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Musings - What enterprises want from their HCM Suites
"The best practices of running payroll when ready and needed are by now archaic. Real-time payroll information has quickly become standard for both employees and managers who want and need to make smart payroll-related decisions. The “always-on” payroll allows better transparency into pay-related information and processes. Benefits for all constituents in the process are tangible, so it’s good to see technology progress—largely powered by cheaper computing in the cloud—enabling these next-level best practices."
constellation  research  future  of  work  futurist  hcm  holger  mueller  hr  market  musings  nextgenhcm  recommendations  selection  criteria  trends 
september 2019 by jonerp
Progress Report - ADP Analyst Day 2019 - Ready for Prime Time
"On the concern side, it is now for ADP to show that it not only can build very good and visionary products, but also sell them into the market – to both prospects and the install base. This is always the 2nd step after building product, and with an industry mostly building product (e.g. payroll), ADP is in the lead in terms of maturity and now needs to convert that lead into customers and revenue. ADP will also have to ramp up its partner efforts and move from its largely inhouse implementation to a partner driven model. This allows ADP to keep focusing investment into products."
adp  constellation  research  future  of  work  futurists  hcm  holger  mueller  hr  core  nextgen  payroll  talent  management  trusted  advisor 
september 2019 by jonerp
DataOps and the Problem with ‘Ops’ Terminology
"We were shocked to read that 90% of enterprises are using DataOps, so we took a deeper look at the underlying 451 Research report, which was based on a survey sponsored by Delphix. The study actually says that 89% of the respondents expected to increase spending, investment, or development on DataOps technologies. Yet, the study provides a process-oriented definition of DataOps that allows any company to say its product or service say it is a DataOps technology. The report surveyed 150 representatives of North American organizations with more than 1,000 employees and a minimum of 2PBs of data under management who had a solid understanding of their organization’s data management strategy."
data  devops  research 
september 2019 by jonerp
DataOps and the Problem with ‘Ops’ Terminology
"We were shocked to read that 90% of enterprises are using DataOps, so we took a deeper look at that 451 Research survey that touted these results — the survey was sponsored by Delphix. The study actually says that 89% of the respondents expected to increase spending, investment, or development on DataOps technologies. Yet, the study, provides a process-oriented definition of DataOps that allows any company to say its product or service say it is a DataOps technology. The report surveyed 150 representatives of North American organizations with more than 1,000 employees and a minimum of 2PBs of data under management who had a solid understanding of their organization’s data management strategy."
data  devops  research 
august 2019 by jonerp
Capital One’s Cloud Misconfiguration Woes Have Been an Industry-Wide Fear
"Developers and IT decision-makers should not be surprised by the recent Capital One data breach: Misconfigurations have long been the top cloud security concern. A new StackRox survey of IT decision-makers supports this finding as 60% of respondents are more worried about misconfigurations or exposures, as compared to attacks and generic vulnerabilities."
cloud  services  security  research 
july 2019 by jonerp
Add It Up: Why Salesforce and Google Bought Tableau and Looker
"Twenty-eight percent of IT professionals believe that over the next five years more sophisticated data integration capabilities will be the focus in business intelligence and analytics software development, according to SharesPost’s October 2018 survey. This was a dramatic rise from only 10% that said so in the 2017 survey. Expectations also increased about the attention that will be paid to data visualization capabilities."
data  monitoring  research 
june 2019 by jonerp
Low-Code Platform Adoption Gets a Boost from Digital Transformation
"When asked just about low-code platforms in May 2018, only 23% of 3,228 developers surveyed worldwide by Forrester were using them, but another 22% planned to do so in the next year. The growth predicted in that survey appears to have come to fruition according to the more recent OutSystems data. Another survey of 254 IT and business decision makers responsible for digital transformation initiatives at large enterprises, conducted by Forrester on behalf of Appian, found that among 84% have implemented a low-code development tool or platform to handle a portion of application development. While this is close to the Evans Data finding, the adoption rate would likely be lower if it was only asked of smaller companies that do not have digital transformation initiatives."
programming  languages  tools  research 
june 2019 by jonerp
Progress Report - Workday Innovation Summit 2019 - Workday doubles down on AI and Skills
"On the concern side, Workday’s move to the public cloud is … slow. When asked, Bhusri foresees probably two more hardware refresh cycles in the Workday data centers… translated, that means he sees full public cloud 4-6 years out. Operationally that maybe fine, but from the AI / ML perspective obstructional to implement any deep learning on customer data. Workday is to a certain point lucky, as HR and Finance are somewhat moving slower than e.g. Commerce, IoT etc. I also missed (at least a demo refresh / update) on voice as the new UX, as this is most transformation for the sporadic nature of HCM interactions.
