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Trends: 2011 Cloud Computing Predictions For CIO’s And Business Technology Leaders

This blog was jointly posted by Chirag Mehta (Independent Blogger On Cloud Computing) and R “Ray” Wang (Principal Analyst and CEO, Constellation Research, Inc.) Cloud Adopters Embrace Cloud For Both Innovation and Legacy Optimization Once thought to be the answer to deployment options for just the SMB market, early cloud adopters proved otherwise.  Stereotypes about […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 27, 2010

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Best Practices: Five Simple Rules For Social Business

Early Adopters And Pioneers Have Benefited From Social Across executive board rooms and even in living rooms, social business is all the rage.  In 2010, social crm (SCRM) and Enterprise 2.0 (E20) rose into mainstream conversation.  Despite the mindshare and awareness, a majority of business leaders have yet to begin these initiatives.  The good news […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 16, 2010

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Tuesday’s Tip: Dealing With Vendor Offers To Cancel Shelfware And Replace With New Licenses

Reduction Of Shelfware Remains A Key Pillar In Legacy Optimization Strategies Shelfware (i.e. purchased software, not deployed, but incurring annual maintenance fees) is one of the biggest drains on operational expenses for enterprises.  In the latest Software Insider survey, 57% of global enterprises own more software licenses than deployed.  With average maintenance fees hovering above […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 14, 2010

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News Analysis: Salesforce.com Buys Heroku For $212M – Shows Commitment To Next Gen Apps

Acquisition of Heroku In Line With Platform Future of Salesforce.com At Marc Benioff’s keynote, the CEO reiterated his commitment to 6 clouds: Sales, Service, Data (Jigsaw), Collaboration (Chatter), Cloud Platform (Force.com), and Database (database.com).  As Salesforce.com continues to diversify its portfolio into adjacent markets, the platform as a service (PaaS) component remains a key area […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 8, 2010

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News Analysis: SAP’s TomorrowNow Debacle Ends With Jury Award Of $1.3B To Oracle

The recently announced jury award of $1.3B to Oracle marks the end of a tumultuous public trial on intellectual property (IP) theft.  Fellow Constellation Research Board of Adviser, Dennis Howlett provided commentary on the award stating, “The jury were given the choice of making an award based upon a fair market value license or lost […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 23, 2010

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Quarterly Financial Tracker: Q3 CY 2010 Enterprise Software Vendors Solidify Performance Turnaround

The super majority (26 of 27) of publicly traded software vendors in the Software Insider Index® delivered turnaround stories for Q3 Cy 2010 year-over-year (YoY) performance.  SaaS vendors and middleware vendors led the charge with solid double digit gains against tough comps.  Performance of on-premises apps vendors reflected the easy comps from a dismal 2009 […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 19, 2010

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Personal Log: Blast Off To Constellation!

First Things First.  Thank You Altimeter Group. The rumors are true.  I’ve left, but on good terms.  I remain a unit member and investor of Altimeter.  I wish my former colleagues the best.  In fact, Altimeter’s been doing great work.  The firm has grown from 10 to 135 clients in 13 months.  The team is […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 9, 2010

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Event Report: PDC10 Focuses Developers On Cloud And Devices Opportunity

Microsoft Bolsters Developer Tools To Inspire Innovation At the October 28th, 2010 Microsoft Professional Developers Conference, CEO Steve Ballmer presided over 3 key announcements that affirm the software giant’s ambitions to retain and grow the mind share and market share of worldwide developers (see Figure 1).  In fact the 3 main announcements foreshadow Microsoft’s convergence […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 28, 2010

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Monday’s Musings: A New Format Starting Next Week

Take Note. A First Person Point Of View Coming Soon. Telling the story from the first person point of view is part of the fun in the analyst job.  On a one-on-one basis, I’ve done this in our advisory calls and at events.  However, I’ve spent most of this blog’s life writing in third person.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 25, 2010

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News Analysis: Charles Phillips Takes Over As CEO of Infor

Enterprise Software And Investment Banker Veteran Joins Third Largest Enterprise Apps Vendor Today’s announcement that former Oracle President Charles “Chuck” Phillips has taken the helm as CEO of Infor continues the executive management shuffle impacting the enterprise software space.  Based in Alpharetta, GA, Infor serves 70,000 customers in 125 countries worldwide and employs over 8,000.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 25, 2010

