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Personal Log: Leading CXO Influencer, Dion Hinchcliffe (@dhinchcliffe) Joins Constellation Research

Constellation Research Beefs Up CXO Research Focused On Executive Buy-Side Clients I’m personally excited to announce the arrival of Dion Hinchcliffe to our team.  I’ve been a big fan and admirer of him for the past decade.  As many of you know, he’s been a key influencer of tech executives for some time on topics […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 3, 2017

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Research Summary: Demystifying Social Business – Optimizing the Lead to Deal Process (Sales)

Forward And Commentary Constellation Research pioneered the complete set of front office and back office use cases for social business in 2010. This report provides insight into a key mega-area — lead to deal use cases. This best practices research report offers insight into two of Constellation’s primary research themes, the Next-Generation Customer Experience and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 11, 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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Market Maker 1:1: #HRTechConf Preview w/ Bill Kutik

15 Years of HR Technology At The Industry’s Premier Event The fifteenth annual HR Technology Conference and Exposition returns to McCormick Place in Chicago October 8th to 10th, 2012.  HR Tech is the industry’s longest running event looking at technologies that influence the Future of Work. The Inside View With Bill Kutik – Future of […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 7, 2012

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Tuesday’s Tip: Why Context Matters – Forget Real-Time, Achieve Right-Time

The Real-Time Hype Is Filled With Flaws The hype around big data, social media, and mobility has many folks imagining the real-time enterprise in the future of work, next generation customer experiences, matrix commerce, or the data to decisions journey.  While real-time theoretically leads to quicker information and faster response times, the reality requires closer […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 24, 2012

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Tuesday’s Tip: Dealing With The Real Problem In Social Business Adoption – The People!

Social Business Adoption Dependent On Employee Adoption Social business is more than a technology decision.  Many eager early adopters face challenges in adoption past the initial core team.  As we move from eager early adopters to ubiquitous usage, an examination of some organizations who have failed at internal social business reveals five common barriers to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 12, 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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Monday’s Musings: Why Are Innovative CIO’s Betting Less On Cloud And Virtualization?

Innovative CIO’s Betting On Disruptive Technologies That Impact Enterprise Business Value In the Four Personas of the Next Gen CIO published March 3, 2012, four personas of the CIO were identified: Chief Infrastructure Officer, Chief Integration Officer, Chief Intelligence Officer, and Chief Innovation Officer (see Figure 1).  This research of 79 progressive CIO’s identified the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 7, 2012

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Quark Summary: Does SAP HANA Change Your Database Strategy for SAP Apps?

Forward And Commentary SAP’s made big claims about HANA and its capabilities today and into the future.  This Quark goes into the details and Constellation’s point of view. A. Executive Summary Both HANA as an architecture and database alternative indicate SAP’s future direction and next-generation approach. Consequently, numerous clients and SAP customers have inquired on […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 18, 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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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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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Cloud Computing – Adam Rogers, Ultimate Software

Welcome to an on-going series of interviews with the people behind the technologies in Cloud Computing.  The interviews  provide insightful points of view from a customer, industry, and vendor perspective.  A full list of interviewees can be found here. Adam Rogers – Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Ultimate Software 1. Tell me in […]

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

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News Analysis: SAP Buys SuccessFactors for $3.4B Signals SAP’s Commitment To Cloud, HCM, and Social

SuccessFactors Acquisition Puts SAP In Direct Competition With Workday And Taleo SAP (NYSE:SAP) announced its $3.4B acquisition of SuccessFactors (NYSE: SFSF) as it seeks to bolster its position in the Cloud and more importantly in the rapidly growing strategic HCM market.  Based in San Mateo, CA, USA, SuccessFactors brings over 15 million subscription users from […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 3, 2011

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Vendor Event: Evolution vs. Revolution: Strategies to Build Stronger Collaborative/Social Organizations

Title: Evolution vs. Revolution: Strategies to Build Stronger Collaborative/Social Organizations Start Date: 2011-12-14  11:00 am EST End Date: 2011-12-14   12:00 pm #ST Join R “Ray” Wang, CEO of Constellation Research, for insights from over 100 smart businesses putting the power of social business to work. Hear why many successful collaboration initiatives start by applying […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 1, 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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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: Social Business and Enterprise Collaboration Software Veteran Alan Lepofsky Joins Constellation Research, Inc.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada – October 3rd, 2011 11:21 am (GMT – 5:00) Eastern Time Constellation Research Inc, a next generation research analyst and advisory firm helping clients achieve business value from emerging and disruptive technologies, announced today that Alan Lepofsky has joined as a Vice-President & Principal Analyst.  With close to 20 years of experience […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 3, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business – Daniel Debow, Rypple Software

