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Event Report: Customer Data Platform Takes Center Stage At Salesforce Connections 2019 #CNX19

Written with Nicole France @lnfrance Customer 360 Mantra Manifests In The Customer Data Platform Over 12,000 customers from 40+ countries convened at Chicago’s McCormick Center for the annual Salesforce Connections conference.  Stephanie Buscemi, CMO, welcomed the audience and key customers such as Congara, Pacers, and State Farm to the stage.  Key highlights from the event […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 19, 2019

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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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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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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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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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Monday’s Musings: Why A Bi-Modal Approach to Digital Transformation Is Just Stupid

Multi-Modal Approach Key to Successful Digital Transformation Like fake news, the over hyped, bi-modal approach to IT and digital transformation is a flawed fallacy perpetuated by ivory tower, non-pragmatic legacy research firms.  Lessons learned from successful digital transformation projects emphasize an organizational design comprised of six key virtual or physical teams (see Figure 1): Figure […]

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

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Monday’s Musings: Secrets Behind Building Any AI Driven Smart Service

AI Driven Smart Services Power The Future of IOT, CX,  Future of Work, and Block Chains The combination of machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, and cognitive computing will change the ways that humans and machines interact with our environments.  AI-driven smart services will sense one’s surroundings, know one’s preferences are from  past behavior, […]

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

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Monday’s Musings: Understand The Spectrum Of Seven Artificial Intelligence Outcomes

Successful AI Projects Seek A Spectrum Of Outcomes As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to move from the summer of hype to the fall tech conference news cycle, mass confusion has begun on what AI can be used for.  From fears of SKYNET, to hopes for the computer in StarTrek and Jarvis in Iron Man, the value […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 18, 2016

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Tuesday’s Tip: Seven Factors For Precision Decisions In Artificial Intelligence

The Rush To Artificial Intelligence Will Enable Augmented Humanity While market leaders and fast followers have not yet achieved mass personalization, the next rush is focused on investments in artificial intelligence (see Figure 1).  Searching for a competitive advantage and fearful of disruption, board rooms and CXO’s have rushed to artificial intelligence as the next […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 23, 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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Best Practices: Five Critical Success Factors To Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation Requires Five Critical Success Factors Over the past 24 months, Constellation’s clients have experienced closer collaboration between clients and their software vendors and service providers to craft solutions that may not have existed in the past.  This level of collaboration reflects the need for not only strategic differentiation, but also the desire to […]

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

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Monday’s Musings: Data – The Foundation Of Real-Time Digital Business

From Big Data to small data, the digital world measures and values every interaction. Digital technology enables every touch point, click, conversation, picture, and byte of digital exhaust to be used to improve decision-making. In fact, data provides the foundation for success in a real-time digital business. This is why organizations must carefully design a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 23, 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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News Analysis: In Search Of Growth Amidst Digital Disruption

Organizations In Search Of Growth Must Consider Macro Forces Burgeoning money supplies in both the US and China have fueled an indefensible growth post Global Financial Crisis.   Since 2000, the money supply has tripled from $6000 USD billion to 12288.10 USD billion in November of 2015 (see Figure 1).   Since 2005, china’s money supply has […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 8, 2016

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News Analysis: SAP User Base In The UK and Ireland Ready For Digital Transformation But Organizations Remain Cautious Of Vendor Claims To Assist

Recent UK & Ireland SAP User Group Report Shows Growing Prioritization Of Digital Transformation In The Boardroom At the 2015 UK & Ireland SAP user group meeting, over 1000 delegates attended the annual event in Birmingham, UK.  Amidst the organization’s own digital transformation, a new website and new logo were unveiled as well as a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 24, 2015

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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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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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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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Book Summary: Lesson 10 From Disrupting Digital Business – Segment By Digital Proficiency Not Age

Get All 10 Lessons Learned From Disrupting Digital Business As with the beginning of every revolution, those in the midst of it can feel it, sense it, and realize that something big is happening. Yet it’s hard to quantify the shift. The data isn’t clear. It’s hard to measure. Pace of change is accelerating. Old […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 12, 2015