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News Analysis: Oracle and IBM Partner On Java

Collaboration Puts Java In A Safe Place On October 11th, 2010, both Oracle and IBM announced an alliance to collaborate on the future development of Java.  A quick assessment shows that: Oracle and IBM intend to drive Java innovations. Oracle initiated a call to IBM to discuss collaboration efforts around Java.  As a result, Oracle […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 11, 2010

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Research Report: How The Five Pillars Of Consumer Tech Influence Enterprise Innovation

Most Enterprise Software Vendors Fail To Deliver Innovation Despite hundreds of billions wasted on failed research and development projects, most market influencers would agree that enterprise software vendors have produced a dearth of innovation over the past decade.  Vendors often cite UI re-skins, major functionality additions, integration of acquisitions, technology re-platforms, and weak attempts at […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 4, 2010

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News Analysis: New HP Leadership Indicates Interest In Enterprise Software

Two Seasoned Software Veterans Join Hewlett-Packard On September 30th, 2010, Hewlett-Packard (HP) announced two significant changes in its leadership structure.  Former SAP CEO Léo Apotheker was named as CEO; and Kleiner Perkins partner and former Oracle COO, Ray Lane was named as non-executive Chairman.  These two appointments signal a seriousness to shake things up for […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 30, 2010

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News Analysis: Deltek Pays $60M For INPUT, Solidifies GovCon Ecosystem

Deltek Expands Core Vertical While Diversifying Profit Streams Project Based Solutions (PBS) vendor Deltek plans to close its $60 million acquisition of INPUT, a government contracting market research and business development firm, on October 1st, 2010.  The transaction will add $26.2M in annual revenue, 160 employees, and a rich government contracting ecosystem.  Analysis of the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 30, 2010

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Event Report: Oracle Open World 2010 – The Wrap Up

Oracle Continues To Demonstrate Benefits From An Effective M&A Strategy A quick poll of 61 attendees at Oracle Open World 2010, revealed that 57.4% (35/61) of Oracle customers were positive, 29.2% (19/61) were neutral, and 10.8% (7/61) were negative about Oracle’s application strategy to date.  A continued stream of product enhancements and releases may be […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 26, 2010

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Event Report: Oracle Open World 2010 – Beyond The Day 1 Hype

(Photo: Copyright © 2010 R Wang and Insider Associates, LLC. All rights reserved.) Oracle Day 1 Focused On Showcasing Both Software And Hardware Prowess The Day 1 keynote kick-off from Oracle’s CEO, Larry Ellison, touched on the wide spectrum of Oracle’s broad software and hardware portfolio.  Despite an over-emphasis on hardware and appliances, Oracle also […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 21, 2010

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Vendor Events: 10 Oracle Open World Tips For #OOW10

Put These Tips To Work And Have A Great Oracle Open World Oracle Open World is on the list of enterprise Grand Slam must attend tech events.  This year rolls in the JavaOne and the Sun folks into one big tent.  Expect up to 70,000 attendees, support staff, and partners in full force. Here are […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 18, 2010

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Tuesday’s Tip: Customers Seek Turnkey Applications From Their Technology Provider

Customers Expect Their Software Solutions To Be Turnkey The recent Q2 2010 update to the Software Insider Vendor Selection Survey highlights some changing expectations of 401 respondents in the vendor selection process.  Business technologists were asked to rate their top 5 selection criteria.  Key findings demonstrate how functionality, ownership experience, and ecosystem feedback categories dominate […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 14, 2010

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Research Report: Next Gen B2B and B2C E-Commerce Priorities Reflect Macro Level Trends

Recessionary Forces Challenge Organizations To Not Only Right Channel, But Also Personalize Organizations with e-commerce initiatives face a flurry of competitive forces that challenge existing assumptions put in place a decade ago.  On the operational efficiency front, organizations must battle reduced product margins, shorter product life cycles, greater pricing transparency, and increased friction in multi-channel […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 6, 2010

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Monday’s Musings: Why Next Gen Apps Must Improve Existing Activity Streams

Upcoming Data Deluge Threatens The Effectiveness Of Activity Streams Activity streams, best popularized by consumer apps such as Facebook and Twitter, have emerged as the Web 2.0 visualization paradigm that addresses the massive flows of information users face (see Figure 1).  As a key element of the dynamic user experiences discussed in the 10 elements […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 30, 2010

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Personal Log: Altimeter Group’s One Year Anniversary – Thank You!