ai  analyst  meeting  analytics  artificial  intelligence  constellation  research  finance  hcm  holger  mueller  innovation  machine  learning  nextgenerp  workday 
may 2019 by jonerp
AIOps Users Found in the Wild
"AIOps early adopters have been identified. Nine percent of the 846 respondents to a Turbonomic survey have rolled out artificial intelligence or machine learning (AI/ML) IT management into production. Another 28% are “experimenting” with AI/ML for IT management, but we don’t know if that means an internal expert is creating algorithms or if a vendor product that touts AI/ML under the hood is being piloted."
machine  learning  monitoring  research  this  week  in  numbers 
may 2019 by jonerp
Event Report - Ultimate UltiConnect - More mobile, more Zander and a new tech stack
"On the concern side, Ultimate needs to find the development speed to move all its offerings to a consistent UX. The ‘gamble’ of a mobile only approach may work out, but the next year will have to show if Ultimate can extend the mobile capabilities beyond employee, manager and (some) HR admin capabilities, of will have to go back to fundamental renovation / innovation of the browser UX. A leaner architecture is key, and we will see if Ultimate has the discipline to deliver towards that. That will make it easier to run in hybrid mode, though we would like a vendor not to spend on inhouse data center re-freshs in 2019."
ai  assistant  constellation  research  future  of  work  hcm  holger  mueller  hr  services  nextgen  payroll  ulticonnect  ultimate  user  conference 
may 2019 by jonerp
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 
april 2019 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 
april 2019 by jonerp
Progress Report - SAP Cloud Analyst Summit 2019 - Intelligent Suite and Moving to SAP Tech Stack
"Let’s focus on the good news first: The SAP Intelligent Suite messaging, unveiled at the very first meeting of this group one year ago – is still the true north for S/4HANA, C/4HANA and the sisters. It takes time to build product and keeping the vision and strategy the same is vital for delivering successful enterprise products. I may have missed the plans on the integration side. SAP is creating a distributed system landscape and this time owns the integration between these automation islands. At Sapphire 2018 executives were aware of owning this and committed to it. By now its time to see more specifics on how SAP wants to enable that integration for its customers."
ariba  c4hana  cloud  concur  constellation  research  fieldglass  hana  holger  mueller  hybris  nextgenerp  qualtrics  s4 
march 2019 by jonerp
IT Spending: Top Down vs. Decentralized Decision Making
"Looking at the list of current and future organizational changes, decentralization is obviously not a priority for IT leaders. Only 8 percent plan to move IT budgets to individual business units while 34 percent want to move them towards the CIO. Furthermore, only 12 percent plan to co-locate IT staff to business units."
culture  research  this  week  in  numbers 
march 2019 by jonerp
Musings - SAP democratizes Product Development - what does it mean for Customers?
"When SAP announced the Qualtrics acquisition I joked with McDermott on a briefings call, how he felt as head of product. He hesitated a moment, then laughed it off…. But the new reality at SAP is now that falls into three large product development areas – something that has not happened in over 20 years. "
c4hana  constellation  research  fieldglass  future  of  work  holger  mueller  hybris  musings  nextgen  apps  s4  hana  sap  ariba 
march 2019 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 
february 2019 by jonerp
Digital Transformation, IT, and the Rest of the Company
"The IT department and the rest of the company don’t always see eye-to-eye, but everyone agrees that achieving greater operational efficiency is a top priority for DX. Non-IT believes producing revenue and reducing costs are primary priorities for digital transformation, while those are only secondary concerns for IT. In contrast, IT is more interested in integration, security, and maintaining system resilience."
cloud  native  culture  research  this  week  in  numbers 
february 2019 by jonerp
Security Worries Rise as Container Adoption Increases
"Of the 266 that have containers in production, 47 percent said the containers had vulnerabilities, with that figure rising to 58 percent for those with more than 100 containers in production. The percentage of those that “don’t know” if there are vulnerabilities declines as the number of containers running increases."
application  security  containers  research  this  week  in  numbers 
january 2019 by jonerp
Open Source Investment: Show Me the Money (and Time)
"The battle for open source acceptance has been won. The next battle is creating a sustainable funding mechanism for open source developers. Companies that have created open source business models are facing challenges as companies like Amazon Web Services provide services based on OSS projects. Yet, public shaming like seen in the tweet below will not change this phenomenon. Instead, large cloud customers may be able to generate more open source investment by cloud providers if there is proof that involvement in projects has a demonstrable impact on service quality."
