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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: 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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Event Report: @GCPCloud A Few Steps Closer To Enterprise Ready #GoogleNext18

Google Cloud Accelerates Movement To Enterprise, Mass Improvements Seen, Much More Required Ahead Arguably the second or third event for the Google Cloud team brought 25,000 prospects, customers, influencers to Moscone Center for Google Next on July 23rd to 27th, 2018.  Customers could see notable improvements in not only the investment made into the event, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 27, 2018

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Event Report: @ServiceNow Transforms From #ITSM To Experience Orchestration #know18

It’s The Experience, Stupid! Over 18,000 customers, partners, prospects, and influencers gathered at the Sands Convention Center and Expo in Las Vegas for the annual ServiceNow Knowledge Event (see Figure 1).  The vendor best known for its success in IT Service Management has been on a growth tear.  In March 2017, CEO Frank Slootman handed […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 10, 2018

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Monday’s Musings: Designing Five Pillars For Level 1 Artificial Intelligence Ethics

Focus On Humanizing AI As organizations begin their journey into artificial intelligence (AI), ethics often enter the design process.  While achieving a uniform set of ethics may seem insurmountable, some design points will help facilitate the humanization of artificial intelligence and provide appropriate checks and balances.  Constellation has identified design pillars for Level 1 AI.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 26, 2018

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Event Report: Microsoft Biz Apps Analyst Day Highlights Strategic Transformation #MSBizApps

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Seeks End To End Coverage Of Business Apps On February 10th to 12th, 2018, industry analysts converged onto Building 92 at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, WA, for an update on the Microsoft Business Applications.  The Business Applications Analyst Forum was hosted by key executives including: Source: © 2018 R Wang and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 14, 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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Monday’s Musings: Want AI Ethics? Learn From These Four Movies/TV Shows!

The Convergence of Technology, Society, And AI Ethics Is Already Among Us Over the past year, almost every conversation on artificial intelligence involved a discussion on ethics, humanity, and policy.  Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.  In this case, one can look to Hollywood for a few good suggestions to ponder.  Four AI […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 3, 2017

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Research Report: Demystifying Artificial Intelligence

Everything You Wanted To Know About AI But Were Afraid To Ask Executive Summary The rush to exponential technologies in new business models has placed artificial intelligence (AI) in the forefront of boardroom priorities for 2018. As leaders move beyond the AI hype, the journey toward AI requires both a business mindset and the institutional […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 16, 2017

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Monday’s Musing: Infinite Ambient Orchestration

Inside the Design Point For All Future AI Driven Apps The quest for mass personalization at scale in an era of artificial intelligence (AI) has led to new models of design for the future of applications.  One design point for these new AI driven smart apps is a concept called Infinite Ambient Orchestration.  The three […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 6, 2017

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Tuesday’s Tip: Know When To Automate With Artificial Intelligence

Six Factors For Powering AI Driven Smart Services Recent client conversations indicate a desire for designing new AI Driven Smart Services.   The rush to incorporate artificial intelligence into processes often requires a deeper examination of which services should be AI enabled.  Constellation’s latest framework for augmenting humanity encompasses six factors (see Figure 1): Repetitiveness.  The […]

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

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Event Report: FinancialForce #FFComm17

New Management Team and Focus Bode Well for FinancialForce Constellation attended the FinancialForce Community Live event in Las Vegas in June 2017.  More than 1,000 attendees gathered to see the new management team and product roadmap.  The market for cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) software remains hot as regulatory requirements and modernization efforts drive upgrades […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 22, 2017

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Research Summary: Nine Starting Points For Digital Transformation In Manufacturing

Digital Trends Signal Manufacturing Renaissance Ahead Western economies have faced an onslaught of negative developments in their domestic manufacturing bases over the past 40 years. With the rise of Industry 4.0, the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, manufacturers now have new opportunities to undergo digital transformation. Constellation finds that digital […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 10, 2017

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Research Summary: Artificial Intelligence Delivers Mass Personalization In Commerce

Why Mass Personalization Efforts Fail and Ten Simple Steps to Fix Them Over the past four decades, valiant attempts at personalization have failed due to the lack of relevant and intelligent automation.  Moreover, expectations of consumers and prospects have only grown.  The result – an expectations gap in personalization that manifests itself in fickler consumers […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 17, 2017

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Research Summary: How Ensono Used Workday Finance And HR Cloud To Innovate And Save Money

One Integrated, Global System For Finance And HR Delivers Business Success This case study examines Ensono’s experience implementing Workday’s HR and Finance enterprise applications in the cloud. Ensono provides infrastructure management services for global companies. Ensono delivers next-generation IT solutions and helps organizations plan for optimized, future infrastructures. By implementing Workday, Ensono was able to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 12, 2017

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Event Report: #GoogleNext17 On Path To Enterprise Ready

Google Cloud Takes Key Steps To Enterprise Class Over 10,000 customers, prospects, partners, Google developers, and employees gathered in San Francisco’s Moscone West Conference Center for Google’s flagship enterprise event. Of note, Alphabet CEO, Eric Schmidt, book ended the event by highlighting the $30 billion capital infrastructure investment into the overall Google Cloud Platform.   The […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 9, 2017

