Posts Tagged 'CRM'

2013 SaaS Industry Report

Here’s some interesting research published earlier this year on the software as a service (SaaS) market: Siemer and Associates Summer 2013 SaaS Industry Report. It includes useful regional projections as well as a breakdown by application categories: CRM, ERP, HRM. The appendix also outlines the key SaaS metrics and includes some public company comparables as well as financing and transactions.


#DF12 Presentation: Power the Connected Enterprise with Cloud MDM and Integration

The video of 3 great enterprise customers sharing their Salesforce integration and master data management stories at Dreamforce 2012 is now posted. You can read a blog post on two of the companies that presented so far:

And here’s the video (slides are here):

Congratulations to the destinationCRM 2011 CRM Market Leaders

destinationCRMInterested in the evolving CRM market? Planning on attending Dreamforce this month?

If you answered yes to either question, you’re going to want to take the time to read the 10th Annual CRM Market Leader award summary over on destinationCRM.

Here’s a summary of this year’s winners by category:

  • Enterprise CRM Suite:
  • Midmarket CRM Suite:
  • Small Business CRM Suite:
  • Sales Force Automation:
  • Incentive Management: Xactly
  • Marketing Solutions: Marketo
  • Business Intelligence: IBM (Cognos)
  • Data Quality: Informatica
  • Open Source CRM: Sugar CRM
  • Consultancies: Innoveer

The magazine also announced their CRM Influential Leaders. They are:

  • Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO – A Ubiquitous Presence
  • Larry Ellison, Oracle CEO – The Deal Maker
  • Esteban Kolsky, Thinkjar Founder and Principal – An Analyst’s Analyst
  • Andrew Mason, Groupon Founder and CEO – A Group Leader
  • Clara Shih, Hearsay Social Founder and CEO – The Social Butterfly
  • Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn President and CEO – A Public Statement

Congratulations to this year’s winners! They are both impressive lists.  See you at Dreamforce!

D&B360: Delivering Data as Service

In this video, Tom Carlock from D&B introduces D&B360 and Data as a Service (DaaS). He also talks about the built-in data integration capabilities that Informatica Cloud delivers as part of the solution.

D&B360: Informatica Cloud Inside

Here’s  a quick video of Tom Carlock from D&B talking about the Informatica Cloud capabilities embedded within D&B360.

Getting Ready for 2011 Predictions

Last year, when it comes to cloud integration, Informatica made the following prediction:

“Cloud Data Integration will eclipse both security and availability to be the defining capability that drives Cloud Computing success.”

Well, after a busy year which saw IBM acquire CastIron and Dell acquire Boomi, clearly we weren’t alone in our thinking. I’ll post some 2011 predictions shortly (kind of busy with a little event called Dreamforce at the moment, amongst other things), but I wanted to point you to a great post from Mr. CRM, Paul Greenberg: Looking Back at 2010 – In 2010. When it comes to cloud / CRM integration, he makes the following points:

“Companies are looking to integrate to provide best of breed solutions since most companies – technology companies that is – are realizing that they can’t do it alone.”


“But the social vendors like Lithium, Radian6 etc. are all realizing that they need to integrate with traditional CRM systems and InsideView continued its relentless drive to integrate with everything including the basil plants that are growing inside varying foodies homes – and they’ve been a happy success accordingly with integrations to most of the CRM standards out there.”

Be sure to check out the full post here.

Interactive History of CRM Software

As we get ready for Dreamforce 2010, I thought I’d share an interesting interactive CRM Software History posted on the Software Advice blog. According to the author, “the timeline includes 18 key events that have shaped the CRM software industry over the last 30 years. It’s a quick way to understand the context of current events in the industry.”

It’s a work in progress, but a few quick observations:

  • Anyone remember
  • What about Upshot?
  • No mention of Siebel OnDemand or now Oracle OnDemand
  • No mention of many of the Salesforce innovations post 1999:  AppExchange,, Apex Code, $1B in revenues, Chatter….
  • Is Social CRM ready to be included or is it not quite ready for prime time?
  • Sweet picture of Tom Siebel in 1993
  • Speaking of Siebel, the positioning of their acquisition by Oracle is pretty harsh:

“With little light at the end of the tunnel, Siebel agrees to become the next addition to Oracle’s pile of acquired enterprise applications.”

Siebel wiped out by Oracle. CRM timeline.

What else is missing? What’s next? What are your thoughts? Accurate timeline or a bit of revisionist history?

You can view the CRM Software History timeline here.

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