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Monday’s Musings: Insights From GE’s Global Innovation Barometer Show Executives Need To Be Disruption Ready

Disruption, Collaboration, and The Future Of Work Highlighted In Latest Edition Last week, June 16, 2014, GE unveiled the 2014 results for its “Global Innovation Barometer“. In the 4th annual survey, the GE team commissioned Edelman Berland to phone interview 3209 senior business executives between April 2, 2014 and May 30, 2014.  Interviewees represented VP […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 22, 2014

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News Analysis: Understanding The Microsoft and Salesforce Partnership From The Customers POV

Microsoft’s Platform DNA and Salesforce.com Quest For User Productivity Drive The Strategic Partnership On May 29th, 2014, the Redmond based mega vendor Microsoft and the San Francisco based Cloud pioneer salesforce announced a partnership.  From the teleconference call with CEOs Satya Nadella and Marc Benioff; and in conversations with over 50 key executives, partners, and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 31, 2014

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Event Report: Answers To The Top 12 Questions About SAP Ahead of #SapphireNow #ASUG2014

In The Era Of Simplification, The Complex Still Remains Complex More than 20,000 customers, partners, and prospects are expected to convene in Orlando, Florida for America’s SAP User Group (ASUG) and SAP’s annual conference known as Sapphire. Co-CEO Bill McDermott hopes to close a chapter in SAP’s history and open a new chapter as the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 30, 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: Why May 12th, 2014 Is One Of The Busiest Weeks In Enterprise Software Conferences

Ten Enterprise Software Events To Check Out And Follow The Week of May 12th, 2014 The Monday after Mother’s day was traditionally the week of the America’s SAP User Group and SAP’s big show, SAPPHIRENOW.  However, this year the 20,000 plus attendee and over 250 partner sponsored show moved to June 2nd in order to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 11, 2014

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Event Report: Customer Experience Management Alive and Well At Clarabridge Customer Connections #C3Rocks14

Customers Celebrate Success With Customer Experience Management (CXM) Around 450 customer experience professionals gathered at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach resort at Clarabridge’s Customer Connections Event April 28th to April 30th, 2014.  The event brought together professionals passionate about best practices, trends, and techniques in improving customer experience management.  Key customers at the event include major […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 3, 2014

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Research Summary: Economic Trends Exacerbate Digital Business Disruption And Digital Transformation (The Futurist Framework Part 3)

Constellation Applies A Futurist Framework To Guide 2014 Outlook and Beyond Constellation’s research team uses a tried and true futurist framework that looks at the political, economic, societal, technological, environmental and legislative (PESTEL) shifts ahead (see Figure 1). The PESTEL model is used to synthesize the major trends and provides guidance on how Constellation approaches […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 14, 2014

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News Analysis: Vertical Solutions Extends Customer Experience And Field Service Footprint With Three Partnerships

Vertical Solutions Partnerships Showcase Why Complex Field Service Is A Critical Glue Between ERP and CRM In Improving Customer Experience Announced March 4th, 2014 at the Microsoft Convergence event, Vertical Solutions, made three significant partnerships with Blue Horseshoe Solutions, Cincom, and Vidcie.  The Cincinnati, Ohio based customer experience software vendor provides cloud contact center and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 6, 2014

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Event Report: #AdobeSummit Celebrates Digital Marketing From Creative To Commerce

Market Leaders And Fast Followers Celebrate Over A Decade Of Digital Marketing Vision In 2004, Omniture founder Josh James, an avid skier, held the first Summit atop the Snowbird Ski Resort for 270 early adopters and converted.  Fast forward eleven years to 2014, an estimated 5600+ customers, partners, influencers, and prospects gathered at the Salt […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 31, 2014

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Event Report: The Storify From #AdobeSummit

Market Leaders And Fast Followers Celebrate A Decade Of Digital Marketing Vision In 2004, Omniture founder Josh James, an avid skier, held the first Summit atop the Snowbird Ski Resort for 270 early adopters and converted.  Fast forward eleven years to 2014, an estimated 7000 customers, partners, influencers, and prospects gathered at the Salt Palace […]

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

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Research Report: Digital ARTISANs – The Seven Building Blocks Behind Building A Digital Business DNA

Shift to Digital Businesses Requires A Transformation Of Leadership And Organizational DNA The discussion about digital business often goes deep into the five pillars of digital technologies.  In fact, the convergence of these pillars have spawned the latest and trendiest iterations of technology from enabling the sharing economy to 3D printers to wearables that drive […]

