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Event Report: FinancialForce Doubles Down On Customer-Centric ERP #FFCommLive19

PSA, Subscription Billing Power Customer Centric ERP Almost 600 customers, partners, and influencers joined the FinancialForce team in Las Vegas. May 7th to 9th, to experience the latest in professional services automation (PSA) and customer-centric ERP.  CEO and President, Tod Nielsen, kicked off its user conference at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 10, 2019

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Big Idea: Extreme Capitalism And The Dawn Of Digital Duopolies

Organizations Move Beyond The Post-Digital Era I am consciously scaring you into existence.  The disruption ahead is not a fantasy.  When I founded Constellation Research and then wrote the best-selling book, Disrupting Digital Business, we stood at the dawn of a major shift in business models and disruptive technologies that powered what we coined digital transformation in 2008.  This powerful business force not […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 4, 2019

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Event Report: Epicor Demonstrates New Chapter For Cloud ERP And Mid-Market Solutions at #EpicorInsights19

Growth Story On #CloudERP, Retail, And AI Shows PromiseAnd Key Milestones Photo: @rwang0 Epicor convened it’s annual user conference April 15-18 in Las Vegas.  The new management team showed a renewal in product and sales execution to over 3500 attendees.  Key announcements include: Release of EVA AI-Based virtual agent.  Powered by NLP, the new agent […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 21, 2019

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Event Report: Apple Formally Launches Services Strategy #AppleEvent

Services Revenue Mix Could Reach 20% By 2020 Photo: @rwang0 On March 25, 2019, Apple held its special event on services at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, CA to launch and/or revamp 4 key services including: Apple News+. New service adds 300 magazines, the Wall Street Journal and more publications to 875 million iPhone […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 25, 2019

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Event Report: Oracle ERP Cloud Gains Traction Among Customer Base And Net New Enterprises

Oracle Customers Move To Cloud ERP For Innovation And Industry Capabilities Photo: @rwang0 Oracle hosted its Modern Business Experience (MBX) and Modern Customer Experience (MCX) events at The Mandalay Bay Convention Center on March 19 – 21st in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Over the past two years, customers have received significant delivery of nearly 900 features […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 21, 2019

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Event Report: #Think2019 Showcases IBM’s Shift Back From Software To Services

IBM Gains Mojo On Cloud Vision and Shows Strength in Digital Ecosystems Dreaming of warmer pastures in Las Vegas and golf with colleagues, customers, partners, prospects, and employees slogged through the February rain of San Francisco in Moscone Center for the second iteration of IBM Think.  Think 2019 had many highlights beyond the lukewarm “second […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 13, 2019

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Event Report: #WEF19 #Davos2019 Globalization 4.0 Under Fire As Global Leaders Fail The Populace

Globalization 4.0 Attempts To Address Populist Revolt Global leaders gathered in the icy cold confines of Davos Switzerland for the 2019 edition of the World Economic Forum (WEF).  This 49th annual gathering’s theme focuses on Globalization 4.0 in the fourth industrial revolution.  Though most have not encountered the third industrial revolution, let alone the fourth, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 22, 2019

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Research Report: Improving Go-to-Market Results with Constellation’s ACF

Apply the Account Categorization Framework to Succeed in Account-Based Strategies An account-based strategy model needs to focus on re-establishing relationships. With a very-well-defined list of business-to-business contacts, the go-to-market strategy requires a disciplined approach to re-engage with customers. Unfortunately, most field organizations are saddled with tech-laden complexity. Constellation Research suggests that clients put human relationships […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 16, 2019

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Event Report: Retailers Navigate Exponential Tech Amidst New Business Model Shifts #NRF2019

Retail Innovation Continues To Improve As Budgets And Margin Grow Over 40,000 attendees gathered at Jacob Javitz convention center in New York City for the annual big show (see Figure 1.)  The show kicked off with a keynote from BJ’s Wholesale Club Chairman, President, and CEO Chris Baldwin.  Chris conveyed the impact of retail on […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 16, 2019

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Trends: Constellation 2018 Enterprise Awards

Awards Recognize Mostly The Pinnacle and A Tinge Of Nadir For Enterprise Tech In 2018, enterprise tech remained fast-paced, innovative, and action-packed.  The Constellation Research team attended over 250 enterprise tech events, handled 1000’s of inquiries and briefings, dealt with 1000’s of media inquiries, and reached 100’s of millions in the social sphere.  With that […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 3, 2019

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Monday’s Musings: What’s Up With Big Tech Stocks? The Insider View For 2019

Big Tech Still Remains Attractive, Especially With The Recent Valuation Downgrade

Markets are still cautious.  Global outlook looks very different than the US outlook.  Actual economy and Wall Street remain disconnected.  Meanwhile, markets are trying to figure out a rational explanation of which one is the leading vs lagging indicator.  

