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Vendor Event: Why Does Everyone Need Analytics?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 10:00 am Pacific 1:00 pm Eastern Presenters Ray Wang Principal Analyst and Chief Executive Officer Constellation Research, Inc. Patrick Morrissey Vice President Tidemark Jennifer Maddox Director of Product Marketing Tidemark Why the Move from Transaction to Experience Requires Better Analytics Business leaders seek better insights for smarter decision-making. Unfortunately, today’s traditional […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 12, 2012

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Event Report: Clarabridge Customer Connections 2012 #cbc312

Clarabridge “Turns Up The Heat” On Delivering Context For Customer Experience CEO, Sid Banderjee, opened up Clarabridge‘s 4th annual user conference to 350 customers at the Doral Golf & Spa in Miami, FL on March 5th, 2012.  Clarabridge, a sentiment and text analytics software provider helps companies discern insight from their text based customer feedback […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 9, 2012

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Event Report: IIAR UK Forum – The Future Of The Industry Analyst, Legacy Vs Disruptive

Legacy Analyst Firms Vs Disruptive Influencer Firms On March 14th, 2012 Constellation had the privilege and pleasure of presenting at the IIAR UK Chapter’s monthly meeting moderated by Simon Levin (see Figure 1).  For those who don’t know, the IIAR is a “not-for-profit organisation established to raise awareness of analyst relations and the value of […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 26, 2012

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News Analysis: Spinnaker Expands JD Edwards Support With Versytec Acquisition

Versytec Acquisition Addresses Growing Demand For JD Edwards Support Denver, Colorado based Spinnaker Management announced on March 6th, 2012 its acquisition of competitor Versytec.  For those who remember their third party maintenance (3PM) history, Versytec was among the first firms to announce third-party maintenance services within a year after PeopleSoft acquired JD Edwards in July […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 25, 2012

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Research Summary: Best Practices – Three Simple Software Maintenance Strategies That Can Save You Millions

Forward And Commentary Software ownership costs continue to escalate as vendors accelerate their efforts to capture support and maintenance revenues. Some vendors have gone to the extreme to eliminate third-party options for their customers. This best practices report examines three strategies to free up unnecessary costs to fund innovation and new projects. A. Introduction On […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 18, 2012

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Executive Profiles: From Transaction To Engagement – Michael Park, Microsoft Business Solutions

Welcome to a new series of interviews for 2012 with business leaders making the move from transaction to engagement. The interviews provide insightful points of view from a customer, industry, and vendor perspective.  We’ll be taking limited interviews throughout the year for publication as we also try to catch up on the Disruptive Tech Leaders […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 12, 2012

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Quark Summary: What Every CMO Needs To Know About The Six C’s Of Customer Engagement

Forward And Commentary CMO’s seeking to avoid the desensitization that comes with the adoption of new media will want to quickly deploy the Six C’s of Customer Engagement. A. Introduction Social media effectiveness for brands and enterprises will rapidly mirror the trends that email and web sites experienced during the late 1990’s to early 2000’s.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 8, 2012

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Best Practices: From First To Worst – Continental In A Post United World, Lessons In Next Gen Customer Experience

Multiple Respected Research Survey Results Confirm Frequent Flyer Observations It’s official. In multiple respected customer experience research reports that cover the airline industry, the results are in.  Despite the numerous attempts by CEO Jeff Smisek to gloss over the issue with increasingly slicked up, feel good, on board welcome ads, Continental’s customer satisfaction numbers have […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 2, 2012

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Monday’s Musings: Beyond The Three V’s of Big Data – Viscosity and Virality

Revisiting the Three V’s of Big Data It’s time to revisit that original post from July 4th, 2011 post on the the Three V’s of big data.  Here’s the recap: 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 […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 27, 2012

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Monday’s Musings: Why Customers And Prospects Expect Clearer Rules About Content Marketing

Original Mission Improves Engagement Through Relevancy Content marketing re-emerges as a hot topic and trend in improving engagement with existing customers and prospects.  Marketers can improve the likelihood of engagement through the creation and sharing of relevant information.  Typical delivery formats include advertorials, emails, branded websites, white papers, webinars, podcasts, and field marketing events.  Content […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 20, 2012

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Product Review: SAP’s Recalls Plus App – The Crossover From Enterprise To Consumer Begins

SAP’s First Consumer App Addresses A Key Consumer Concern At midnight pacific time, February 15th, SAP launched its first ever consumer app – Recalls Plus. This consumer app, downloadable for free on Apple’s app store, was developed from one of the world’s leading enterprise software companies (see Figure 1.)  SAP’s first foray into the consumer […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 15, 2012

