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News Analysis: Oracle Allegedly Wins Bid For TikTok

Why This Makes Sense On Three Counts If the Wall Street Journal’s article is correct, Oracle has emerged as the winner over Microsoft and Walmart for the acquisition of ByteDance’s US operations as TikTok’s “trusted tech partner”.  While many in the industry remain confused on why Oracle would acquire the social media giant’s 100 million […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 13, 2020

News Analysis: Salesforce Commerce Cloud Intends To Acquire Mobify for Progressive Web Apps

Modern Progressive Web Apps Much Needed Vancouver, British Columbia, based Mobify was approached by Salesforce.com for an estimated $60M acquisition on September 4th, 2020.  Mobify, founded in 2007 by two Simon Fraser University students, Igor Faletski and John Boxall, began as an SMS text messaging app that sent bus times to mobile users. Their expertise […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 6, 2020

Monday’s Musings: The Death of Density As A Business Model And What To Do About It

Density Is Dead! (At least for now) The Covid-19 acceleration to digital business models has ushered an era where before coronavirus (BC) business models built on human density will struggle to survive.  Those models relied on high volumes and dense environments to scale and drive profitability.  Unfortunately, concerns over public health have curtailed these businesses […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 13, 2020

News Analysis: Uber Eats Postmates for $2.65B

Food Delivery App Consolidation Accelerates Among Digital Giants   On July 6th, Uber Eats announced the acquisition of food delivery app rival Postmates for $2.65 billion.  In the age of duopolies, the food delivery app space is rapidly consolidating.  The blockbuster acquisition follows rival JustEat’s international expansion into the United States with the purchase of […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 7, 2020

News Analysis: Apple Brings New Post Pandemic Solutions To Remote Learning

K-12 Education Market Faces New Requirements The latest CDC guidelines highlight the major challenges administrators and educators have for reopening schools.   The general principle – the more interactions, the longer interactions, the higher the risk of #COVID-19 spread. The CDC states that the risk of COVID-19 spread increases in school settings as follows: Lowest Risk: […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 31, 2020

News Analysis: Salesforce Commerce Cloud Quick Start Addresses Post Pandemic Requirements

Contactless, Direct To Consumer, Buy Online Pickup Anywhere, Automation, and Subscription Ready Drive Post Pandemic Response Matrix Commerce analyzes the disruptive pressures influencing the commerce paradigm. Commerce faces rapidly changing business models and new payment options that are often misunderstood and poorly integrated. Matrix commerce (TM) means the fusing of demand signals and supply chains […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 21, 2020

Research Report: What's Top Of Mind From SAP Customers

Relevance And Value Lead The Inquiries About SAP From the criticism about indirect access to SAP Leonardo, the 2017 SAP landscape has been both gut-wrenching and transformational for clients. Rounded out by conversations at Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG), SAP Australia User Group (SAUG) and UK and Ireland SAP User Group (UKISUG) events, the top […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 19, 2017

Event Invitation: Radical Candor Author Kim Scott Delivering Keynote at Connected Enterprise 2017

Radical Candor Author Kim Scott Delivering Keynote at Connected Enterprise 2017 Learn how to be a kickass boss without losing your humanity We are excited to share that Kim Scott, author of Radical Candor, will deliver the keynote address at Connected Enterprise 2017 in Half Moon Bay. Kim will focus on a management strategy so obvious it’s often overlooked: giving […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 29, 2017

Research Summary: Constellation ShortList™ Integration Platform as a Service (IPaaS)

  About this Constellation ShortList The challenges and requirements around data and application integration are quickly changing. For starters, data increasingly lives and applications increasingly run outside of the four walls of the enterprise as companies embrace cloud-based compute and storage capacity, and as they replace on-premises software with software as a service (SaaS). The […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 13, 2017

Research Summary: Constellation ShortList™ Synchronous Ledger and Blockchain Platforms

  About this Constellation ShortList In 2008, blockchain technology was introduced to the world from the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto. The paper, titled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,” shared how a network would maintain a time stamped immutable record of all cryptocurrency transactions to prevent double spend with no central umpire. The core of blockchain […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 13, 2017

Monday’s Musings: Why A Bi-Modal Approach to Digital Transformation Is Just Stupid

Multi-Modal Approach Key to Successful Digital Transformation Like fake news, the over hyped, bi-modal approach to IT and digital transformation is a flawed fallacy perpetuated by ivory tower, non-pragmatic legacy research firms.  Lessons learned from successful digital transformation projects emphasize an organizational design comprised of six key virtual or physical teams (see Figure 1): Figure […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 12, 2016

Monday's Musings: Secrets Behind Building Any AI Driven Smart Service

AI Driven Smart Services Power The Future of IOT, CX,  Future of Work, and Block Chains The combination of machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, and cognitive computing will change the ways that humans and machines interact with our environments.  AI-driven smart services will sense one’s surroundings, know one’s preferences are from  past behavior, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 28, 2016

Research Summary: [VIDEO] Inside Constellation's Futurist Framework

Use The PESTEL Futurist Framework To Drive Strategic Board Level Planning Assumptions Constellation updates its futurist framework on a biennial basis.  Using a PESTEL model, political, economic, societal, technological, environmental, and legislative factors drive the overall planning assumptions.  These planning assumptions power strategic planning sessions for board rooms and executive teams.  The final PESTEL model […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 9, 2016

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

Monday's Musings: The Post #BREXIT Analysis, What's Next?

UK Referendum Highlights Displeasure With Political Elites With almost 52% voting to leave, the surprise results of the June 23rd, 2016 referendum highlighted the 40 year shift from euro-centric to euro-skeptic among the average UK citizen (see Figure 1).  While many will attempt to blame the outcome on an ignorant non-urban voter, the results showed […]

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