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. Daniel Debow, Co-CEO,  Rypple Software Biography Daniel is co-founder and co-CEO of Rypple, a social performance […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 25, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business – Parker Harris, Salesforce.com

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. Parker Harris, Co-Founder and Executive VP of Technology Biography Parker Harris founded salesforce.com along with Marc […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 29, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business – Alan F. Nugent, Mzinga, Inc

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. Alan F. Nugent, CEO Mzinga, Inc Biography Alan (Al) Nugent is the Chief Executive Officer of […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 29, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business – David Sacks, Yammer

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. David Sacks, Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board Yammer Inc. Biography David is the Founder […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 23, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business – David Bankston, INgage Networks

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. David Bankston, Executive Vice-President and CTO, INgage Networks Biography David Bankston is the co-founder and chief […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 23, 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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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business – Charlie Isaacs, Alcatel-Lucent

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. Charlie Isaacs, eServices and Social Media Engineering, Alcatel Lucent Biography Charlie Isaacs has a track record […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 25, 2011

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Product Review: Google+, Consumerization of IT, and Crossing The Chasm For Enterprise Social Business

Timing of Google+ Bodes Well For Enterprise Users And Google Lately, one could say Google’s been a bit absent from the social business party.  The premature launch of Google Wave exposed a canvas looking for a masterpiece painting.  Failing fast and learning from the Google Wave lesson, Google’s latest offering, Google+ shows promise in bringing […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 3, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business – Tony Zingale, Jive Software

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. Tony Zingale – CEO, Jive Software Biography As CEO of Jive Software, Tony’s responsible for overseeing […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 28, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business – Alistair Rennie, IBM

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. Alistair Rennie – General Manager IBM Collaboration Solutions, IBM Software Group Biography Alistair Rennie is General […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 20, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business – Eugene Lee, Social Text

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. Eugene Lee – CEO, SocialText Biography Eugene Lee is the Chief Executive Officer and member of […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 20, 2011

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Monday’s Musings: Real Time Versus Right Time And The Dawn Of Engagement Apps

Different Flavors Of Real-Time Result In Significant Implications. Many pundits, research insight folks, bloggers, and hand wavers keep talking about the need for real time in social business, analytics, mobile, and other disruptive technologies.  Given the volume of data, bandwidth constraints, and magnitude of business processes to be supported, is the notion of real time […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 20, 2011

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Product Review: Inside SAP’s Line-of-Business OnDemand Strategy

SAP’s Sales OnDemand Strategy Reveals A Longer Term Product And Cloud Strategy In an exclusive briefing on February 24th with SAP’s Executive Vice President of Line Of Business Applications, John Wookey, he provided fresh insight into the new product design and Cloud philosophy at SAP.  This pre-CeBit announcement coincided with the SAP Analyst Day in […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 3, 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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Research Summary: Software Insider’s Top 25 Posts For 2010

Themes In 2010 Reflected The Buy Side Demand For Both Optimization and Innovation Technology buyers in 2010 focused most of their priorities on finding cost savings through legacy optimization, navigating a flurry of disruptive technologies, and designing/experimenting with new business model innovations.  Consequently, the top 25 posts for 2010 reflected these 3 major themes: Legacy […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 2, 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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Event Report: Oracle Open World 2010 – Beyond The Day 1 Hype

(Photo: Copyright © 2010 R Wang and Insider Associates, LLC. All rights reserved.) Oracle Day 1 Focused On Showcasing Both Software And Hardware Prowess The Day 1 keynote kick-off from Oracle’s CEO, Larry Ellison, touched on the wide spectrum of Oracle’s broad software and hardware portfolio.  Despite an over-emphasis on hardware and appliances, Oracle also […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 21, 2010

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Tuesday’s Tip: Customers Seek Turnkey Applications From Their Technology Provider

Customers Expect Their Software Solutions To Be Turnkey The recent Q2 2010 update to the Software Insider Vendor Selection Survey highlights some changing expectations of 401 respondents in the vendor selection process.  Business technologists were asked to rate their top 5 selection criteria.  Key findings demonstrate how functionality, ownership experience, and ecosystem feedback categories dominate […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 14, 2010

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Monday’s Musings: Why Next Gen Apps Must Improve Existing Activity Streams

Upcoming Data Deluge Threatens The Effectiveness Of Activity Streams Activity streams, best popularized by consumer apps such as Facebook and Twitter, have emerged as the Web 2.0 visualization paradigm that addresses the massive flows of information users face (see Figure 1).  As a key element of the dynamic user experiences discussed in the 10 elements […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 30, 2010

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Thursday’s Disruptive Tech Showcase: SimplyBox 2.0 Simplifies Enterprise 2.0 Collaboration

