Monday’s Musings

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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Research Summary: Introducing The 43 Use Cases For Social Business (Social Enterprise)

The Social Business (Social Enterprise) Moves Beyond The 18 Use Cases Of Social CRM As social media adoption continues to move from mainstream to pervasive ubiquity, enterprises will begin to benefit from these advancements in the consumerization of IT (CoIT).  Just 18 months ago, early adopters identified 18 Use Cases for Social CRM (SCRM).  These […]

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

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Monday’s Musings: A Working Vendor Landscape For Social Business

Confusion Persists In The Social Business Market As with any new disruptive technology, the social business solution landscape faces a dynamic, confusing, and converging market. As vendors seek to grab mind share and market share, customers and prospects remain confused as to what are the right business problems to address with social business. However, rampant […]

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

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Monday’s Musings: Auction Sites Such As Deal Umpire May Level The Playing Field Among Daily Deal Sites

Merchants Must Break Free From Daily Deal Site Hysteria Following up on the April 4th post about the damage caused by daily deal sites such as Groupon, merchants continued to send feedback about the challenges they face.  Those who use daily deal sites express the following: Peer pressure to participate. Customers and prospects flooded by […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 18, 2011

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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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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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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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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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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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Monday’s Musings: Reflections On Obama And The False Hope For A Tech Halo

President Obama’s Visit Reflects The Importance Of Silicon Valley To The US Economy By now everyone’s seen and re-seen the photo showing the tech-centric dinner at John Doerr’s house in Woodside, CA on February 17th, 2011 (see Figure 1).  With a guest list that included most of the “Captains of the Tech Industry” it would […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 21, 2011

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Monday’s Musings: Thoughts On How Indian Infotech Companies Can Lead Instead Of Follow

Disruptive Technologies Remain Top Of Mind Among Business Technology Leaders It’s always a privilege and a pleasure to reach out to clients and prospects around the world.  For those tracking my location, I’ve been in London, San Francisco, and Mumbai over the past 9 days.  The conversations have ranged from social business and enterprise 2.0 […]

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

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Monday’s Musings: Q1 2011 State of Social CRM and CRM From An EMEA Point Of View

Greeting from London!  It’s been a great surprise to enjoy the sunny and warm weather (by UK standards) as I readjust my body clock.  Thankfully, I’ve had a chance to catch up with a few new and old clients, several analysts, media moguls, and in real life meetups w/ close relationships (i.e. @grahamhill and @buchanla) […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 31, 2011

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Monday’s Musings: Why I’m Unplugging From Location Based Services Until The Privacy Issue Is Resolved

Convergence Of Smart Phone Affordability And Broad Network Access Drives Growth In Location Based Services I’ve been a big fan of location based services (LBS).  In fact, many of you have followed my whereabouts on Yelp, Tripit, and other integrated Twitter services.  As many of you know, location based services take your geographical position from […]

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Monday’s Musings: Avoiding Failure In Social CRM Projects Requires Ecosystem Coordination

Recent Conversations With Executives Confirm Demand For Social CRM Good news! Organizations see an opportunity to tap into the proliferation of social networking channels for their CRM initiatives.  Speaking with 23 business leaders over the past 10 days, it became obvious that Social CRM initiatives were top of mind for a few reasons: Pressure from […]

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

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Monday’s Musings: Why Users Must Preserve Their Third Party Maintenance Rights

Apps Users Seek Third Party Maintenance For Cost, Value, and Service Updated surveys from inquiries, client conversations, and user group meetings show a 113.8% increase in interest in third party maintenance (3PM) services from Q3 2009 to Q1 2010 (see Figure 1).  Key factors stem from (see Figure 2.): Continuing cost pressures. Budgets continue to […]

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

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Monday’s Musings: The Hidden Value In SaaS Deployments

Gains In SaaS Adoption Driven By Speed And Cost Savings… Preliminary data from Q4 earnings data show continued traction among SaaS solutions.  Expect SaaS deployments to gain steam in 2010 as organizations finalize their SaaS apps strategies to take advantage of 7 key benefits: Richer user experience – SaaS apps bring Web 2.0 usability to […]

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

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Monday’s Musings: 10 Essential Elements For Social Enterprise Apps

Convergent trends fuel the push for new business solutions and platforms The future of enterprise software is evolving from web-based apps, business process platforms, and service-enabled products; to a new class of more connected, social, and collaborative business software solutions.  This transformation comes from advances in the Web 2.0 world and a growing realization that […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 24, 2009

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Monday’s Musings: Users Now Expect More Advocacy From Their User Groups

