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Monday’s Musings: The Three V’s of Big Data

The Three V’s Traditionally Define Big Data Traditionally, big data describes data that’s too large for existing systems to process.  Over the past three years, experts and gurus in the space have added additional characteristics to define big data.   As big data enters the mainstream language, it’s time to revisit the definition. Volume. This […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 4, 2011

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Product Review: Google+, Consumerization of IT, and Crossing The Chasm For Enterprise Social Business

Timing of Google+ Bodes Well For Enterprise Users And Google Lately, one could say Google’s been a bit absent from the social business party.  The premature launch of Google Wave exposed a canvas looking for a masterpiece painting.  Failing fast and learning from the Google Wave lesson, Google’s latest offering, Google+ shows promise in bringing […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 3, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business – Ram Menon, Tibco

Welcome to an on-going series of interviews with the people behind the technologies in Social Business.  The interviews  provide insightful points of view from a customer, industry, and vendor perspective.  A full list of interviewees can be found here. Ram Menon – Executive Vice President, Tibco Biography Ram Menon is Executive Vice President at TIBCO. […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 28, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business – Tony Zingale, Jive Software

Welcome to an on-going series of interviews with the people behind the technologies in Social Business.  The interviews  provide insightful points of view from a customer, industry, and vendor perspective.  A full list of interviewees can be found here. Tony Zingale – CEO, Jive Software Biography As CEO of Jive Software, Tony’s responsible for overseeing […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 28, 2011

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News Analysis: Microsoft Licensing Update – May/June 2011

Keeping Up With The Latest In Microsoft Licensing Given the vast array of Microsoft products and licensing categories, an organization may often feel overwhelmed by Microsoft’s policies.  While there may be some complexity, these series of posts are designed to provide up to date commentary and analysis on new programs as they become available.  Feel […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 27, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business – Alistair Rennie, IBM

Welcome to an on-going series of interviews with the people behind the technologies in Social Business.  The interviews  provide insightful points of view from a customer, industry, and vendor perspective.  A full list of interviewees can be found here. Alistair Rennie – General Manager IBM Collaboration Solutions, IBM Software Group Biography Alistair Rennie is General […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 20, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business – Eugene Lee, Social Text

Welcome to an on-going series of interviews with the people behind the technologies in Social Business.  The interviews  provide insightful points of view from a customer, industry, and vendor perspective.  A full list of interviewees can be found here. Eugene Lee – CEO, SocialText Biography Eugene Lee is the Chief Executive Officer and member of […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 20, 2011

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Monday’s Musings: Real Time Versus Right Time And The Dawn Of Engagement Apps

Different Flavors Of Real-Time Result In Significant Implications. Many pundits, research insight folks, bloggers, and hand wavers keep talking about the need for real time in social business, analytics, mobile, and other disruptive technologies.  Given the volume of data, bandwidth constraints, and magnitude of business processes to be supported, is the notion of real time […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 20, 2011

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Product Review: Informatica Addresses The Impending Big Data Challenge With Release 9.1

Big Data Emerges As A Challenge In A World Of Unstructured Data Proliferation Data volumes continue to explode with a proliferation of devices, social media tools, video usage, and emerging forms of both structured and unstructured data.  The rate of data explosion may be occurring faster than Moore’s Law.  Organizations now face a significant challenge […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 13, 2011

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Press Release: Rock Creek and Constellation Research Team Up!

June 13th, 2011, Washington, D.C. and Cupertino, CA Constellation Research Group and Rock Creek Strategic Marketing are announcing a teaming agreement for GSA and Federal Contracting. This agreement is one of the first of its kind, between a major federal contractor and a Silicon Valley research firm. In creating this partnership the two companies are […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 13, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business – Ian Hersey, Attensity Group

Welcome to an on-going series of interviews with the people behind the technologies in Social Business.  The interviews  provide insightful points of view from a customer, industry, and vendor perspective.  A full list of interviewees can be found here. Ian Hersey – Global Chief Technology Officer and EVP, Products, Attensity Group Biography Ian serves as […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 12, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business – Wendy Lea, Get Satisfaction

Welcome to an on-going series of interviews with the people behind the technologies in Social Business.  The interviews  provide insightful points of view from a customer, industry, and vendor perspective.  A full list of interviewees can be found here. Wendy Lea – CEO, Get Satisfaction Biography Wendy Lea is the CEO of Get Satisfaction, a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 7, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Cloud Computing – Peter Lorenz, SAP AG