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Research Summary: Best Practices: Consolidated CRM Deployments Drive Paths to Modernization And Social CRM (SCRM)

Forward And Commentary As with any maturing product category, CRM applications have evolved over time from point applications to best of breed solutions to end-to-end suites. This report examines some common styles of modernization as CRM emerges from the systems of transaction era to the systems of engagement era and beyond. A. Introduction With the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 13, 2012

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News Analysis: The Implications Of Oracle’s Acquisition Of Taleo

Catch my colleague Yvette Cameron’s point of view here. She covers Future of Work for Constellation Research, Inc. Oracle Plays Catch Up With Public Cloud Ambitions On February 9th, Oracle announced its intention to acquire Dublin, CA based Taleo for $1.9B.  Taleo is a cloud based talent management software provider with 5000 customers and 1400 […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 9, 2012

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Cloud Computing – Brad Smith, Intuit

Welcome to an on-going series of interviews with the people behind the technologies in Cloud Computing.  The interviews  provide insightful points of view from a customer, industry, and vendor perspective.  A full list of interviewees can be found here. Brad Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Intuit Biography Brad Smith became Intuit’s president and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 2, 2012

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Vendor Events: Webinar – Putting Big Data Streaming and Analytics to Work

Big Data Tuesday Webinar Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 Time: 9:00am  PT / 12:00pm ET Real-time analytics on big data is one of the hot topics for many organizations. Given that the traditional information infrastructure for analytics has evolved from a batch-oriented approach, it is challenging for IT to augment the existing environment to meet […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 22, 2012

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business – Randy Guard, SAS Institute

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. Randy Guard – Vice President of Sales Development and Product Management, SAS Institute Biography As Vice […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 19, 2012

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News Analysis: Tidemark Gains $24M in Series C Funding, Redpoint Ventures Leads Round

Big Data, Cloud Based Performance Apps, Drive Interest In Additional Investment Redwood City, California based Tidemark announced that it raised $24 M in Series C funding from Redpoint Ventures, Greylock Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, and Dave Duffield.  Key points include: Redpoint Ventures leads the round and Geoff Yang joins the board. To date Tidemark has raised […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 18, 2012

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Quips: The Slide Some Vendors Won’t Let Me Show On Social Media Tools

Social Media Explained In 140 Characters (More or Less) Some time back a tweet went out describing what all the tools were (Figure 1).  I modified this a bit and now use it in alot of presentations to audiences around the world.  More than 80% of the conference organizers usually are fine with this slide.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 16, 2012

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Monday’s Musings: Seven Basic Privacy Rights Users Should Demand For Social Business

Public Outrage Grows Over Lax Privacy Polices At Popular Social Networking Sites Recent actions by social networking leaders in the market place have brought new attention to a user’s privacy rights.  Despite the fact that these sites provide a freemium service to users, abuse and arrogance of a user’s privacy rights combined with user ignorance […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 15, 2012

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Tuesday’s Tip: Five Cloud/SaaS Contract Negotiation Tips For 2012

Business Leaders Often Poorly Prepared For Cloud/SaaS Contract Negotiations Business leaders often take great care in building their Cloud and SaaS strategy, only to have many of the benefits of flexibility and agility hampered by overlooking details in their cloud contracts.   In conversations with over 200 cloud customers in 2011, key reasons include: A […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 10, 2012

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Cloud Computing – Adam Rogers, Ultimate Software

Welcome to an on-going series of interviews with the people behind the technologies in Cloud Computing.  The interviews  provide insightful points of view from a customer, industry, and vendor perspective.  A full list of interviewees can be found here. Adam Rogers – Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Ultimate Software 1. Tell me in […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 9, 2012

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News Analysis: Lithium Technologies Adds $53M in Financing

New Funding Shows Strength In Social Business Market And Lithium’s Business Model Emeryville, California based Lithum Technologies announced today that it raised $53.4M in financing.  The lead round is from New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Other investors include SAP Ventures. NEA leads the round with Peter Sonsini joining the board. Peter‘s been active with ecommerce play […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 5, 2012

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Tuesday’s Tip: Apply Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs To C-Level Business Strategy

Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs Provides Prioritization Of An Individual’s Needs In 1943, Abraham Maslow put forward his paper A Theory of Human Motivation. Eleven years later in 1954, Maslow went into detail on his hierarchy of needs in his book titled Motivation and Personality. The framework outlined five needs from the most fundamental or “deficiency […]

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

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Monday’s Musings: 10 Mega Business Trends To Watch For In 2012