Many user groups currently meet the basic requirements… Today’s independent and vendor sponsored user groups serve a key role in building community among a common interest group.  Typical mission and objectives often include: Creating an environment to share information and best practices Exposing issues and limitations with a vendor’s product and partner solutions Soliciting member […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 3, 2009

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Monday’s Musings: Why On-Premise Vendors and SI’s Should Go on the Offense with SaaS

On-premise vendors still see SaaS as a loss leader due to huge ramp up and punishing revenue recognition rules When it comes to the topic of SaaS, many on-premise vendors appear to be living in denial, hoping that SaaS fails, and/or creating confusion in the market place.  These tactics have merit as a shift to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 13, 2009

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Monday’s Musings: Industry Vertical Pivot Points Still Matter Most

Pivot points represent a market segmentation approach used by many companies to determine market demand, define new products, assign sales territories, service customers, and put boundaries around customer sets.  Since September 2009, over 500 enterprise software decision makers were asked which one pivot point would they prefer their software vendor focus on.  The four key […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 6, 2009

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Monday’s Musings: It’s The Relationship, Stupid (Part 5) – Living In Denial

Economic Downturn Challenges Enterprise Software Executives To Uphold The Sanctity Of The Vendor – Customer Relationships Conventional wisdom would assume that in a challenging economy, strong relationships would be a key success factor to retaining business and mitigating loss of revenue.  Unfortunately, this does not appear to be the case for many companies, including vendors […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 18, 2009

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Monday’s Musings: It’s The Relationship, Stupid! (Part 4) – Stop Under-investing In R&D

Economic Downturn Challenges Enterprise Software Executives To Uphold The Sanctity Of The Vendor – Customer Relationships Conventional wisdom would assume that in a challenging economy, strong relationships would be a key success factor to retaining business and mitigating loss of revenue.  Unfortunately, this does not appear to be the case for many companies, including vendors […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 27, 2009

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Monday’s Musings: It’s The Relationship, Stupid! (Part 3) – Stop Pushing Products That Clients Don’t Need!

Economic Downturn Challenges Enterprise Software Executives To Uphold The Sanctity Of The Vendor – Customer Relationships Conventional wisdom would assume that in a challenging economy, strong relationships would be a key success factor to retaining business and mitigating loss of revenue.  Unfortunately, this does not appear to be the case for many companies, including vendors […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 13, 2009

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Monday’s Musings: Total Account Value, True Cost of Ownership, And Software Vendor Business Models

Recession creates an opportunity for frank vendor – client discussion A fine equilibrium exists between the vendor’s success and a client’s success.  Its time for the enterprise software industry to have a frank and honest conversation about software costs and vendor business models. To date, comparing cost among different vendors remains difficult as license, maintenance, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 5, 2009

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Monday’s Musings: It’s The Relationship, Stupid! (Part 2) – Stop Slashing The Quality Of Support And Maintenance

Economic Downturn Challenges Enterprise Software Executives To Uphold The Sanctity Of The Vendor – Customer Relationships Conventional wisdom would assume that in a challenging economy, strong relationships would be a key success factor to retaining business and mitigating loss of revenue.  Unfortunately, this does not appear to be the case for many companies, including vendors […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 30, 2009

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Monday’s Musings: It’s The Relationship, Stupid! (Part1) – Stop Commoditizing The Client Facing Workforce

Economic Downturn Challenges Enterprise Software Executives To Uphold The Sanctity Of The Vendor – Stakeholder Relationship Conventional wisdom would assume that in a challenging economy, strong relationships would be a key success factor to retaining business and mitigating loss of revenue.  Unfortunately, this does not appear to be the case for many companies, including vendors […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 16, 2009

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Monday’s Musings: Five Programs Some Vendors Have Implemented To Help Clients In An Economic Recession

Almost every inquiry over the past 3 months has ended up with at least one question about what vendors are doing to help their clients amidst an economic recession.  As blogged in the October 12, 2008 posting on “5 Steps to Restoring Trust in the Vendor – Customer Relationship” the issue of credibility and trust […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 23, 2009

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Trends: What Can Software Vendors Do To Reduce The Cost of Ownership?

0 more results since you started searching. Refresh to see them. So as I’m thinking about what to write for this week’s Monday’s Musings, I thought I’d poll the twitter universe on what software vendors could do to make things easier during the recession.  Here’s the current twitter stream of thought and thanks to all […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 21, 2009

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Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 2, 2009

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Monday’s Musings: One Humble Industry Analyst’s Thanks And Reflections On His Role

Four Years Into This Job And It Remains As Exciting As Ever It’s been awhile since I’ve posted about life as an industry analyst. In fact, the last post was January 25, 2006, in the old Analyst 101 series. At that point, I was reflecting on the job during my one year mark.  In fact, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 25, 2009

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