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Event Report: NASSCOM #NILF17 Highlights Need For Re-Skilling And Move Beyond Trump

Services Vendors Need To Move Beyond Trump, H1B, and Re-skilling Concerns Source: Nasscom NILf 17 Keynote On Dynamic Leadership For Digital Transformation Constellation participated in the 25th edition of Nasscom’s India Leadership Forum 2017 (NILF17) in Mumbai at the Grand Hyatt.   Though everyone was here to Reimagine, not Re-engineer , during the off-stage conversations with […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 18, 2017

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Trends: Five Data Center Trends For 2017

2017 Trends Reflect Faster, Better, Cheaper, Safer, Mantra Of Hyperscale Source: Google As clients make a shift from on-premises traditional data centers to the cloud, mega vendors will rush to build out their hyperscale data centers.  Hyperscale data centers use nodes to flex up and flex down on compute power, storage, networking, and memory as […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 12, 2016

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Research Summary: Constellation’s AstroChart For Tech Trends

Avoiding The Hype In Tech Trend Cycles Constellation’s AstroChartTM for Technology provides market leaders and fast followers a visual guide to technology trends and their adoption.  The vertical access rates adoption from mainstream to early adopters to bleeding edge.  The horizontal access estimates the impact on an organization’s business model. from incremental to disruptive to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 17, 2016

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News Analysis: @Adobe @Microsoft Partner Up For Marketing Cloud, Azure and #AI #MSIgnite

Adobe Move To Microsoft Azure Signals Closer Partnerships Ahead On September 26th, 2016 at the Microsoft Ignite conference in Atlanta, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen, and Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, announced a strategic partnership between the two companies.  Constellation sees the announcement from three points of view: Adobe makes Microsoft Azure the preferred cloud platform.  Adobe […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 26, 2016

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News Analysis: Plex Adds Supply Chain Planning With DemandCaster Acquisition

Key Supply Chain Planning Functionality Bolsters Manufacturing Cloud Offering On August 9, 2016, Manufacturing Cloud pioneer Plex, announced the acquisition of DemandCaster, a cloud based sales forecasting and inventory planning software provider based outside of Chicago, Illinois.  Founder Ara Surenian built DemandCaster from his operational consulting experiences in demand planning, supply planning, and sales and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 9, 2016

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Research Summary: Infor Partners with Clients to Deliver on Digital Transformation

Software Vendors and Services Providers Shift Value from Products and Services to Outcomes The convergence of software vendors and services providers foreshadows the challenges organizations face in the selection of digital transformation solutions.  The lack of pre-packaged, out-of-the-box solutions forces executives to focus not only on how the solutions are  designed but also on the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 4, 2016

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News Analysis: Oracle’s $9.3B Acquisition Of Netsuite Is About Cloud Consolidation

Oracle Brings Netsuite Back Into The Fold Oracle’s 9.3B acquisition of Netsuite came as no surprise to valley insiders.  The rumors have surfaced for weeks.  The surprise came as how badly Oracle sought cloud revenue and wanted to bring a friendly partner back into the family.  Constellation sees the following for the buy side: Battle […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 28, 2016

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Research Summary: Workday Release 26 Beefs Up Cloud Software for Financial Management

Constellation’s Series on Innovation in Cloud Financial Management Applications  This report reviews the latest offering in financial management applications in the cloud and related Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) trends. Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and finance leaders seeking advice about the cloud can take advantage of Constellation’s ERP user survey and cloud adoption trends to understand […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 9, 2016

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Research Summary: The Algorithm of You – How IoT Transforms and Differentiates Customer Experience

Using the Internet of Things to Boost Revenue and Deliver a Brand’s Personalized Promise The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to revolutionize the way business is run and to create differentiated customer experiences. IoT allows for the processing of massive numbers of device events and for commingling those events with business and customer events. This […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 12, 2016

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Research Summary: HOLMES Puts Wipro in the Forefront of Cognitive Computing

Wipro HOLMES Delivers Next-Generation Services Built on Cognitive Computing Capabilities  Wipro is an information technology, consulting, and outsourcing firm serving more than 900 clients from the Fortune 1000. Wipro operates in more than 175 cities worldwide and generated $7.7 billion in revenue in its 2015-16 fiscal year. Its global workforce has more than 170,000 individuals. […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 10, 2016

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Research Summary: Reltio Powers Data-Driven Applications on a Modern Platform-as-a-Service

Reltio Helps Partners and Customers Build Insight- Driven Applications and Data Services in the Cloud Privately-held Reltio, a Silicon Valley-based firm, offers Reltio Cloud, a modern data-management Platform as a Service (PaaS) that enables horizontal and industry- specific, data-driven applications. The platform also enables partners and end-user organizations to rapidly create their own data-driven apps. Data-driven apps […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 4, 2016

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Research Summary: SAP User Experience-as-a-Service

