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Research Summary: Artificial Intelligence Delivers Mass Personalization In Commerce

Why Mass Personalization Efforts Fail and Ten Simple Steps to Fix Them Over the past four decades, valiant attempts at personalization have failed due to the lack of relevant and intelligent automation.  Moreover, expectations of consumers and prospects have only grown.  The result – an expectations gap in personalization that manifests itself in fickler consumers […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 17, 2017

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Research Summary: How Ensono Used Workday Finance And HR Cloud To Innovate And Save Money

One Integrated, Global System For Finance And HR Delivers Business Success This case study examines Ensono’s experience implementing Workday’s HR and Finance enterprise applications in the cloud. Ensono provides infrastructure management services for global companies. Ensono delivers next-generation IT solutions and helps organizations plan for optimized, future infrastructures. By implementing Workday, Ensono was able to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 12, 2017

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Research Summary: Constellation’s AstroChart For Business Trends, Q4 2016

Move Beyond The Hype In Business Trend Cycles Constellation’s AstroChartTM for Business Trends provides market leaders and fast followers a visual guide to business trends and their adoption.  The vertical access rates adoption from mainstream to early adopters to bleeding edge.  The horizontal access estimates the impact on an organization’s business model. from incremental to […]

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

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Research Summary: Constellation’s AstroChart For Tech Trends

Avoiding The Hype In Tech Trend Cycles Constellation’s AstroChartTM for Technology provides market leaders and fast followers a visual guide to technology trends and their adoption.  The vertical access rates adoption from mainstream to early adopters to bleeding edge.  The horizontal access estimates the impact on an organization’s business model. from incremental to disruptive to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 17, 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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Research Summary: Workday Release 26 Beefs Up Cloud Software for Financial Management

Constellation’s Series on Innovation in Cloud Financial Management Applications  This report reviews the latest offering in financial management applications in the cloud and related Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) trends. Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and finance leaders seeking advice about the cloud can take advantage of Constellation’s ERP user survey and cloud adoption trends to understand […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 9, 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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Research Summary: SAP User Experience-as-a-Service

BUILD and SAP Splash Improve Usability of Enterprise Software  This report focuses on SAP UXaaS, a new category of cloud-based software designed to improve the usability of enterprise software, aiding not only professional user interface (UI) designers but also technically inclined business users. As such, SAP UXaaS moves the process of UI creation from trained […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 27, 2016

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Research Summary: How Shaw Used NetSuite To Create Two-Tier ERP

The Cloud and Two-Tier ERP Drove International Expansion by a Leading Manufacturer  Shaw Industries Group, Inc. is the world’s largest carpet manufacturer. In 2011 Shaw decided to prioritize international expansion and build a factory in Nantong, China. However, Shaw’s pre-2011 ERP system was heavily customized for North American Operations. Shaw selected NetSuite Cloud ERP system to support two-tier ERP […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 21, 2016

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Research Summary: FinancialForce Spring Release Shows Innovation In Personalization And Collaboration

Innovation Arrives To Cloud-Based Financial Management Applications Constellation’s series on innovation in financial management applications in the cloud identifies finance leaders and technology providers seeking to transform the current legacy on-premises market. As finance leaders venture into the cloud for innovation and renewal of mission-critical financial management applications, they must shatter myths about security, customization, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 1, 2016

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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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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: 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

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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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Research Summary And Speaker Notes: The Identity Manifesto – Why Identity Is At The Heart of Digital Business

Forward And Commentary Constellation Research keynoted at Ping Identity’s Cloud Identity Summit 2013 in July.  Gathered in front of the Identerati,  an Identity Manifesto was presented.  The research behind that manifesto has been summarized here in this summary.  The final big idea research report will offer insight into four of Constellation’s primary research themes, the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 23, 2013

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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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Monday’s Musings: Trends In The Top Software Insider Posts of 2012 (#softwareinsider)

Thank You For Your Support SoftwareInsider.org generated almost 10 million page views in 2012 (see Figure 1).  This does not include syndication through Constellation Research, Forbes (discontinued in 2012), Enterprise Irregulars, Computerworld UK, and other great media partners. Figure 1.  Software Insider Achieved 9.8M Page Views for 2012 Classic Posts Address The Key Fundamentals In […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 3, 2013