The Shift From Transaction To Engagement Ushers A New Era For Businesses. As organizations enter the evolution from transactional systems to engagement systems, a shift is happening in business (see Figure 1).  Engagement requires a different design point and business model for success.  Engagement must account for sense and response, massive social scale, conversation, new […]

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

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Press Release: Constellation Research Appoints Sachin Gosavi As VP of India

Constellation Research Inc, an award winning, specialty research and advisory firm that serves business leaders who seek to unleash the power of emerging and disruptive technologies, today announced the appointment of Sachin Gosavi as Vice President (India). Sachin brings over 12 years of experience in marketing and strategy in India, and will focus on serving the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 22, 2011

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Research Summary: Demystifying Enterprise Gamification For Business

Purpose and Intent Much hype surrounds the topic of gamification. Often seen as a technique to add engagement to existing tasks, projects, marketing campaigns, and initiatives, the term gamification unfortunately lacks the seriousness it deserves. This report seeks to change the point of view and demonstrate where gamification plays a role in the enterprise. More […]

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

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News Analysis: SAP Buys SuccessFactors for $3.4B Signals SAP’s Commitment To Cloud, HCM, and Social

SuccessFactors Acquisition Puts SAP In Direct Competition With Workday And Taleo SAP (NYSE:SAP) announced its $3.4B acquisition of SuccessFactors (NYSE: SFSF) as it seeks to bolster its position in the Cloud and more importantly in the rapidly growing strategic HCM market.  Based in San Mateo, CA, USA, SuccessFactors brings over 15 million subscription users from […]

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

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Vendor Event: Workday Predict And Prepare 2011

Title: Workday Predict And Prepare 2011 Start Date: 2011-12-07  11:00 am PST End Date: 2011-12-07   12:00 pm PST Location: Webinar Link For the fourth year in a row, join the country’s top IT, HR and Talent Management analysts and consultants for their predictions of next year’s critical trends, plus their advice on how you […]

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

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Cloud Computing – Rick Nucci, Dell Boomi

Welcome to an on-going series of interviews with the people behind the technologies in Cloud Computing.  The interviews  provide insightful points of view from a customer, industry, and vendor perspective.  A full list of interviewees can be found here. Rick Nucci – Co-Founder & CTO, Dell Boomi Biography Rick is the founder and CTO of […]

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

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Vendor Event: Evolution vs. Revolution: Strategies to Build Stronger Collaborative/Social Organizations

Title: Evolution vs. Revolution: Strategies to Build Stronger Collaborative/Social Organizations Start Date: 2011-12-14  11:00 am EST End Date: 2011-12-14   12:00 pm #ST Join R “Ray” Wang, CEO of Constellation Research, for insights from over 100 smart businesses putting the power of social business to work. Hear why many successful collaboration initiatives start by applying […]

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

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Vendor Event: Avangate SkyCommerce – Selling Software and SaaS solutions in a World of Many Channels, Many Models

Title: SkyCommerce: Selling Software and SaaS solutions in a World of Many Channels, Many Models Start Date: 2011-12-08  11:30 am GMT End Date: 2011-12-08   2:00 pm GMT Location: The Hospital Club – 1st Floor Restaurant, 24 Endell St, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9HQ Find Out the Latest Trends & Insights in Building Your Software […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 22, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business – Kelly Pennock, Visible Technologies

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. Kelly Pennock, CEO of Visible Technologies Biography Kelly Pennock is Chief Executive Officer for Visible Technologies. […]

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

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Personal Log: Reflections On Constellation Research’s First Year

How It All Began (One Humble Analyst’s POV) Time flies when you are having fun.  One year ago, we launched at the E20 Conference in Santa Clara.  Our mission – focus on the disruptive technologies of social, mobile, cloud, unified communications, and Government 2.0. It does seem like just a few months ago, I was […]

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

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Press Release: Veteran Technology Infrastructure Strategist and Academic Dr. Alea Fairchild Joins Constellation Research, Inc.

Brussels, Belgium – November 7th, 2011 16:30 pm (GMT +1:00) Central European Time Constellation Research Inc, an award winning, specialty research and advisory firm that serves business leaders who seek to unleash the power of emerging and disruptive technologies, announced today that Dr. Alea Fairchild has joined as a Vice President & Principal Analyst for […]

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

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Press Release: HR Technology Visionary Yvette Cameron Joins Constellation Research, Inc.

Denver, Colorado, United States – November 1st, 2011 8:31 am (GMT – 7:00) Central Time Constellation Research Inc, a next generation research analyst and advisory firm helping clients achieve business value from emerging and disruptive technologies, announced today that Yvette Cameron has joined as a Vice-President & Principal Analyst for People Processes and People Technology.  […]

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

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