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News Analysis: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Acquires Parature For Customer Service Capabilities

Dynamics CRM Gains Key Technology and Team To Take Existing Customer Care Assets To Next Level On January 7th, 2014, The Microsoft Dynamics CRM team announced a definitive agreement to acquire Herndon, VA based Parature for an undisclosed sum.  This acquisition is Microsoft Dynamic’s CRM’s largest to date. Parature is an East Coast software start-up […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 6, 2014

News Analysis: IFS Acquires Metrix To Boost Mobility And Service Management

Mobility and Scheduling Play A Key Role In IFS Service Management Strategy On May 23rd, IFS acquired Metrix, a service management and mobility vendor headquartered in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  IFS adds 90 customers with Metrix.  Key highlights of the acquisition include: Expansion into new markets. Metrix Service Management provides a field service management and depot repair […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 13, 2012

Monday's Musings: Decoupling Support From Maintenance – What Apps Vendors Can Learn From Microsoft Dynamics

Who Says Support Has To Be Bundled With Maintenance? About a decade back, vendors would offer support and maintenance as two separate line items on their contracts.  Support would run about 5 to 10% the license fee and so would maintenance.  Keep in mind, average support and maintenance fees were under 15% back then.  Here’s […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 8, 2010

Research Report: The 18 Use Cases of Social CRM – The New Rules of Relationship Management

Analyzing The Demand For Use Cases In Social CRM Since joining Altimeter Group, I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with my colleague Jeremiah Owyang on Social CRM.  On a daily basis, the requests for Social CRM strategies escalated from all parts of the organization. In fact, requests reflected all facets of CRM including the usual sales, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 5, 2010

Monday's Musings: Why Users Must Preserve Their Third Party Maintenance Rights

Apps Users Seek Third Party Maintenance For Cost, Value, and Service Updated surveys from inquiries, client conversations, and user group meetings show a 113.8% increase in interest in third party maintenance (3PM) services from Q3 2009 to Q1 2010 (see Figure 1).  Key factors stem from (see Figure 2.): Continuing cost pressures. Budgets continue to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 22, 2010

Tuesday's Tip: Now's The Time To Consider SaaS Software Escrows

With 2009 rapidly becoming the “Year of SaaS” and the tipping point for Cloud Computing, it’s hard not to notice the growing number of SaaS start ups (along with the legacy application vendors rushing to provide an “On-Demand”, but not really multi-tenant deployment option).  My snarky SaaS bigotry aside, we can expect hybrid deployment options […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 2, 2009

Monday's Musings: It's The Relationship, Stupid (Part 5) – Living In Denial

Economic Downturn Challenges Enterprise Software Executives To Uphold The Sanctity Of The Vendor – Customer Relationships Conventional wisdom would assume that in a challenging economy, strong relationships would be a key success factor to retaining business and mitigating loss of revenue.  Unfortunately, this does not appear to be the case for many companies, including vendors […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 18, 2009

Monday’s Musings: It’s The Relationship, Stupid! (Part 4) – Stop Under-investing In R&D

Economic Downturn Challenges Enterprise Software Executives To Uphold The Sanctity Of The Vendor – Customer Relationships Conventional wisdom would assume that in a challenging economy, strong relationships would be a key success factor to retaining business and mitigating loss of revenue.  Unfortunately, this does not appear to be the case for many companies, including vendors […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 27, 2009

Event Report: Lawson CUE 2009

Keynote highlights include themed presentations around value Customers, partners, and prospects gathered together in the always spectacular San Diego Convention Center for Lawson CUE 2009.  Moments before the keynote, the team unveiled the latest Lars Larson video, “Lost and Found”!  In true Lars Lawson fashion, the final solution reflected simplicity.  The keynote then kicked off […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 25, 2009

Monday’s Musings: It’s The Relationship, Stupid! (Part 3) – Stop Pushing Products That Clients Don't Need!

Economic Downturn Challenges Enterprise Software Executives To Uphold The Sanctity Of The Vendor – Customer Relationships Conventional wisdom would assume that in a challenging economy, strong relationships would be a key success factor to retaining business and mitigating loss of revenue.  Unfortunately, this does not appear to be the case for many companies, including vendors […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 13, 2009

Monday’s Musings: It’s The Relationship, Stupid! (Part 2) – Stop Slashing The Quality Of Support And Maintenance

Economic Downturn Challenges Enterprise Software Executives To Uphold The Sanctity Of The Vendor – Customer Relationships Conventional wisdom would assume that in a challenging economy, strong relationships would be a key success factor to retaining business and mitigating loss of revenue.  Unfortunately, this does not appear to be the case for many companies, including vendors […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 30, 2009

Monday's Musings: It's The Relationship, Stupid! (Part1) – Stop Commoditizing The Client Facing Workforce

Economic Downturn Challenges Enterprise Software Executives To Uphold The Sanctity Of The Vendor – Stakeholder Relationship Conventional wisdom would assume that in a challenging economy, strong relationships would be a key success factor to retaining business and mitigating loss of revenue.  Unfortunately, this does not appear to be the case for many companies, including vendors […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 16, 2009