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Event Report - ADP Meeting of the Minds - Wisely front and center - and the rest?
"On the concern side, ADP is to shy to give ADP MOTM attendees the product updates that they deserve. A roller coaster event-based communication strategy like on Liffion and PI does not make sense. The irony is that it usually predicts product issues and delays, and that is not the case for ADP at the moment. When the cat is out of the bag, you need to keep talking about how it is doing, developing etc. One of the big mysteries of my analyst career."
adp  constellation  research  daily  pay  future  of  work  futurist  hcm  holger  mueller  hr  core  meeting  the  minds  payroll  trusted  advisor  wfm 
2 days ago by jonerp
Event Report - Google Next 2019 - Google puts more arrows in the cloud quiver
"Digital Transformation and Verticals are added to the leitmotiv – Not surprisingly with Kurian there was the entry of the three-bullet slide – what matters are the new messages and since Google Next, they are Digital Transformation and Verticals. Both not brand new, from an influence perspective Digital Transformation is already a bit ‘tired’ but to be fair most enterprises have not been digitally transformed. Messaging needs to appeal to the bulk of existing and prospective customers, and this will likely work. Verticals are a new message, but something that the ‘As’ (how Google refers to Amazon and Azure) have woken up to as well. But Kurian brings a SaaS perspective: When I asked him if Google can win in Verticals without SaaS offerings – he smartly replied with the Media industry as an example where Google can play (and traditional ERP vendors have fallen short, as Kurian knows first hand from Oracle)."
cloud  constellation  research  futurist  google  platform  next  holger  mueller  iaas  nextgenapps  paas  trusted  advisor 
3 days ago by jonerp
News Analysis - IBM Unveils New Offerings for Faster and More Secured Path to Hybrid Cloud
"Great to have a customer quote right at the beginning… would have been more valuable if the CTO of Aetna would refer to the specific services here. And for the PR aficionados: IBM definitively has a new chief press release editor – customer quotes would always come towards the end in the past – with IBM executive and industry analyst quotes. Good to see the change, all that matters are… customers. "
cloud  constellation  research  futurist  holger  mueller  hybrid  ibm  multicloud  nextgenapps  nextgencompute  redhat  trusted  advisor 
9 weeks ago by jonerp
We had the opportunity to attend IBM's Think conference held in Las Vegas, all o...
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IBM ML comes to Swift - IBM has been closely working with Apple on Swift, pretty much since the launch of Apple's new programming language. The joint solutions are built on the platform, and given the IBM push on cognitive / Watson / ML / AI, it's key that developers on the Swift platform that are building applications in and for the IBM ecosystem can leverage IBM AI / ML services for the iOS applications. Something joint customers expected and IBM now has (finally) delivered. I had some good conversations with early adopters."
ai  cloud  constellation  research  futurist  holger  mueller  ibm  nextgen  apps  paas  partners  think  trusted  advisor  user  conference 
april 2018 by jonerp
Progress Report - C3IoT Analyst Day - A unique approach to PaaS needs more adoption - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, C3IoT is a relatively small vendor, with limited resources that must support a large solution footprint and a demanding customer base. Single projects that the C3IoT platform powers typically required a headcount larger than C3IoT’s complete employee base. Truly a David vs a Goliath task scenario, which C3IoT can only solve with scaling know how and 3rd party resources rapidly on its platform."
c3iot  cloud  constellation  research  futurist  holger  mueller  integration  iot  nextgen  apps  nextgenapps  paas  trusted  advisor 
october 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - Ceridian Insights 2017 - Ceridian widens and deepens the Dayforce Suite
"We had the opportunity to attend the Ceridian yearly user conference, Insights, held at the Aria in Las Vegas, from the 3rdtill 5th of October 2017. The conference had record attendance with almost 3000 participants and was very well attended from influencers and analysts."
ceridian  constellation  research  fow  future  of  work  hcm  holger  mueller  nextgen  payroll  strategic  advisor  trusted  workforce  management 
october 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - Microsoft Ignite / Envision 2017 - Broad push - few highlights - by @holgermu
"On the concern side Microsoft took an even more notable timeout on the Hololens side. And despite making key announcements that matter to customers (for instance support for Kubernetes, Tensorflow, CloudFoundry), these partnerships were all mentioned in the keynotes but not shown in demos (I may have missed them) or announced in roadmaps. Instead a lot of innovation on Docker came to light, e.g. SQL Server 2017 can run in… a Docker container. The biggest challenge enterprises have with Microsoft is the absence of a holistic PaaS strategy."
