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Event Report: CRM Evolution 2013 – Seven Trends In The Return To Digital Business And Customer Centricity

Market Leaders Refocus On Digital Business and Customer Centricity The annual gathering of the industry’s top thought leaders, users, and vendors of CRM converged at the Marriott Marquis in New York this past August 19th to 21st.  As with any good conference, the speaker tracks and the corridor conversations provided a glimpse of where market […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 23, 2013

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Quips: Why Jeff Bezos Really Bought WaPo…Digital – Analog Convergence In Media, Advertising, and Commerce

There’s Always More To The Obvious Source: Bloomberg/Getty Images Over the past few weeks many have discussed the state of old media.  Since Jeff Bezos announcement to buy the Washington Post, the theories have run wild.  I thought I’d add to the analysis with a different point of view.  A few facts: The Washington Post […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 14, 2013

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Monday’s Musings: NSA PRISM Scandal Hurts US Cloud Companies And Hastens The Return Of On-Premises Software

Non-US Based Organizations And Even Some US Organizations Will Not Tolerate Snooping In A Post PRISM World Since the Edward Snowden PRISM revelations, Constellation has received a steady stream of inquiries on cloud strategy.   In fact, nervousness runs high among many non-US based companies using services from US based cloud companies across the cloud stack.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 12, 2013

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Personal Log: The Sad State of The Industry Analyst Business And The Need For A Code Of Ethics

Unchecked Bad Behavior Plagues Both Vendors And Analysts. I’ve dreaded writing this post for a long time.  I normally think the best of everyone.  Yet, in the course of building our business at Constellation Research, I have to say I’ve seen everything that can go wrong with the industry analyst business.  I’m almost embarrassed to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 9, 2013

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Event Report: Infosys Global Analyst Summit – Awaiting The Post Infosys 3.0 Emergence

Infosys Puts Its Best Foot Forward Constellation attended Infosys’ 2013 Global Analyst Summit from July 29th to July 30th in Boston.  Despite the below industry average growth of the previous year, conversations with key executives and top customers indicate an imminent shift.  In fact, Infosys has added 100+clients not including customers from Lodestone.  Retention is […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 5, 2013

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Research Summary And Speaker Notes: The Identity Manifesto – Why Identity Is At The Heart of Digital Business

Forward And Commentary Constellation Research keynoted at Ping Identity’s Cloud Identity Summit 2013 in July.  Gathered in front of the Identerati,  an Identity Manifesto was presented.  The research behind that manifesto has been summarized here in this summary.  The final big idea research report will offer insight into four of Constellation’s primary research themes, the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 23, 2013

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Monday’s Musings: It’s Time To Identify, Recognize, and Reward The Rebels – The Constellation SuperNova Awards!

Seeking The Rebels – Pioneers, Early Adopters, and Thought Leaders Since we started Constellation Research in 2010, we have had a single mission – serve the market leaders and fast followers.  Yet, finding these market leaders and fast followers was no easy task. These folks shrugged off the legacy analyst firms as they failed to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 15, 2013

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News Analysis: Kana Express 13 Addresses Omni-Channel Customer Service for Mid-Market

Just 14 months after announcing the acquisition of Trinicom, Kana has revealed the latest release of its cloud customer service suite for the mid-market, Kana Express.   Released on June 27, 2013, the new product reflects the company’s mission “To provide leading customer service solutions that empower our customers to create experiences that count, for their […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 29, 2013

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News Analysis: Oracle’s Cloud Disruption Webinar Recording

Oracle’s recent partnership announcements to supply Oracle technology to key cloud vendors such as Microsoft, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com create serious implications for the market.  On June 28, 2013, Esteban Kolsky, Holger Mueller, and R “Ray” Wang discussed the implications  of Oracle’s recent partnerships for: Salesforce customers Microsoft customers NetSuite customers Oracle customers Cloud competitors such as Amazon, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 29, 2013

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News Analysis: Oracle’s Cloud Strategy – Revisionist History or Cloud Genius?

This is a joint post with my colleague Holger Mueller who looks at IaaS/PaaS and Future of Work technologies for Constellation Research. At a press conference on June 24th, 2013 with Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer ,and Oracle’s President Mark Hurd announced a cloud partnership where Azure customers will be able to run Oracle Database (no […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 25, 2013

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Research Summary: Demystifying Social Business – Optimizing the Lead to Deal Process (Sales)

Forward And Commentary Constellation Research pioneered the complete set of front office and back office use cases for social business in 2010. This report provides insight into a key mega-area — lead to deal use cases. This best practices research report offers insight into two of Constellation’s primary research themes, the Next-Generation Customer Experience and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 11, 2013

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News Analysis: The Vibe On Informatica’s Virtual Data Machine

Informatica Launches Vibe, A Virtual Data Machine For New Business Models At Informatica World 2013 in Las Vegas, Informatica announced the Vibe Virtual Data Machine (VDM).  The VDM consists of 4 parts and an SDK (see Figure 1): Transformation library contains pre-built libraries for actions such as combine, transform, cleans, match and mask. Optimizer enables […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 4, 2013