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News Analysis: Informatica Launches MDM 9.5

New Product Addresses The Social, Mobile, Cloud, and Big Data World The convergence of social, mobile, cloud, big data (analytics), and video/unified comms changes the playing field from transactional applications to engagement applications.  The result – a sea change of new data types from structured and unstructured sources.  With greater volumes of data, demand for […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 15, 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: Why the Move from Transaction to Experience Requires Better Analytics

Forward And Commentary This trends report examines how changing expectations among business leaders and the consumerization of IT will shape the future of insights and decision-making. As organizations make the move from transactions to engagement to experience, a new type of analytics will be required. A. Introduction Business leaders seek better insights for smarter decision-making. […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 12, 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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Quark Summary: What Every CMO Needs To Know About The Six C’s Of Customer Engagement

Forward And Commentary CMO’s seeking to avoid the desensitization that comes with the adoption of new media will want to quickly deploy the Six C’s of Customer Engagement. A. Introduction Social media effectiveness for brands and enterprises will rapidly mirror the trends that email and web sites experienced during the late 1990’s to early 2000’s.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 8, 2012

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Research Summary: Best Practices: Consolidated CRM Deployments Drive Paths to Modernization And Social CRM (SCRM)

Forward And Commentary As with any maturing product category, CRM applications have evolved over time from point applications to best of breed solutions to end-to-end suites. This report examines some common styles of modernization as CRM emerges from the systems of transaction era to the systems of engagement era and beyond. A. Introduction With the […]

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

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Research Summary: Demystifying Enterprise Gamification For Business

Purpose and Intent Much hype surrounds the topic of gamification. Often seen as a technique to add engagement to existing tasks, projects, marketing campaigns, and initiatives, the term gamification unfortunately lacks the seriousness it deserves. This report seeks to change the point of view and demonstrate where gamification plays a role in the enterprise. More […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 7, 2011

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Research Summary: Market Overview – The Market For SAP Optimization Options

Forward And Commentary This market overview provides a starting point to SAP customers seeking optimization solutions.  The document delivers actionable advice and insights into a proven collection of software solutions.  As part of the full series, best practices documents will follow with in- depth case studies and a critical product evaluation of this growing market […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 15, 2011

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Research Summary: Best Practices – The Case For Two-Tier ERP

Forward And Commentary Legacy optimization remains a key component for funding future innovation.  Two-tier ERP emerges as one strategy to optimize existing systems while adding innovation.  The report capitalizes on the recent Software Insider survey of 235 companies looking at future strategies. A. Introduction Organizations continue to face an onslaught of business requirements that their […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 1, 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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Research Summary: An Enterprise Software Licensee’s Bill of Rights, V2

FORWARD AND COMMENTARY “An Enterprise Software Licensee’s Bill of Rights (LB0R) V2” brings the 10th installment of an on-going series to provide clients with insight on how to better align their packaged apps strategies.  Version 2 of the LBoR updates the original groundbreaking list of 36 best practices for software licensing and pricing and provides […]

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

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Research Summary: Shape Your Apps Strategy To Reflect New SaaS Licensing And Pricing Trends

FORWARD AND COMMENTARY “Shape Your Apps Strategy To Reflect New SaaS Licensing and Pricing Trends” represent the seventh report in an on-going series to provide clients with insight on how to better align their packaged apps strategies.  As more and more clients seek SaaS solutions as options to pipe in innovation and potentially control costs, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 16, 2009

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Research Summary: Five Steps To Building A Recession Proof Packaged Apps Strategy

FORWARD AND COMMENTARY The five steps to building a recession proof packaged apps strategy represent the sixth report in an on-going series to provide clients with insight on how to better align their packaged apps strategies.  Aligned with operational efficiency and regulatory compliance business drivers, these best practices provide a road map for more efficient […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 19, 2009

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Research Summary: Which Has The Better Apps Strategy: Oracle Or SAP? Oracle’s Bold Next-Generation Play Versus SAP’s Less Disruptive Path

Forward and Commentary With my esteemed colleagues John R. Rymer and Paul D. Hamerman, we recently updated our Oracle Versus SAP In Enterprise Applications: Let The Battle Of Architectures Begin! report published in May 31st, 2006.  This new update was released October 31, 2008 and highlights a shift in direction and vendor vision for both […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 22, 2008

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