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Monday’s Musings: Understand The Spectrum Of Seven Artificial Intelligence Outcomes

Successful AI Projects Seek A Spectrum Of Outcomes As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to move from the summer of hype to the fall tech conference news cycle, mass confusion has begun on what AI can be used for.  From fears of SKYNET, to hopes for the computer in StarTrek and Jarvis in Iron Man, the value […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 18, 2016

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Tuesday’s Tip: Seven Factors For Precision Decisions In Artificial Intelligence

The Rush To Artificial Intelligence Will Enable Augmented Humanity While market leaders and fast followers have not yet achieved mass personalization, the next rush is focused on investments in artificial intelligence (see Figure 1).  Searching for a competitive advantage and fearful of disruption, board rooms and CXO’s have rushed to artificial intelligence as the next […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 23, 2016

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Research Summary: Samsung Galaxy Note7 More Enterprise-Ready Than Ever

Why Customers Will Benefit From Samsung’s Investment in Enterprise-Grade Mobile Solutions In Constellation’s surveys, mobile enablement continues to be the top priority for CXOs.  Unfortunately, concerns about enterprise-grade capabilities continue to hamper mobile adoption. Enterprise-class security, field-ready ruggedness, battery life, alternative user interfaces, payments and mobile wallets, dedicated enterprise sales and support, and industry-vertical focus […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 16, 2016

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Monday’s Musings: CXOs Seek Enterprise-Grade Mobile Solutions Despite Seven Barriers

Understand The Seven Barriers To Successful Enterprise Mobility Constellation’s annual survey of disruptive technologies among leading CXOs consistently places mobile enablement as a top three priority. In the 2016 survey, more than 58 percent of respondents revalidated that mobile enablement was their number one priority. Unfortunately, most CXOs and their organizations often find mobile solutions […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 16, 2016

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Research Summary: [VIDEO] Inside Constellation’s Futurist Framework

Use The PESTEL Futurist Framework To Drive Strategic Board Level Planning Assumptions Constellation updates its futurist framework on a biennial basis.  Using a PESTEL model, political, economic, societal, technological, environmental, and legislative factors drive the overall planning assumptions.  These planning assumptions power strategic planning sessions for board rooms and executive teams.  The final PESTEL model […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 9, 2016

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Research Summary: Infor Partners with Clients to Deliver on Digital Transformation

Software Vendors and Services Providers Shift Value from Products and Services to Outcomes The convergence of software vendors and services providers foreshadows the challenges organizations face in the selection of digital transformation solutions.  The lack of pre-packaged, out-of-the-box solutions forces executives to focus not only on how the solutions are  designed but also on the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 4, 2016

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News Analysis: Plex Adds Supply Chain Planning With DemandCaster Acquisition

Key Supply Chain Planning Functionality Bolsters Manufacturing Cloud Offering On August 9, 2016, Manufacturing Cloud pioneer Plex, announced the acquisition of DemandCaster, a cloud based sales forecasting and inventory planning software provider based outside of Chicago, Illinois.  Founder Ara Surenian built DemandCaster from his operational consulting experiences in demand planning, supply planning, and sales and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 9, 2016

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News Analysis: Oracle’s $9.3B Acquisition Of Netsuite Is About Cloud Consolidation

Oracle Brings Netsuite Back Into The Fold Oracle’s 9.3B acquisition of Netsuite came as no surprise to valley insiders.  The rumors have surfaced for weeks.  The surprise came as how badly Oracle sought cloud revenue and wanted to bring a friendly partner back into the family.  Constellation sees the following for the buy side: Battle […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 28, 2016

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Best Practices: Five Critical Success Factors To Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation Requires Five Critical Success Factors Over the past 24 months, Constellation’s clients have experienced closer collaboration between clients and their software vendors and service providers to craft solutions that may not have existed in the past.  This level of collaboration reflects the need for not only strategic differentiation, but also the desire to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 10, 2016

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Monday’s Musings: The Post #BREXIT Analysis, What’s Next?

UK Referendum Highlights Displeasure With Political Elites With almost 52% voting to leave, the surprise results of the June 23rd, 2016 referendum highlighted the 40 year shift from euro-centric to euro-skeptic among the average UK citizen (see Figure 1).  While many will attempt to blame the outcome on an ignorant non-urban voter, the results showed […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 27, 2016

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Research Summary: Workday Release 26 Beefs Up Cloud Software for Financial Management

Constellation’s Series on Innovation in Cloud Financial Management Applications  This report reviews the latest offering in financial management applications in the cloud and related Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) trends. Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and finance leaders seeking advice about the cloud can take advantage of Constellation’s ERP user survey and cloud adoption trends to understand […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 9, 2016

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Personal Log: Pulse Shootings And The State Of America

