Mark Smith's Analyst Perspectives

ADP Aims To Dominate Human Capital Management

Posted by Mark Smith on May 25, 2012 4:22:25 PM

Acquisitions and new product releases continue to make the market for human capital management a hotbed of activity, as organizations attempt to fully utilize and increase the value of their workforces as I have outlined in my research agenda. ADP, with more than $10 billion in revenues and more than 570,000 customers, is aiming for the top spot in this market.

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Topics: Mobile, Social Media, HCM, Human Capital Management, Learning, LMS, Operational Performance Management (OPM), Performance, Business Analytics, Business Mobility, Cloud Computing, ADP, Business Performance Management (BPM), Compensation, Financial Performance Management (FPM), HR, Sales Performance Management (SPM), TCM, Workforce Performance Management (WPM)

Xactly Helps Sales Go Mobile and Get Smarter with Incent 8

Posted by Mark Smith on May 24, 2012 9:57:52 AM

Businesses aim to make their sales function as productive as possible, but they don’t always support that goal with investment in technology. I recently wrote about sales needing a swift technology kick. Sales application vendor Xactly provides a boot with the release of Xactly Incent 8 and will make parts of the application suite available from the Apple App Store for the iPad in the coming weeks.

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Topics: Mobile, Sales, Sales Operations, Uncategorized, Compensation, CRM, Sales Performance Management, SFA, territory managmeent

Opera Solutions Orchestrates Intelligent Applications using Big Data and Predictive Analytics

Posted by Mark Smith on May 23, 2012 11:11:35 AM

Predictive analytics has the potential to help businesses increase the impacts of their actions by creating indicators that represent future outcomes based on existing behavior. This process becomes more complicated when they have to apply predictive analytics to what we call big data environments. As yet only 13 percent of organizations are using predictive analytics according to our business analytics benchmark research, although 37 percent indicated that predictive capabilities are very important to their business analytics efforts. Opera Solutions is one of the larger vendors of dedicated predictive analytics software, having more than 650 employees, more than 200 of them data scientists, who help organizations turn their data into actionable intelligence. There is opportunity for the company, as predictive analytics and visualization of data are two capabilities not available in four out of every five organizations according to our big-data benchmark research. Beyond creating indicators, Opera Solutions’ applications can generate signals that present results not only visually but also in English sentences that integrate the analytics and provide guidance for determining next steps. This sophisticated capability can help improve business processes and refine decision-making and truly interact with the application.

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Topics: Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Opera Solutions, Business Analytics, Business Collaboration, Business Intelligence, Business Mobility, Business Technology, Chief Information Officer, Cloud Computing, Information Management, Information Technology, Operational Intelligence, Business Intelligence (BI), Business Performance Management (BPM), Information Applications (IA), Information Management (IM), IT Performance Management (ITPM)

SAP Brings Out New Voice and Strategy for the Cloud at SAPPHIRE

Posted by Mark Smith on May 18, 2012 2:50:45 PM

At this week’s SAPPHIRE NOW (Twitter #SAPPHIRENOW) annual conference, SAP unveiled a refreshed cloud computing strategy and released technology that addresses its new cloud computing business priorities regarding customers, people, money and suppliers. It’s a good time to see what has changed since my analysis at the SAP Analyst Influencer Summit last December.

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Topics: SAP, Human Capital Management, Mobile Technology, Business Analytics, Business Mobility, Business Technology, Chief Information Officer, CIO, Cloud Computing, Information Management, Information Technology, Business Performance Management (BPM), Customer Performance Management (CPM), Financial Performance Management (FPM), Sales Performance Management (SPM)

Informatica 9.5 Supports New Generation of Big Data and Cloud Computing

Posted by Mark Smith on May 18, 2012 1:02:07 PM

Informatica has announced a major release, version 9.5, of its software platform, which will be generally available in June. The company’s data integration technologies will support the new generation of computing that includes big data, cloud computing, mobile and social media. These computing environments, which our firm has defined as key business technology drivers for this decade, have a compelling impact on the data that enterprises create and use. Being smart about integrating and utilizing significant volumes of data is essential; continuously copying and storing duplicate versions of data is not the best path forward.