Algo’s have been reset so we’re operating on different rules and they will be reset again.  Why Big Tech?  They play in a winner takes all market.  Apple and Google provide 99% of all the consumer software in the US.  Facebook, Google, and Amazon drive almost 63% of all advertising dollars
Tech is still strong with 20 to 40% growth. Investors will find it hard to find other asset allocation classes this good and this dominant.  

With valuations down, we can see the shift back to big tech in Q1 2019, especially now with depressed valuations. Everyone’s waiting the Q4 holiday numbers before making the plunge. So FAANG plus MIcrosoft, Adobe, Salesforce, ServiceNow, and Tesla are still all hot and Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent drive the China market.

As for the race to 1T in valuation, We’ll see a resurgence in 2019 of one of the FAANG’s plus Microsoft vie for the title. So here’s the run down:

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 24, 2018

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Best Practices: Seven Steps To Success In Enterprise Blockchain

Enterprise Adoption of Blockchain Nascent For Now, But Rapidly Growing Recent Constellation Research surveys from Q4 2017 show that less than 20% of our market leading and fast follower clients have either acquired and implemented blockchain or undergoing a proof of concept (see Figure 1).  One-third of survey respondents still mull the implications as they […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 21, 2018

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Monday’s Musings: Seven Common Failures Plague Board Room Strategy In Digital Transformation

Boardroom Failures Reflect Years Of Focus On EBIDTA and Return On Capital Faced with massive pressure to embark on their digital journey, boards and CEOs have sought case studies and examples of success to avail without realizing that each journey remains unique. While there are many proof of concepts in play, much of the innovation […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 7, 2018

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Research Report: What’s Top Of Mind From SAP Customers

Relevance And Value Lead The Inquiries About SAP From the criticism about indirect access to SAP Leonardo, the 2017 SAP landscape has been both gut-wrenching and transformational for clients. Rounded out by conversations at Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG), SAP Australia User Group (SAUG) and UK and Ireland SAP User Group (UKISUG) events, the top […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 19, 2017

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Event Report: Inside the #SXSW2015 Phenom – Meerkat

Tweeting Live Video Takes Center Stage At #SXSW2015 Live video service Meerkat’s launch may well rise above the fray at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) convention.  After slews of invites the two weeks before, the service has taken off.  Early users have found three major use cases as SXSW has proven to be the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 14, 2015

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Research Report: Enterprise Healthcare Management (EHM) – Healthcare Meets Analytics

The Healthcare Affordability Crisis Can Be Addressed With EHM Solutions An affordability crisis has created chaos in the employer-provided healthcare market. With $620 billion in employer-paid costs to U.S. healthcare in 2014 and an annual increase that ranges from 4.7 percent to 10.3 percent a year, employers seek both improved utilization of programs and cost […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 1, 2015

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Quips: Five Life and Leadership Lessons From The Billionaire’s Club

Insights Remain Consistent Among The Uber Successful Over the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with 19 billionaires.  I took the opportunity to ask them for their life lessons and leadership advice.  Because these uber successful individuals came from varied backgrounds and industries, I was expecting many different answers.  However, I was proven […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 28, 2015

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Research Preview: Enterprise Healthcare Management (EHM) Market Overview

Enterprise Healthcare Management Comes Of Age Enterprise healthcare management (EHM) technology is a category of software that incorporates analytics into the typical employer-provided healthcare solution. EHM enables employers to maximize their healthcare investments by improving the delivery of healthcare for employees, and identifying previously unknown opportunities uncovered by data. Enterprise healthcare management will help enterprises […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 20, 2015

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Research Preview: Digital Transformation Services Take Center Stage For 2015

Constellation State Of The State Report: Digital Transformation Services Take Center Stage For 2015 The latest Constellation Research state of the state report explores the impact of digital transformation on the services front. As so many different pieces of the digital transformation space come together, Constellation believes that the Digital Transformation Services category is set […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 9, 2015

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Tuesday’s Tip: How To Plan For SAP’s S/4 HANA Upgrade And Contract Negotiations Strategy #SAPHANA

