Zoho’s Surround Strategy

Surround strategy is the antithesis of rip and replace. Rather than replacement, a business can move parts of its workload from some workhorse system, say ERP, to Zoho -- where things like pre-built reports and Zia, an AI-based digital assistant, can help business users interrogate data stored on th...

This is not good. A new report commissioned by Replicant tells a story of customers frustrated when service fails or is way too slow. That's not new -- and Replicant is not the only vendor to ring the alarm. For many years Oracle has reminded vendors that one bad service encounter is enough to make ...

When a complex need arises, customers expect to be connected to a well-prepared agent who can quickly resolve the situation. That fix must be applied in a way that leaves both the customer and agent feeling great about the outcome. Fortunately, the technologies now exist that allow contact centers t...

Walmart and Netflix are teaming up to sell merchandise pegged to the streaming media provider's content. "The Netflix Hub brings together some of its most popular shows in its first digital storefront with a national retailer," Walmart EVP Jeff Evans wrote in a news release Monday. The new partnersh...

"Companies are realizing that supply chain issues could cause problems, and so many companies shifted more from the just-in-time method of manufacturing to building up a lot of inventory," said IDC Research Director Phil Solis. "Everyone started ordering more chips than they needed which is a big pa...

Dreamforce Observations

Dreamforce saw Salesforce continuing to build out a product offering that in some ways defies description. For the CRM rank and file there were plenty of announcements and enhancements -- and for others some tantalizing views of what may be coming in future releases.

Hiring is rebounding in the wake of the pandemic, as organizations look to continue their digital transformation activities. This is evidenced by 50 percent of employers The Linux Foundation surveyed who stated they are increasing hires this year. However, employers must be ready to face a shortage ...

INSIGHTS

Salesforce Is No Longer Just a CRM Company

Dreamforce happens this week, emanating from San Francisco and reaching out to the world via the global cloud computing network Salesforce helped to create. With that, this may be the last time to say with all sincerity that Salesforce is a CRM company. Truth be told, the transition has been ongoing...

Trust in sources that we depend on for business and personal decisions is critical. A platform that aggregates opinion and news should be held to the highest standard of trust and honesty. Last week we heard that Facebook's moderating system XCheck gives special privileges to some celebrities and po...

ANALYSIS

Where Does Oracle Go From Here?

If you follow a market long enough and if it's a successful marketplace, you notice that some of the companies in it go through a succession of moves; first in new products and then in finance. The confusion comes when a company like Oracle lives through multiple up and down cycles. When you look at...

Intuit on Monday announced an agreement to acquire Mailchimp, a global customer engagement and marketing platform for small and mid-market businesses, for $12 billion in cash and stock advances. The purchase could be the linchpin that thrusts the mostly financial software company into solving more f...

A pair of recent studies highlight changing shopper attitudes as the pandemic continues its stranglehold on the supply chain for most industries. Two clear-cut consumer trends have surfaced: online shoppers want more self-service options and an overall more-efficient shopping experience.

Esports has grown into a major industry that shows no signs of slowing momentum. Indeed, the esports ecosystem is on pace this year to surpass $1 billion in revenue for the first time. We spoke with several esports aficionados to hear what they had to say about the evolution of esports, what's drivi...

Backed by many of the world's largest companies for more than a decade, the Software Package Data Exchange specification is now an internationally recognized ISO/IEC JTC 1 standard. This comes during a transformational time for software and supply chain security. The Linux Foundation announced Thur...

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