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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 
5 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 
6 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
Musings - Why splitting Windows is Nadella's first major mistake
"Platform Morphing beats Platform Abandonment. You don’t split a platform, even when it is old. You renovate it (see e.g. IBM with Z/OS), you re-platform it (see Microsoft with Windows 10), you innovate (see Apple OS X) or you morph it to where it needs to be and where to evolve towards. Nadella is right that in the very long run, the PC is dead. And certainly, the cloud and the edge are showing more growth. But the industry has not come up with an alternative to the PC - yet. You can call the Chromebooks something else than a PC, but the form factor, connectivity is practically the same device. This is where Windows may have to morph, to maybe a browser based OS, and Microsoft has very much the assets (and the ambition) in play with Edge. And a micro Edge browser could very well work on the IoT edge. Wait – we have even have a perfect branding head line – Microsoft Edge for the IoT Edge – with all the good Windows DNA should that IoT edge platform need to get a little more beefier. Wait there is also Windows Server… so morph, position… even “embrace and extend” – remember that? Why no more in 2018?"
android  constellation  research  future  of  work  futurist  holger  mueller  ios  microsoft  nextgen  apps  platform  windows 
april 2018 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
Event Report - Oracle HCM World 2018 - Dallas - Steady Progress
"A good HCM World for Oracle, the product keeps progressing and customers and ecosystem are positive. Customers tap more and more into the suite benefits, adding modules after originally going live on more administrative functions as ESS / MSS and Payroll. Needless from the start though, suite level benefits are tangible and create productivity for users as well as HR departments, all leading to a more positive stance towards the product, in this case Oracle HCM Cloud."
benefits  cloud  hcm  constellation  research  fow  future  of  work  futurist  holger  mueller  hr  core  nextgenhcm  oracle  payroll  talent  management 
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 - SAP Hybris Live 2017 Barcelona - YaaS morphs and more agility ahead - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, SAP Hybris is in the middle of a transformation on the platform side and at the same side customer best practices are changing. SAP overall is trying to capture this with its design thinking projects under the SAP Leonardo umbrella, it is not clear how SAP Hybris is part of them. Equally missing is the overall SAP CRM vision and plans, something that always affects ecommerce plans, where SAP Hybris plays. Lastly SAP needs a 3rd party data and overall DaaS strategy, as customer acquisition and sentiment collected from first party data – will always remain only a fraction of the challenge ecommerce vendors have to solve."
cloud  constellation  research  crm  e-commerce  futurist  holger  mueller  iaas  nextgen  apps  nextgenapps  paas  sap  hybris 
october 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - Workday Rising 2017 - Workday opens and advances the platform - but its early days - by @holgermu
"Overall Workday is moving in the right direction, I’d like to see it move a little faster, but customers will be in good shape as long as Workday delivers on the platform, architecture and functionality capabilities it has announced and shared at Rising. CxOs making decision should practice the usual caution as with all new products – minimum required capabilities, commercial implications, and roadmap are a few prominent considerations to mention. Stay tuned."
ai  chris  kanaracus  cloud  constellation  research  erp  finance  future  of  work  futurist  hcm  holger  mueller  machine  learning  nextgen  apps 
october 2017 by jonerp
News Analyses Roundup - SAP's September Tech Announcements - SAP doubles down on technology
"On the concern side, SAP is coming late to many of these moves, but better late – than never. Extra kudos for the ABAP beta – we have asked SAP for many years about the future of ABAP developers. If you lose a developer community it is always hard to make up (look no further than IBM with Rational). And SAP decided to build the road before the destination with EIM. Ok. But SAP needs a SAP native (or certified) BigData / Hadoop capability."
cloud  constellation  research  content  eim  futurist  hana  holger  mueller  leonardo  mendix  mobile  nextgen  apps  nextgenapps 
september 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
Event Report - SAP SuccessFactors SuccessConnect - New Leadership - Old Challenges - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, SuccessFactors still needs to find its way inside, versus or with the SAP mainstream. The acquisition is soon more than six years ago and while SuccessFactors has delivered a compelling HR Core product with EmployeeCentral, it need to address looming payroll (no mention in keynote) and overall platform / suite level questions. The sooner, the better. And as a general conversation, HR conferences increasingly seem to be about celebrities and good vibes. All good but the product message can’t be overshadowed too much."
constellation  research  core  hr  fow  future  of  work  futurist  hcm  holger  mueller  nextgen  payroll  sap  successfactors 
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 - 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 - July 2017 Microsoft London AI Event - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, Microsoft has to find a match to the uptake in mindshare and real-world AI deployments that Google’s Tensorflow is seeing, if not Tensorflow will be the Kubernetes of 2017 – a Google launched open source offering that dominates an important aspect of the cloud infrastructure. And one can argue that Tensorflow is even bigger stakes than Kubernetes, as it not only dominates the AI / Machine Learning equation, but due to data gravity pulls along substantial data storage and processing load. Not to mention the model training and execution loads."