Thank You To Our Clients, Peers, Alliance Partners, Readers, Friends, And Followers One year ago today, Charlene, Deb, Jeremiah, and I announced the transformation of Altimeter Group from a single analyst firm to a partner model.  As the founding partners, we set course on four areas of focus: Innovation, Customer, Leadership, and Enterprise.  Our goal […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 27, 2010

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Polls And Surveys: Insider Insights™ – Customer Centric Cloud Agreements

Annual Evaluation On SaaS Satisfaction Begins This Fall The Software Insider Insights™ solution evaluation and buyer comparison tool will launch this Fall.  The first report focuses on Customer Centric Cloud Agreements – Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).  This evaluation will: Identify the leading seller/vendors delivering SaaS based applications that adhere to the spirit of the cloud Evaluate seller/vendors […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 26, 2010

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Quarterly Financial Tracker: Q2 CY 2010 – SaaS Vendors Still Show Massive YoY Growth

The majority of 22 publicly traded software vendors demonstrated solid year-over-year (YoY) quarterly growth from Q2 2009 (see Figure 1).   Every SaaS vendor in the Software Insider Index® drove 14% to 26% growth (see Figure 2) despite the pick up in on-premises license sales.  Highlights for the 2010 CY Q2 2010 results: On-Premises Trends JDA […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 20, 2010

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News Analysis: Capgemini Immediate Delivers Cloud Services To Royal Mail Group

Capgemini Changes The Rules Of The Cloud Game On July 27, 2010, Capgemini announced a six-year cloud computing deal with Royal Mail Group (RMG).  The partnership brings the capabilities of Capgemini’s Infostructure Transformation Services (ITS) and Capgemini Immediate to RMG.  As the UK’s second largest employer, RMG employs 188,000 people, handles over 80 million items […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 15, 2010

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Tuesday’s Tip: 10 SaaS/Cloud Strategies For Legacy Apps Environments

Legacy Apps Customers Seek Practical Advice Organizations determining when and how to make the move to SaaS and Cloud face realistic challenges in gaining buy-in and realizing the apparent and hidden benefits of SaaS/Cloud.  In a recent survey of over 300 companies, 73 respondents who were wary of SaaS/Cloud were asked to list the top […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 10, 2010

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Research Report: The Upcoming Battle For The Largest Share Of The Tech Budget (Part 2) – Cloud Computing

Welcome to a part 2 of a multi-part series on The Software Insider Tech Ecosystem Model.  Part 2 describes how the cloud fits into the model.  Subsequent posts will apply the model to these leading vendors: Overview Cloud Cisco Dell HP IBM Microsoft Oracle Salesforce.com SAP The aggregation of these posts will result into a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 9, 2010

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Event Report: SAP Australian Users Group Summit 2010

 SAUG Summit Delivered Great Networking Opportunities And Information Exchange Over 550 attendees converged on Sydney August 3rd to 5th, 2010 for the annual SAP User Group Summit.  Members were treated to 28 session, 7 keynotes, and 4 SAP 101 educational sessions.  The smart design of the conference gave attendees ample opportunities to connect and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 8, 2010

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Vendor Event: Kinaxis Kinexions 2010

Title: Vendor Event: Kinaxis Kinexions 2010 Location: The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ Start Date: 2010-10-25 End Date: 2010-10-27 Description: Back by popular demand, Kinexions, our annual Kinaxis Training & User Conference, is once again an in-person event. And for 2010, we’re taking it to Scottsdale, AZ, to the beautiful Westin Kierland Resort […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 3, 2010

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Vendor Event: Dreamforce 10

Title: Vendor Event: Dreamforce 10 Location: Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA Start Date: 2010-12-06 End Date: 2010-12-09 Description: Every year attendees feel the excitement as they learn how the next wave of cloud computing can help their businesses soar. More than just a typical user conference, Dreamforce brings together all the leaders in cloud computing […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 2, 2010

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Vendor Event: Informatica World 2010

Title: Vendor Event: Informatica World 2010 Location: Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center 201 Waterfront Street National Harbor, MD 20745 Start Date: 2010-11-02 End Date: 2010-11-04 Description: On November 2-4, 2010, the Informatica community will converge in Washington D.C. to learn how Informatica products and services enable success in traditional Enterprise Data Integration and beyond, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 2, 2010

