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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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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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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: 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: Zuora Raises $50M Series E Round, Rides #MatrixCommerce Wave

Zuora Rides The Wave In The Subscription Economy On September 5th, 2013, Foster City, CA based Zuora, announced $50 million in Series E capital.  The announcement has significant ramifications not only for Zuora’s self proclaimed subscription economy category, but also the broader business theme of matrix commerce because Zuora: Expanded the investor pool. Zuora successfully […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 5, 2013

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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

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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

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Research Summary: Constellation Cosmos – Cloud Bill of Rights for SaaS Apps, Actian and Netsuite Achieve Epic Status

Constellation Certifies Vendors On How Well They Perform To The Cloud Bill Of Rights The Enterprise Cloud Buyer’s Bill of Rights provides a tool for clients and vendors to change the tenor of contract negotiations from user subservience to an equal and collaborative long-term partnership.  This Constellation CosmosCertification for the Cloud Buyer’s Bill of Rights: […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 17, 2013

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Market Maker 1:1: Steve Miranda, Oracle Fusion Applications Update – The Inside Story

The Inside Story On Oracle Fusion Apps At The End of 2012 Constellation sat down with Steve Miranda, Oracle’s Executive Vice President of Oracle Applications Product Development to discuss the state of Oracle Fusion Apps in a no-holds barred honest conversation about what’s working, what’s not, and what to look forward to in 2013. R […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 31, 2012

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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

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News Analysis: SnapLogic Snaps Up $20M In Series C Funding For Cloud Integration

Ignition Partners Injects $20M in Series C For Hot Cloud Integration Market On September 19th,2012,  SnapLogic closed its Series C funding round.  The latest funding round: Strengthens product offerings. SnapLogic offers an integration platform, integration server, integration design tool, and integration market place designed for the cloud world. With almost 100 Snaps in its appstore […]

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

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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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News Analysis: KANA Enters MidMarket With Trinicom Acquisition

Acquisition Brings A Proven Multi-Channel Cloud Based Service Offering To The Growing Mid-market Sunnyvale, CA based KANA announced on April 24, 2012 it’s acquisition of Netherlands based Trinicom, a multichannel, customer contact software provider serving over 200 companies in the BeNeLux market.   Trinicom’s flagship T5 all-in solutions addresses multichannel customer service through email response management, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 25, 2012

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News Analysis: The Implications Of Oracle’s Acquisition Of Taleo

Catch my colleague Yvette Cameron’s point of view here. She covers Future of Work for Constellation Research, Inc. Oracle Plays Catch Up With Public Cloud Ambitions On February 9th, Oracle announced its intention to acquire Dublin, CA based Taleo for $1.9B.  Taleo is a cloud based talent management software provider with 5000 customers and 1400 […]

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

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Cloud Computing – Brad Smith, Intuit

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. Brad Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Intuit Biography Brad Smith became Intuit’s president and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 2, 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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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: Workday Predict And Prepare 2011

Title: Workday Predict And Prepare 2011 Start Date: 2011-12-07  11:00 am PST End Date: 2011-12-07   12:00 pm PST Location: Webinar Link For the fourth year in a row, join the country’s top IT, HR and Talent Management analysts and consultants for their predictions of next year’s critical trends, plus their advice on how you […]

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

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Cloud Computing – Oscar Rodriguez, Extreme 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. Oscar Rodriguez, CEO of Extreme Networks Biography Oscar Rodriguez has served as President and CEO of […]

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

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Cloud Computing – Sudhakar “Rama” Ramakrishna, Polycom

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. Sudhakar Ramakrishna, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Unified Communications Solutions, and Chief Development Officer, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 14, 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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News Analysis: Bunchball Gamifies Salesforce.com And Delivers Simplified Applets

Two New Products Improve Entry Points for Gamification Adoption Bunchball, a leading gamification vendor in the Silicon Valley, is best known for its Nitro gamification platform which organizations use to implement game mechanics across social networks, mobile applications, and websites.  Today the solution reaches more than 70 million unique users and creates 2.3 billion actions […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 24, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Cloud Computing – Gaurav Dhillon, SnapLogic

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. Gaurav Dhillon, CEO and Chairman, SnapLogic Biography An early investor in SnapLogic, Gaurav joined as CEO […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 27, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Cloud Computing – Zach Nelson, NetSuite

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. Zach Nelson – President and CEO, NetSuite Biography Zach Nelson has more than 20 years of […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 22, 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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Event Report: Dell’s Annual Analyst Conference Highlights Enterprise Software Future

