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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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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

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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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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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Press Release: Gavin Heaton Joins Constellation Research to Provide Digital Marketing Research and Advisory Services

Digital Media Luminary to Launch Constellation’s Newest Research Theme, Digital Marketing Transformation SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Constellation Research, Inc., the award-winning research and advisory firm focused on helping clients navigate emerging and disruptive technologies announced today the addition of esteemed digital media pioneer, Gavin Heaton to the research team as Vice President and Principal Analyst. Heaton […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 6, 2012

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Trends: The Battle For CMO Mind Share

Marketing and Advertising Budgets Are The New Land Grab Constellation Research, Inc. predicts that the global advertising market (paid search, display, and classified) will hit $125B by 2015.   While IT budgets continue to stay flat, marketing budgets are up.  Warc’s recent Global Marketing Index (GMI) entered positive territory in March 2012.  Consequently, the heat […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 2, 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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Monday’s Musing: Avoiding Social Media Fatigue Through Engagement

Social Media Moves From Ubiquitous Usage To Relevant Rationalization Have we hit a social media plateau?  In recent client conversations on usage of social media, the trendsetters appear to be “socialed out”.   Most early adopters seem to be overwhelmed with their personal (Facebook, Google+), corporate (Yammer, Jive, Chatter, SharePoint), and professional (LinkedIn) social networks.  In […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 21, 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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Quark Summary: What CFOs Need to Know About SaaS and Cloud Integration

Forward And Commentary This document addresses many questions asked by CFO’s about cloud deployments and the top integration questions often asked by CFO’s responsible for key business initiatives that involve technology. A. Executive Summary Organizations have escalated their adoption of cloud computing and SaaS applications in the past 3 years. As part of the broader […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 30, 2012

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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

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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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Best Practices: From First To Worst – Continental In A Post United World, Lessons In Next Gen Customer Experience

Multiple Respected Research Survey Results Confirm Frequent Flyer Observations It’s official. In multiple respected customer experience research reports that cover the airline industry, the results are in.  Despite the numerous attempts by CEO Jeff Smisek to gloss over the issue with increasingly slicked up, feel good, on board welcome ads, Continental’s customer satisfaction numbers have […]

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

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Product Review: SAP’s Recalls Plus App – The Crossover From Enterprise To Consumer Begins

SAP’s First Consumer App Addresses A Key Consumer Concern At midnight pacific time, February 15th, SAP launched its first ever consumer app – Recalls Plus. This consumer app, downloadable for free on Apple’s app store, was developed from one of the world’s leading enterprise software companies (see Figure 1.)  SAP’s first foray into the consumer […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 15, 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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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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Monday’s Musings: Seven Basic Privacy Rights Users Should Demand For Social Business

Public Outrage Grows Over Lax Privacy Polices At Popular Social Networking Sites Recent actions by social networking leaders in the market place have brought new attention to a user’s privacy rights.  Despite the fact that these sites provide a freemium service to users, abuse and arrogance of a user’s privacy rights combined with user ignorance […]

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

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News Analysis: Lithium Technologies Adds $53M in Financing

New Funding Shows Strength In Social Business Market And Lithium’s Business Model Emeryville, California based Lithum Technologies announced today that it raised $53.4M in financing.  The lead round is from New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Other investors include SAP Ventures. NEA leads the round with Peter Sonsini joining the board. Peter‘s been active with ecommerce play […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 5, 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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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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News Analysis: Oracle Buys RightNow For $1.43B

The Acquisition Machine Heads To The Public Cloud Users gathered at the Customer Summit 2011 at the Broadmoor Hotel woke up to the shocking announcement that Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) announced a $1.43B acquisition of leading SMB CRM vendor RightNow Technologies (NASDAQ: RNOW) today.  According to Thomas Kurian, “Oracle is moving aggressively to offer customers a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 24, 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: Twenty-nine Protostars Recognized In The Constellation SuperNova Awards

First Inaugural Awards Designed to Celebrate the Explorers, Pioneers, and Unsung Heroes Who Successfully Put Technology to Work SAN FRANCISCO, CA, September 20, 2011—Constellation Research, Inc., announces 29 Protostar winners, representing the 2011 SuperNova award semifinalists.  Chosen from a pool of more than 70 applicants, these individuals are recognized as among the few that have […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 20, 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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Research Summary: Introducing The 43 Use Cases For Social Business (Social Enterprise)

The Social Business (Social Enterprise) Moves Beyond The 18 Use Cases Of Social CRM As social media adoption continues to move from mainstream to pervasive ubiquity, enterprises will begin to benefit from these advancements in the consumerization of IT (CoIT).  Just 18 months ago, early adopters identified 18 Use Cases for Social CRM (SCRM).  These […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 28, 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 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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Monday’s Musings: Auction Sites Such As Deal Umpire May Level The Playing Field Among Daily Deal Sites

Merchants Must Break Free From Daily Deal Site Hysteria Following up on the April 4th post about the damage caused by daily deal sites such as Groupon, merchants continued to send feedback about the challenges they face.  Those who use daily deal sites express the following: Peer pressure to participate. Customers and prospects flooded by […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 18, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business – Lyle Fong, 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. Lyle Fong, CEO & Co-Founder Lithium Technologies Biography Lyle Fong is the CEO & Co-Founder of […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 18, 2011

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Product Review: The New TweetLevel And Blog Level Provide Critical Tools For Influencer Relations And Marketing Professionals

TweetLevel Competes In A Crowded Field Of Social Analytics Vendors Focused On Twitter Since Twitter shut off its access to its APIs, companies who rank influence of twitter users have had to find other alternatives.  Jonny Bentwood, Head of Analyst Relations and Strategy at Edelman, is the master mind behind the original TweetLevel, and two […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 14, 2011

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