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Vendor Event: Pervasive IntegratioNEXT

Title: Vendor Event: Pervasive IntegratioNEXT Location: AT&T Executive Education Conference Center 1900 University Avenue Austin, Texas 78705 Start Date: 2010-11-01 End Date: 2010-11-03 Description: IntegratioNEXT gives you one-to-one access to presenters and integration experts. Technical professionals from a wide variety of industries, long-time users of Pervasive integration products, industry analysts, and Pervasive experts will share […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 2, 2010

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Vendor Event: Microsoft PDC10

Title: Vendor Event: Microsoft PDC10 Location: Microsoft Conference Center Building 33 16070 NE 36th Way Redmond, WA 98052 Start Date: 2010-10-28 End Date: 2010-10-29 Description: Since 1991, the PDC has been the epicenter of Microsoft’s biggest platform announcements. This year will be no exception. Leading-edge developers and architects will gather in Redmond this October to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 2, 2010

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Vendor Event: SAP TechEd 2010 Las Vegas

Title: Vendor Event: SAP TechEd Las Vegas Location: The Venetian/Palazzo Congress Center 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South Las Vegas, NV 89109 Start Date: 2010-10-24 End Date: 2010-10-28 Description: SAP TechEd is a must-attend event for technical and business process professionals to get hands-on training, connect with SAP experts and community members, and gain the practical […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 2, 2010

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Vendor Event: IBM Information On Demand 2010

Title: Vendor Event: IBM Information On Demand 2010 Location: The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV Start Date: 2010-10-24 End Date: 2010-10-28 Description: Innovate and optimize with the best technical and business education. Two industry-leading IBM conferences become one powerhouse global event.  This is a must-attend conference for business and IT professionals. You’ll […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 2, 2010

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Vendor Event: Workday Rising

Title: Vendor Event: Workday Rising Location: Intercontinental Hotel – San Francisco 888 Howard Street San Francisco, CA 94103 Start Date: 2010-10-11 End Date: 2010-10-14 Description: As a Workday customer and visionary, you are core to this revolution. You’ve put your mind, muscle, and sweat into making Workday the company it is today. It is time […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 2, 2010

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Vendor Event: Attensity Engage

Title: Vendor Event: Attensity Engage Location: Computer History Museum 1401 North Shoreline Boulevard Mountain View, California 94043 Start Date: 2010-11-09 End Date: 2010-11-10 Description: The Attensity Engage User Conference provides a forum to exchange ideas, successes, best practices and challenges in Customer Experience Management. You’ll learn how to transform your enterprise into a customer-centric enterprise, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 2, 2010

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Vendor Event: Epicor Perspectives 2010

Title: Vendor Event: Epicor Perspectives 2010 Location: Gaylord Palms, Orlando – Kissimmee, Florida Start Date: 2010-10-10 End Date: 2010-10-13 Description: Speed down the road to recovery by joining us this year at Perspectives 2010 on October 10-13 in Orlando, Florida, at the Gaylord Palms Hotel and Convention Center. Explore new technologies, products, and techniques to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 1, 2010

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Research Report: The Upcoming Battle For The Largest Share Of The Tech Budget (Part 1) – Overview

Welcome to a multi-part series on The Software Insider Tech Ecosystem Model.  Subsequent posts will apply the model to these leading vendors: Overview Cloud Computing Cisco Dell HP IBM Microsoft Oracle Salesforce.com SAP The aggregation of these posts will result into a research report available for reprint rights. Business Models Converge During Recessions Is your […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 27, 2010

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Personal Log: The 7 Tenets Of Building A “Star Analyst” Firm

Inspired By The Lessons Learned From Others Before Me One day on a family vacation in June 2009, my dad came up to me and said, “Son, why are you working so hard for someone else?”  Coming from my father, a “company man” who worked 30 years at the same company and rose from the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 24, 2010

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News Analysis: Jive Fills Warchest, Ready to Battle Enterprise Software Giants And IPO?

with Jeremiah Owyang – Customer Strategy (@jowyang)  and R “Ray” Wang – Enterprise Strategy (@rwang0),  both founding partners at Altimeter Group. Cross-posted link here. Community Platforms Evolve Into Social Business Category Having tracked the social business category for some years now, and having watched the category grow, many players have expanded into other niches.  At […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 22, 2010

