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


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


Personal Log: Social Media Detox, Not Sure I Like It

The Great Fire Wall Is Alive And Well This morning I arrived in Beijing, China. It’s my first visit to the Chinese capital and I’m excited to speak about innovating in the Cloud at Oracle’s Cloud World event (see Figure 1). Upon arrival, I went through my usual motions of logging in to wifi, taking […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 22, 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


News Analysis: Salesforce 1 Signals Support For Digital Business at #DF13

Salesforce Seeks To Tackle Digital Business At Dreamforce Over 125,000 virtual and physical registrants descend on San Francisco the week of November 17th for Dreamforce 13, a future of technology meets SXSW event.  One day in advance of the largest enterprise software event of its kind, announces Salesforce 1 (see Figure 1).  The Salesforce […]

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


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


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


Trends: Seven Priorities In The Shift From CMO to Chief Digital Officer

Shift From CMO to CDO Is In Progress Today’s marketing strategies increasingly depend more on digital and on data than in the past.  With more data, marketers can measure against a new set of metrics that matter including: calculating return on promotional investment (ROPI), performing multivariable testing (beyond A/b) driving conversion rates and optimizing efforts, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 6, 2013


Tuesday’s Tip: It’s Time To Consolidate Social Business Platforms

Greater Adoption In Social Business Signifies A Move To Consolidate Platforms Constellation’s buy-side clients tend to fit in the market leader or fast follower categories when it comes to organizational personas of disruptive technology adoption.  Since 2010, respondents have progressed through the DEEPR framework and the latest results from 2012 indicate that most survey respondents […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 5, 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


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


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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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


Tuesday’s Tip: Dealing With The Real Problem In Social Business Adoption – The People!

Social Business Adoption Dependent On Employee Adoption Social business is more than a technology decision.  Many eager early adopters face challenges in adoption past the initial core team.  As we move from eager early adopters to ubiquitous usage, an examination of some organizations who have failed at internal social business reveals five common barriers to […]

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Quips: The Slide Some Vendors Won’t Let Me Show On Social Media Tools

Social Media Explained In 140 Characters (More or Less) Some time back a tweet went out describing what all the tools were (Figure 1).  I modified this a bit and now use it in alot of presentations to audiences around the world.  More than 80% of the conference organizers usually are fine with this slide.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 16, 2012


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


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


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


Vendor Event: Evolution vs. Revolution: Strategies to Build Stronger Collaborative/Social Organizations

Title: Evolution vs. Revolution: Strategies to Build Stronger Collaborative/Social Organizations Start Date: 2011-12-14  11:00 am EST End Date: 2011-12-14   12:00 pm #ST Join R “Ray” Wang, CEO of Constellation Research, for insights from over 100 smart businesses putting the power of social business to work. Hear why many successful collaboration initiatives start by applying […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 1, 2011


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


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


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


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


News Analysis: Bunchball Gamifies 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


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


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


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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