State of America Is Not Well We have a very sad and tragic situation in Orlando.  I’ve actually been at Pulse a few times. It’s a great night club in Orlando.  Folks go to the place for a good time, straight or gay. We all know it will be easy to jump into the politics […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 12, 2016

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News Analysis: Acquisition Brings Salesforce Customers To The Commerce Party

Salesforce Announces Intent To Acquire Demandware For $2.8B On June 1st, 2016, Salesforce signed a definitive agreement to acquire Burlington, Massachusetts based Demandware for $75.00 per share or around $2.8 billion in cash.  Constellation predicts a $10.01B market for matrix commerce solutions by 2020 as new digital platforms and network economies emerge.  Constellation’s  merger analysis […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 3, 2016

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Monday’s Musings: Data – The Foundation Of Real-Time Digital Business

From Big Data to small data, the digital world measures and values every interaction. Digital technology enables every touch point, click, conversation, picture, and byte of digital exhaust to be used to improve decision-making. In fact, data provides the foundation for success in a real-time digital business. This is why organizations must carefully design a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 23, 2016

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Research Summary: The Algorithm of You – How IoT Transforms and Differentiates Customer Experience

Using the Internet of Things to Boost Revenue and Deliver a Brand’s Personalized Promise The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to revolutionize the way business is run and to create differentiated customer experiences. IoT allows for the processing of massive numbers of device events and for commingling those events with business and customer events. This […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 12, 2016

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Research Summary: HOLMES Puts Wipro in the Forefront of Cognitive Computing

Wipro HOLMES Delivers Next-Generation Services Built on Cognitive Computing Capabilities  Wipro is an information technology, consulting, and outsourcing firm serving more than 900 clients from the Fortune 1000. Wipro operates in more than 175 cities worldwide and generated $7.7 billion in revenue in its 2015-16 fiscal year. Its global workforce has more than 170,000 individuals. […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 10, 2016

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Research Summary: Why Live Engagement Marketing Supercharges Event Marketing

Digital Transformation Shifts Static Event Marketing to Live Engagement Marketing  Event marketing often represents 21 percent to 33 percent of most marketing organization budgets. While success criteria remain murky at worst and sparse at best, organizations have an opportunity to digitize event marketing using live engagement marketing techniques. Live engagement marketing provides marketing teams with […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 6, 2016

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Research Summary: Reltio Powers Data-Driven Applications on a Modern Platform-as-a-Service

Reltio Helps Partners and Customers Build Insight- Driven Applications and Data Services in the Cloud Privately-held Reltio, a Silicon Valley-based firm, offers Reltio Cloud, a modern data-management Platform as a Service (PaaS) that enables horizontal and industry- specific, data-driven applications. The platform also enables partners and end-user organizations to rapidly create their own data-driven apps. Data-driven apps […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 4, 2016

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Research Summary: SAP User Experience-as-a-Service

BUILD and SAP Splash Improve Usability of Enterprise Software  This report focuses on SAP UXaaS, a new category of cloud-based software designed to improve the usability of enterprise software, aiding not only professional user interface (UI) designers but also technically inclined business users. As such, SAP UXaaS moves the process of UI creation from trained […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 27, 2016

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Research Summary: How Shaw Used NetSuite To Create Two-Tier ERP

The Cloud and Two-Tier ERP Drove International Expansion by a Leading Manufacturer  Shaw Industries Group, Inc. is the world’s largest carpet manufacturer. In 2011 Shaw decided to prioritize international expansion and build a factory in Nantong, China. However, Shaw’s pre-2011 ERP system was heavily customized for North American Operations. Shaw selected NetSuite Cloud ERP system to support two-tier ERP […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 21, 2016

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Research Summary: FinancialForce Spring Release Shows Innovation In Personalization And Collaboration

Innovation Arrives To Cloud-Based Financial Management Applications Constellation’s series on innovation in financial management applications in the cloud identifies finance leaders and technology providers seeking to transform the current legacy on-premises market. As finance leaders venture into the cloud for innovation and renewal of mission-critical financial management applications, they must shatter myths about security, customization, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 1, 2016

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Monday’s Musings: Why Digital Transformation Must Move Beyond The Hiring Of A Chief Digital Officer

Digital Transformation Kicks Into High Gear As A Boardroom Priority Yet Most Leaders Unprepared Whether it’s the fact that 52% of the Fortune 500 have been merged, acquired, gone bankrupt, or just fell of the list, or maybe it’s the paranoia that a small startup anywhere in the world can disrupt the established business models […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 25, 2016

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Monday’s Musings: The Four Personas Of The Modern CMO In A Digital World

Marketers Face Massive Challenges In Making The Digital Shift In interviews with over 100 digitally focused, modern CMO’s, Constellation identified shared common challenges in the transformation of their roles.  More importantly, with the support of new digital business models, an emerging set of challenges highlight the need to move beyond the classic 4P’s.   The top […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 11, 2016