programming  languages  open  source  research  this  week  in  numbers 
december 2018 by jonerp
Event Report - AWS reinvent 2018 - Push, push - AI and hardware
"On the concern side, the AWS portfolio is broader and deeper than ever before. AWS keeps staying with the Chinese menu philosophy, and it means massive choice… but staying with the analogy, when a Chinese restaurant adds a full menu every year, even the most loyal customers will have a hard time to keep an overview of the menu – and manage to repeat-order the same dishes (aka products) at the next visit (aka implementation project)"
ai  aws  bi  cloud  constellation  research  google  holger  mueller  iaas  machine  learning  nextgen  compute  platform  paas  tensorflow 
december 2018 by jonerp
US survey says shoppers want less automation, more human interaction with customer service
"The report revealed that, despite misconceptions of robots taking over, consumers still want human interaction while navigating digital assets. What’s more, they don’t expect, nor want technology to replace real people. It’s true consumers are open-minded about using technology like chatbots that save time and make life easier. But they still trust humans to help solve more complex problems and make experiences such as online shopping, filling a prescription or making a bank deposit — more enjoyable."
erp  latest  news  ai  artificial  intelligence  automation  brands  chatbots  customer  service  gartner  human  interaction  research  retail 
december 2018 by jonerp
Event Report - Kronos KronosWorks 2018 - Kronos is firing on all cylinders...
"On the concern side, Kronos needs to accelerate on the AI side, it is relatively late with Aimee and it needs to come up with a voice driven UI, which is key for end users. That is all not too far away for Kronos, but it needs to happen. Moving from Workforce Management to HCM means that vendors cannot hide under the complexity and compliance blanket but must show some style and appeal to motivate users… and we are not even talking Talent Management here. Kronos also needs to get their buying center to step up inside the HR buying center, quite a change for the current Kronos supporters."
constellation  research  core  hr  enterprise  acceleration  future  of  work  hcm  holger  mueler  kronos  kronosworks  nextgen  payroll  smb 
december 2018 by jonerp
Event Report - AWS reInvent 2017 - AWS grows and grows...
"One of the emerging concerns is around Machine Learning. Expectations that AWS may announces its own neural network and compete with Google’s TensorFlow seem unlikely to happen at this point. Who would have thought that AWS would enter multiple partnerships with Seattle neighbor Microsoft on Machine Learning? The risks for AWS are tangible, if any other IaaS vendor can show faster, cheaper and better Machine Learning performance, it will create a magnetic effect on data. And with data goes load, not to mention that Machine Learning itself creates a lot of load. And load is the mother milk of IaaS vendors success."
ai  alexa  aws  cloud  constellation  research  database  holger  mueller  iaas  machine  learning  nextgen  apps  paas  reinvent 
november 2018 by jonerp
Event Report - Ceridian Insights 2018 - Ceridian is on a roll
"On the concern side, Ceridian needs to push the envelope in the direction of Machine Learning / AI in general and voice as the new UI more. Last year at the user conference the vendor showed the most impressive voice demos of all HCM vendors in 2017 – a worker talking to Alexa (?) for an understanding of their shift situation and executing a shift swap. No demo this year, the vendor citing keynote time reasons… Behind an effective Machine Learning / AI strategy is the move to public cloud, to be able to leverage cheaper compute, spare capacity, low cost storage and overall compute elasticity. And Ceridian says the Dayforce suite runs on public cloud IaaS (I think Azure) but needs to move there for good. When the whole industry is moving to IaaS, it’s time for all vendors to move there to level the field."
ai  ceridian  constellation  research  future  of  work  holger  mueller  machine  learning  nextgen  hcm  payroll  succession  management  talent  workforce 
november 2018 by jonerp
Event Report - SAP TechEd 2018 - Las Vegas -
"SAP is making substantial progress with SAP CP. With the commitment of getting the “5 sisters” (Ariba, Concur, Fieldglass, Hybris and SuccessFactors) platformed on SAP CP there is a much clearer platform strategy going forward. SAP has bet on CloudFoundry and CloudFoundry has won the PaaS market (for now). At the same time Kubernetes is for the first time giving CxOs cross IaaS portability and it’s good to see SAP supporting that with Gardener. FaaS is early days in general, especially for cross IaaS FaaS, where the IaaS vendors all try to create lock-in. But CxOs don’t want lock-in – neither does SAP – so SAP has an important role to play and may have to use its muscle to build a cross IaaS FaaS standard (dangling all the on-premise load that SAP commands will make all top 3 IaaS vendors pay attention). For CxOs this means SAP CP has delivered another proof point to be the PaaS of choice when building net gen Apps in the SAP ecosystem."
abap  constellation  research  developers  holger  mueller  nextgen  apps  paas  sap  teched 
october 2018 by jonerp
Event Report - Salesforce Dreamforce 2018 - AI, Apple & Customer 360 - but where is the CRM thought leadership?