BUILD and SAP Splash Improve Usability of Enterprise Software  This report focuses on SAP UXaaS, a new category of cloud-based software designed to improve the usability of enterprise software, aiding not only professional user interface (UI) designers but also technically inclined business users. As such, SAP UXaaS moves the process of UI creation from trained […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 27, 2016

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Research Summary: How Shaw Used NetSuite To Create Two-Tier ERP

The Cloud and Two-Tier ERP Drove International Expansion by a Leading Manufacturer  Shaw Industries Group, Inc. is the world’s largest carpet manufacturer. In 2011 Shaw decided to prioritize international expansion and build a factory in Nantong, China. However, Shaw’s pre-2011 ERP system was heavily customized for North American Operations. Shaw selected NetSuite Cloud ERP system to support two-tier ERP […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 21, 2016

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Research Summary: FinancialForce Spring Release Shows Innovation In Personalization And Collaboration

Innovation Arrives To Cloud-Based Financial Management Applications Constellation’s series on innovation in financial management applications in the cloud identifies finance leaders and technology providers seeking to transform the current legacy on-premises market. As finance leaders venture into the cloud for innovation and renewal of mission-critical financial management applications, they must shatter myths about security, customization, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 1, 2016

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Monday’s Musings: Avoiding Cloud Vendor Lock-In

Customers Must Hurry To Address The Mistakes From Shadow IT SaaS/Cloud Adoption Amidst the hey day of the early years for software as a service (SaaS) and Cloud, many line of business executives signed simple month to month, user based contracts without the burdens of IT and scrutiny of vendor procurement.  These edge applications and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 25, 2015

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Monday’s Musings: Dealing With The Startup Who Went Public And Is Now Arrogant As Hell

Best of Breed Startups Often Initially Differentiate And Delight Customers With Extreme Customer Centricity The journey to an initial public offering (IPO) often brings an intense customer-centric culture and focus that separates the startup vendors from their legacy competitors.  These startup vendors woo their prospects with not only their emerging technologies and solutions, but also […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 11, 2015

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News Analysis: @Cisco and @Apple Team Up At #GSX

Two Tech Giants Partner To Drive Up Enterprise Sales On August 31st, 2015 at the annual Cisco sales kick-off, Global Sales Experience (#GSX), 20,000 attendees witnessed a surprise appearance by Apple CEO Tim Cook with Cisco’s Chairman, John Chambers.  The surprise announcement brought forth a new alliance designed to boost sales for both organizations in […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 31, 2015

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News Analysis: @Infosys Announces Three New Service Lines #AiKiDō

New Ai Ki Dō Service Offerings Provide A High Potential Path To Growth For Clients On August 20th, 2015, Infosys announced a set of new service offerings to help organizations jump start growth.  Organized into three areas and named Ai Ki Dō, the approach addresses design driven initiatives, knowledge based IT, and platforms. Here’s the […]

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

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News Analysis: @Oracle Announces Agreement To Acquire Marketing Cloud A/B Testing Firm @Maxymiser

Oracle Marketing Cloud Customers Will Gain Channel Agnostic Customer Experience A/B Testing Solution Oracle announced the August 20th, 2015, agreement to acquire Maxymiser, a multivariate and A/B testing solution used to improve customer experience.  Here’s the quick video analysis of the deal (see Figure 1). (A blog post may follow given time constraints) Figure 1. […]

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

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News Analysis: @Infor Acquires @GTNexus for $675M

Jointly Written with Guy Courtin Infor Moves Towards A Cloud Network Economy With Acquisition Of GT Nexus On August 11th, 2015, Infor announced the $675M acquisition of GT Nexus, a private supply chain and procurement network solution vendor.  GTNexus brings $150M in cloud revenue, 28,000 companies on their network, 100,000 users across 66 countries, and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 11, 2015

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Event Report: Sage Summit 2015 Shows A Refocus On The Future Of The SMB Customer

A New CEO Brings A New Outlook To Sage Over 7000 people waded through the humidity of New Orleans in July to hear what the new CEO Stephen Kelly had in mind for Sage.  Over the past three years, Sage has faced changes in product road maps, leadership changes, and partner programs.  As the company […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 29, 2015

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Event Report: Zuora’s #Subscribed15 Shows How Organizations Can Power Their Digital Transformation Initiatives

Subscribed15 Brings Together The Market Leaders and Fast Followers Of Digital Transformation Over 2,000 attendees convened May 20th – 21st, 2015 at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco for the 5th annual Subscribed Conference.   The early adopters in the subscription economy and those seeking to build for a post-sale, on-demand, attention economy were treated […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 31, 2015

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Event Report: Insights Into The New NetSuite At SuiteWorld 2015

SuiteWorld Comes Of Disruptive Age Over 7,500 attendees convened at the San Jose McEnery Convention center for the 5th annual NetSuite SuiteWorld.   The four day event brought together customers, partners, and influencers among the ecosystem.  As one of the original cloud pioneers, the appropriate event theme focused on the impact of disruption.   Taking its own […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 9, 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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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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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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