azure  constellation  research  dynamics  future  of  work  futurist  holger  mueller  iaas  microsoft  nextgen  apps  paas  sql  server  trusted  advisor 
september 2017 by jonerp
News Analysis - Oracle Unveils New Programs that Transform how Customers Buy and Consume Cloud – Gloves Off - by @holgermu
"For the industry, its key to watch how well Oracle can move customers to cloud (or cloud at customer). For Oracle competitors, massive potential could disappear. As Constellation estimates that 30-40% of on premise systems are either Oracle systems, or systems so closely connected to an Oracle system – this is a key development to watch – to determine the overall move of the on-premise load to public cloud (the other one is the VMware / AWS partnership)."
aws  cloud  constellation  research  database  futurist  holger  mueller  iaas  oracle  paas  saas  strategic  advisor 
september 2017 by jonerp
Summer 2017 News Analysis - Workday announces its PaaS - by @holgermu
"Workday has long held the record of most closed major SaaS property in the market. The moniker was something along the lines that “SaaS knows no customization”. A valid point, but only to the degree that enterprises must be able to run their business. At the moment enterprises can’t run their business anymore the pressure on vendors grows very quickly to provide better extension, customization and sometimes even stand-alone software building options."
appdev  apps  constellation  research  devops  futurist  hcm  holger  mueller  hr  nextgen  paas  strategic  advisor 
august 2017 by jonerp
Summer 2017 News Analysis - Oracle invests in IaaS (or at least CAPEX) - by @holgermu
"You can’t build out a cloud in the real world without massive CAPEX investment. Look at the AWS / Amazon, Microsoft Azure and Google numbers. On the flip side Oracle execs are smart enough to not throw good money after bad money – e.g. put CAPEX $s in a non-working cloud infrastructure. So, at any chance given to me since 2014 I asked CEO Mark Hurd – when will Oracle spend more CAPEX? The answer has always been evasive… But at its OpenWorld conference, Oracle unveiled the 2nd generation of its IaaS solution. It now seems to get the CAPEX it needs to get real."
cloud  constellation  research  database  holger  mueller  iaas  nextgen  apps  oracle  strategic  advisor  trusted 
august 2017 by jonerp
Summer 2017 News Analysis - Microsoft makes Azure Stack available - by @holgermu
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Why it matters: Despite the trend to cloud there are still many enterprises that have to operate enterprise automation on premises. Look at the number of SAP customers opting to run S/4HANA on premises. Microsoft now offers a path for them to run Azure similar / identical products – and build and move applications and load to an Azure like on premises stack – with the option to move it later. And there are plenty of motivated hardware vendors that want to sell more servers to customers for their local data centers (Cisco, Dell, HP etc etc.)"
azure  cloud  constellation  research  dell  futurist  holger  mueller  hp  microsoft  nextgen  apps  on  premise  partners  trusted  advisor 
august 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - Salesforce TrailheaDX - AI, Events and more - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, Salesforce is the only vendor that maintains two complete application platforms with Force and Heroku. Granted, this is less an issue for Salesforce in 2017 than it was eg. in 2012, as the vendor has grown to an impressive scale. But still R&D, marketing, sales etc. efforts go towards to platforms. And both platforms aren’t brand new in 2017, so neither will be the future platform for SaaS / PaaS. Those thoughts have to happen at Salesforce and will likely result in the emergence of a third platform in the coming year."
cloud  constellation  research  developers  force.com  futurist  heroku  holger  mueller  nextgen  apps  paas  salesforce  training  trusted  advisor 
june 2017 by jonerp
Progress Report - Unit4 Analyst Summit - New Achitecture and Deep Verticals - by @holgermu
"On the concern side Unit4 has its hands full. New platform, Business World On almost completely on it, new acquisitions to integrate and a new value proposition for customers. The good news for customers is that Unit4 is almost out the tunnel… It would be well advised to find a more aggressive go to market in North America in regards of its ERP products. More competition is good for customers and markets. And modern offerings are only modern … for so long."
constellation  research  erp  fp&a  futurist  higher  education  holger  mueller  nextgenapps  psa  service  industries  trusted  advisor  unit4 
june 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - Cloud Foundry CF Summit 2017 - Microsoft joins the kingdom - by @holgermu
"Microsoft joins the kingdom, SAP makes mark – Last year I referred to Cloud Foundry as the ‘King of PaaS’ – due to the lack of competition, most prominently in regards of the platform’s uptake by industry players that in another era would have built their own platform. And certainly not adopted an open source project. So, along the analogy, Cloud Foundry sees Microsoft joining the kingdom. While all partners are important, Microsoft is almost the last data point (Oracle is the last major player still standing out – formally) to join. Microsoft is a key win for CloudFoundry due to the vendor’s long history as development tool, platform product vendor and of course as owner of the Windows franchise. It also helps Microsoft as it gives its customers a (lower level) PaaS as go to location. Coupled with the expanded SAP presence and keynote by CTO Goerke it gives CloudFoundry more chops, most importantly adding two more cloud platforms with Azure and the SAP Cloud."
