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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

News Analysis: Infor Extends $1.84B Unsolicited Offer For Lawson

Unsolicited Offer Marks Chuck Phillips’ First Acquisition Attempt At Infor On March 11th, St.Paul, MN, based Lawson announced that Infor and Golden Gate Capital made a $1.84B unsolicited offer.   This comes after the March 8th news that Lawson retained Barclays Bank to evaluate options.  An acquisition by Infor (the 3rd largest ERP vendor) and Lawson […]

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

Monday's Musings: The Race For Enterprise Class Consumer Tech

Start Ups Chase Enterprise Dollars As Freemium Model Plays Out I’ve been spending time with emerging technology start ups over the past 3 months.  The good news – innovation in the valley is alive and well.  Most of these ventures start with solving a consumer problem and hope for massive viral success in the freemium […]

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

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

Research Summary: Best Practices – The Case For Two-Tier ERP

Forward And Commentary Legacy optimization remains a key component for funding future innovation.  Two-tier ERP emerges as one strategy to optimize existing systems while adding innovation.  The report capitalizes on the recent Software Insider survey of 235 companies looking at future strategies. A. Introduction Organizations continue to face an onslaught of business requirements that their […]

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

Best Practices: Applying The Seven Deadly Sins To Successful Gamification

The Seven Deadly Sins Draws On The Dark Arts Conversations with game designers and gamification experts over the past month highlight how important design should appeal to the human spirit.  Intrigue, reward, status, community, and challenge drive 5 key areas of engagement.  However, some of the masters of gamfication have revealed some dark arts that […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 23, 2011

Best Practices: Applying Social Business Challenges To Social Business Maturity Models

Early Adopters Cross Through Five Phases Of Social Business Maturity Interviews with over 100 early adopters of social business (i.e. social crm, E2.0, social media marketing, etc.) reveal 5 phases of social business maturity (see Figure 1): Discovery. A few individuals begin the process of discovering new tools.  Individuals identify consumer tech innovations that impact […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 22, 2011

Trends: 5 Engagement Factors For Gamification And The Enterprise

Gamification Will Drive Future Enterprise Software User Experiences The Gamification Summit kicks off in San Francisco today.  Gamification represents another consumer tech innovation entering the enterprise.  Game-like mechanisms can improve engagement and participation in the enterprise for all stakeholders (i.e. employees, customers, partners, and suppliers).  A few key areas with immediate potential for enterprises considering […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 20, 2011

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

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

Trends: 2011 Cloud Computing Predictions For CIO’s And Business Technology Leaders

This blog was jointly posted by Chirag Mehta (Independent Blogger On Cloud Computing) and R “Ray” Wang (Principal Analyst and CEO, Constellation Research, Inc.) Cloud Adopters Embrace Cloud For Both Innovation and Legacy Optimization Once thought to be the answer to deployment options for just the SMB market, early cloud adopters proved otherwise.  Stereotypes about […]

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

Best Practices: Five Simple Rules For Social Business

Early Adopters And Pioneers Have Benefited From Social Across executive board rooms and even in living rooms, social business is all the rage.  In 2010, social crm (SCRM) and Enterprise 2.0 (E20) rose into mainstream conversation.  Despite the mindshare and awareness, a majority of business leaders have yet to begin these initiatives.  The good news […]

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

Quarterly Financial Tracker: Q3 CY 2010 Enterprise Software Vendors Solidify Performance Turnaround

The super majority (26 of 27) of publicly traded software vendors in the Software Insider Index® delivered turnaround stories for Q3 Cy 2010 year-over-year (YoY) performance.  SaaS vendors and middleware vendors led the charge with solid double digit gains against tough comps.  Performance of on-premises apps vendors reflected the easy comps from a dismal 2009 […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 19, 2010

News Analysis: Charles Phillips Takes Over As CEO of Infor

Enterprise Software And Investment Banker Veteran Joins Third Largest Enterprise Apps Vendor Today’s announcement that former Oracle President Charles “Chuck” Phillips has taken the helm as CEO of Infor continues the executive management shuffle impacting the enterprise software space.  Based in Alpharetta, GA, Infor serves 70,000 customers in 125 countries worldwide and employs over 8,000.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 25, 2010

Research Report: How The Five Pillars Of Consumer Tech Influence Enterprise Innovation

Most Enterprise Software Vendors Fail To Deliver Innovation Despite hundreds of billions wasted on failed research and development projects, most market influencers would agree that enterprise software vendors have produced a dearth of innovation over the past decade.  Vendors often cite UI re-skins, major functionality additions, integration of acquisitions, technology re-platforms, and weak attempts at […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 4, 2010