ai  bigdata  cloud  constellation  research  futurist  holger  mueller  iaas  machine  learning  microsoft  nextgen  apps  nextgenapps  r&d 
july 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
Event Report - FInancialForce Community Live 2017 - All about Services - by @holgermu
"On the concern side – it is always sensitive when vendors retrench in footprint plans and ambition. FinancialForce has done a respectable job at addressing these concerns and informing customers ahead of the changes in HCM and the partnership with ADP. At the end of the day it is better for vendors to realize what the can do with their R&D budgets, and better to stop too ambitious plans sooner than later What matters for FinancialForce customers is that the partnership with ADP will deliver – if and when it does – the potential FUD around this change - will all be history."
adp  cloud  constellation  research  erp  financialforce  financials  fow  future  of  work  futurist  hcm  holger  mueller  services 
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
Event Report - SAP Sapphire 2017 - All in on Leonardo, but wait there is more... - by @holgermu
"SAP & Hadoop – it remains rocky – A regular reader knows the concerns I have articulated many times with SAP – the lack of support for ‘spinning rust’ – aka HDD, aka ultra large cheap storage of digital information. Literally every next generation application scenario that creates digital disruption runs on Hadoop and uses MapReduce to understand data. I ask Plattner the question every time I can at Sapphire and got mildly optimistic, when Plattner agreed SAP needs a story here (after, body language doesn’t lie and an audible of then CTO Clark on ‘social networks’)."
cloud  constellation  research  futurist  holger  mueller  iaas  iot  leonardo  nextgen  apps  paas  s4  hana  sap 
may 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - Microsoft Build 2017 - Good Housekeeping, laying foundation, deliver on vision - by @holgermu
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On the concern side, there are only few things at the moment. Microsoft must clarify usage (and potential pricing as it consumes resources to use it) to the developer and ISV community. Biggest concern is probably Hololens, which was unusually quiet for a Build conference. Tacitly admitting that there is a lower end space for VR is one way as an indicator. I am sure the strategists in Redmond would have planned to have the Hololens for holiday shopping season 2017. Now it’s a partner strategy – but a fundamentally different experience – it is 100% VR – not mixed reality. And that middle of the road Windows 10 PCs can run this is a sign for a volume and low-price strategy – quite the opposite where the Hololens is these days. I think we will learn sooner or later more."
build  cloud  constellation  research  future  of  work  futurist  holger  mueller  hololens  iaas  microsoft  mysql  nextgenapps  office 
may 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
Event Report - NetSuite #SuiteWorld17 - The Suite gets complete and an Oracle boost - by @holgermu
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On the concern side, acquisitions are never easy. It is one thing to plead support and investment into NetSuite – another thing to execute it. There is a reason there is a chasm between large enterprise and SMB offerings – not only in product, but also go to market. Customer need to listen attentively how this will develop for them in the next quarters, as Oracle has to become a little more ‘un-Oracle’ to succeed in SMB."
constellation  research  erp  fow  future  of  work  futurist  hcm  holger  mueller  hr  netsuite  nextgen  oracle  smb 
april 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
First Take - AWS reInvent - 1st Keynote - AWS enters the hardware business - and much more - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, AWS has an issue of riches. With growing new capabilities from 700 to 1000 year over year - it is a lot for customers, prospects and partners to digest. I asked Jassy in Q&A and it is clear that AWS - at least for now - is not concerned about this. Architects help customers to walk through the challenge to find the right services for their use case is the answer."
amazon  aws  cloud  constellation  research  digital  disruption  transformation  futurist  holger  mueller  iaas  paas  reinvent  saas 
december 2016 by jonerp
Event Report - Microsoft Connect - No April's Fools - Linux, Google and more - by @holgermu
"On the concern side Microsoft still has steps ahead to become an enterprise level PaaS that starts with analysis, design capabilities, does requirement collection, end to end test automation etc. It will be interesting and potentially very powerful to see Visual Studio and Teams come together. I maybe wrong, but it always seems to me that Microsoft is about the developer (nothing wrong with it) and less about the enterprise that needs to build a next generation application."
azure  cloud  constellation  research  developers  futurist  google  holger  mueller  hybrid  linux  microsoft  nextgen  apps  sql  server 
november 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
Event Report - Salesforce Dreamforce #df16 - It's not about Einstein - but the platform - by @holgermu
On the concern side, time is off the essence for Salesforce. Key competitors in e.g. CRM as well as platform have made that move already and do not have to pay the tax for a dual platform in all phases of the software development lifecycle. The problem is that Salesforce product development speed is not moving breathtaking fast, e.g. an indicator is that the Sales Cloud has not fully moved to the new Lightning user experience / platform, that was announced …. at Dreamforce… 2014."
aws  constellation  research  crm  dreamforce  futurist  heroku  holger  mueller  nextgen  apps  nextgenapps  paas  platform  salesforce 
october 2016 by jonerp

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