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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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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: @Infor Acquires @GTNexus for $675M

Jointly Written with Guy Courtin Infor Moves Towards A Cloud Network Economy With Acquisition Of GT Nexus On August 11th, 2015, Infor announced the $675M acquisition of GT Nexus, a private supply chain and procurement network solution vendor.  GTNexus brings $150M in cloud revenue, 28,000 companies on their network, 100,000 users across 66 countries, and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 11, 2015

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News Analysis: Inside Alphabet – G Is For Google

Alphabet Enables Google To Remain Innovative On August 10th, 2015, Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin announced the formation of Alphabet, the holding company which will include Google and a portfolio of companies to spur innovation (see Figure 1).  A new website www.abc.xyz emerges and Google will still trade as (GOOG). Check out the […]

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

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News Analysis: Infosys One-Year After Vishal Sikka

With heavy contributions from Sachin Gosavi, VP of South Asia Infosys Makes Strides In Its Own Digital Transformation Journey On June 12th, 2014, Infosys announced the August 1, 2014 appointment of Dr. Vishal Sikka to the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director (CEO & MD) role.  At the time, Constellation believed this appointment marked a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 4, 2015

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Event Report: Sage Summit 2015 Shows A Refocus On The Future Of The SMB Customer

A New CEO Brings A New Outlook To Sage Over 7000 people waded through the humidity of New Orleans in July to hear what the new CEO Stephen Kelly had in mind for Sage.  Over the past three years, Sage has faced changes in product road maps, leadership changes, and partner programs.  As the company […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 29, 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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Quips: Networked Economy Models Emerge Should Verizon Gain Approval To Acquire AOL

The Content, Network, And, Arms Dealer Come Together With Merger The planned acquisition of AOL by Verizon for $4.4B is more than just the acquisition of the programmatic ad platform.  Verizon is making the big shift to disrupting digital businesses for a few reasons: Shift from selling products and services to delivering brand promises.  In […]

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

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Quips: The Long Tail On Intel’s Latest Earnings

Latest Earnings Reflect Macro Trends In PC Shipments, Data Center Growth, and IOT Industry bellwether, Intel, reported earnings per share of 41 cents versus 38 cents per share year over year.  Revenue came in flat at $12.78 billion versus $12.76 billion. The continued secular PC slump and late entry into mobile chips still drives into […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 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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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: AirWatch Connect Continues Market Momentum In Enterprise Mobility

New Enhancements, Products, and Partnerships Delight Attendees Over 1500 customers, partners, and influencers gathered September 8th to 11th, 2014 at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency for the latest US edition of AirWatch Connect.  Key announcements from the event include: Launch of Chat for Secure Enterprise Messaging . Chat delivers a containerized and secure instant messaging application […]

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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News Analysis: Going Deeper Into The Apple And IBM New Business Model Alliance

Global Partnership Signals Expansive View Of Digital Business Disruption On July 15th, 2014 IBM’s Ginni Rometty and Apple’s Tim Cook announced in Cupertino, CA a strategic partnership to transform enterprise mobility (see Figure 1).  IBM has committed up to 100,000 employees to the initiative.  Apple has not disclosed its investment effort.  The announcement, made at […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 23, 2014

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News Analysis: Netsuite Acquires Venda For Digital Commerce And EMEA Expansion

Netsuite Sees Venda As Key To EMEA Expansion On July 17th, 2014, San Mateo, CA based NetSuite announced the acquisition of London based Venda for an undisclosed sum.  Since General Manager Andrew Lloyd’s arrival in January 2011, NetSuite has made several acquisitions to bolster its standing in the world of Matrix Commerce with OrderMotion in […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 21, 2014

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Event Report: #PowerPlex At The Crux Of The New Manufacturing Renaissance

Plex Plays A Key Role In The Digitalization Of Manufacturing Over 900 customers, partners, and Plex Systems gathered at the DeVos Place on Michigan’s West Coast of Grand Rapids for the 13th annual Plex Systems user event.  New features and a significant funding round book end the major announcements from the June 10th, 2014 Day […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 18, 2014

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News Analysis: Infosys Lands SAP’s Former CTO, Vishal Sikka, As New CEO

With heavy contributions from Sachin Gosavi, VP of South Asia Infosys’ First Outsider CEO Lands From Silicon Valley On June 12th, 2014, Infosys announced that Dr. Vishal Sikka as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director (CEO & MD) of the company effective August 1, 2014.  Dr. Sikka will be inducted as a whole-time director […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 12, 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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News Analysis: SAP’s CTO Vishal Sikka Resigns, What Does It Mean For SAP Customers?

Departure of CTO Signals Change In Long Term Direction In a press release this morning, SAP announced a management reorganization and the departure of Vishal Sikka, SAP’s executive board member of products and innovation and CTO.   The reorganization puts Bernd Leukert as Vishal’s immediate replacement to lead global development.  The role of CTO has yet […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 4, 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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News Analysis: Gainsight Spring 2014 Release Targets Large Enterprises Making The Transition To #DigitalBiz

Customer Success Management Pioneer Adds Key Functionality For March 2014 Release On March 18th, Mountain View, CA based Gainsight announced the Spring 2014 release of its customerssuccess management platform.  Led by CEO Nick Mehta, the cloud software vendor has received over $29M in funding from key investors such as Bain Capital, Battery Ventures, Capital Innovators, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 22, 2014

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News Analysis: FinancialForce.com ERP Arrives To Signal The Era Of Best Of Breed Cloud Suites

FinancialForce Debuts Its Full ERP Suite On February 19th, San Francisco headquartered, FinancialForce.com announced the launch of its full suite of ERP offerings built on the Salesforce1 platform.  Backed by investments from UNIT4 and Salesforce.com, the cloud based vendor began as a single ledger financial management system built on the Salesforce.com Force.com platform.  The announcement […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 2, 2014

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News Analysis: Rimini Street Vs Oracle Ruling Has No Negative Impact on Third Party Maintenance Rights

Recent Oracle vs Rimini Street Ruling Is About Customer Software License Rights Not Third Party Maintenance On February 13th, 2014, the United States District Court , District of Nevada Judge Larry Hicks issued a partial summary judgment in the Oracle vs Rimini Street Case. Here’s the executive summary to key questions about the ruling*: Is […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 17, 2014

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Quips: What the Google Motorola – Lenovo Deal Is Really About

Google Enters China Via Lenovo While Counter Balancing Samsung On January 29th, 2014, Mountain View based Google announced it would sell it’s Motorola Mobility unit to Chinese based Lenovo for $2.91 in cash and stock.  The deal cuts across many spectrum including mobile OS, computing wars, and search.  Here’s 12 talking points: Source: Not sure, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 7, 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: VMware Signals Commitment To Mobility With $1.54B Intent To Acquire Airwatch

Mobile Management Consolidation Continues And VMware Accelerates Mobile Efforts On January 22nd, 2014, VMware (NYSE: VMW) announced the intent to acquire Atlanta, GA based Airwatch for $1.54B.  More than just an acquisition of a leading enterprise mobile management (EMM) vendor, the acquisition represents a cornerstone for VMware’s mobile strategy for end user computing.  Should the […]

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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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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