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Book Summary: Lesson 9 From Disrupting Digital Business – Deliver Intention Driven, Mass Personalization At Scale

Get All 10 Lessons Learned From Disrupting Digital Business As with the beginning of every revolution, those in the midst of it can feel it, sense it, and realize that something big is happening. Yet it’s hard to quantify the shift. The data isn’t clear. It’s hard to measure. Pace of change is accelerating. Old […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 2, 2015

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Book Summary: Lesson 8 From Disrupting Digital Business – Democratize Distribution With P2P Networks

Get All 10 Lessons Learned From Disrupting Digital Business As with the beginning of every revolution, those in the midst of it can feel it, sense it, and realize that something big is happening. Yet it’s hard to quantify the shift. The data isn’t clear. It’s hard to measure. Pace of change is accelerating. Old […]

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

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Book Summary: Lesson 7 From Disrupting Digital Business – Humanize Digital With Digital Artisans

Get All 10 Lessons Learned From Disrupting Digital Business As with the beginning of every revolution, those in the midst of it can feel it, sense it, and realize that something big is happening. Yet it’s hard to quantify the shift. The data isn’t clear. It’s hard to measure. Pace of change is accelerating. Old […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 14, 2015

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Book Summary: Lesson 6 From Disrupting Digital Business – Win With Network Economies

Get All 10 Lessons Learned From Disrupting Digital Business As with the beginning of every revolution, those in the midst of it can feel it, sense it, and realize that something big is happening. Yet it’s hard to quantify the shift. The data isn’t clear. It’s hard to measure. Pace of change is accelerating. Old […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 10, 2015

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Book Summary: Lesson 5 From Disrupting Digital Business – Build For Insight Streams

Get All 10 Lessons Learned From Disrupting Digital Business As with the beginning of every revolution, those in the midst of it can feel it, sense it, and realize that something big is happening. Yet it’s hard to quantify the shift. The data isn’t clear. It’s hard to measure. Pace of change is accelerating. Old […]

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

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Book Summary: Lesson 4 From Disrupting Digital Business – Know That Data Is The Foundation

Get All 10 Lessons Learned From Disrupting Digital Business As with the beginning of every revolution, those in the midst of it can feel it, sense it, and realize that something big is happening. Yet it’s hard to quantify the shift. The data isn’t clear. It’s hard to measure. Pace of change is accelerating. Old […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 25, 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: 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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Event Report: The Storify #CCE2014 TweetStream On #DigitalTransformation #DigitalBiz

Constellation’s Connected Enterprise Brings The World Of Digital Transformation To Life At the 4th annual executive innovation summit, Constellation hosted over 200 early adopters, pioneers, and innovators in digital transformation at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay.  Digital transformation and business topics include: Consumerizaiton of IT Data to Decisions Digital Marketing Transformation Future of Work […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 1, 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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Webinar: What do you want to know about the internet of things? Here’s what we want to know.

The Importance of Addressing the Unknown Here’s a question: why, with the growing number of IoT “experts” in the field, are there unanswered fundamental questions about IoT? It seems that in the excitement over the potential of IoT, industry experts and their audiences have glossed over some basic details regarding how, exactly, IoT will work. […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 16, 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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Monday’s Musings: The Seven Rules For Digital Business And Digital Transformation

Lesson Learned From Early Digital Transformation Projects Show New Rules For Digital Business Digital business transformation is one of the hottest board room topics in this year’s strategy planning cycles.  Organizations around the world believe that they must begin the transformation process but many remain uncertain how or where to begin.  Early efforts to create […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 30, 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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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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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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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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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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News Analysis: New #IBMWatson Business Group Heralds The Commercialization Of Cognitive Computing. Ready For Augmented Humanity?

IBM Launches New Business Group In New York’s Silicon Alley On January 9th, 2014, on top of 4 World Trade Place, IBM CEO Ginni Rommety and long time veteran, but newly minted, IBM Watson Group Senior Vice President Michael Rhodin, announced IBM’s commitment to putting an entire business unit around Watson (see Figure 1).  The […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 12, 2014

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