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Topics: Big Data, Mobile Technology, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Mobility, Business Technology, Chief Information Officer, CIO, Cloud Computing, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), Hadoop, Informatica, Information Applications, Information Management, Information Technology, Business Intelligence (BI), Business Performance Management (BPM), Customer Performance Management (CPM), Financial Performance Management (FPM), Information Applications (IA), Information Management (IM), IT Performance Management (ITPM), Supply Chain Performance Management (SCPM)

Kronos Supercharges Workforce Analytics with New Technology

Posted by Mark Smith on May 11, 2012 12:18:27 PM

Adoption of workforce analytics is increasing as organizations seek to recruit and retain employees more effectively and ensure that their people deliver the productivity they expect. According to our benchmark research on the topic, 89 percent of organizations want to make it simpler to provide workforce analytics, which is not surprising as our analysis shows that only 12 percent of organizations have reached the highest level of maturity here.

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Topics: MicroStrategy, Human Capital Management, human resources, Kronos, labor, Research, Business Analytics, Business Collaboration, Business Mobility, Cloud Computing, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), Mobility, Business Performance Management (BPM), Financial Performance Management (FPM), HR, HRMS, Talent Management, Workforce Analytics, Workforce Performance Management (WPM)

Sales Organizations Need a Swift Technology Kick

Posted by Mark Smith on May 10, 2012 12:06:56 PM

Our latest benchmark research on sales applications and technology reveals three trends sales organizations see as critical to improving their operations and performance: mobile technology like smartphones and tablets, collaborative capabilities and business analytics applied to sales. At the same time many sales processes are becoming easier to use, including compensation, forecasting and quota and territory management. To take advantage of these advancements sales management has to establish priorities and better understand how they can help maximize the time focused on selling.

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Topics: Operational Performance Management (OPM), Business Analytics, Business Collaboration, Business Mobility, Cloud Computing, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), Location Intelligence, Business Intelligence (BI), Business Performance Management (BPM), Customer Performance Management (CPM), Financial Performance Management (FPM), Sales Performance Management (SPM), Workforce Performance Management (WPM)

Pentaho Business Analytics Brings Visual Discovery and More Big Data Support

Posted by Mark Smith on May 9, 2012 1:31:45 PM

With the release of Business Analytics version 4.5, Pentaho has expanded its platform and tools to address the needs of business and IT. The product has come a long way since the version 4 release less than a year ago, which broke ground in ease of use and support for big-data sources. Advancing beyond its roots in business intelligence, Pentaho Business Analytics 4.5 addresses data discovery, data integration and data mining and provides visual discovery and analytics that operate against stores of big data.

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Topics: Big Data, Pentaho, Mobile Technology, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Mobility, Business Technology, Chief Information Officer, CIO, Cloud Computing, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), Hadoop, Information Applications, Information Management, Information Technology, Business Intelligence (BI), Business Performance Management (BPM), Customer Performance Management (CPM), Financial Performance Management (FPM), Information Applications (IA), Information Management (IM), IT Performance Management (ITPM), Supply Chain Performance Management (SCPM)

Kapow Software Harvests and Virtualizes Information and Applications for Business

Posted by Mark Smith on May 8, 2012 11:08:58 AM

Making business use of the vast amount of information on the Web and Internet along with a company’s intranet is no easy task. Kapow Software aims to help by providing tools to define and virtualize access to information, integrate it with other information, such as that in databases, and present it in a useful format. The tool can supply access to data from legacy applications such as PeopleSoft and Siebel, newer applications from Oracle and SAP and applications in cloud computing environments, such as Salesforce.com’s. And Kapow Software not only accesses and integrates information from applications but also enriches it.

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Topics: Big Data, Mobile Technology, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Mobility, Business Technology, Chief Information Officer, CIO, Cloud Computing, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), Hadoop, Information Applications, Information Management, Information Technology, Business Intelligence (BI), Business Performance Management (BPM), Customer Performance Management (CPM), Financial Performance Management (FPM), Information Applications (IA), Information Management (IM), IT Performance Management (ITPM), Kapow, Supply Chain Performance Management (SCPM)

InetSoft Empowers Organizations To Mobilize Business Analytics

Posted by Mark Smith on May 7, 2012 11:15:12 AM

Business intelligence software is increasingly mobile, becoming available via smartphones and tablets and now enabling planning and what-if scenarios to determine the impacts of changes that might be made to improve performance. InetSoft, which has been providing business intelligence tools for more than 15 years, has advanced its technologies to address these trends. The company recently announced version 11.2 of InetSoft Style Intelligence, adding many new capabilities. Among them, the software now allows users to modify data within its Viewsheet data worksheet and provides database write-back to support a range of needs. It also lets users export and manipulate data within Microsoft Excel and then import it back into Style Intelligence for further use.