Collaboration Remains Elusive Across Applications And Enterprises Organizations seeking the benefits of collaboration and rapid knowledge sharing in Enterprise 2.0 (E2.0) solutions face several key challenges in delivering a consistent enterprise solution: Consistent tool across multiple applications and environments. Organizations want one tool to collaborate regardless of the application they are using.  Today, organizations often […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 29, 2010

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News Analysis: Lawson Puts Its Full ERP Suite In The Cloud

Lawson External Cloud Services Represents A Big Step In On Demand ERP Options On March 31, 2010, Lawson Software (Nasdaq: LWSN) announced the Lawson External Cloud Services offering.  The venerable St. Paul, Minnesota vendor plans to deliver the full ERP Suite including Lawson S3, Lawson M3, and Lawson Talent Management via Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 22, 2010

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Monday’s Musings: Avoiding Failure In Social CRM Projects Requires Ecosystem Coordination

Recent Conversations With Executives Confirm Demand For Social CRM Good news! Organizations see an opportunity to tap into the proliferation of social networking channels for their CRM initiatives.  Speaking with 23 business leaders over the past 10 days, it became obvious that Social CRM initiatives were top of mind for a few reasons: Pressure from […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 15, 2010

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News Analysis: Salesforce.com Announces Private Beta Of Chatter

Chatter Represents SFDC’s Unified Move Into Social Announced at the 2009 Dreamforce conference, Chatter represents both a collaboration application and platform.  Software built on the Force.com platform will gain the collaboration capabilities.   Solutions in AppExchange will be able to use profiles, real time streams, and other API’s.   With a 100 customers testing out user […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 17, 2010

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Event Report: Lotusphere 10 Launches IBM Into New Era

(Pictures For Now, More Analysis Later) <iframe align=center src=http://www.flickr.com/slideShow/index.gne?user_id=35408001@N04&set_id=72157614091349617&detail=yes frameBorder=0 scrolling=no width=500 height=450></iframe> (Photos: Copyright © 2010 R Wang and Insider Associates, LLC. All rights reserved.) Keynote Highlights Integration of IBM’s Full Set of Assets Users Treated To Preview of Project Vulcan The Bottom Line – Convergence of Emerging Technologies May Begin With Lotus Copyright […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 18, 2010

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Event Report: Epicor Perspectives 2009 – Continued Transformation Towards Next Gen Apps

Perspectives 2009 highlights continued market, corporate, and product transformation (Photos by R Wang & Insider Associates, LLC.   Copyright © 2009 All rights reserved.) Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Epicor hosted over 1500 partner, customer, and employee attendees at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, NV.  Conference highlights include: Update on Epicor 9 adoption. Epicor has (deployed […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 10, 2009

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Trends: Master Data Management 2010 – Focus On Outcomes Drives Push For Value

Market pressures and organizational maturity drives new master data management (MDM) trends Conversations with 31 leading edge organizations seeking business transformation highlight shifts in the MDM trends of the past.  Organizations awash in data need to move beyond the clutter and get to the information.  More data does not equate to more information.  In order […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 26, 2009

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Product Review: Epicor 9 Delivers Next Generation Apps Capabilities Today

Epicor Succeeds On Delivering A Converged Product Line Epicor’s latest release, Epicor 9, provides a proof point that an acquisition intensive vendor can keep their promises to both acquire and deliver on innovation.  Under the themes of “Protect, Extend, and Converge”, the Irvine, CA based mid-market software provider committed to its customers to support prior […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 24, 2009

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News Analysis: Oracle Formally Announces Fusion Apps

Oracle’s Fusion Apps Addresses A Broad Set Of Horizontal Modules Oracle’s co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Larry Ellison announced the code completion of Fusion Apps in today’s late afternoon keynote.  Though Ellison did not give precise guidance on general availability (GA), he did hint that the product would be available, “sometime in 2010”.  The product […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 14, 2009

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Research Report: Customer Bill of Rights – Software-as-a Service

Connect.  Collaborate.  Innovate. Welcome to the first of many Altimeter Group research reports.  Before you dive deep into the Customer Bill of Rights: Software-as-a-Service report, we wanted to share with you a bit about the research process and how we work within the community. Connect.  We strive to bring new people together and share our […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 12, 2009

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Industry Event: Enterprise 2.0

Title: Enterprise 2.0 Location: Moscone North, San Francisco, CA Link out: Click here Start Date: 2009-11-02 End Date: 2009-11-05 Description: Unlocking the Business Value of Enterprise 2.0 The most influential event about the Enterprise 2.0 movement is coming to San Francisco this Fall. If you are challenging the status quo and leading the charge to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 3, 2009

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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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