Launch Of SAP S/4 Provides Catalyst For Organizations To Update Their Next Gen Apps Strategy The February 3rd, 2015 New York City SAP S/4 launch event brought a positive closure for customers seeking the next generation apps strategy from SAP.  At a high level, the SAP S/4 HANA offering offers: a new suite of applications […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 3, 2015

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Trends: 9 Actions to Consider Before 2015 For Digital Transformation

Digital Strategy From The Analysts At Constellation Research Constellation’s year end checklist offers suggestions designed to enable you to take control of your digital strategy in 2015. Consider these actions to ensure you dominate digital disruption in the new year. 1. Matrix Commerce: Scrub your data By Guy Courtin When it comes to Matrix Commerce, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 18, 2014

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Research Report: Inside The 2015 Boardroom Priorities (Parts 1 & 2)

Boardrooms In Market Leader And Fast Follower Organizations Rapidly Take Action To Address the Digital Chasm Ahead Constellation Research surveyed over 200 CXO’s and identified 10 board room priorities for 2015. As anticipated, digital transformation has emerged as a significant board room topic and market leaders and fast followers seek guidance on what elements are […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 16, 2014

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News Analysis: Inside the First Industry-Specific Mobile Apps by the IBM MobileFirst for Apple iOS Partnership

The IBM-Apple Partnership Achieves First Milestones On December 10th, IBM and Apple announced the first wave of industry-specific enterprise solutions as part of the IBM MobileFirst for iOS applications.   In a meeting with Fred Balboni, IBM’s general manager of the Apple partnership; and Jeremy Butcher, Apple Marketing and Strategy, Constellation received an update on the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 10, 2014

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Monday’s Musings: Why The Third Generation Of Enterprise Mobile Is Designed For Digital Transformation

Mobile Is The Main Entry Point For Digital Transformation Mobile initiatives provide an entry point into digital.  Mobile first is more than a mantra.  Why?  By applying design thinking to solving specific and purposeful tasks and processes, organizations can rethink the digital journey with mobile projects.  More importantly, mobile enables organizations to break the silos […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 8, 2014

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Personal Log: Have most analysts completely given up doing research?

Authors: Phil Fersht and R “Ray” Wang, Industry Analysts who still give a sh!t (This is a collaboration and represents our individual points of view and not necessarily our employers. Oh wait, that’s us…. moving on…) The State Of The Industry Research Industry Remains Fragile We called it three years’ ago and we can now […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 23, 2014

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Event Report: SAP Australian User Group Summit Highlights Systematic Concerns About SAP

Australian Users Concerns About SAP Similar To Other Global Users Over 500 Australian SAP users gathered between September 8th and 9th, 2014 at the Sydney Hilton for the annual user conference.  Users came from IT roles, marketing, HR, and finance.  In speaking to over 100 attendees, key concerns include: Lack of clarity in future product […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 8, 2014

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Tuesday’s Tip: Five Steps To Starting Your Digital Transformation Initiative

Cut Through The Hype and Get Started Over the past 12 months, Constellation has interviewed, researched, or assisted more than 50 market leaders and fast followers crafting a digital transformation strategy.  Regardless of industry, size of company, or geography, these early adopters share five common steps to success.  In each case, these steps provide the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 26, 2014

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Monday’s Musings: What Organizations Want From Mobile

Mobile Is The Entry Point To Digital Business Mobile is a key entry point into digital transformation and digital business initiatives.  Along with cloud, social, big data/analytics, and video, mobile is one of the five pillars of digital.  Mobile is more than the first screen of interaction for many users.  Mobile describes how users expect […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 28, 2014

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Research Summary: Next Generation CIOs Aspire To Focus More On Innovation And The Chief Digital Officer Role

Executive Summary Constellation shares with its clients the fourth annual groundbreaking survey of CIOs later this week.  The 2014 survey interviews respondents about their priorities by CIO persona.  Constellation identified infrastructure, integration, intelligence, and innnovaiton as the four personas of the next gen CIO in 2011. Survey results show that while CIO’s prefer to spend […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 1, 2014

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News Analysis: Rimini Street Vs Oracle Ruling Has No Negative Impact on Third Party Maintenance Rights

Recent Oracle vs Rimini Street Ruling Is About Customer Software License Rights Not Third Party Maintenance On February 13th, 2014, the United States District Court , District of Nevada Judge Larry Hicks issued a partial summary judgment in the Oracle vs Rimini Street Case. Here’s the executive summary to key questions about the ruling*: Is […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 17, 2014

