Tuesday’s Tip: How To Plan For SAP’s S/4 HANA Upgrade And Contract Negotiations Strategy #SAPHANA

Launch Of SAP S/4 Provides Catalyst For Organizations To Update Their Next Gen Apps Strategy The February 3rd, 2015 New York City SAP S/4 launch event brought a positive closure for customers seeking the next generation apps strategy from SAP.  At a high level, the SAP S/4 HANA offering offers: a new suite of applications […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 3, 2015


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


Event Report: SAP Australian User Group Summit Highlights Systematic Concerns About SAP

Australian Users Concerns About SAP Similar To Other Global Users Over 500 Australian SAP users gathered between September 8th and 9th, 2014 at the Sydney Hilton for the annual user conference.  Users came from IT roles, marketing, HR, and finance.  In speaking to over 100 attendees, key concerns include: Lack of clarity in future product […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 8, 2014


Research Summary: Next Generation CIOs Aspire To Focus More On Innovation And The Chief Digital Officer Role

Executive Summary Constellation shares with its clients the fourth annual groundbreaking survey of CIOs later this week.  The 2014 survey interviews respondents about their priorities by CIO persona.  Constellation identified infrastructure, integration, intelligence, and innnovaiton as the four personas of the next gen CIO in 2011. Survey results show that while CIO’s prefer to spend […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 1, 2014


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


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: Acquisition Of Fiberlink Fills Key Gap In IBM’s One-Stop Mobile First Strategy

IBM Acquires Fiberlink (MaaS360) For Mobile Management And Security On November 13th, Blue Bell, PA based Fiberlink Communications signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Armonk, NY based IBM for an undisclosed sum.  Fiberlink has over 3500 clients in key verticals such as financial, retail, public sector, education, and healthcare.  IBM expects to close […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 25, 2013

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Monday’s Musings: The Chief Digital Officer In The Age Of Digital Business

Market Leaders and Fast Followers Prepare for Digital Business In 2014 Conversations at Constellation’s Connected Enterprise last week validate a larger trend in the market place.  The audience of 220+ early adopters with 75% representing line of business and 25% in IT highlighted the convergence of the five forces of consumerization described in 2009 and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 4, 2013


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


News Analysis: Avangate Acquired By Francisco Partners For Matrix Commerce Capabilities

Digital Distribution Leader Gains West Coast VC Backing On October 7th, 2013, private equity firm, Francisco Partners acquired Avangate, a leader in digital commerce and subscription billing.  Avangate serves over 3,000 customers across more than 100 countries.  Avangate has experienced 70% year over year growth over the past six years.  The deal terms were not […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 12, 2013


Event Report: Dell’s Annual Analyst Conference INDIA #DAACIndia 2013

This post comes from Sachin Gosavi, our Vice President for South Asia A First Peek Into Dell’s Private Affair Constellation Research attended the DAACIndia 2013 on 26 and 27 Sept 2013 in Bangalore. Having won the go-private mandate barely a fortnight ago, ‘The World’s Largest Start-up’ message  dominated the conference theme.  Alok Ohrie, President and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 2, 2013


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


Monday’s Musings: NSA PRISM Scandal Hurts US Cloud Companies And Hastens The Return Of On-Premises Software

Non-US Based Organizations And Even Some US Organizations Will Not Tolerate Snooping In A Post PRISM World Since the Edward Snowden PRISM revelations, Constellation has received a steady stream of inquiries on cloud strategy.   In fact, nervousness runs high among many non-US based companies using services from US based cloud companies across the cloud stack.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 12, 2013


News Analysis: Oracle’s Cloud Strategy – Revisionist History or Cloud Genius?

This is a joint post with my colleague Holger Mueller who looks at IaaS/PaaS and Future of Work technologies for Constellation Research. At a press conference on June 24th, 2013 with Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer ,and Oracle’s President Mark Hurd announced a cloud partnership where Azure customers will be able to run Oracle Database (no […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 25, 2013


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


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


Monday’s Musings: Understand The Four Organizational Personas Of Disruptive Tech Adoption

Pace of Innovation Exceeds Ability To Consume Rapid innovation, flexible deployment options, and easy consumption models create favorable conditions for the proliferation of disruptive technology.  In fact, convergence in the five pillars of enterprise disruption (i.e. social, mobile, cloud, big data, and unified communications), has led to new innovations and opportunities to apply disruptive technologies […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 2, 2012


Event Report: Preview 2 – The Exclusive Market Maker 1:1 Keynote Interviews At Constellation’s Connected Enterprise 2012 (#CCE2012)

Think TED Meets Enterprise For The C-Suite – Constellation’s Connected Enterprise. Constellation’s flagship event, Connected Enterprise 2012, starts November 9th to 11th, 2012.  This intimate innovation summit in Dana Point, CA ( is designed for senior business leaders who are attempting or successfully using disruptive technologies such as social business, cloud computing, mobile enterprise, big […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 15, 2012


Event Report: IFS World Conference 2012 – Innovations Abound Beyond ERP (#IFSWoCo2012)

Key Themes Include Mobility, User Experience, and Innovation Over 1100 IFS customers convened October 15th to 17th, 2012 in Gothenburg Sweden for the IFS World Conference.  The conference brought together the world of projects, service and asset, manufacturing, and supply chain.  The conference highlighted the: Massive move to mobile. IFS continued their push into their […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 15, 2012


Event Report: Preview 1 – The Keynotes At Constellation’s Connected Enterprise 2012 (#CCE2012)

Think TED Meets Enterprise For The C-Suite We are almost 30 days away from Constellation’s flagship event -Connected Enterprise 2012!  This event from November 9th to 11th, 2012, celebrates innovation in the enterprise and the impact of disruptive technologies on business.  Our theme for 2012 and 2013 centers on the “Art of the Possible”. This […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 28, 2012


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’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


News Analysis: Epicor Acquires Solarsoft, Moves Closer To $1B in Annual Revenues

In Epicor’s first major acquisition since Apax partners brought Activant and Epicor together, the near $900M Dublin, CA-based enterprise software announced its acquisition of Solarsoft from Marin Equity Partners.   Based in the UK, Solarsoft focuses on MES, ERP, and distribution software in specialty verticals for over 2500 customers.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 13, 2012


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


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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Event Report: Questions Every #SAPPHIRENOW Attendee Should Be Asking SAP

SAP’s In The Midst Of Massive Transformation Just four years ago, nervous attendees dealt with a tumultuous global market entering financial crisis.  SAP’s management team decided to raise maintenance fees to shore up its margins amidst a drought of innovation.  Customers revolted en masse.  Policies changed due to user group and global influencer pressure.  Less […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 12, 2012


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


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


Vendor Event: Why Does Everyone Need Analytics?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 10:00 am Pacific 1:00 pm Eastern Presenters Ray Wang Principal Analyst and Chief Executive Officer Constellation Research, Inc. Patrick Morrissey Vice President Tidemark Jennifer Maddox Director of Product Marketing Tidemark Why the Move from Transaction to Experience Requires Better Analytics Business leaders seek better insights for smarter decision-making. Unfortunately, today’s traditional […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 12, 2012


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


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


Executive Profiles: From Transaction To Engagement – Michael Park, Microsoft Business Solutions

Welcome to a new series of interviews for 2012 with business leaders making the move from transaction to engagement. The interviews provide insightful points of view from a customer, industry, and vendor perspective.  We’ll be taking limited interviews throughout the year for publication as we also try to catch up on the Disruptive Tech Leaders […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 12, 2012