Welcome to an on-going series of interviews with the people behind the technologies in Social Business.  The interviews  provide insightful points of view from a customer, industry, and vendor perspective.  A full list of interviewees can be found here. Peter Lorenz – Executive Vice President OnDemand, Corporate Officer, SAP AG Biography Peter Lorenz is SAP’s […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 7, 2011

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Announcing The Constellation SuperNova Awards

THE GENESIS Today, we announce an award that celebrates and recognizes leaders who have overcome the odds to successfully apply emerging and disruptive technologies for their organizations. In Search of Protostars Most award programs recognize the technology suppliers for their advancements in the market.  Few, if any programs, have recognized individuals for their courage in […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 6, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business And Cloud Computing

Executive Profile Series Delivers The Inside View On Disruptive Technologies Starting this week, we’ll be kicking off an on-going series of interviews with the people behind the technologies in Cloud Computing and Social Business.  The interviews should provide insightful points of view from a customer, industry, and vendor perspective.  The transcript of the 30 minute […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 29, 2011

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Tuesday’s Tip: Three Quick Steps To Capture Social Customer Data

Organizations Must Overcome Four Fears To Master Social Customer Data Over the past few weeks, I’ve been criss-crossing the country on a multi-city speaking tour talking about the strategic value of customer data. (In full discloure, the tour is sponsored by Informatica).  As we talk about the implications of social media and customer data, inevitably […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 17, 2011

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Research Summary: Market Overview – The Market For SAP Optimization Options

Forward And Commentary This market overview provides a starting point to SAP customers seeking optimization solutions.  The document delivers actionable advice and insights into a proven collection of software solutions.  As part of the full series, best practices documents will follow with in- depth case studies and a critical product evaluation of this growing market […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 15, 2011

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Monday’s Musings: Using MDM To Build A Complete Customer View In A Social Era

Customers Have Evolved… Has Your Organization? Right now customers and prospects probably ignore your organization’s marketing messages because mass marketing campaigns lack relevancy. Right now most customers answer each other’s questions because your customer service and support agents lack the authority or knowledge to resolve issues. Right now prospects ask each other what they think […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 9, 2011

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Vendor Event: Informatica Customer Data Forum

Are you… A sales or marketing operations executive who’s struggling to get a single customer view across divisions or channels to make relevant cross-sell offers and increase revenue? A customer service or support manager who’s struggling to get a complete view of your customer’s relationship with your company to speed response times and boost customer […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 8, 2011

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Event Report: Dell’s Annual Analyst Conference Highlights Enterprise Software Future

Annual Analyst Conference Highlights The New Dell Strategy Dell held their annual analyst conference at The W Austin from May 3rd to May 4th, 2011.  The event featured multiple sessions including: Services and Solutions For The Vitual Era Data Center and Information Management – Trends & Business Issues – moderated by Brad Anderson Senior Vice […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 5, 2011

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Vendor Event: Informatica Customer Data Forum

Are you… A sales or marketing operations executive who’s struggling to get a single customer view across divisions or channels to make relevant cross-sell offers and increase revenue? A customer service or support manager who’s struggling to get a complete view of your customer’s relationship with your company to speed response times and boost customer […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 1, 2011

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Quick Take: Infor and Golden Gate Gain Definitive Agreement To Acquire Lawson For $2B

New Firm To Focus On Verticals And Growth Markets Golden Gate Capital and Infor entered an agreement to acquire Lawson at $11.25 per share.  The transaction is valued at $2B. Following the 7am ET press release,  a conversation with Charles Phillips and Duncan Angove highlighted key elements of the deal: Focus on growth. Infor sees […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 26, 2011

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Monday’s Musings: Lessons Learned From Amazon’s Cloud Outage

Amazon’s Cloud Outage Catches Most Clients Offguard The recent Amazon cloud outage at its Northern Virgina data center from 5 am Thursday, April 21, 2011 to roughly 5 am Friday, April 22 has shaken the confidence of some executives on public cloud computing.  Most notably, FourSquare, HootSuite, Reddit, and Quora publicly suffered visible performance issues.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 25, 2011

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Tuesday’s Tip: Dealing With Pesky Software Licensing Audits

Organizations Report Increase In Software Licensing Audits Across the board, the largest complaints about software vendors and their business practices have come from increasingly aggressive software auditing practices.  Once thought to be a small possibility, the software vendors now wield this big stick to drive up sales and of course ensure compliance.  Given the 32 […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 19, 2011

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Event Report: The Sentiment At Microsoft Convergence 2011