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News Analysis: Mr. N R Narayana Murthy Returns To Infosys As Executive Chairman of the Board

Will There Be A Come Back For NRN and Infosys? Infosys announced on June 1st, 2013, that Mr. N R Narayana Murthy (NRN), the legendary co-founder of Infosys who retired in August 2011 as Chairman Emeritus, has been appointed by the board as Executive Chairman and a director.  From the press release: Mr. N R […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 1, 2013

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Tuesday’s Tip: Putting the Kibosh On ERP Vendor Sales Reps Who Troll For Indirect Access

Constellation Sees An Alarming Increase In Inquiries Constellation has received an alarming increase in inquiries about an unethical vendor sales practice coined as “trolling for indirect access”. Indirect access is when a vendor claims that a client is accessing their perpetually licensed software in an unintentional manner or inappropriately licensed manner. One vendor uses a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 28, 2013

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Monday’s Musings: Four Elements for A #SharingEconomy Biz Model In #MatrixCommerce

Hard Times And Good Will Drive The Disownership Movement From car sharing in the late 1990’s, to vacation rentals, to collaborative financing, the sharing economy has been inching it’s way into the forefront of the consumer’s minds.  Since the late 2000’s, thought leaders such as Rachel Botsman, Lisa Gansky, Anne-Sophie Novel, have been chronicling the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 26, 2013

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Monday’s Musings: The Controversy Surrounding Gartner’s CRM Market Share Analysis

The Gartner Market Share Analysis:CRM Software Report Raises Questions On Accuracy of Market Sizing Reports The recent Gartner report “Market Share Analysis: Customer Relationship Management Software, Worldwide, 2012” has generated some controversy among the enterprise software set.  The report and other reports such as these, are often used for bragging rights by vendors and for […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 6, 2013

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Polls and Surveys: Who’s Missing In Our 2013 #BigData landscape?

Big Data Vendors Seek To Move From Data To Decisions The move from Data to Decisions examines the enablement of data-driven decisions across the entire organization.  Holistic, data-informed decisions require a multi-diciplinary approach that incorporates performance monitoring with traditional business intelligence technologies. Gather key insights from your data, transform insights into actionable information, and then […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 25, 2013

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Executive Profiles: Kirill Tatarinov, President Microsoft Business Solutions

Welcome to our series of market maker 1:1 interviews with business leaders in the world of enterprise software  The interviews provide insightful points of view from a customer, industry, and vendor perspective. Kirill Tatarinov, President of Microsoft Business Solutions (@KirillTatarinov) Kirill Tatarinov is president of the Microsoft Business Solutions Division (MBS) with responsibility for MBS […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 22, 2013

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Research Summary: Constellation Cosmos – Cloud Bill of Rights for SaaS Apps, Actian and Netsuite Achieve Epic Status

Constellation Certifies Vendors On How Well They Perform To The Cloud Bill Of Rights The Enterprise Cloud Buyer’s Bill of Rights provides a tool for clients and vendors to change the tenor of contract negotiations from user subservience to an equal and collaborative long-term partnership.  This Constellation CosmosCertification for the Cloud Buyer’s Bill of Rights: […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 17, 2013

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Event Report: Customers Very Happy At Ultimate Connections 2013 (#ulticonnect)

Partnership Announcements Enhance Ultimate Software’s Offerings Amidst a crowd of 1500 customers, partners, and attendees, Ultimate Software held their annual gathering from March 12th to March 15th, 2013 in Las Vegas.  Geared towards the medium sized to enterprise markets, Ultimate Software has steadily taken market share from ADP for payroll and expanded out into operational […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 29, 2013

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Event Report: Microsoft Dynamics Convegence 2013 (#conv13)

Customer Success, Acquisition, And New Features Drive Day 1 Headlines Almost 12,000 Microsoft faithful converged in New Orleans for the flagship Dynamics event.  Wayne Morris (@WayneMorrisOz), CVP kicked off the event reiterating the theme of “A World Ahead”. Meanwhile, Kirill Tatarinov (@KirillTatarinov), President of Microsoft Business Solutions Division, led the session with a series of […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 19, 2013

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Event Report: Informatica Analyst Day Reveals A Growth Strategy

Informatica Sets The Stage For A New Chapter In Its History Informatica held its annual industry analyst day February 26th to 27th, 2013 at the Rosewood Sandhill in Menlo Park.  The event showcased Informatica’s go-forward strategy and road map for growth over the next three years. Key highlights include: Capturing a $6.5B market opportunity in […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 18, 2013

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Trends: Seven Priorities In The Shift From CMO to Chief Digital Officer

Shift From CMO to CDO Is In Progress Today’s marketing strategies increasingly depend more on digital and on data than in the past.  With more data, marketers can measure against a new set of metrics that matter including: calculating return on promotional investment (ROPI), performing multivariable testing (beyond A/b) driving conversion rates and optimizing efforts, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 6, 2013