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

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News Analysis: Gainsight Spring 2014 Release Targets Large Enterprises Making The Transition To #DigitalBiz

Customer Success Management Pioneer Adds Key Functionality For March 2014 Release On March 18th, Mountain View, CA based Gainsight announced the Spring 2014 release of its customerssuccess management platform.  Led by CEO Nick Mehta, the cloud software vendor has received over $29M in funding from key investors such as Bain Capital, Battery Ventures, Capital Innovators, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 22, 2014

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Research Summary: Five Societal Shifts Showcase The Digital Divide Ahead (The Futurist Framework Part 2)

Constellation Applies A Futurist Framework To Guide 2014 Outlook and Beyond Constellation’s research team uses a tried and true futurist framework that looks at the political, economic, societal, technological, environmental and legislative (PESTEL) shifts ahead (see Figure 1). The PESTEL model is used to synthesize the major trends and provides guidance on how Constellation approaches […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 7, 2014

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Event Report: Microsoft Convergence 2014 Day 1 Demonstrates Solid Momentum and Mindshare ( #CONV14 )

Microsoft Convergence Kicks Off In Atlanta The annual Microsoft Convergence customer event kicked off on March 4th, 2014.  Far from the days of the Stampede in Fargo, North Dakota, the event shows how far the Microsoft Dynamics customers, partners, and products have progressed.  Over 12,000 attendees including customers, partners, staff, and prospects gathered in Atlanta, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 4, 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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Research Summary: Sneak Peaks From Constellation’s Futurist Framework And 2014 Outlook On Digital Disruption

Accelerated Pace of Change Creates the Perfect Storm for Dominating Digital Disruption The 2014 trends are out. The big predictions have been made.  Yet what does it all mean as most organizations anticipate another unpredictable year?  Since 2000, 52 percent of the companies in the Fortune 500 have either gone bankrupt, been acquired or ceased […]

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

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Trends: [VIDEO] The Digital Business Disruption Ahead Preview – NASSCOM India Leadership Forum (#NASSCOM_ILF)

A 10-Minute Preview Video Interview Of The Digital Business Disruption Ahead From The #NASSCOM_ILF Team On January 17th, 2014, the NASSCOM team interviewed Constellation Research about the digital disruption ahead.  The short 10 minute video covers key topics including: Convergence of the five pillars of digital business drive the current digital disruption. The end of […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 15, 2014

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Quips: What the Google Motorola – Lenovo Deal Is Really About

Google Enters China Via Lenovo While Counter Balancing Samsung On January 29th, 2014, Mountain View based Google announced it would sell it’s Motorola Mobility unit to Chinese based Lenovo for $2.91 in cash and stock.  The deal cuts across many spectrum including mobile OS, computing wars, and search.  Here’s 12 talking points: Source: Not sure, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 7, 2014

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News Analysis: HootSuite Acquires uberVU For Analytics And Enterprise Growth

HootSuite Prepares For Enterprise Growth On January 22nd, 2014, Hootsuite announced its acquisition of analytics provider uberVU for an undisclosed sum. The Bucharest, Romania and Cambridge, MA based software company brings 42 employees and over 200 customers to HootSuite. Key insights for customers and prospects include: uberVu provides Hootsuite with enterprise class analytics. uberVU’s technology […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 22, 2014

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Event Report: #NRF14 Preview – Retail’s Big Show Hints At Lessons Learned In #MatrixCommerce

Retails Big Show Transformed For 2014 Over 29,000 people are expected to gather at the National Retail Federation’s big show (NRF) this Sunday, January 11th, 2014, in New York City.  #NRF14 brings the intersection of new retail business models, products, store concepts, technology, society, and culture together! A few big trends emerge based on conversations […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 11, 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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News Analysis: Salesforce 1 Signals Support For Digital Business at #DF13

Salesforce Seeks To Tackle Digital Business At Dreamforce Over 125,000 virtual and physical registrants descend on San Francisco the week of November 17th for Dreamforce 13, a future of technology meets SXSW event.  One day in advance of the largest enterprise software event of its kind, Salesforce.com announces Salesforce 1 (see Figure 1).  The Salesforce […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 17, 2013

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Monday’s Musings: The Chief Digital Officer In The Age Of Digital Business