"It was the usual mega event for Salesforce, it’s partners and its users. Attendees were optimistic and looking forward on innovation to come in 2019. Good to see the shift towards more neural network-based AI, which at the moment is clearly the AI technology of choice. Good to keep Einstein’s voice efforts cross platform. But details were not shared – where does Salesforce plan to build all these models, where does the data have to be, etc. Good to see what MuleSoft is ultimately about, pulling off Customer 360 – if Salesforce managed to implement this architecture (and get customer to pay for it) – it may justify the princely cost of MuleSoft. To be fair – that is little of concern for Salesforce users, who they want to see value coming form their vendor overall, across the product suite."
ai  apple  cloud  constellation  research  crm  dreamforce  google  holger  mueller  learning  paas  platform  salesforce 
september 2018 by jonerp
Progress Report - ADP Analyst Day 2018 - Things are looking up
"ADP product portfolio gets stronger and stronger, now it has to prove itself in practice. Following the roll out waves in 2019 will be key for prospects and customers. The ability to have payroll managers configure, change and operate a payroll are innovative, at least of the scale that ADP needs to support. The team approach of Liffion is equally key, as teams are the org units that make and break enterprise success. And for that, very little has been done in the past to support teams and their leaders."
adp  analyst  meeting  constellation  research  hcm  holger  mueller  hr  core  nextgenhcm  payroll  progress  report  talent  management 
september 2018 by jonerp
News Analysis - Adobe, Microsoft and SAP announce the Open Data Initiative to empower a new generation of customer experiences - Good idea, good start...
"MyPOV – This has been the 20+ year promise of every CRM vendor – always desired – seldom achieved. But vendors traditionally only have taken an exclusive to their offering’s stance – which of course does not reflect enterprise reality, which spans multiple vendors… and left it to the enterprise to implement this use case.
adobe  cloud  constellation  research  crm  customer  success  holger  mueller  ignite  microsoft  nextgen  apps  sap 
september 2018 by jonerp
Add It Up: Data Scientists, Not Developers, Lead Machine Learning Efforts
"Developers are not the kingmakers of the fastest growing area of technology — machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI). Although TensorFlow, Sckit-Learn and Spark MLLib are popular on GitHub, they are at their core libraries used by data scientists to build models that enable machine learning and types of artificial intelligence functionality."
analysis  research  top  stories  add  it  up  machine  learning 
august 2018 by jonerp
The cloud continues to grow in leaps and bounds, but it’s still AWS’s world
"That is not to say that Microsoft and Google are not growing too. In fact, Canalys had Microsoft growing at an 89 percent clip last quarter while Google grew an amazing 108 percent. It’s always important to point out that it’s easier to grow from a small number to a bigger number than it is to grow from a big number to a bigger number. Yet AWS continues to defy that idea and grow anyway, although not quite at the rate of its competitors."
cloud  alibaba  amazon  canalys  marketshare  google  microsoft  synergy  research 
july 2018 by jonerp
Musings - Enterprise Acceleration - and what every HR Leader should know about it
"3. 21st century learning. CxOs need to have a conversation about modernizing their learning systems to the needs of the 21st century workforce. This means that learning content has to be pervasive, can be self-created, and can be self-curated and consumed at the space of the modern workforce. Too much learning happens at the wrong time in the wrong place, and the speed of forgetting newly learnt information and capabilities is killing any speed an enterprise was planning to pick up from the training / learning in the first place."
constellation  research  enterprise  acceleration  fow  future  of  work  holger  mueller  hr  tech  nextgenhcm 
july 2018 by jonerp
Oracle could be feeling cloud transition growing pains
"“Generally speaking, when a company chooses to reduce the amount of financial detail it shares on its key strategic initiatives, that is not a good sign. I think one of the justifications put forward is that is becoming difficult to differentiate between cloud and non-cloud revenues. If that is indeed what Oracle is claiming, I have a hard time buying into that argument. Its competitors are all moving in the opposite direction,” he said."
cloud  amazon  aws  marketshare  microsoft  oracle  synergy  research 
june 2018 by jonerp
News Analysis - Unit4 releases People Platform Extension Kit - A new way to fit ERP to business needs - by @holgermu
"It’s not often ERP vendors change the game on customization and extension, this press release from Unit4 deserves attention as it does exactly that."
constellation  research  erp  holger  mueller  nextgenapps  nextgenerp  paas  platform  unit4 
june 2018 by jonerp
News Analysis - Informatica Announces Spring 2018 Release General Availability
"MyPOV – Data Governance remains important, especially given the recent data breach news… but governance has to happen on a day to day, and in the era of the cloud, minute by minute basis. Not sure how well Axon can perform here, but it needs to very automated, ideally almost human free in the operational aspects, so it really empowers an enterprise and does not suffocate if with compliance and admin needs."
bigdata  cloud  constellation  research  data  holger  mueller  informatica  integration  mdm  nextgen  apps  nextgenapps 
may 2018 by jonerp
Event Report - Microsoft Build 2018 - AI, IoT and bringing it together
"We had the opportunity to attend Microsoft’s developer conference Build, held from May 7th till 9th 2018 at the Seattle Convention Center in Seattle. Attendance with over 7k attendees, and a large global representation of the press colleagues makes this one of the best attended events from an influencer perspective."