cloud  foundry  constellation  research  futurist  holger  mueller  iaas  ibm  microsoft  nextgen  apps  paas  sap  trusted  advisor 
june 2017 by jonerp
Progress Report - Hortonworks ploughs on - seeds BigData - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, HDF has not shown reasonable acceptable market adoption – at least that’s the interpretation since Hortonworks shared … no numbers on adoption. It’s going to be key for Hortonworks to get some traction, otherwise the return of R&D will be suboptimal for customers. On the brighter side HDP is doing well in the market, the IBM partnership will help further. It’s a departure from Hortonworks ‘open source only’ mantra, but reflects market realities and opportunities."
bigdata  constellation  research  futurist  hadoop  holger  mueller  hortonworks  ibm  nextgenapps  trusted  advisor 
june 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - Cornerstone on Demand Convergence 2017 - Back to Learning Basics - by holgermu
"We had the opportunity to attend Cornerstone’s yearly user conference Convergence in San Diego, held from June 5th till 7th 2017, at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina. The conference was very well attended with over 1000 attendees, and almost 30 influencers. The show floor saw a wide range of partners – including – as it’s in the time of the marketplace – coopetitors. A good sign for customers."
cloud  constellation  research  cornerstone  futurist  holger  mueller  hr  core  learning  nextgen  hcm  talent  management  trusted  advisor 
june 2017 by jonerp
News Analysis - Unit4 releases Wanda bot; the first true self-driving ERP user experience - by @holgermu
"Always good to see innovation. Bots like Wanda are changing the user experience of ERP radically and lastingly, probably forever. Once voice and chat work as a user interaction, there is no way back for a user. Interesting enough it will create a temporary stickiness of ERP applications from the user side – who don’t want to go back to keyboard and old screens, logins etc."
ai  assistant  bots  constellation  research  erp  futurist  holger  mueller  ml  nextgenerp  trusted  advisor  unit4  user  interface 
may 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - Red Hat Summit 2017 - The New Kids on the Block are thriving - by @holgermu
"We had the opportunity to attend Red Hats yearly user conference Red Hat Summit in Boston, held May 2nd till 4th 2017, at the Boston Convention Center. The conference was well attended with over 6000 attendees, a new record for Red Hat. In its 13th edition, I took note of the international customer base, reflected also in the Red Hat innovation awards."
aws  cloud  constellation  research  containers  futurist  holger  mueller  jboss  linux  nextgenapps  redhat  trusted  advisor 
may 2017 by jonerp
Progress Report - Oracle HCM Analyst Summit 2017 - Oracle HCM stronger and stronger - by @holgermu
"We had the opportunity to attend the Oracle HCM analyst meeting on February 22nd 2017, held at the beautiful Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay. The meeting was well attended with 20 analysts participating."
constellation  research  fusion  hcm  futurist  holger  mueller  hr  technology  nextgen  oracle  cloud  strategic  advisor 
february 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - SAP Capital Markets and S/4HANA Update - Good Plan - Execution matters in 2017
"On the concern side, talk is cheap and slides are patient. SAP must deliver and execute in 2017 to get S/4 HANA cloud out of a sleeping beauty style deep sleep. Bigdata capabilities, PaaS functionality and Machine Learning are quickly becoming table stakes for enterprises, so speed is of the essence."
ai  constellation  research  futurist  hcp  holger  mueller  machine  learning  nextgenerp;  paas;  hana  s4  sap  cloud  platform  strategic  advisor 
february 2017 by jonerp
Progress Report - Salesforce has a platform vision - 2017 it has to get real - by @holgermu
"On the differentiation side, we are not so sure if Salesforce has hit the mark, but that would require more detailed product roadmap / plan analysis than a 2 day analyst meeting can deliver. What is clear is that for the first-time Salesforce is offering a strategic path to rid itself of its in-house infrastructure. As founder Parker Harris correctly observed, IaaS was not around when Salesforce was started… but by now it is best practice for a SaaS (and PaaS) provider to be based on an IaaS and leave the heavy lifting (and investing) to the IaaS players."