Market Leaders and Fast Followers Prepare for Digital Business In 2014 Conversations at Constellation’s Connected Enterprise last week validate a larger trend in the market place.  The audience of 220+ early adopters with 75% representing line of business and 25% in IT highlighted the convergence of the five forces of consumerization described in 2009 and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 4, 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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Event Report: Metaio’s #InsideAR Conference Hails The Future Of An Always On, Always Augmented Reality

Digital Business Arrives In The Always On Always Augmented World On October 10th and 11th, 2013, over 800 attendees from more than 45 countries arrived at the Munich Olympic Park to share their passion and excitement about the latest augmented reality (AR) developments (see Figure 1).  Hosted by augmented reality pioneer Metaio, Inside AR 2013, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 20, 2013

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Event Report: The Evolution And Maturation of @Tibbr at #Tucon2013, the Tibco User Conference

tibbr Continues To Show Momentum In Customer Adoption And Addition Of Key Enterprise Social Features On October 14th to 17th 2013, the Tibbr enterprise social crowd mingled with the core Tibco faithful at this year’s TUCON 2013 user conference in Las Vegas.  (An analysis of the broader Tibco announcements can be found from my colleague Holger […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 19, 2013

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News Analysis: Avangate Acquired By Francisco Partners For Matrix Commerce Capabilities

Digital Distribution Leader Gains West Coast VC Backing On October 7th, 2013, private equity firm, Francisco Partners acquired Avangate, a leader in digital commerce and subscription billing.  Avangate serves over 3,000 customers across more than 100 countries.  Avangate has experienced 70% year over year growth over the past six years.  The deal terms were not […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 12, 2013

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Event Report: Day 1 At Oracle Open World 2013: The Quest For Innovation #oow13

Past Oracle Open Worlds Have Disappointed Customers and Partners Let’s be frank.  The past five years at Oracle Open World have disappointed even the faithful.   The over emphasis on hardware marketing and revisionist history on cloud adoption bored audiences.  The $1M paid advertorial keynotes had people walking out on the presenters 15 minutes into the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 22, 2013

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News Analysis: Clarabridge Raises $80M in Funding For Expansion

General Catalyst, Summit, and Yuchun Lee To Take Clarabridge To Next Phase Of Growth Rapidly growing Reston, VA based Clarabridge, announced on September 10, 2013 a $80 million round of capital.  Founded in 2006, Clarabridge is a leading provider of customer experience solutions.  The funding announcement is significant as Clarabridge: Invests into global expansion and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 10, 2013

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News Analysis: Zuora Raises $50M Series E Round, Rides #MatrixCommerce Wave

Zuora Rides The Wave In The Subscription Economy On September 5th, 2013, Foster City, CA based Zuora, announced $50 million in Series E capital.  The announcement has significant ramifications not only for Zuora’s self proclaimed subscription economy category, but also the broader business theme of matrix commerce because Zuora: Expanded the investor pool. Zuora successfully […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 5, 2013

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Event Report: CRM Evolution 2013 – Seven Trends In The Return To Digital Business And Customer Centricity

Market Leaders Refocus On Digital Business and Customer Centricity The annual gathering of the industry’s top thought leaders, users, and vendors of CRM converged at the Marriott Marquis in New York this past August 19th to 21st.  As with any good conference, the speaker tracks and the corridor conversations provided a glimpse of where market […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 23, 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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Research Summary And Speaker Notes: The Identity Manifesto – Why Identity Is At The Heart of Digital Business

Forward And Commentary Constellation Research keynoted at Ping Identity’s Cloud Identity Summit 2013 in July.  Gathered in front of the Identerati,  an Identity Manifesto was presented.  The research behind that manifesto has been summarized here in this summary.  The final big idea research report will offer insight into four of Constellation’s primary research themes, the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 23, 2013

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News Analysis: Kana Express 13 Addresses Omni-Channel Customer Service for Mid-Market

Just 14 months after announcing the acquisition of Trinicom, Kana has revealed the latest release of its cloud customer service suite for the mid-market, Kana Express.   Released on June 27, 2013, the new product reflects the company’s mission “To provide leading customer service solutions that empower our customers to create experiences that count, for their […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 29, 2013

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Monday’s Musings: The Controversy Surrounding Gartner’s CRM Market Share Analysis

The Gartner Market Share Analysis:CRM Software Report Raises Questions On Accuracy of Market Sizing Reports The recent Gartner report “Market Share Analysis: Customer Relationship Management Software, Worldwide, 2012” has generated some controversy among the enterprise software set.  The report and other reports such as these, are often used for bragging rights by vendors and for […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 6, 2013