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Tuesday’s Tip: It’s Time To Consolidate Social Business Platforms

Greater Adoption In Social Business Signifies A Move To Consolidate Platforms Constellation’s buy-side clients tend to fit in the market leader or fast follower categories when it comes to organizational personas of disruptive technology adoption.  Since 2010, respondents have progressed through the DEEPR framework and the latest results from 2012 indicate that most survey respondents […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 5, 2013

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Tuesday’s Tip: Focus On The Business Outcomes, Not Technology With Big Data

The Why Behind Big Data Starts By Asking What’s The Business Outcome So organizations have lots of data.  New techniques have emerged to correlate big data.  Enamored by the potential of big data, leaders are now reinvesting in technologies to find hidden nuggets of insights with the business goals of: Mitigating regulatory risks Identifying operational […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 26, 2013

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Event Report: 2013 Capgemini India Analyst & Advisor Day #CGAR2013

Capgemini India Plays A Key Role In The Global Delivery Model Analyst and advisors gathered on February 12th, 2013 at Capgemini’s India headquarters located near the trendy and upmarket Powai suburbs of Mumbai.  Capgemini India’s CEO, Aruna Jayanthi welcomed guests with a perspective on Capgemini India’s progress.  With more than 40,000 people, the team plans […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 17, 2013

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Event Report: #InforSummit Reveals More Than A Redesigned Infor

Changes at Infor More Than Cosmetic Analysts and tech watchers gathered on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 2013, for Infor Summit, a progress check on Infor, the third largest independent applications vendor in the market.  While many customers may not have heard of Infor, most have heard of the brands it has acquired over the last […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 17, 2013

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Polls and Surveys: Negotiating Software Contracts With Oracle or SAP Part 1.

We’re working on a report looking at “How Third Party Maintenance Plays A Role In SAP and Oracle Contract Negotiations”. If you are an Oracle or SAP customer, please take our survey.  We’ll add you to the final report list when you complete the survey and provide a little information about yourself.  Here’s the survey: […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 16, 2013

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News Analysis: Adobe Behances The Creative Class With $150M Community Acquisition

Behance Empowers The Creative Cloud To Make Ideas Happen On December 20th, 2012, Silicon Valley based Adobe Systems announced the acquisition of Behance, a digital portfolio and community site for creative professionals.  Constellation sources estimate the purchase price north of $150M.  Founded in 2006, the SoHo, New York based company raised 6.5M in May 2012 […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 11, 2013

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News Analysis: New SAP Customers Face Maintenance Hike

SAP Plans A Standard Support Maintenance Fees Hike Of 5.5%For New Customers For new customers, SAP announced its intent to raise its standard support maintenance fee from 18% to 19% effective July 15, 2013.  The standard support option was reintroduced in January 14, 2010, after much pressure from user groups.  A few key takeaways: Price […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 4, 2013

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News Analysis: Aptean Six Months After The CDC Software And Consona Merger

Mergers Continue In The Enterprise Software Space On August 7th, 2012, CDC Software and Consona Corporation merged to form Aptean.  Over the past six months, Monte Ford, the president of Aptean has made key executive hires, committed to new product investments, and rationalized overhead.  Key points in the acquisition include: Merger creates economies of scale. […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 27, 2013

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Personal Log: So You Want A Tesla Model S? See Why It’s Cheaper Than ICE.

The Latest Silicon Valley Disruption Is…A Car? It’s all the rage in the valley.  No, it’s not the latest social, mobile, and big data app.  No, it’s not some cloud computing break through.  No, it’s not even bio tech.  It’s actually a car.  Source: Tesla Motors, Inc. Whether you are a tree-hugging environmentalist or gas […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 26, 2013

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News Analysis: SAP Business Suite on HANA

Next Stop On The Road To HANA: SAP Business Suite In a global announcement in Palo Alto, New York and Frankfurt, SAP’s top executives Dr. Vishal Sikka, Rob Enselin, Jim Haggeman Snabe, and legendary founder and chairman Dr. Hasso Plattner announced availability of SAP’s Business Suite powered by SAP HANA.  SAP has rewritten the Business […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 11, 2013

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Monday’s Musings: Trends In The Top Software Insider Posts of 2012 (#softwareinsider)

Thank You For Your Support SoftwareInsider.org generated almost 10 million page views in 2012 (see Figure 1).  This does not include syndication through Constellation Research, Forbes (discontinued in 2012), Enterprise Irregulars, Computerworld UK, and other great media partners. Figure 1.  Software Insider Achieved 9.8M Page Views for 2012 Classic Posts Address The Key Fundamentals In […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 3, 2013

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Market Maker 1:1: Steve Miranda, Oracle Fusion Applications Update – The Inside Story

The Inside Story On Oracle Fusion Apps At The End of 2012 Constellation sat down with Steve Miranda, Oracle’s Executive Vice President of Oracle Applications Product Development to discuss the state of Oracle Fusion Apps in a no-holds barred honest conversation about what’s working, what’s not, and what to look forward to in 2013. R […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 31, 2012

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