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Topics: Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Technology, Chief Information Officer, CIO, Cloud Computing, InetSoft, Information Applications, Information Management, Information Technology, Business Intelligence (BI), Business Performance Management (BPM), Financial Performance Management (FPM), Information Applications (IA), Information Management (IM), IT Performance Management (ITPM), Sales Performance Management (SPM)

Peoplefluent Advances Social Collaboration and Learning with Socialtext

Posted by Mark Smith on May 4, 2012 12:10:49 PM

This week Peoplefluent announced that it has invested in Socialtext, a company that provides social collaboration software at the enterprise level. With this strategic investment Bedford Funding, the private equity firm that owns Peoplefluent, is the direct beneficiary. Peoplefluent will extend Socialtext into the human capital management market while continuing to let the company meet the broader market interest in its offering. Peoplefluent has moved quickly to make this application and platform available to its customers.

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Topics: Social Media, Sustainability, Human Capital Management, human resources, learning management systems, LMS, Peoplefluent, Performance, Recruiting, Research, SocialText, succession, Business Analytics, Business Collaboration, Business Mobility, Cloud Computing, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), Mobility, Business Performance Management (BPM), Compensation, Financial Performance Management (FPM), HR, HRMS, Information Applications (IA), Information Management (IM), Sales Performance Management (SPM), Talent Management, Workforce Analytics, Workforce Performance Management (WPM)

Workday 16 Brings Simplicity and Mobility to Human Capital Management

Posted by Mark Smith on May 4, 2012 10:22:06 AM

Competition in the human capital management market rages on, with application suppliers racing to provide sophisticated applications that operate in the cloud. Cloud computing is a key factor in advancing human capital management, included in our research agenda for this area, along with analytics, collaboration, mobility and social media.

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Topics: SAP, Social Media, Sustainability, Human Capital Management, human resources, learning management systems, LMS, Performance, Recruiting, Research, succession, Business Analytics, Business Collaboration, Business Mobility, Cloud Computing, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), Mobility, Oracle, Business Performance Management (BPM), Compensation, Financial Performance Management (FPM), HR, HRMS, Information Applications (IA), Information Management (IM), Sales Performance Management (SPM), Talent Management, Workday, Workforce Analytics, Workforce Performance Management (WPM)

NICE Transforms Customer Experience through Mobile and Interaction Intelligence

Posted by Mark Smith on May 3, 2012 1:06:15 PM

I attended NICE Systems’ annual Interactions (Twitter #Interaction2012) conference in Nashville to get the latest from this growing global software business that focuses on customer-centric applications. If you have not heard of NICE you might not be primarily involved in managing and interacting with customers, the area in which NICE has been growing organically and by acquiring technology providers that complement its existing portfolio. As we discussed in recent analyses, and NICE acquired Merced Systems for its sales- and service-centric performance management applications and Fizzback for customer feedback management software. Both have helped it become a more strategically focused software business. NICE Systems targets enterprise contact centers as well as financial risk, compliance and security. NICE makes its applications available not just on-premises but also in software as a service and hosted environments.

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Topics: Predictive Analytics, Social Media, Customer Analytics, Customer Experience Management, Customer Feedback Management, NICE Systems, Operational Performance Management (OPM), Social CRM, Speech Analytics, Voice of the Customer, Business Analytics, Business Collaboration, Business Mobility, Cloud Computing, Customer Service, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), Operational Intelligence, 360-degree view of the Customer, Agent Performance Management, Business Intelligence (BI), Call Center, Contact Center, Contact Center Analytics, CRM, Customer Performance Management (CPM), Desktop Analytics, Financial Performance Management (FPM), Interactive Intelligence, Sales Performance Management (SPM), Text Analytics, Unified Communications, Workforce Management, Workforce Performance Management (WPM)