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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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Webinar Invite: Delivering on Continuity – The Future of Marketing

Marketing Begins With Continuity of Experience If you’re a regular reader of my blog, and have managed to take a look at my book, I think we can say that we’ve established that digital disruption impacts every person and every business on the planet. Nowhere is the impact being felt more than in the marketing […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 15, 2015

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Webinar Invite: Disrupting Digital Business – The Customer Experience Imperative

I’ve been talking about my new book Disrupting Digital Business a lot lately, and featuring key lessons here in my blog. My book tour has led to many conversations where it’s apparent that we stand at the precipice of one of history’s major moments of truth – the disruption of digital business as we know […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 16, 2015

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Research Summary: The Correct Way to Use Customer Data

My latest report, Customer Data: The Missing Link to Customer Success explains how successful organizations will utilize customer data to power their business initiatives in the digital era. Customer data is your organization’s most strategic asset. Use it the right way to rise above your competitors, delight your customers, and create a sustainable digital business. Constellation’s seven-step customer data framework […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 6, 2015

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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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Event Report: Marketo Moves From Revenue Management To Customer Engagement Platform #MKTGNation14

Marketo Moves Beyond Revenue To Customer Engagement Platform A growing realization that funnels are dead again (and again) in sales, marketing, service, and commerce drives a big shift in the digital business disruption.  In front of 6000 customers, prospects, influencers, and employees, Marketo’s CEO Phil Fernandez put to bed some myths about the mix of […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 11, 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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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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News Analysis: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Acquires Parature For Customer Service Capabilities

Dynamics CRM Gains Key Technology and Team To Take Existing Customer Care Assets To Next Level On January 7th, 2014, The Microsoft Dynamics CRM team announced a definitive agreement to acquire Herndon, VA based Parature for an undisclosed sum.  This acquisition is Microsoft Dynamic’s CRM’s largest to date. Parature is an East Coast software start-up […]

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

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News Analysis: Verint Announces Intent To Acquire Kana For $514M

Verint Adds to Vovici and Contact Center Assets To Expand Customer Engagement Offerings On January 6th, Melville, NY based Verint® Systems announced a $514M intent to acquire Sunnyvale, CA, KANA Software.  Verint is a software vendor with a core in analytical software.  Verint’s core offerings provide enterprise intelligence and security intelligence.  The acquisition is significant […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 6, 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: Acumatica Raises $10M In Series C Funding, Aims For 1B In Revenue By 2023

New Funding Round Fuels Road Map And Geographic Expansion On November 18th, privately held Acumatica announced Series C funding from Runa Capital and Almaz Capital.  The  Kirkland, WA based Acumatica, has been quietly providing its partners a customizable, cloud-based ERP and CRM development platform for the SMB market.  Acumatica’s previous rounds were funded by Visma […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 7, 2013

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News Analysis: Sitecore Acquires Commerce Server In Quest Towards Customer Experience Management

Commerce Server Finds Its Logical Home On Wednesday November 20th, 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark based Sitecore acquired Ottawa, Canada based commerceserver.net for an undisclosed price.  Originally known as the Microsoft Siteserver and Commerce Server 2000, the product was orphaned by Microsoft,  then Ascentium, the key development partner were given the rights to further develop and market […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 22, 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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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: 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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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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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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Executive Profiles: Kirill Tatarinov, President Microsoft Business Solutions

Welcome to our series of market maker 1:1 interviews with business leaders in the world of enterprise software  The interviews provide insightful points of view from a customer, industry, and vendor perspective. Kirill Tatarinov, President of Microsoft Business Solutions (@KirillTatarinov) Kirill Tatarinov is president of the Microsoft Business Solutions Division (MBS) with responsibility for MBS […]

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

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Event Report: Microsoft Dynamics Convegence 2013 (#conv13)

Customer Success, Acquisition, And New Features Drive Day 1 Headlines Almost 12,000 Microsoft faithful converged in New Orleans for the flagship Dynamics event.  Wayne Morris (@WayneMorrisOz), CVP kicked off the event reiterating the theme of “A World Ahead”. Meanwhile, Kirill Tatarinov (@KirillTatarinov), President of Microsoft Business Solutions Division, led the session with a series of […]

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

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Event Report: #InforSummit Reveals More Than A Redesigned Infor

Changes at Infor More Than Cosmetic Analysts and tech watchers gathered on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 2013, for Infor Summit, a progress check on Infor, the third largest independent applications vendor in the market.  While many customers may not have heard of Infor, most have heard of the brands it has acquired over the last […]

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

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News Analysis: Aptean Six Months After The CDC Software And Consona Merger

Mergers Continue In The Enterprise Software Space On August 7th, 2012, CDC Software and Consona Corporation merged to form Aptean.  Over the past six months, Monte Ford, the president of Aptean has made key executive hires, committed to new product investments, and rationalized overhead.  Key points in the acquisition include: Merger creates economies of scale. […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 27, 2013

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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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Monday’s Musings: The New Engagement Platform Drives The Shift From Transactions

Convergence In The Five Forces Of Consumerization Of Technology Drives The Next Big Thing Social has given us the tools to connect.  Mobile has given us the ability to interact any time and anywhere.  Cloud delivers access points to us with a rich array of content and information.  Big data provides us with the context […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 27, 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: 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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Event Report: Clarabridge Customer Connections 2012 #cbc312

Clarabridge “Turns Up The Heat” On Delivering Context For Customer Experience CEO, Sid Banderjee, opened up Clarabridge‘s 4th annual user conference to 350 customers at the Doral Golf & Spa in Miami, FL on March 5th, 2012.  Clarabridge, a sentiment and text analytics software provider helps companies discern insight from their text based customer feedback […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 9, 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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Monday’s Musings: Why Customers And Prospects Expect Clearer Rules About Content Marketing

Original Mission Improves Engagement Through Relevancy Content marketing re-emerges as a hot topic and trend in improving engagement with existing customers and prospects.  Marketers can improve the likelihood of engagement through the creation and sharing of relevant information.  Typical delivery formats include advertorials, emails, branded websites, white papers, webinars, podcasts, and field marketing events.  Content […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 20, 2012

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