Refresh Cycle Reflects Bullish Outlook By Partners and Customers Microsoft Convergence kicked off over the weekend in Atlanta, GA at the Georgia World Congress Center.  With an anticipated increase in attendance, many new product announcements, and a technology refresh cycle in play, attendees seemed upbeat.  The event kicked off in true tradition including the must […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 10, 2011

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Vendor Event: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 – The Power Of Productivity Vancouver, BC Launch

Title: The Power Of Productivity – Microsoft Dynamics CRM Start Date: 2011-04-19  12:30 am PST End Date: 2011-04-19   5:30 pm PST Location: Vancouver Convention Centre West Building, 2nd Floor 1055 Canada Place Vancouver, BC, V6C 0C3

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 9, 2011

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Monday’s Musings: Mastering When and How High End Brands Should Use Daily Deal Sites Such As Groupon

Daily Deal Sites Claim To Bring New Customers Chicago, Illinois based Groupon, is a consumer oriented commerce site that brings consumers looking for the ultimate deal to businesses seeking new customer bases.  Local based targeting, fun cheeky copy, and a reach in almost 600 cities powers the frenzy behind the “daily deals”.   Customers pay upfront.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 4, 2011

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Vendor Event: Create and Deliver a Single Customer View at the Customer Data Forum

Title: Create and Deliver a Single Customer View at the Customer Data Forum Location: Grand Hyatt Washington (Map) 1000 H Street NW Washington, D.C. 20001 Start Date: 2011-04-14  8:00 am EST End Date: 2011-04-14   12:00 pm EST Register here. ———- Are you… A sales or marketing operations executive who’s struggling to get a single customer […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 3, 2011

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News Analysis: Salesforce.com Acquires Radian6 For $316M

Salesforce.com Bets Big On Social Media Monitoring And Socialytics Salesforce’s definitive agreement to acquire Radian6 continues the consolidation of 100’s of social software vendors in the marketplace.  Radian6, a social media monitoring and customer engagement platform, provides tools for companies seeking to harness the power of social media and related social networks.  Most customers utilize […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 30, 2011

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Monday’s Musings: Putting An End To The Conflict Of Interest Among Some Sourcing Advisors

Many Services Firms Seek Unfair Advantages With Market Makers Service providers continue to battle it out in the über competitive market for large annual multi-million dollar contracts.  Market makers who serve as sourcing advisors, (i.e. management consultants, analysts, or vendor specialists) often influence the outcome of large sourcing contracts and system integration projects.  Consequently, more […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 28, 2011

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News Analysis: Infor Extends $1.84B Unsolicited Offer For Lawson

Unsolicited Offer Marks Chuck Phillips’ First Acquisition Attempt At Infor On March 11th, St.Paul, MN, based Lawson announced that Infor and Golden Gate Capital made a $1.84B unsolicited offer.   This comes after the March 8th news that Lawson retained Barclays Bank to evaluate options.  An acquisition by Infor (the 3rd largest ERP vendor) and Lawson […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 14, 2011

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Press Release: Customer Experience Expert And Veteran CIO, Jim Huser Joins Constellation Research, Inc.

Pacific Palisades, CA – March 8, 2011 12:25 PM (GMT -8:00) Pacific Standard Time Constellation Research Inc, an emerging and disruptive technologies research and advisory firm, announces the addition of Jim Huser as a VP & Principal Analyst in the research team.   Jim will focus on building the customer experience research agenda and driving […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 8, 2011

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Monday’s Musings: The Race For Enterprise Class Consumer Tech

Start Ups Chase Enterprise Dollars As Freemium Model Plays Out I’ve been spending time with emerging technology start ups over the past 3 months.  The good news – innovation in the valley is alive and well.  Most of these ventures start with solving a consumer problem and hope for massive viral success in the freemium […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 7, 2011

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Product Review: Inside SAP’s Line-of-Business OnDemand Strategy

SAP’s Sales OnDemand Strategy Reveals A Longer Term Product And Cloud Strategy In an exclusive briefing on February 24th with SAP’s Executive Vice President of Line Of Business Applications, John Wookey, he provided fresh insight into the new product design and Cloud philosophy at SAP.  This pre-CeBit announcement coincided with the SAP Analyst Day in […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 3, 2011

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Research Summary: Best Practices – The Case For Two-Tier ERP

Forward And Commentary Legacy optimization remains a key component for funding future innovation.  Two-tier ERP emerges as one strategy to optimize existing systems while adding innovation.  The report capitalizes on the recent Software Insider survey of 235 companies looking at future strategies. A. Introduction Organizations continue to face an onslaught of business requirements that their […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 1, 2011

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