ai  azure  build  cloud  constellation  research  developers  future  of  work  holger  mueller  iot  microsoft  ml  nextgen  apps 
may 2018 by jonerp
Progress Report - SAP SuccesFactors - More SAP (technology)
"SuccessFactors is making progress, but the pace seems to be glacial. Realistically using more of SAP technology, a good decision overall, means even more ‘plumbing’ work by R&D resources vs. ‘sun deck’ work (building SaaS capabilities). But it is an investment SAP should make, with the expectation of better productivity and more functionality being shipped in a few years – latest."
analyst  meeting  constellation  research  future  of  work  futureofwork  holger  mueller  mobile  nextgen  hcm  payroll  sap  successfactors  talent  management 
may 2018 by jonerp
Event Report - NetSuite SuiteWorld 2018 - NetSuite goes Global and Oracle
"On the concern side, NetSuite may not be moving fast enough yet. It needs to move to 30, then 50 supported countries fast, to e.g. counter and lead vis a vis other large ERP vendors SMB products (starts with an S…). And while I always like when vendors go back and fix something (the Commerce offering), it does not make sense for NetSuite to play in the space, while e.g. not having a full HCM Suite, no clear CRM strategy , some holes in SCM and so on. So, NetSuite not only needs to move fast, but also smart, which the vendor is doing on most aspects, but needs to do more. For instance, NetSuite needs to announce the next 10 or better 20 target countries for its Globalization / Localization plans, so customers can plan their roll outs accordingly."
constellation  research  erp  future  of  work  hcm  holger  mueller  netsuite  nextgen  oracle  smb  suiteworld  taleo  user  conference 
may 2018 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
Event Report - SAP Ariba Live 2018 - Las Vegas - Sustainability and UX - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, SAP Ariba did not talk and show as much AI / ML and Blockchain that it talked about in 2017. Though the contract text analysis in the partnership with IBM has been delivered, it is not the broad uptake the technology needs in Procurement. Did anybody say software agents?"
ariba  constellation  research  hana  holger  mueller  nextgen  apps  outsourcing  procurement  sap 
march 2018 by jonerp
Musings - Time to bring back the software user conference - by @holgermu
"Subject Expertise beats Celebrity. Yes, user conferences are also about inspiration. But a shows star, soap operate protagonist or a talk show host - is not something an enterprise software user can relate to for their work and why they spend 3-4 days and a few thousand budget dollars / euros to come to a conference. Vendors show offer subject matters, if push comes to shove from the user base. There is instant validation, trust and respect from a user to another user presenting. There is direct bonding of being in the same boat and sharing experiences from that. No celebrity can do that. Glamour effects don't last."
constellation  research  future  of  work  holger  mueller  musings  nextgen  apps  user  conference 
march 2018 by jonerp
Event Report - Mobile World Congress 2018 - 5G and more #MWC18 - by @holgermu
"5G everywhere – I thought I saw a 5G sticker on my Iberic Ham sandwich… 5G was everywhere, slapped on everything… ironically the debut demos were all about… phone calls. And that’s what 5G is not about, but about bringing networks to 21st century standard in throughput (high def video), latency (<1 ms) and density (over 100+ devices on a square meter). These are all key specs to enable a more human (visual), a more thing driven (density) and a more AI driven (latency) next generation application for enterprises, all very hard to do on current 4G / 4G LTE standards."
5g  android  apple  constellation  research  futureofwork  google  holger  mueller  mobile  nextgenapps  samsung  smartphone 
march 2018 by jonerp
GitHub Predicts Hottest 2018 Open Source Trends
"The hottest project and community results in 2017, then, would logically foretell growth areas and trends for the coming year. This is what emerged:

Cross-platform development: Projects focused on cross-platform web development experienced the largest growth in activity. The most-starred projects related to Angular, React and Electron, all of which attracted significantly more visitors and contributors in 2017. In particular, Angular/angular-cli more than doubled its contributor base over the past year.
Deep learning: The number of visitors to TensorFlow also more than doubled in 2017, while the TensowFlow/models repo’s visitorship more than quintupled. Keras and Mozilla’s DeepSpeech also saw significant increases in contributions and visitors."
analysis  research  top  stories  angular  container  ecosystem  deepspeech  development  docker  education  electron  github  keras 
february 2018 by jonerp
News Analysis - Oracle wants to make the whole cloud stack autonomous - by @holgermu
"MyPOV – When Ellison announced the self-autonomous database at Oracle OpenWorld in fall 2017, something was missing: The application of the same principles to the overall technology stack. After all – what is an autonomous database good for, when it gets compromised by network security issues that do not have the benefits of autonomous capabilities. So, this is a key follow up announcement."
