on emerging markets and technologies like enterprise 2.0, go to market strategies, end user requirements, application implementation, vendor business models, partner strategy and end user experience. Prior to joining IDC Mr. Fauscette held senior consulting and services roles with seven software vendors including Autodesk, Inc., PeopleSoft, Inc. and MRO, Inc. His software experience spans the entire enterprise life-cycle process and covers all facets of the Global software business. An ex-US Naval Officer, he began his technology career as a Surface Line Engineering Officer. Mr. Fauscette is a published author, blogger and accomplished public speaker on software and software services strategies. Mr. Fauscette graduated with special honors from Jacksonville State University with a BA in Sociology and History; and with honors from Widener University with a MS in Business.