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Tuesday’s Tip: Seven Lessons Learned In Customer Experience Strategies During A Data Breach (such as Target’s)

Every Brand Should Have A Plan For A Data Breach The confluence of centralized personally identifiable information, reliance on digital channels, ease of hacking of magnetic stripes, and the application of the Willy Sutton rule ( a.k.a. you rob banks because that’s where the money is) improve the odds that many organizations will face a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 24, 2013

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Trends: Real World Lessons In Optimizing The Customer Service Experience From Kana Connect

Workshop On Optimizing Your Customer Service Experience Identifies Eight Strategies At the 2013 Kana Connect event from September 15th to 17th, 2013 in New Orleans, I had the pleasure of co-leading a workshop with Scott Hays a Sr. Director, Product Marketing for KANA Software.  The goal of the session was to explore eight strategies to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 20, 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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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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Monday’s Musings: Understand The Four Organizational Personas Of Disruptive Tech Adoption

Pace of Innovation Exceeds Ability To Consume Rapid innovation, flexible deployment options, and easy consumption models create favorable conditions for the proliferation of disruptive technology.  In fact, convergence in the five pillars of enterprise disruption (i.e. social, mobile, cloud, big data, and unified communications), has led to new innovations and opportunities to apply disruptive technologies […]

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

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Event Report: CRM Evolution 2012 #CRME12

CRM Continues To Evolve In A World Of Engagement The CRM industry’s major non-vendor customer focused event kicked off at the Marriott Marquis in New York from August 13th to 15th.  Conversations with prospects and practitioners at the event highlighted a few emerging trends: Shift from transaction to engagement. CRM traditionally focused mostly on the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 14, 2012

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Trends: The Battle For CMO Mind Share

Marketing and Advertising Budgets Are The New Land Grab Constellation Research, Inc. predicts that the global advertising market (paid search, display, and classified) will hit $125B by 2015.   While IT budgets continue to stay flat, marketing budgets are up.  Warc’s recent Global Marketing Index (GMI) entered positive territory in March 2012.  Consequently, the heat […]

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

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News Analysis: UsedSoft Vs Oracle Ruling Opens Up Monopolistic Practices By Software Vendors

Used Software Pioneers Gain A Small Victory In A Shrinking On-Premises Software World The surprise July 3rd, 2012 judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union for UsedSoft GmbH v Oracle International Corp rules that “An author of software cannot oppose the resale of his ‘used’ licenses allowing the use of his programs […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 4, 2012

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Tuesday’s Tip: The Big Question In Big Data Is…What’s The Question?

All The Current Talk Of Big Data Technology Misses The Point The hype around big data has crescendoed to the levels of SOA in the early 2000’s, cloud in the late 2000’s, and social in the past few years.   Unfortunately the hype is creating three main pitfalls: A morass of confused definitions. In fact a […]

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

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Tuesday’s Tip: Dealing With The Real Problem In Social Business Adoption – The People!

Social Business Adoption Dependent On Employee Adoption Social business is more than a technology decision.  Many eager early adopters face challenges in adoption past the initial core team.  As we move from eager early adopters to ubiquitous usage, an examination of some organizations who have failed at internal social business reveals five common barriers to […]

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

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Friday’s Features: Using Attensity Analyze 6.0 To Compare Customer Sentiment For @united @southwestair @virginamerica

A Travelers’ Tale of Two Airlines (@united vs @southwestair) A hurried shower, followed by a hastily packed bag.  Then, the race to the taxi stand (Figure 1).  Should be easy to get a cab at 5:45 am in Las Vegas, right? Only the late night crew roll into a casino this late or early in […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 18, 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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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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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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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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Press Release: Social Business and Enterprise Collaboration Software Veteran Alan Lepofsky Joins Constellation Research, Inc.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada – October 3rd, 2011 11:21 am (GMT – 5:00) Eastern 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 Alan Lepofsky has joined as a Vice-President & Principal Analyst.  With close to 20 years of experience […]

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

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Press Release: Twenty-nine Protostars Recognized In The Constellation SuperNova Awards

First Inaugural Awards Designed to Celebrate the Explorers, Pioneers, and Unsung Heroes Who Successfully Put Technology to Work SAN FRANCISCO, CA, September 20, 2011—Constellation Research, Inc., announces 29 Protostar winners, representing the 2011 SuperNova award semifinalists.  Chosen from a pool of more than 70 applicants, these individuals are recognized as among the few that have […]

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

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