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Event Report: Business Transformation Top Of Mind For Microsoft Envision #ENV16 Attendees

Inaugural Microsoft Envision Event Seeks To Capture The Hearts and Minds Of Business Leaders An estimated 1800 paid attendees, 4200 partners and employees converged into New Orleans, Louisiana, for Microsoft’s inaugural business decision makers conference.  The three day event which also drew 100,000 online viewers, started April 4th, 2016 and concluded April 6th, 2016.  The […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 7, 2016

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Event Report: A New Platform For The Digital Economy #Davos16 #WEF

The Future of Digital Platforms Drive New Economies Digital platforms have democratized the content creation as well as access to a range of new business models.  In fact, these platforms have enabled decentralized nodes to reflect market dynamics in the establishment of services, experiences, and delivery standards.   How will new economies arise from these emerging […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 28, 2016

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Event Report: The Transformation of Finance #Davos16 #WEF

The Shift From Apologetic Regulatory To A FinTech Transformation While the regulatory pressures have not subsided for the financial sector, concerns mount legacy financial and insurance providers as fin tech startups disrupt the existing landscape.   The transformation of finance panel included insights from one mature disruptor among the panelists of traditional financial services providers […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 28, 2016

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Event Report: The Future Of Jobs From #Davos16 #WEF

Will We Move Beyond Man Vs Machine In The Fourth Industrial Revolution? The World Economic Forum released it’s Future of Jobs report.  As expected, the business model disruption across technology, societal, and economic forces have created urgency to understand the jobs and skills required for the next decade.   The survey and research design relied on […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 20, 2016

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Event Report: The @Wipro @FT Dinner, Man vs Machine, Does It Have To Be Either/Or? #Davos2016 #WEF #WEFTalks

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? One of the big topics at Davos has been the role of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robots. Discussions focus less on the technological advancements but more on the role humans and robots will play. At the Financial Times – Wipro Dinner, that topic was put to debate with […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 19, 2016

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Event Report: The Weekend Before Davos And The Dawn Of The Fourth Industrial Revolution

It’s time to pack your bags ( at least virtually). The weather outside is 20F/ -7C and folks are starting roll into Zurich and the train ride into Davos. For those lucky ones, the private jets are starting to pile up as guests come in to mingle. It’s the weekend before Davos. Everyone’s starting to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 16, 2016

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News Analysis: In Search Of Growth Amidst Digital Disruption

Organizations In Search Of Growth Must Consider Macro Forces Burgeoning money supplies in both the US and China have fueled an indefensible growth post Global Financial Crisis.   Since 2000, the money supply has tripled from $6000 USD billion to 12288.10 USD billion in November of 2015 (see Figure 1).   Since 2005, china’s money supply has […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 8, 2016

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News Analysis: SAP User Base In The UK and Ireland Ready For Digital Transformation But Organizations Remain Cautious Of Vendor Claims To Assist

Recent UK & Ireland SAP User Group Report Shows Growing Prioritization Of Digital Transformation In The Boardroom At the 2015 UK & Ireland SAP user group meeting, over 1000 delegates attended the annual event in Birmingham, UK.  Amidst the organization’s own digital transformation, a new website and new logo were unveiled as well as a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 24, 2015

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Monday’s Musings: Reflecting On Five Years Of Disrupting The Industry Analyst Business

Thanks To Great Customers And Great Team Members Internal Memo Sent November 3rd, 2015 As many of you know, we were founded almost five years ago on November 9th, 2010.  In the midst of a recession, and after working at another startup that was moving from analyst firm to boutique consulting, the goal was to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 16, 2015

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Monday’s Musings: Avoiding Cloud Vendor Lock-In

Customers Must Hurry To Address The Mistakes From Shadow IT SaaS/Cloud Adoption Amidst the hey day of the early years for software as a service (SaaS) and Cloud, many line of business executives signed simple month to month, user based contracts without the burdens of IT and scrutiny of vendor procurement.  These edge applications and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 25, 2015

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Monday’s Musings: Dealing With The Startup Who Went Public And Is Now Arrogant As Hell

Best of Breed Startups Often Initially Differentiate And Delight Customers With Extreme Customer Centricity The journey to an initial public offering (IPO) often brings an intense customer-centric culture and focus that separates the startup vendors from their legacy competitors.  These startup vendors woo their prospects with not only their emerging technologies and solutions, but also […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 11, 2015

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Event Report: @AirWatch #AWConnect 2015 Shows Shift From EMM To Platform

Market And Customer Maturity Reflected In 2015 Summit Over 1,600 attendees gathered at the 2015 AirWatch Connect conference at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.  Keynotes included appearances by VMware CEO – Pat Gelsinger, AirWatch CoFounder – John Marshall,  General Manager for End User Computing – Sanjay Poonen. Major news from the event include: New user privacy […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 23, 2015

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