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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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News Analysis: Acquisition Brings Salesforce Customers To The Commerce Party

Salesforce Announces Intent To Acquire Demandware For $2.8B On June 1st, 2016, Salesforce signed a definitive agreement to acquire Burlington, Massachusetts based Demandware for $75.00 per share or around $2.8 billion in cash.  Constellation predicts a $10.01B market for matrix commerce solutions by 2020 as new digital platforms and network economies emerge.  Constellation’s  merger analysis […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 3, 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: Why Live Engagement Marketing Supercharges Event Marketing

Digital Transformation Shifts Static Event Marketing to Live Engagement Marketing  Event marketing often represents 21 percent to 33 percent of most marketing organization budgets. While success criteria remain murky at worst and sparse at best, organizations have an opportunity to digitize event marketing using live engagement marketing techniques. Live engagement marketing provides marketing teams with […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 6, 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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Monday’s Musings: The Four Personas Of The Modern CMO In A Digital World

Marketers Face Massive Challenges In Making The Digital Shift In interviews with over 100 digitally focused, modern CMO’s, Constellation identified shared common challenges in the transformation of their roles.  More importantly, with the support of new digital business models, an emerging set of challenges highlight the need to move beyond the classic 4P’s.   The top […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 11, 2016

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Event Report: Business Transformation Top Of Mind For Microsoft Envision #ENV16 Attendees

Inaugural Microsoft Envision Event Seeks To Capture The Hearts and Minds Of Business Leaders An estimated 1800 paid attendees, 4200 partners and employees converged into New Orleans, Louisiana, for Microsoft’s inaugural business decision makers conference.  The three day event which also drew 100,000 online viewers, started April 4th, 2016 and concluded April 6th, 2016.  The […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 7, 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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Monday’s Musings: Avoiding Cloud Vendor Lock-In

Customers Must Hurry To Address The Mistakes From Shadow IT SaaS/Cloud Adoption Amidst the hey day of the early years for software as a service (SaaS) and Cloud, many line of business executives signed simple month to month, user based contracts without the burdens of IT and scrutiny of vendor procurement.  These edge applications and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 25, 2015

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Event Report: @AirWatch #AWConnect 2015 Shows Shift From EMM To Platform

Market And Customer Maturity Reflected In 2015 Summit Over 1,600 attendees gathered at the 2015 AirWatch Connect conference at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.  Keynotes included appearances by VMware CEO – Pat Gelsinger, AirWatch CoFounder – John Marshall,  General Manager for End User Computing – Sanjay Poonen. Major news from the event include: New user privacy […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 23, 2015

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Tuesday’s Tip: IOT and The Death Of OmniChannel Non-sense In Customer Experience

Stop Thinking In Channels And Start Thinking In Settings and Scenes As organizations realize they are no longer selling products and services but delivering on experiences and outcomes, the shift to delivering on a brand promise requires the ability to deliver mass personalization at scale. This is the heart of delivering digital business value.  However, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 22, 2015

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Event Invitation: Webinar on The American Eagle Story- Competing On Experiences And Outcomes In A Mobile World

DELIVERING IN-STORE EXPERIENCES TO DIGITAL CUSTOMERS Join me Thursday, October 8th, 2015 from 12 to 1 pm PT for a webinar on customer experience in a mobile world. Only 37% of US brands rate their ability to achieve their eCommerce goals as very effective. As a result, most brands lack the ability to convert a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 15, 2015

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Event Invitation: Webinar on Building Win-Win Relationships With Oracle

Dealing With Tough Contract Negotiation Scenarios Join me Thursday, September 24th, 2015 from 8 to 10 am PT for a webinar chat that shares best practices in building win-win relationships with Oracle With the experience of negotiating thousands of Oracle contracts, this is an exclusive webinar on building your Oracle relationships. Key topics to be […]

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

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Event Invitation: Tweet Chat on Managing #ShadowIT

Managing The Shadow IT Explosion In The Cloud Join me Tuesday, September 22, 2015 from 10 to 11 am PT for a tweet chat that addresses head on the deep issues organizations face when the shadow IT takes on a life of its own. To join, just follow the hashtag #CiscoChat and #ShadowIT and hop […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 6, 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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Event Invitation: Come Join Us For A Silicon Valley CXO Day At Constellation’s Connected Enterprise #CCE2015

Join me at the annual Silicon Valley CXO Day on the third and final day of Constellation’s Connected Enterprise.   Hear from over 200 business and technology leaders whom will discuss the future of innovation and digital transformation. Register before August 31, 2015 to secure your early bird ticket. Attendees will: Engage with CXO panels from […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 26, 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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Tuesday’s Tip: Apply For A SuperNova Award – Recognize Leaders In Digital Business

Nominate A Pioneer Or Leader Driving Business Change Every year the Constellation SuperNova Awards recognize eight individuals for their leadership in digital business. Nominate yourself or someone you know by August 7, 2015. The SuperNova Awards honor leaders that demonstrate excellence in the application and adoption of new and emerging technologies. In its fifth year, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 21, 2015

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Product Review: Two Apple Watch Enterprise Apps Launched With IMS Health Life Sciences Wearable Platform

IMSHealthWear 1.00 Gives IMS Health First Mover Advantage In Wearable Form Factors And Apps For Healthcare Customer Experience The rise and success of wearables such as the Apple Watch may not come as a surprise.  Constellation estimates that Apple sold 7.25 million units to date with the potential to deliver up to 43.50 million units […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 7, 2015

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Event Report: Zuora’s #Subscribed15 Shows How Organizations Can Power Their Digital Transformation Initiatives

Subscribed15 Brings Together The Market Leaders and Fast Followers Of Digital Transformation Over 2,000 attendees convened May 20th – 21st, 2015 at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco for the 5th annual Subscribed Conference.   The early adopters in the subscription economy and those seeking to build for a post-sale, on-demand, attention economy were treated […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 31, 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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Event Report: Insights Into The New NetSuite At SuiteWorld 2015

SuiteWorld Comes Of Disruptive Age Over 7,500 attendees convened at the San Jose McEnery Convention center for the 5th annual NetSuite SuiteWorld.   The four day event brought together customers, partners, and influencers among the ecosystem.  As one of the original cloud pioneers, the appropriate event theme focused on the impact of disruption.   Taking its own […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 9, 2015

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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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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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Personal Log: Our Alliance With Digital Clarity Group

A Constellation of Partnerships Ahead On March 9, 2015 Constellation Research announced a strategic alliance with Digital Clarity Group. I wanted to take a minute to discuss what this alliance means for our clients and prospects. I also wanted to share a bit about how this fits within the vision of Constellation Research. The goal […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 10, 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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Research Report: Enterprise Healthcare Management (EHM) – Healthcare Meets Analytics

The Healthcare Affordability Crisis Can Be Addressed With EHM Solutions An affordability crisis has created chaos in the employer-provided healthcare market. With $620 billion in employer-paid costs to U.S. healthcare in 2014 and an annual increase that ranges from 4.7 percent to 10.3 percent a year, employers seek both improved utilization of programs and cost […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 1, 2015

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