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Tuesday’s Tip: Dealing With Vendor Threats For “All Or Nothing” Maintenance Agreements

Recent Client Interactions Hint At Increasingly Aggressive Vendor Behavior Conversations with 11 enterprise apps customers in the past two months indicate stricter enforcement of vendor “All or Nothing” maintenance policies.  “All or Nothing” maintenance policies often require customers to put all licenses on maintenance or receive no maintenance from the vendor.  These policies also prevent […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 20, 2010

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Event Report: Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2010

Microsoft Continues To Embrace The Cloud And Hopes Its Partners Jump In Microsoft kicked off arguably one of the best WPC’s in history at the Washington, DC, Convention Center.  From tremendous networking opportunities to keynotes from Bill Clinton, the time was well spent despite the scorching summer heat. As expected, the key theme was Cloud, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 18, 2010

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News Analysis: Infor’s Cloud Strategy Goes Azure With Infor24

On July 12th, 2010, Infor announced its Infor24 initiative at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC).  Infor24 represents the Alpharetta, GA software titan’s foray to deliver its solution offerings in the cloud and a continued bet on Microsoft for key technologies.  Here’s the first take on the news and from exclusive conversations with Soma Somasundaram, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 16, 2010

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Industry Event: 13th Annual HR Technology Conference & Exposition

The Great Technology Debate: Naomi Lee Bloom and Jim Holincheck Naomi Lee Bloom, Managing Partner, Bloom & Wallace Jim Holincheck, Managing VP, Finance, HCM and Procurement, Gartner Thursday, September 30 • 8:45 – 10 a.m. Yes, the world’s two leading experts on HR technology – and the longest veterans of our renowned former Analyst Panel […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 16, 2010

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Research Report: Microsoft Partners – Before Adopting Azure, Understand the 12 Benefits And Risks

It’s All About The Cloud At WPC10 Attendees at this year’s Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 in Washington, D.C. already expect Windows Azure development to be a key theme throughout this annual pilgrimage.  Microsoft has made significant investments into the cloud.   Many executives from the Redmond, WA, software giant have publicly stated that 90% […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 11, 2010

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Tuesday’s Tip: Applying The Five Stages Of Adoption Towards SCRM Projects

Social CRM Faces Initial Adoption Hurdles From Management In 1969, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross introduced the “Five Stages of Grief” in her book, On Death and Dying. These five stages can be summed up as denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.  When applied to disruptive technology adoption by organizations, the “Five Stages” framework provides clear insight in […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 5, 2010

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Thursday’s Disruptive Tech Showcase: RainStor Tackles The Tough Challenges Of Information Preservation

Organizations Facing The Big Data Problem Must Solve The TCO Of Data Retention The explosion in data volumes from terabytes to petabytes (i.e. 1 quadrillion bytes) drives many organizations to identify cost effective solutions for the retention and on demand retrieval of historical data.  More importantly, organizations must meet a plethora of changing business and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 1, 2010

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Research Report: Rethink Your Next Generation Business Intelligence Strategy

BI Solutions Must Address The Information Management Matrix A confluence of changing business requirements and on-going vendor consolidation leads many organizations to rethink their business intelligence (BI) strategies.  Many buyers face decisions to move beyond departmental solutions or to stay with an integrated apps based BI solution.  Meanwhile, some buyers must decide whether or not […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 28, 2010

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News Analysis: Infor Bets On Microsoft

Infor Takes A Bold Stance By Standardizing Their Technology Stack On June 23rd, 2010,  Infor announced that the Alpharetta, GA, based software solutions provider would align its future tools and technology platform with Microsoft.  Infor intends to use and integrate Microsoft server-based products to improve time to market for future product development.  In addition, Infor […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 25, 2010

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Research Report: How SaaS Adoption Trends Show New Shifts In Technology Purchasing Power

SaaS Adoption Surveys Often Overlook Audience Composition Over the past year, analyst firms, tech media, and even mainstream business media have happily showcased positive news about SaaS adoption.  The common theme remains clear – SaaS adoption moves beyond the tipping point in 2010.  Cloud adoption will reach a tipping point in the next 12 months.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 21, 2010

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