aws  cloud  constellation  research  crm  futurist  holger  mueller  musings  nextgen  apps  nextgenapps  paas  salesforce  strategic  advisor 
january 2017 by jonerp
Musings – 5 lessons enterprises CxOs can learn from the US Elections - by @holgermu
"Never hurts to know your customer. Elites and closed clubs lose touch of the rest of an economy and socienty easily, has happened before and will happen again. Understand the market holistically and maybe drive across the US next time (and plan a few stops) to get re-connected with the whole market."
best  practices  cxo  digital  disruption  futurist  strategic  advisor  usa 
december 2016 by jonerp
Event Report - Kronos KronosWorks - Solid progress and big things loom - by @holgermu
"On the concern side Kronos must keep managing the transition and innovate in its product. The current architecture is adequate, but not how you want a workforce management product be for the next 10 years to come. The good news is that Kronos has done the heavy lifting, moving to an API architecture, even more interesting being used as an API layer for Workforce Management capabilities by large enterprises who have opted in building their own Time and Attendance / Absence Management."
constellation  research  hcm  holger  mueller  kronos  kronosworks  nextgen  smb  strategic  advisor  workforce  management 
november 2016 by jonerp
Event Report - IBM World of Watson - IBM's bets its future on Watson - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, IBM needs to make sure not lose the eye on ‘bread and butter’ business, e.g. buried in the announcements was a new, HTAP enabled version of DB2. That by itself would have carried a conference by itself not too many years ago. And pretty much all the solutions talk general capability with a grey line between Watson capabilities, product capabilities and what smart consultants are making possible. Prospects and customers want and need to know what are product vs. services capabilities, as the mix creates a very different value proposition. Hiding behind ‘it’s all about the solution’ won’t work for long, as tangible AI platform capabilities are key to evolve solutions that are powered by them."
ai  cloud  cognitive  computing  constellation  research  futurists  holger  mueller  iaas  ibm  ml  paas  predictive  analytics  strategic  advisor 
october 2016 by jonerp
Event Report - Zenefits Z2 event - Good start for the very SMB - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, Zenefits has lost some time to restart its offering. In the meantime, the competition has not stood still, and has equally simplified its products (e.g. Paychex) or extended its footprint (e.g. partner Gusto). And payroll is crucial to get right for enterprises small and large. A bad payroll run derails equally all work at an enterprise of any size. So expanding payroll footprint should be a priority for Zenefits."
benefits  constellation  research  futurist  hcm  holger  mueller  nextgen  strategic  advisor  user  conference  zenefits 
october 2016 by jonerp
First Take - Microsoft Ignite - AI, Adobe and FPGA [From the Fences] - by @holgermu
"On the concern side Microsoft needs to stretch the rubber between where it needs to be vis a vis the competition (there most notably AWS and Google) and at the same time where its customers are. There is a lot for customers to digest, understand and bring back to their executive teams for the adoption conversation. Making the case to a CIO’s peers was something that Microsoft has room to improve on, and at the same time needs to make sure their customer base does not get overwhelmed. Sometimes less is more. But a good problem to have."
ai  artificial  intelligence  azure  constellation  research  cortana  holger  mueller  ingnite  machine  learning  microsoft  office  strategic  advisor 
september 2016 by jonerp
Progress Report - ADP Analyst Day 2016 - ADP has turned around Vantage HCM - by @holgermu
"On the concern side ADP cannot afford to rest. While the current UI is still appealing, it is no longer as fresh and in tune with the latest innovations in UI that are happening these days. Likewise its Data Cloud is on the right architecture and platform, given these decisions were taken 2+ years ago, but a fresh start today may consider other platforms, designs and architectures."
adp  bpo  constellation  research  future  of  work  futurists  global  hr  globalization  holger  mueller  core  mnc  payroll  strategic  advisor 
september 2016 by jonerp
Market Move - Dell Technologies is here - 3 scenarios and a bonus perspective - by @holgermu
"A large part of the Dell business will be hardware, and despite Dell building market share with PCs, overall PC sales are slowly dwindling, and servers that Dell can built are commoditized to the point that the don’t need to be purchased from Dell (neither its competitors)."
acquisition  cloudfoundry  constellation  research  dell  emc  futurists  holger  mueller  pivotal  strategic  advisor  virtustream  vmware 
september 2016 by jonerp
Event Report - Box BoxWorks - Box is on the run - now with a platform - by @holgermu
"On the concern side there was little progress and announcement on the machine learning side. As an overall trend the intelligence permeates the LCD, which means the intelligence and the actor is not the human anymore – but the software behind it. In many cases today already, software is the better ‘driver’ for content than humans, it is cheaper, never sleeps, does not make mistakes, and if programmed correctly is bias free."
