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What’s Behind the Proliferation of Salesforce PaaS Offerings? A Guest Commentary in SearchSalesforce

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10th February

Salesforce.com rose to prominence on its software as a service-based CRM model, where customers could stop patching and managing software, and instead purchase a subscription in the cloud.

Today, Salesforce is making a similarly assertive move in the direction of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings. However, its role as a PaaS provider and its proliferation of application development platforms are making life more complicated for customers and partners.

Click here to read THINKstrategies’ perspectives regarding Salesforce’s PaaS strategies and solutions in SearchSalesforce.



ISVs Crossing the Cloud Chasm – A Guest Commentary in Sandhill.com

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2nd February

It wasn’t too long ago that many industry observers believed the major independent software vendors (ISVs) couldn’t convert their traditional perpetual license businesses into a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model without undergoing a near-death experience.

Now, Microsoft, Adobe, Intuit and others are proving the transformation process can make them even stronger.

Click here to read THINKstrategies’ views in Sandhill.com about how these and other ISVs are changing their go-to-market strategies and converting their traditional, on-premise perpetual license software applications into Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions.



JobDiva Wins THINKstrategies’ Best of SaaS Showplace Award

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1st February

THINKstrategies announced today that JobDiva has been named a winner of the Best of SaaS Showplace (BoSS) Award. This program promotes the measurable business benefits delivered by today’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions.

The BoSS Awards is an ongoing program administered by THINKstrategies’ Cloud Computing Showplace to recognize SaaS companies that are delivering measurable business benefits to specific user organizations. These benefits can include increased sales, lower costs, higher customer satisfaction, faster operations and greater profitability.

JobDiva offers cloud-based SaaS Applicant Tracking System and front-to-back Talent Management solution, serving 18,000 global staffing professionals who support Fortune 500 clients. JobDiva combines a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) application, synchronization with all major job boards and VMS providers, business intelligence (BI) analytics, automated 24/7 resume harvesting, a Mobile App and the largest resume database in the world to deliver staffing solutions with unmatched speed and precision. The … Read More »



How IoT Redefines Application & Infrastructure Monitoring – A Guest Commentary in the Ipswitch Network Monitor Blog

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27th January

The primary purpose of initiating an Internet of Things (IoT) strategy is to capture data from a broader population of product endpoints. As a result, IoT deployments are also creating a new set of application performance management (APM) and infrastructure monitoring requirements.

Historically, traditional APM and infrastructure monitoring solutions were designed to track the behavior of a relatively static population of business applications and systems supporting universally recognized business processes. Now, the APM and infrastructure monitoring function is becoming more complicated in the rapidly expanding world of IoT.

Click here to read THINKstrategies’ views about these new challenges and how a new generation of APM and infrastructure monitoring solutions are addressing these issues in the Ipswitch blog.



The CIO’s Strategic Role in a Great Customer Experience – A Guest Commentary in the Future of Customer Engagement and Commerce

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22nd January

While THINKstrategies firmly believes delivering a positive customer experience is predicated on a well-coordinated end-to-end corporate effort, the most important responsibilities for achieving this strategic objective falls on the CIO.

Our belief is based on the critical importance of utilizing tightly integrated customer engagement and e-commerce systems and software to ensure a positive customer experience.

Click here to read our views about the pivotal role CIOs must play in ensuring the success of their organization’s efforts to deliver a positive customer experience in the Future of Customer Engagement and Commerce.



How to Avoid the 3 Hidden Cloud Cost Traps – A Guest Blogpost on Cloud Nexus

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14th January

A key driver of the growing adoption of managed cloud services is the need to better manage the unanticipated cloud costs that can arise from these ‘on-demand’ storage and compute services.

Better monitoring of cloud usage isn’t just important in reducing costs. It is also essential in forecasting future demand for cloud resources. Having a better sense of your usage patterns will enable your organization to better anticipate resource requirements and negotiate a better deal for additional cloud services.

Click here to read THINKstrategies’ views about the business implications of these important cloud management issues in the Cloud Nexus blog hosted by Cloudnexa.



The Cloud Complexity Challenge – A Guest Blogpost in E-Commerce Times

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12th January

Growing acceptance of cloud computing is quickly becoming a double-edged sword for the leading players in the SaaS, PaaS and IaaS marketplaces.

As a broader set of customers adopts cloud-first strategies, even the biggest cloud players are being challenged to scale their operations to keep pace with escalating customer demands without becoming too complex for customers to easily utilize their solutions.

The clearest example of a cloud company facing these issues head-on is Salesforce.com. It’s hard to suggest the company is suffering from its own success as it continues to defy the law of big numbers by posting impressive quarterly results a regular basis. Not only is it grappling with rapid growth, it must continuously reimagine its solutions to take into consideration new variables, such as mobile, social, big data and the Internet of Things.

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How the IoT Changes Roles and Responsibilities for IT Pros – A Guest Commentary in the Ipswitch Network Monitor Blog

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8th January

For the past few years, the tech industry has become fixated on kicking off the new year with a festival of connected devices at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The fact that this show has become so significant to the tech industry is another indication of the potential importance of the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) and growing impact of the ‘consumerization of IT’ on the way IT is adopted and managed.

Click here to read THINKstrategies’ views in the Ipswitch Network Monitor Blog about how IT organizations must re-think their role and responsibilities in order to help the broader enterprise successfully capitalize on IoT’s promise.



Applying the Long-Tail to the Internet of Things – A Contributed Blogpost in the WSJ CIO Journal

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8th January

Nearly every Internet of Things (IoT) industry survey and market forecast has suggested that there is plenty of interest in the potential value of connecting products and even more reasons to pursue IoT strategies.

Yet, candid conversations with corporate executives at many major enterprises and leading technology companies reveals that there has been far less movement to capitalize on the IoT opportunities than the market research and consulting firms anticipated.

Any bold, new idea that promises to transform the way organizations operate is bound to come with as many potential challenges and risks as opportunities and benefits.

THINKstrategies believes organizations should take advantage of the business idea popularized by Chris Anderson a decade ago – the ‘long tail’ concept – but in a new way.

Click here to read our views in the Wall Street Journal about how organizations can apply the long tail concept to … Read More »



Forces That Will Reshape the IT Landscape in 2016 – Published in E-Commerce Times

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4th December

There may be no better way to capture the state of the technology industry than to borrow Charles Dickens’ famous opening from A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

It never has been a better time to launch new offerings via the cloud. However, the availability of low-cost computing power combined with open source software development resources has lowered the barriers to entry in every market and created unprecedented competitive challenges as customer expectations continue to rise. All of these trends have impacted the nature of IT and how organizations leverage it.

Click here to read THINKstrategies’ views in E-Commerce Times about the macro-market trends that will reshape further the priorities and responsibilities of IT in 2016. Contact us if you’d like to discuss ways THINKstrategies can help your organization respond to … Read More »






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