Annual Analyst Conference Highlights The New Dell Strategy Dell held their annual analyst conference at The W Austin from May 3rd to May 4th, 2011.  The event featured multiple sessions including: Services and Solutions For The Vitual Era Data Center and Information Management – Trends & Business Issues – moderated by Brad Anderson Senior Vice […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 5, 2011

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Event Report: The Sentiment At Microsoft Convergence 2011

Refresh Cycle Reflects Bullish Outlook By Partners and Customers Microsoft Convergence kicked off over the weekend in Atlanta, GA at the Georgia World Congress Center.  With an anticipated increase in attendance, many new product announcements, and a technology refresh cycle in play, attendees seemed upbeat.  The event kicked off in true tradition including the must […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 10, 2011

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News Analysis: Salesforce.com Acquires Radian6 For $316M

Salesforce.com Bets Big On Social Media Monitoring And Socialytics Salesforce’s definitive agreement to acquire Radian6 continues the consolidation of 100’s of social software vendors in the marketplace.  Radian6, a social media monitoring and customer engagement platform, provides tools for companies seeking to harness the power of social media and related social networks.  Most customers utilize […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 30, 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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Monday’s Musings: Thoughts On How Indian Infotech Companies Can Lead Instead Of Follow

Disruptive Technologies Remain Top Of Mind Among Business Technology Leaders It’s always a privilege and a pleasure to reach out to clients and prospects around the world.  For those tracking my location, I’ve been in London, San Francisco, and Mumbai over the past 9 days.  The conversations have ranged from social business and enterprise 2.0 […]

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

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Monday’s Musings: Why I’m Unplugging From Location Based Services Until The Privacy Issue Is Resolved

Convergence Of Smart Phone Affordability And Broad Network Access Drives Growth In Location Based Services I’ve been a big fan of location based services (LBS).  In fact, many of you have followed my whereabouts on Yelp, Tripit, and other integrated Twitter services.  As many of you know, location based services take your geographical position from […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 17, 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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Research Report: 2011 Cloud Computing Predictions For Vendors And Solution Providers

This blog was jointly posted by @Chirag_Mehta (Independent Blogger On Cloud Computing) and @rwang0 (Principal Analyst and CEO, Constellation Research, Inc.) Part 1 was featured on Forbes: 2011 Cloud Computing Predictions For CIO’s And Business Technology Leaders As Cloud Leaders Widen The Gap, Legacy Vendors Attempt A Fast Follow Cloud computing leaders have innovated with […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 28, 2010

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News Analysis: Salesforce.com Buys Heroku For $212M – Shows Commitment To Next Gen Apps

Acquisition of Heroku In Line With Platform Future of Salesforce.com At Marc Benioff’s keynote, the CEO reiterated his commitment to 6 clouds: Sales, Service, Data (Jigsaw), Collaboration (Chatter), Cloud Platform (Force.com), and Database (database.com).  As Salesforce.com continues to diversify its portfolio into adjacent markets, the platform as a service (PaaS) component remains a key area […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 8, 2010

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News Analysis: New HP Leadership Indicates Interest In Enterprise Software

Two Seasoned Software Veterans Join Hewlett-Packard On September 30th, 2010, Hewlett-Packard (HP) announced two significant changes in its leadership structure.  Former SAP CEO Léo Apotheker was named as CEO; and Kleiner Perkins partner and former Oracle COO, Ray Lane was named as non-executive Chairman.  These two appointments signal a seriousness to shake things up for […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 30, 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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Research Report: Next Gen B2B and B2C E-Commerce Priorities Reflect Macro Level Trends

Recessionary Forces Challenge Organizations To Not Only Right Channel, But Also Personalize Organizations with e-commerce initiatives face a flurry of competitive forces that challenge existing assumptions put in place a decade ago.  On the operational efficiency front, organizations must battle reduced product margins, shorter product life cycles, greater pricing transparency, and increased friction in multi-channel […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 6, 2010

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Quarterly Financial Tracker: Q2 CY 2010 – SaaS Vendors Still Show Massive YoY Growth

The majority of 22 publicly traded software vendors demonstrated solid year-over-year (YoY) quarterly growth from Q2 2009 (see Figure 1).   Every SaaS vendor in the Software Insider Index® drove 14% to 26% growth (see Figure 2) despite the pick up in on-premises license sales.  Highlights for the 2010 CY Q2 2010 results: On-Premises Trends JDA […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 20, 2010