box  boxworks  cloud  constellation  research  content  developers  devops  futurists  holger  mueller  nextgen  apps  platform  strategic  advisor 
september 2016 by jonerp
Event Report - SAP SuccessFactors SConnect - Push on all fronts - by @holgermu
"On the concern side SAP must – like all vendors with a history in the enterprise software market – address the question of technical debt. Some of the acquired older SuccessFactors products are turning double digit if not teenage years old, always a point to rethink and possible rebuild products."
constellation  research  hcm  holger  mueller  hr  core  payroll  performance  management  sap  strategic  advisor  successconnect  successfactors  talent 
september 2016 by jonerp
Progress Report - IBM Alliances Insights - Deep Plans, now it is execution time - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, IBM now needs to execute on these plans, without falling back to traditional ‘professional services’ roots and deliver the more IP based, productized offerings. IBM has the DNA, resources and people to do that, but they need to come together at the right time. The Rubicon that the services business has to cross is not to only leverage existing product commitments from a services perspective, but to create lasting IP or even product offerings that create a flywheel effect between its services and these new products."
constellation  research  futurists  holger  mueller  ibm  cloud  microsoft  oracle  partnership  sap  softlayer  strategic  advisor  watson 
august 2016 by jonerp
News Analysis - Workday, IBM Form Strategic Partnership on the IBM Cloud - The IaaS vendor race for SaaS load is on
"MyPOV – Describes well what is going – Workday ‘has adopted’ IBM Cloud (likely SoftLayer) but will become the foundation for Workday’s development and test environments. Development and test environments are usually of less interest to SaaS customers, but the cost of providing, provisioning and maintaining them is a large chunk of CAPEX for any ISV / SaaS provider."
coud  finance  futurists  hcm  iaas  ibm  cloud  saas  softlayer  strategic  advisor  workday 
august 2016 by jonerp
Market Move - Randstad to acquire Monster Worldwide - Bridges a moat, now it has to work - by @holgermu
"This is an interesting move and may give the executives at Adecco, Kelly Services, Manpower, Robert Half and more some food for thought. If Randstad can become more strategic for HR decision makers and enterprises overall, then all will have to react. In the meantime, they may sit on the sideline and hope Randstad may get distracted and may not deliver, but that’s a risky strategy. There are enough Monster competitors with similar structural market challenges – their valuation maybe on the rise."
acquisition  futurists  monster  nextgen  hcm  randstad  sourceright  recruiting  staffing  strategic  advisor  talent 
august 2016 by jonerp
Event Report - Pivotal SpringOne Platform - Spring in its 2nd spring - by @holgermu
"On the concern side it is really what the next steps after the immediate and announced ones will be. Adoption remains a challenge for all players, it is one thing to select a tool, a totally different challenge to become a software producer for almost every enterprise. Breaking with the best practice of using standard software and starting to build you own next generation applications is a major internal transformation."
cloud  foundry  constellation  research  framework  futurists  holger  mueller  nextgen  apps  nextgenapps  pivotal  springone  strategic  advisor 
august 2016 by jonerp
Market Move - Oracle acquires NetSuite - Oddly consolidation means more options for customers - by @holgermu
"This is likely not going to affect Oracle Cloud customers. Oracle has been a serial acquirer, the company knows how to do acquisitions, though this is the 2nd largest acquisition Oracle has done. And NetSuite has more overlap with many Oracle products than Peoplesoft had – e.g. NetSuite brings working CRM and Manufacturing applications to Oracle (something Peoplesoft did to a lesser extend). So Oracle will have to be very clear on where it sees the sweet spot for either product and what customers can expect to use depending on their size and use case"
acquisition  constellation  research  erp  futurists  holger  mueller  netsuite  oracle  strategic  advisor 
july 2016 by jonerp
Global HR Matters - How to get there - Part 1 - Why global is challenging, but critically important - by @holgermu
"On the software side, Global HR software on the contrary though, does exist, but as one can imagine it is a challenge to create and even more to maintain this kind of software. For an HR software vendor to be in the ‘Global HR’ system business, the vendor needs to understand the local content, the legislation and best practices that govern each of the countries the vendors wants to support."
analyst  firms  best  practices  constellation  research  futurists  global  hr  globalization  hcm  holger  mueller  nextgen  strategic  advisor 
july 2016 by jonerp

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