ai  autonomous  cloud  constellation  research  holger  mueller  iaas  machine  learning  nextgen  apps  oracle  paas  saas  self  driving  architecture 
february 2018 by jonerp
Alibaba Cloud growing like gangbusters, but still far behind AWS and other market leaders - by @ron_miller
" Last week Chinese eCommerce giant Alibaba announced its Q3 earnings. Cloud revenue was $553 million, an impressive 104 percent year-over-year increase. That comes out to a run rate in the range of $2.2 billion, well behind Google which announced it is pulling in a billion dollars a quarter and still buried behind the market leaders all of whom reported around $4 billion+ a quarter."
cloud  tc  alibaba  aws  market  share  synergy  research 
february 2018 by jonerp
Event Report - ADP rethink - Great event and a lot in the making - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, ADP will have to switch the format of the event from vision heavy to more product centric. It would almost be a crime in the positioning category not showing and sharing with its global customers what is happening with Lifion and Pi."
adp  constellation  research  fow  future  of  work  global  hr  hcm  holger  mueller  integration  nextgen  payroll  user  conference 
february 2018 by jonerp
Market Move - SAP acquires Callidus - More Sales Effectiveness in the Back Office of the Front Office - by @holgermu
"SAP hasn’t been on the 1B+ acquisition path since 2014, and at the same time is building out its next generation ERP offering with S/4AHANA. SAP seemed to be on an organic build out path of capabilities, so the more (or less) was the surprise that SAP stepped back into acquisition mode, acquiring Dublin, CA based Callidus Cloud (Callidus going forward here) for 2.4B US$."
acquisition  callidus  cloud  constellation  research  crm  erp  holger  mueller  market  move  nextgenerp  oracle  paas  saas 
january 2018 by jonerp
News Analysis - Informatica Delivers the Industry's Next-generation iPaaS >> A good start for cloud based iPaaS
"MyPOV – Correct, enterprises are realizing, that they have a new kind of integration problem at hand. On the bright side they now have the option to move the integration engine platform from on premises to the public cloud, a key inflection point for the iPaaS industry."
cio  cloud  constellation  research  cxo  enterprise  holger  mueller  integration  ipaas  nextgen  apps  paas 
january 2018 by jonerp
Market Move - ADP Acquires WorkMarket to Further Extend Human Capital Management to Contingent Workers [...] - The Gig Economy looms on the Future of Work
"A first move by a key HCM player, so certainly worth one of our customary news analysis blog posts, with a Market Move format angle at the end. The press release can be found here."
acquisition  adp  constellation  research  contractors  future  of  work  gig  economy  hcm  holger  mueller  hr  market  move  nextgen 
january 2018 by jonerp
News Analysis - Google expands its global infrastructure with new regions and subsea cables - keeps investing in the Google Network as a differentiator
"The monopoly race is on between all key cloud IaaS players, the most prominent ones being AWS, Microsoft, Google, IBM and Oracle. There are always monthly press releases about new data centers being announced, opening etc. But seldom there is a ‘bulk’ announcement like the one that Google announced yesterday, in a blog by Treynor Sloss, that can be found here."
constellation  research  google  cloud  platform  holger  mueller  iaas  network  nextgen  apps  performance  management 
january 2018 by jonerp
The One Thing to Always Do When Mentioned in Analyst Research - by @barnes_hank
"When you don’t do this, everything is reactive. I still remember a situation where there was a competitive POC bake-off. Both my firm and the competitor were featured in “the best place” in an analyst report. The competitor was slightly better positioned. Despite winning the bake-off, the sales team had to defend the placement. But they had not context."
go-to-market  analyst  relations  magic  quadrant  research  sales  enablement 
january 2018 by jonerp
News Analysis - SAP HCM On-Premise Option for SAP S/4HANA - or is this S/4HCM? - by @holgermu
"MyPOV – Good for SAP to acknowledge customer reality. Vendors can strategize and build on product as much as they want – they need customers to follow. When they don’t follow – later more – investments have to be adjusted. The ‘some SAP customers’ are the first 1000 (and numbers growing) SAP S/4HANA on premises customers. The foundation of what SAP wants to be the new ERP suite of the 21st century, it’s 21st century version of R/3."
cloud  constellation  research  fow  future  of  work  hana  hcm  holger  mueller  hr  nextgen  on  premise  s  4hana 
january 2018 by jonerp
Researchers Found Two Major Security Flaws In Processors That Affect Most Of The World's Computers
"In a blog post responding to the research, Intel said the flaws described had "the potential to improperly gather sensitive data from computing devices that are operating as designed," but that the company "believes these exploits do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete data."