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News Analysis: Capgemini Immediate Delivers Cloud Services To Royal Mail Group

Capgemini Changes The Rules Of The Cloud Game On July 27, 2010, Capgemini announced a six-year cloud computing deal with Royal Mail Group (RMG).  The partnership brings the capabilities of Capgemini’s Infostructure Transformation Services (ITS) and Capgemini Immediate to RMG.  As the UK’s second largest employer, RMG employs 188,000 people, handles over 80 million items […]

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

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Tuesday’s Tip: 10 SaaS/Cloud Strategies For Legacy Apps Environments

Legacy Apps Customers Seek Practical Advice Organizations determining when and how to make the move to SaaS and Cloud face realistic challenges in gaining buy-in and realizing the apparent and hidden benefits of SaaS/Cloud.  In a recent survey of over 300 companies, 73 respondents who were wary of SaaS/Cloud were asked to list the top […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 10, 2010

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Research Report: The Upcoming Battle For The Largest Share Of The Tech Budget (Part 2) – Cloud Computing

Welcome to a part 2 of a multi-part series on The Software Insider Tech Ecosystem Model.  Part 2 describes how the cloud fits into the model.  Subsequent posts will apply the model to these leading vendors: Overview Cloud Cisco Dell HP IBM Microsoft Oracle Salesforce.com SAP The aggregation of these posts will result into a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 9, 2010

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Event Report: SAP Australian Users Group Summit 2010

 SAUG Summit Delivered Great Networking Opportunities And Information Exchange Over 550 attendees converged on Sydney August 3rd to 5th, 2010 for the annual SAP User Group Summit.  Members were treated to 28 session, 7 keynotes, and 4 SAP 101 educational sessions.  The smart design of the conference gave attendees ample opportunities to connect and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 8, 2010

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Research Report: The Upcoming Battle For The Largest Share Of The Tech Budget (Part 1) – Overview

Welcome to a multi-part series on The Software Insider Tech Ecosystem Model.  Subsequent posts will apply the model to these leading vendors: Overview Cloud Computing Cisco Dell HP IBM Microsoft Oracle Salesforce.com SAP The aggregation of these posts will result into a research report available for reprint rights. Business Models Converge During Recessions Is your […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 27, 2010

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News Analysis: Infor’s Cloud Strategy Goes Azure With Infor24

On July 12th, 2010, Infor announced its Infor24 initiative at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC).  Infor24 represents the Alpharetta, GA software titan’s foray to deliver its solution offerings in the cloud and a continued bet on Microsoft for key technologies.  Here’s the first take on the news and from exclusive conversations with Soma Somasundaram, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 16, 2010

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Research Report: How SaaS Adoption Trends Show New Shifts In Technology Purchasing Power

SaaS Adoption Surveys Often Overlook Audience Composition Over the past year, analyst firms, tech media, and even mainstream business media have happily showcased positive news about SaaS adoption.  The common theme remains clear – SaaS adoption moves beyond the tipping point in 2010.  Cloud adoption will reach a tipping point in the next 12 months.  […]

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

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Quarterly Financial Tracker: Q1 CY 2010 – Software’s Back With Double Digit Gains In License Growth

The majority of 21 publicly traded software vendors managed to show year-over-year (YoY) gains over the dismal beating from calendar year (CY) Q1 2009.  SaaS vendor maintained their double digit gains while on-premise vendors mostly showed positive traction (see Figure 1) and (see Figure 2).  Highlights for the 2010 CY Q1 2010 results: Big gains […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 27, 2010

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Event Report: Sapphire 2010 Brings Customers Back To A Sense Of Normalcy

(Credit: R “Ray” Wang, Insider Associates, LLC) Co CEO’s Stabilize The Company Both SAP Co-CEO’s Bill McDermott (Orlando) and Jim Hagemann Snabe (Frankfurt) took stage on May 18, 2010, in a simulcasted keynote.  While Bill highlighted SAP’s future vision and commitment to customers, Jim focused on communicating the SAP product strategy to match the corporate […]

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

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Polls and Surveys: Sapphire 2010 – On The Ground Collaborative Research

Collaborative Research Process At Work I’m pleased to say, that I’ll be joining fellow Enterprise Irregulars – Michael Cote, Larry Dignan, Michael Krigsman, and Vinnie Mirchandani; SAP Mentors – Dennis Howlett and Jon Reed, along with esteemed journalist Thomas Wailgum from CIO magazine to gauge the sentiment of SAP users.  We may be adding a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 16, 2010

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