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Trends: Seven Priorities In The Shift From CMO to Chief Digital Officer

Shift From CMO to CDO Is In Progress Today’s marketing strategies increasingly depend more on digital and on data than in the past.  With more data, marketers can measure against a new set of metrics that matter including: calculating return on promotional investment (ROPI), performing multivariable testing (beyond A/b) driving conversion rates and optimizing efforts, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 6, 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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News Analysis: Adobe Behances The Creative Class With $150M Community Acquisition

Behance Empowers The Creative Cloud To Make Ideas Happen On December 20th, 2012, Silicon Valley based Adobe Systems announced the acquisition of Behance, a digital portfolio and community site for creative professionals.  Constellation sources estimate the purchase price north of $150M.  Founded in 2006, the SoHo, New York based company raised 6.5M in May 2012 […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 11, 2013

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Market Maker 1:1: Steve Miranda, Oracle Fusion Applications Update – The Inside Story

The Inside Story On Oracle Fusion Apps At The End of 2012 Constellation sat down with Steve Miranda, Oracle’s Executive Vice President of Oracle Applications Product Development to discuss the state of Oracle Fusion Apps in a no-holds barred honest conversation about what’s working, what’s not, and what to look forward to in 2013. R […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 31, 2012

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Event Report: IFS World Conference 2012 – Innovations Abound Beyond ERP (#IFSWoCo2012)

Key Themes Include Mobility, User Experience, and Innovation Over 1100 IFS customers convened October 15th to 17th, 2012 in Gothenburg Sweden for the IFS World Conference.  The conference brought together the world of projects, service and asset, manufacturing, and supply chain.  The conference highlighted the: Massive move to mobile. IFS continued their push into their […]

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

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Event Report: The Tweet Stream From #DF12

Enjoy the tweet stream from #DF12.  It’s all in here. The Storify Tweet Stream

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 23, 2012

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Event Report: Dreamforce X (#DF12) Emerges As The South By Southwest (#SXSW) For The Enterprise

Dreamforce Represents The Mecca For The “Art Of The Possible” In The Enterprise Whether Salesforce.com’s flagship conference at Moscone Center was the most attended conference (~48,000) or the most registered for event (~90,000), matters not.  When examined in context of the magnitude of what was accomplished, the impact of this 10th annual event transcends attendance […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 23, 2012

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Press Release: Gavin Heaton Joins Constellation Research to Provide Digital Marketing Research and Advisory Services

Digital Media Luminary to Launch Constellation’s Newest Research Theme, Digital Marketing Transformation SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Constellation Research, Inc., the award-winning research and advisory firm focused on helping clients navigate emerging and disruptive technologies announced today the addition of esteemed digital media pioneer, Gavin Heaton to the research team as Vice President and Principal Analyst. Heaton […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 6, 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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Monday’s Musing: Avoiding Social Media Fatigue Through Engagement

Social Media Moves From Ubiquitous Usage To Relevant Rationalization Have we hit a social media plateau?  In recent client conversations on usage of social media, the trendsetters appear to be “socialed out”.   Most early adopters seem to be overwhelmed with their personal (Facebook, Google+), corporate (Yammer, Jive, Chatter, SharePoint), and professional (LinkedIn) social networks.  In […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 21, 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: Informatica Launches MDM 9.5

New Product Addresses The Social, Mobile, Cloud, and Big Data World The convergence of social, mobile, cloud, big data (analytics), and video/unified comms changes the playing field from transactional applications to engagement applications.  The result – a sea change of new data types from structured and unstructured sources.  With greater volumes of data, demand for […]

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

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Event Report: Lithium Network Conference 2012 #LiNC

Lithium Technologies Shows Continued Customer Momentum And Success In Social Marketing And Support To the tune of over 500 customers and prospects, Lithium kicked off LiNC on May 2nd, 2012, at the always stunning Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco.  Compared to previous years, the audience was not only bigger, but also more experienced and energized.  […]

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

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News Analysis: KANA Enters MidMarket With Trinicom Acquisition

Acquisition Brings A Proven Multi-Channel Cloud Based Service Offering To The Growing Mid-market Sunnyvale, CA based KANA announced on April 24, 2012 it’s acquisition of Netherlands based Trinicom, a multichannel, customer contact software provider serving over 200 companies in the BeNeLux market.   Trinicom’s flagship T5 all-in solutions addresses multichannel customer service through email response management, […]

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

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