In  a  blog  post  responding  to  the  research  Intel  said  flaws  described  had  "the  potential  improperly  gather  sensitive  data  from  computing  devices  that  are  operating  as  designed  "  but  company  "believes  these  exploits  do  not  have  corrupt  modify  or  delete  data." 
january 2018 by jonerp
The Commodity Container Story - by @fintanr
"This actually raises one of the thornier questions around using bleeding edge software such as Kubernetes. Enterprises, even the most forward looking, are somewhat conservative – and as such are generally going to be running at least one release behind (in areas such as operating systems we frequently see upgrades, beyond security patches, running out at least 18 months and beyond). There is a reason long term support is a lucrative source of revenue for vendors."
aws  business  cio  cloud  native  cto  devops  infrastructure  orchestration  research  serverless  strategy 
december 2017 by jonerp
Mathwashing: How Algorithms Can Hide Gender and Racial Biases
"It seems that machines can and do indeed assimilate human prejudices, whether they are based on race, gender, age or aesthetics. Experts are now finding more evidence that supports this phenomenon of algorithmic bias. As sets of instructions that help machines to learn, reason, recognize patterns and perform tasks on their own, algorithms increasingly pervade our lives. And in a world where algorithms already underlie many of those big decisions that can change lives forever, researchers are finding that many of these algorithms aren’t as objective as we assume them to be."
culture  research  science  technology  top  stories  algorithmic  auditing  bias  algorithms  artificial  intelligence  bias-correction  data  development 
december 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - Pivotal SpringOne 2017 - It’s all about PCF – and some Spring - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, while it was almost refreshing not to hear a mention of Machine Learning / AI at a conference in 2017, it still means that Pivotal will have to give its customers and users a solution in this important space. But fair enough, serverless first. Equally the BigData / Hadoop relationship is not mended with the leading vendors, giving Pivotal’ s database history… but better to fix this sooner than later… and the only IaaS hold outs really have been AWS and Oracle… but it is likely that Pivotal is out to get those players in 2018."
cloud  cloudfoundry  constellation  research  developer  framework  holger  mueller  nextgen  apps  nextgenapps  paas  pivotal  springone 
december 2017 by jonerp
Progress Report - Ultimate Software Analyst Day 2017 - Keeping the momentum - by @holgermu
"We had the opportunity to attend Ultimate Software’s first analyst summit, held at the vendor’s headquarters in Weston, Florida, November 16th. Always good to be at an inaugural analyst meeting, good attendance by the usual HCM analysts."
ai  constellation  research  hcm  holger  mueller  hr  mobile  nextgen  payroll  ultimate  workforce  management 
december 2017 by jonerp
Could an AI Generate the First Line of a Novel?
"And of course, the other half of the fun is sharing the ridiculous results on her blog. For example, given a dataset of 37,265 fish names, the neural network tried its hardest to generate its own. And last week Shane trained it on the first lines from 224 Disney songs. But this month Shane turned her attention to one of the most human endeavors of all: writing a novel. “When you’re faced with a blank page, sometimes it’s just hard to get started,” Shane joked on her web page. “I wanted to see if I could train a computer program to help.”
culture  research  technology  top  stories  artificial  intelligence  char-rnn  national  novel  writing  month  novel-generating  neural  networks  tech  the  arts  and  science  torch 
december 2017 by jonerp
How Human Workers Can Control Robots from Their Homes — with Virtual Reality
"It’s not clear what will happen, but it’s also possible that there’s a middle way. Rather than outright replacement, humans could be incorporated into the equation, working alongside collaborative robots or operating robots through virtual reality."
research  technology  csail  homunculus  model  massachusetts  institute  of  mit computer  science  and  artificial  intelligence  laboratory  oculus  rift  rethink  robotics  robots  telerobotics  virtual  reality 
november 2017 by jonerp
News Analysis - Microsoft and SAP join forces to give customers a trusted path to digital transformation in the cloud - by @holgermu
"
MyPOV – No surprise – Microsoft and SAP will drink their own champagne and use each other products / services… the emphasis on clear roadmap maybe some self-reflection on the fact that there has not been too much roadmap traction in the past 18 months. Good to see co-created and supported offerings and services – that’s what prospects and customers expect from both vendors when they partner."
azure  cloud  constellation  research  holger  mueller  iaas  microsoft  nextgen  apps  paas  partnership  s4  hana  saas 
november 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - Salesfore Dreamforce 2017 - My oh my - and serious platform news - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, Salesforce remains slow at innovating, but that is understandable, given the vendors efforts to move its platform from inhouse / Oracle to public cloud (AWS, Google) and more opensource. Not an exciting message for a general user conference, but the move will change Salesforce more than many other potential product announcements. Salesforce must go through this re-platform successfully, to remain competitive from a infrastructure perspective and also to power and create a modern platform around BigData and Machine Learning.'
