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Research Summary: Why the Move from Transaction to Experience Requires Better Analytics

Forward And Commentary This trends report examines how changing expectations among business leaders and the consumerization of IT will shape the future of insights and decision-making. As organizations make the move from transactions to engagement to experience, a new type of analytics will be required. A. Introduction Business leaders seek better insights for smarter decision-making. […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 12, 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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Quark Summary: What Every CMO Needs To Know About The Six C’s Of Customer Engagement

Forward And Commentary CMO’s seeking to avoid the desensitization that comes with the adoption of new media will want to quickly deploy the Six C’s of Customer Engagement. A. Introduction Social media effectiveness for brands and enterprises will rapidly mirror the trends that email and web sites experienced during the late 1990’s to early 2000’s.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 8, 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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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business – Randy Guard, SAS Institute

Welcome to an on-going series of interviews with the people behind the technologies in Social Business.  The interviews  provide insightful points of view from a customer, industry, and vendor perspective.  A full list of interviewees can be found here. Randy Guard – Vice President of Sales Development and Product Management, SAS Institute Biography As Vice […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 19, 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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News Analysis: Lithium Technologies Adds $53M in Financing

New Funding Shows Strength In Social Business Market And Lithium’s Business Model Emeryville, California based Lithum Technologies announced today that it raised $53.4M in financing.  The lead round is from New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Other investors include SAP Ventures. NEA leads the round with Peter Sonsini joining the board. Peter‘s been active with ecommerce play […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 5, 2012

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Tuesday’s Tip: Apply Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs To C-Level Business Strategy

Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs Provides Prioritization Of An Individual’s Needs In 1943, Abraham Maslow put forward his paper A Theory of Human Motivation. Eleven years later in 1954, Maslow went into detail on his hierarchy of needs in his book titled Motivation and Personality. The framework outlined five needs from the most fundamental or “deficiency […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 27, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business – Kelly Pennock, Visible Technologies

Welcome to an on-going series of interviews with the people behind the technologies in Social Business.  The interviews  provide insightful points of view from a customer, industry, and vendor perspective.  A full list of interviewees can be found here. Kelly Pennock, CEO of Visible Technologies Biography Kelly Pennock is Chief Executive Officer for Visible Technologies. […]

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

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News Analysis: Oracle Buys RightNow For $1.43B

The Acquisition Machine Heads To The Public Cloud Users gathered at the Customer Summit 2011 at the Broadmoor Hotel woke up to the shocking announcement that Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) announced a $1.43B acquisition of leading SMB CRM vendor RightNow Technologies (NASDAQ: RNOW) today.  According to Thomas Kurian, “Oracle is moving aggressively to offer customers a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 24, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business – Bobby Yazdani, Saba

Welcome to an on-going series of interviews with the people behind the technologies in Social Business.  The interviews  provide insightful points of view from a customer, industry, and vendor perspective.  A full list of interviewees can be found here. Bobby Yazdani, CEO and Founder, Saba Biography Bobby Yazdani is the founder, chairman, and CEO of […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 4, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business – Rob Tarkoff
, Lithium Technologies

Welcome to an on-going series of interviews with the people behind the technologies in Social Business.  The interviews  provide insightful points of view from a customer, industry, and vendor perspective.  A full list of interviewees can be found here. Rob Tarkoff, President and CEO Lithium Technologies Biography Rob Tarkoff is president and CEO of Lithium […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 4, 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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Press Release: Alexandre Mesquita To Lead Constellation Research’s Entry Into Spain, Portugal, and Latin America

Monta Vista, California – September 12, 2011 10:21 AM (GMT -8:00) Pacific Standard Time Constellation Research Inc, an emerging and disruptive technologies research and advisory firm, announced that Alexandre Mesquita has joined as a Vice President of Sales for Spain, Portugal and Latin America.  Mesquita brings over 15 years of experience in sales, consulting, and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 12, 2011

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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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Tuesday’s Tip: Three Quick Steps To Capture Social Customer Data

Organizations Must Overcome Four Fears To Master Social Customer Data Over the past few weeks, I’ve been criss-crossing the country on a multi-city speaking tour talking about the strategic value of customer data. (In full discloure, the tour is sponsored by Informatica).  As we talk about the implications of social media and customer data, inevitably […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 17, 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: Mastering When and How High End Brands Should Use Daily Deal Sites Such As Groupon

Daily Deal Sites Claim To Bring New Customers Chicago, Illinois based Groupon, is a consumer oriented commerce site that brings consumers looking for the ultimate deal to businesses seeking new customer bases.  Local based targeting, fun cheeky copy, and a reach in almost 600 cities powers the frenzy behind the “daily deals”.   Customers pay upfront.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 4, 2011

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Best Practices: Applying Social Business Challenges To Social Business Maturity Models

Early Adopters Cross Through Five Phases Of Social Business Maturity Interviews with over 100 early adopters of social business (i.e. social crm, E2.0, social media marketing, etc.) reveal 5 phases of social business maturity (see Figure 1): Discovery. A few individuals begin the process of discovering new tools.  Individuals identify consumer tech innovations that impact […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 22, 2011

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Research Report: Constellation’s Research Outlook For 2011

Organizations Seek Measurable Results In Disruptive Tech, Next Gen Business, And Legacy Optimization Projects For 2011 Credits: Hugh MacLeod Enterprise leaders seek pragmatic, creative, and disruptive solutions that achieve both profitability and market differentiation.  Cutting through the hype and buzz of the latest consumer tech innovations and disruptive technologies, Constellation Research expects business value to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 4, 2011

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Best Practices: Five Simple Rules For Social Business

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

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

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News Analysis: Microsoft’s Office Web Apps Is “Me Too” To Google Docs –Yet Gives Enterprise Options for Collaboration and Security

This post was collaboratively written on a wiki by Jeremiah Owyang, who maintains a focus on Customer Strategy and R “Ray” Wang, who maintains a focus on Enterprise Strategy. Together, we’re covering the convergence of the emerging technology, this analysis is also cross-posted on Jeremiah’s blog. Microsoft responds to Google- Zoho Threat Microsoft gets serious […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 17, 2009

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News Analysis: Jive and Radian6 Partner – Great For Business, But Could Fragment IT Systems

This post was collaboratively written on a wiki with my colleague Jeremiah Owyang whose focus is on customer strategy which encompasses social technologies. Together, we’re covering convergence of the emerging and incumbent technology system.  This entry is also cross-posted on his blog. Jive Offers Brand Monitoring Using Radian 6 -Empowering Companies To Quickly Respond Jive […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 15, 2009

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