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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 
4 weeks ago 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 
7 weeks ago 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 
10 weeks ago 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 
12 weeks ago 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
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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
Summer 2017 News Analysis - Microsoft makes Azure Stack available - by @holgermu
"
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
Summer News Analysis - Google introduces Google Hire - by @holgermu
"Google is getting more and more in the enterprise software space / SaaS market. Good to see it knows that e.g. data migration and reports are a must for the enterprise. It will have to answer questions soon in regards of plans to offer more than recruiting capabilities, e.g. onboarding and learning come to mind."
constellation  research  google  cloud  platform  for  work  gsuite  hcm  holger  mueller  hr  lean  recruiting  talent  acquisition  depth  chart 
july 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
Artificial intelligence is not as smart as you (or Elon Musk) think - by @ron_miller
"Yet these victories, as mind-blowing as they seemed to be, were more about training algorithms and using brute-force computational strength than any real intelligence. Former MIT robotics professor Rodney Brooks, who was one of the founders of iRobot and later Rethink Robotics, reminded us at the TechCrunch Robotics Session at MIT last week that training an algorithm to play a difficult strategy game isn’t intelligence, at least as we think about it with humans."
artificial  intelligence  robotics  tc  research  fear  of  rodney  brooks  gill  pratt  irobot  elon  musk  rethink  deepmind  alphago 
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
How AWS And Azure Competing Is Improving Public Cloud Adoption - by @louiscolumbus
"Only 37% of current Azure users expect to add or replace their Public Cloud provider, compared to 53% of current AWS users and 50% of GCP users. The study found that approximately 40% of respondents expect to add or replace their cloud provider in the next two years, compared to 43% who predicted that last year. Companies who have adopted Microsoft Azure are least likely to replace/add other vendors, as only 37% of current Azure users expect to add or replace, compared to 53% of current AWS users and 50% of GCP users."
business  featured  posts  amazon  aws  web  services  security  cloud  computing  landscape  louis  columbus'  blog  saas  early  adopter  research  economics 
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
Oracle Joins the Kubernetes Movement
"At CoreOS Fest in San Francisco, a perhaps unexpected guest took to the keynote stage to announce a new partnership and a new commitment to Kubernetes. Bob Quillin, vice president of the Oracle container group, explained that Oracle will now be contributing engineering resources to the Kubernetes open source project, and using K8s to internally manage its container infrastructure."
analysis  events  technology  top  stories  451  research  bare  metal  container  ecosystem  linux  orchestration  containers  coreos  fest  2017 
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
"
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
"
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
News Analysis - SAP reshuffles Executive Board - sets up for next 5 years - by @holgermu
"This morning SAP surprised us with the news of re-organizing its executive board, largely initiated by the departure of Steve Singh. As often with organizational press releases – you have to read it from the bottom up, but we will follow our customary process of dissecting the press release."
constellation  research  holger  mueller  hybris  mcdermott  reorg  sap  ariba  strategy  successfactors 
april 2017 by jonerp
Event Report - SAP Ariba Live - The quest to make Procurement awesome - by @holgermu
"Finally, it was good to see that SAP seems to have found the right length of ‘leash’ for the Ariba subsidiary – not too close to stop innovation, and allowing freedom (e.g. manifested in Ariba using angular.js and not Fiori) but also have leverage (e.g. with HANA). That SAP CEO McDermott said in a Q&A (see a Storify Tweet Story here) that he would be open to e.g. integrate with perennial co-opetitor Oracle, speaks signs of the flexibility and pragmatism that is lived now at the top of both companies, always a good sign for customers."
ariba  cloud  constellation  research  holger  mueller  nextgenapps  purchasing  sap  scm  supply  chain  management 
march 2017 by jonerp
Down Report – Power failure takes Azure services down - 3 Cloud Load Toads - by @holgermu
"Good summary of what happened, a power failure / power event. Good to see that customers were notified. Power events can always be tricky to recover, and it looks like Azure management erred on the side of caution bringing up services rack by rack and then adding services like SLB later. But the downtime for affected customers was long, best case – when in the first 25% of racks was almost four hours, and worst case 10 hours+. Remarkable it took Azure technicians 2 hours 20 or so minutes to get the power back."
azure  cloud  constellation  research  down  report  holger  mueller  iaas  microsoft  nextgen  apps  nextgenapps  power 
march 2017 by jonerp
A New Mission For A Female Supply Chain Pioneer - by @lcecere
"To be successful, I believe supply chain management needs diversity. I want to work in a career that is inclusive. Note that the differences in drivers for job satisfaction are greater by ethnicity than by sex. Employees of color are seeking greater career path opportunities, more diversity in the workforce and greater benefits."
uncategorized  diversity  open  research  supply  chain  insights  management  talent 
march 2017 by jonerp
Down Report - Human error takes AWS S3 down in US-EAST-1 - and it is felt - 3.8 Cloud Load Toads - by @holgermu
"MyPOV – Certainly production and billing systems need to be connected, and in many scenarios the production system can create issues with the load triggered for the billing system. But a production system should never be able to be stopped by an administrative system, like a billing system. Production should be kept running, billing can be worried about later. It is likely that the S3 billing system (my speculation) is using S3, too – creating a potential recursive dependency. Needless to say – these systems should be isolated."
amazon  aws  cloud  load  toads  constellation  research  down  report  holger  mueller  iaas  lessons  learnt 
march 2017 by jonerp
An Open Letter to Database Administrators: Be the DBA of the Future!
"Now that everyone in IT, including the CIO, realizes the significance of the challenges associated with the database change process, DBAs need to take part in the creation of the solution. And that solution must be able to handle the rapid increase in the number applications and the subsequent smaller, more frequent releases."
analysis  contributed  op-ed  research  top  stories  data  database  definition  language  datical  devops  quality  assurance  service  level  agreements 
march 2017 by jonerp
The Dogshit Bar: A Memorable Market Research Concept - by @kellblog
"So before drilling into all the details that product management can obsess over, step back, and ask some fundamental questions first.

Does the product solve a problem faced by your organization?

How high a priority is that problem? (Perhaps ranked against a list of high-level priorities for the buyer. It’s not enough that it solves a problem, it needs to solve an important problem.)

What would be the economic value of solving that problem? (That is, how much value can this product provide.)"
business  featured  posts  advertising  david  ogilvy  entrepreneurship  innovation  market  research  marketing  new  products  ogivly  polls 
march 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
Amidst Bias, Women Work to Find a Place in Open Source Communities
"But once women find jobs in the industry, bias soon becomes apparent for many. The Bitergia study found that 40 percent of women working in the cloud said they were satisfied with their jobs, while 30 percent said they feel stereotyped and only just fewer than half said they believe their company is a true meritocracy. Meanwhile, 48 percent of women in the cloud said they feel that there is a boys’ club in senior management, and 33 percent said gender bias is part of their company culture."
analysis  culture  events  research  top  stories  coding  camps  diversity  education  github  hadoop  linux  foundation 
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
Research Agenda 2017: Artificial Intelligence in the Enterprise - by @ekolsky
"I am covering AI as a starting market not because the concept or technology is new, rather because I see it as a starting point to where the enterprise can enter and get value out of it. Until now vendors used decision systems, analytics, NLP and linguistics and other technologies as part of what they did and never thought of using AI (there was a time during the 1990s when we used “Fuzzy Logic” ‘member?) for their pitches – but now they all do."
trends  &  concepts  thinkjar  research 
february 2017 by jonerp
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