constellation  research  crm  developers  digital  disruption  dreamforce  future  of  work  holger  mueller  innovation  learning  nextgen  apps  nextgenapps 
november 2017 by jonerp
IBM makes 20 qubit quantum computing machine available as a cloud service - by @ron_miller
"IBM has been offering quantum computing as a cloud service since last year when it came out with a 5 qubit version of the advanced computers. Today, the company announced that it’s releasing 20-qubit quantum computers, quite a leap in just 18 months. A qubit is a single unit of quantum information"
cloud  enterprise  tc  ibm  quantum  computing  advanced  research  mechanics  emerging-technologies  qubit 
november 2017 by jonerp
Beyond Bitcoin: Oracle, IBM Prepare Blockchains for Industrial Use
"For OpenWorld, Oracle launched a Blockchain-as-a-Service, to be released in early 2018. The service will bundle the technology, make the system private, and guarantee compliance with all regulations, all of which have issues with getting enterprise companies on board, according to Frank Xiong, Oracle vice president of blockchain product development."
events  technology  top  stories  bitcoin  black  book  research  blockchains  data  distributed  databases  systems  ibm  openworld  2017  oracle 
october 2017 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
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 - Oracle Open World 2017 - Top 3 Positives / Top 3 Concerns - Overall good - by @holgermu
"On the concern side, Oracle needs to find a better way with customers and improve its image and day to day standing. Betting solely on the better product is risky. And with the overall bet of Oracle on the large, integrated, chip to click stack (from the Silicon to the user click in SaaS) – enterprises will even more think twice before they do business with a vendor of Oracle’s wreputation. Doing right and better with customers is always a good true North – but it seems it is not (yet) a priority for Oracle executives, as none of that was mentioned in the critical keynotes."
autonomous  constellation  research  daas  database  future  of  work  hcm  holger  mueller  iaas  nextgen  apps  openworld  oracle  paas 
october 2017 by jonerp
Microsoft Quantum: A Trudeau Moment for the Wider Industry? - by @fintanr
"Announcements from Microsoft aside, it is important to note that IBM made a splash around their Quantum Computing work last year, and have an environment you can access today via the IBM Quantum Experience. As with Microsoft, the work of IBM is the result of years of research across multiple disciplines by scientists such as Dr Charles Bennett and Dr Jerry Chow."
business  cio  cloud  infrastructure  leadership  research  strategy 
september 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
Cloud Native Technologies in the Fortune 100 - by @fintanr
"Container usage, which, at its most basic level ostensibly maps to developers using Docker, is running at 71% across Fortune 100 companies. Kubernetes usage is running in some form at 54%, and Cloud Foundry usage is at 50%. In terms of public references with commercial suppliers Cloud Foundry leads the way, with twelve of the Fortune 100 publicly stating they are using Cloud Foundry, Docker and Kubernetes both have two public references. It is important to note that while public references are an interesting proxy, they are but the tip of the iceberg and in our conversations we hear of substantially more usage of the gambit of cloud native technologies."
aws  business  cio  cloud  foundry  native  containers  cto  infrastructure  research 
september 2017 by jonerp
Monday’s Musings: Part 1 of 4 – What Top CMO’s Care About (Demand Gen Persona) - by @rwang0
"These top CMO’s have coalesced around these seven concerns:

Dealing with convergence of marketing ops and sales ops. As new business models emerge and B2B and B2C models converge to P2P approaches, the traditional functional fiefdoms of marketing and sales seem quite antiquated. Organizations must decide if inside sales should belong in marketing or customer success reside with sales. This convergence and orchestration creates havoc on traditional structures but ultimately provide a customer centric approach."
2017  apps  strategy  cdo  chief  marketing  officer  cmo  constellation  research  content  context  customer  engagement  experience  management  cx  cxm 
august 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
Asking Your Customers For Help - by @barnes_hank
"Here’s a sample list of things you can ask your customers (btw, if you have a customer community–for service or advocacy–this can be really easy, but it’s not that hard without one):

Where do you go looking for information?
What influencers do you trust? Which ones don’t you trust as highly?
How hard is it to find information you need on our Web site?
What do you think of our new collateral?
What steps do you follow to make a purchase?
When do you start preparing the business case to justify extending a subscription service?
What slows down your buying efforts the most?"
go-to-market  buying  cycle  customer  experience  influencers  insight  research 
august 2017 by jonerp
Summer 2017 News Analysis - SAP Leonard event July 2017 - by @holgermu
"CxOs know that the 20th century best practices will not keep their enterprise in the survival race of the early 21st century. Design Thinking work shops are nothing new, and have proven themselves in the past. What is new is that an enterprise software vendor of the caliber of SAP is ready to partner with enterprises to establish these new best practices. This ensures integration with the rest of SAP automation and the potential bonus of becoming part of the roadmap. In the traditional approach it was clear that the work would always remain a custom effort – with the associated integration burden and maintenance costs following from a custom effort"
ai  bi  cloud  constellation  research  holger  mueller  iot  leonardo  machine  learning  nextgen  apps  paas  sap  platform 
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
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