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News Analysis: Acquisition Brings Salesforce Customers To The Commerce Party

Salesforce Announces Intent To Acquire Demandware For $2.8B On June 1st, 2016, Salesforce signed a definitive agreement to acquire Burlington, Massachusetts based Demandware for $75.00 per share or around $2.8 billion in cash.  Constellation predicts a $10.01B market for matrix commerce solutions by 2020 as new digital platforms and network economies emerge.  Constellation’s  merger analysis […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 3, 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: Why Live Engagement Marketing Supercharges Event Marketing

Digital Transformation Shifts Static Event Marketing to Live Engagement Marketing  Event marketing often represents 21 percent to 33 percent of most marketing organization budgets. While success criteria remain murky at worst and sparse at best, organizations have an opportunity to digitize event marketing using live engagement marketing techniques. Live engagement marketing provides marketing teams with […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 6, 2016

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Monday’s Musings: The Four Personas Of The Modern CMO In A Digital World

Marketers Face Massive Challenges In Making The Digital Shift In interviews with over 100 digitally focused, modern CMO’s, Constellation identified shared common challenges in the transformation of their roles.  More importantly, with the support of new digital business models, an emerging set of challenges highlight the need to move beyond the classic 4P’s.   The top […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 11, 2016

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Event Report: Business Transformation Top Of Mind For Microsoft Envision #ENV16 Attendees

Inaugural Microsoft Envision Event Seeks To Capture The Hearts and Minds Of Business Leaders An estimated 1800 paid attendees, 4200 partners and employees converged into New Orleans, Louisiana, for Microsoft’s inaugural business decision makers conference.  The three day event which also drew 100,000 online viewers, started April 4th, 2016 and concluded April 6th, 2016.  The […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 7, 2016

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Tuesday’s Tip: IOT and The Death Of OmniChannel Non-sense In Customer Experience

Stop Thinking In Channels And Start Thinking In Settings and Scenes As organizations realize they are no longer selling products and services but delivering on experiences and outcomes, the shift to delivering on a brand promise requires the ability to deliver mass personalization at scale. This is the heart of delivering digital business value.  However, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 22, 2015

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Event Invitation: Webinar on The American Eagle Story- Competing On Experiences And Outcomes In A Mobile World

DELIVERING IN-STORE EXPERIENCES TO DIGITAL CUSTOMERS Join me Thursday, October 8th, 2015 from 12 to 1 pm PT for a webinar on customer experience in a mobile world. Only 37% of US brands rate their ability to achieve their eCommerce goals as very effective. As a result, most brands lack the ability to convert a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 15, 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: Inside The Rationale Behind @LinkedIn Turning Off Its CSV Connections Download Tool

@LinkedIn Fighting Off Scrapers Inadvertently Angers Users Over the weekend, Michael Korcuska, VP of Product Management at LinkedIn, responded to customer complaints with a series of blog posts explaining their rationale (see Figure 1 and 2). Figure 1. Turning Our CSV Connections Download Tool Back On Figure 2. Access to Your Account Data The Bottom […]

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

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News Analysis: How @LinkedIn Is Creating A Personal Data Hostage Crisis For Its Users

Curtailment Of @LinkedIn Downloadable Contacts Breaks Sacred Rules Of Digital Business On July 23, 2015 11:46 AM, Emil Protalinski at Venture Beat broke the story that many users of LinkedIn had noted on social media outlets.  The easy to use, immediate download of one’s contacts in a number of flexible formats had been removed and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 25, 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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Product Review: Two Apple Watch Enterprise Apps Launched With IMS Health Life Sciences Wearable Platform

IMSHealthWear 1.00 Gives IMS Health First Mover Advantage In Wearable Form Factors And Apps For Healthcare Customer Experience The rise and success of wearables such as the Apple Watch may not come as a surprise.  Constellation estimates that Apple sold 7.25 million units to date with the potential to deliver up to 43.50 million units […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 7, 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: 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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Event Report: Inside The Apple #SpringForward Event

Apple Event Announcements Shows Continued Progression In The Digital Lifestyle The Spring Forward Apple event at Yuerba Buena gardens brought forth a slew of major announcements that pointed to the continued build out of the Steve Jobs “Star Trek” road map. Figure 1. Tim Cook welcomes the crowd at the #SpringForward event The analysis of […]

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

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News Analysis: Rumors On Apple’s Foray Into Cars “Project Titan”

Project Titan May Put Apple Into The Auto Business The February 13th, 2015 Wall Street Journal story spotlighted many of the rumors around the developments behind Apple going into the car business.   Framed around challenging Tesla Motors, the story discussed how the Cupertino juggernaut may be putting together an Apple branded electric vehicle.  Vice […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 15, 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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Event Report: Insights From #NRF15 Retail’s Big Show Highlight Need For Continuity Of Experience

Attendees Buoyed By Economic Recovery Optimism At This Year’s Big Show The 2015 annual big show brought 33,000+ attendees to New York to explore the future of retail.   From the movers and shakers in the brand world to the hot retail technology vendors, the mood was buoyant and the outlook more positive than in year’s […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 13, 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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Quips: Oracle Open World 2014 – Day 1 The Larry Keynote #OOW14

Oracle Intends To Dominate Cloud From Silicon To Software Amidst a packed standing room only crowd at Moscone North, Founder, Executive Chairman, and CTO, Larry Ellison took to the stage to clarify Oracle’s company and cloud strategy.  Key points from his keynote include how Oracle is: Committing to full upward compatibility of all its database, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 29, 2014

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Event Report: Oracle Open World 2014 – Day 1 #OOW14

Oracle Doubles Down On Cloud Messaging Amidst A World Shifting To Digital Transformation Over 60,000 physical attendees from 145 countries gather in San Francisco for the 2014 Oracle Open World.  In addition, Oracle expects 7.1 million online attendees to join the live stream of one of the largest events in enterprise software.  Amidst the usual […]

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

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News Analysis: Adobe EchoSign’s Electronic Signatures Goes 100% Mobile

Frictionless Signatures Key To Matrix Commerce Success On September 16th, 2014, Adobe EchoSign announced native mobile e-signature capability for Android devices.  While EchoSign has been in the cloud for some time, and the iOS app has been out since December 2011,  the native capability in mobile allows over 37 million users to send documents for […]

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

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Event Report: Glassdoor Employer Branding Summit

Employer Branding Comes of Age On September 12th, Glassdoor kicked off its Employer Branding Summit in San Francisco at the Hotel Nikko.  Social recruiting, employer branding, and talent acquisition pros gathered to hear how branding impacts the recruiting landscape.  Robert Hohman, CEO of Glassdoor welcomed the audience to set the stage (see Figure 1). Guest […]

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

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News Analysis: IBM Watson Announces Data Driven Discovery Solution

New Discovery Advisor Solution To Help Researchers Answer The Tough Problems Never Answered Before On August 28th, 2014 at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, The IBM Watson group launched Discovery Advisor.  Mike Rhodin, SVP of IBM’s Watson Group, welcomed the audience to the Age of Discovery (see Figure 1).  In […]

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

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News Analysis: SalesLogix Given New Life With Infor Acquisition

Infor Acquires SalesLogix To Expand Vertical CRM Footprint On August 14th, New York City headquartered, enterprise software giant, Infor, announced the intent to acquire the assets of Scottsdale AZ, Saleslogix for an undisclosed sum.  For those keeping track of CRM history, Saleslogix was last owned by Sage Group and sold off to Swiftpage, an existing […]

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

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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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