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Call for Speakers for the Connected Cloud Summit Executive Forum on the Internet of Things

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17th March

THINKstrategies and the Cloud Computing Showplace are very pleased with the enthusiastic response we’ve received to last week’s announcement of our latest Cloud Innovators Summit focused on the unprecedented business opportunities being created by the rapidly evolving ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) – the Connected Cloud Summit, in Boston on Thursday, September 18.

Click here if you’d like to propose a speaker for the upcoming executive forum. We are looking for speaking proposals focused on key business issues and exciting success stories rather than talks about specific technical topics. We will consider each proposal on a first come, first serve basis with Summit sponsors given priority consideration in the selection process. So, submit your speaker proposal now!

Contact me if you have questions regarding the speaking opportunities or have technical problems submitting your proposal.

Also, take advantage of our Early Bird Discounts and save $100 on the conference admission fees by registering now for the … Read More » Q&A Uncovers THINKstrategies’ Origins & Business Evolution

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17th March

I’ve had the privilege of contributing THINKstrategies’ perspectives regarding key software and technology trends to for many years, and the online publication has been a key supporter of our Cloud Innovators Summits. SandHill has been conducting a series of Q&A sessions profiling ‘thought’ leaders in the software industry and asked me to participate in the series. Click here to read my response to their questions about my 30+ years in the software and technology industry, the inspiration for THINKstrategies, the key influencers in my life and work, and other forces that have shaped THINKstrategies’ expanding business model over the past thirteen years. I hope you enjoy it and it helps you understand what drives me on a day-to-day basis.

Complicating the Cloud – A Guest Commentary in E-Commerce Times

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15th March

Although I’ve been a proponent of the business benefits of migrating to the “cloud” since before the term was popularized by today’s market leaders, I have to admit that the cloud industry is doing a great job of making it increasingly difficult for CIOs and other corporate decision makers to feel confident about making the move.

The success of the leading cloud vendors has proven their Software as a Service, Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service solutions actually can deliver tangible and measurable business benefits. These cloud companies are leading a growing army of corporate converts who want to take advantage of the business benefits the cloud companies promise — but aren’t sure where to start or how to achieve their objectives.

Click here to read THINKstrategies’ perspectives regarding the market implications of this trend in E-Commerce Times.

Connected Cloud Summit to Focus on ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) Opportunities & Challenges

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10th March

Full-Day, Peer-to-Peer, Executive Networking Forum Will Bring Together Industry Leaders and Innovators on Thursday, September 18 in Boston

I’m excited to announce the launch of our new Cloud Innovators Summit focused on the rapidly growing market opportunities created by the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), called the Connected Cloud Summit, on Thursday, September 18 in the State Room in Boston, MA.

The full-day, executive forum will examine how the Cloud is enabling enterprises to network together a widening array of mobile devices and remote objects, capture the rising volume of data being generated, and create exciting new commercial and consumer business opportunities across nearly every industry. Click here to read THINKstrategies’ latest perspectives in Datamation regarding today’s IoT challenges and opportunities.

The Connected Cloud Summit will showcase the latest innovations and spotlight real-world success stories. We are recruiting senior executives from leading IoT solution providers, Cloud companies, enterprise decision-makers across a variety of industries, and other industry thought-leaders to speak … Read More »

Pulling Together the Internet of Things – A Guest Commentary in Datamation

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5th March

In my previous commentary in Datamation, I suggested that CIOs’ next big challenge and opportunity to demonstrate their value to their constituents would be regarding the rapidly growing ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) phenomenon. Now, let me give you the primary reason why CIOs and other IT professionals will be put to the test to help their business counterparts fulfill the promise of an increasingly connected world.

While many in the IT community are reacting cynically to the latest tech topic to move up the hype meter, smart CIOs and other IT professionals are quickly recognizing that multiple technological innovations and a myriad of market forces are fueling tremendous interest. A growing number of corporate initiatives are aimed at harnessing the business potential of a new generation of sensors, network services and analytic tools.

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Tenrox from Upland Software Wins THINKstrategies’ Best of SaaS Showplace (BoSS) Award

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25th February

THINKstrategies announced today that the Tenrox application from Upland Software 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.

Tenrox, Upland’s workflow-driven application for professional services automation (PSA) is designed to meet the challenges of managing globally dispersed customers and project workers who are operating in multiple locations, currencies, tax jurisdictions and time zones. Tenrox offers configurable cost and billing rules and certified integrations to leading accounting, payroll, financial, CRM, and project management systems.  It also automates project initiation, resource management, time and expense … Read More »

Making the Business Case for a SaaS Customer Success Management Solution – Guest Commentary on the Bluenose Blog

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18th February

One of the most significant trends in business today is the shift from products to services and the related transition to a subscription-based economy. Successfully adopting this new business model requires an organization to rigorously manage its customer relationships to minimize churn and maximize long-term customer value. Achieving this goal demands a new type of customer success management platform. Click here to read THINKstrategies’ perspective about the business case for a SaaS customer success management solution on the Bluenose blog.

Learning the Business Value of SaaS – A Guest Commentary in E-Commerce Times

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15th February

Computer and software companies have been battling for the hearts and minds of students for decades, and now school administrators are becoming the target of smart Software as a Service and cloud computing service providers. SchoolDude’s story is an example of SaaS’ deepening penetration into vertical markets. It also demonstrates how smart SaaS companies can capitalize on the data they collect to provide benchmarks and KPIs that offer greater value to their customers. These companies are also gaining the attention and financial backing of a growing number of private equity firms, like Warburg Pincus, seeking to move into the SaaS/cloud marketplace. Click here to read THINKstrategies’ views on these important trends in E-Commerce Times.

The Integration Implications of the Internet of Things in a Connected World – A THINKstrategies Whitepaper Sponsored by SnapLogic

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31st January

The world is becoming increasingly connected via the ‘cloud’ and through the explosion of mobile devices and remotely accessible objects, ranging from household appliances to industrial components. In today’s increasingly mobile, social and ‘on-demand’ world, immediate access to timely information is essential to quickly respond to changing customer needs, widening competitive threats, and new market openings.

Capturing the data being generated from this rapidly expanding universe of endpoints and pulling that data together to optimize business operations and capitalize on new market opportunities has become a key ‘Big Data’ challenge. In the same way traditional enterprise applications and data center systems have fallen short in meeting these new demands, traditional application and data integration technology is being challenged to keep pace with today’s changing business requirements.

The promise of the ‘Internet of Things’, combined with the growing demand for more efficient and … Read More »

THINKstrategies Expanding Cloud Innovators Events in 2014 – Focusing on Internet of Things & Corporate Executive Forums

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29th January

Based on the success of the third annual Cloud Channel Summit last November, THINKstrategies is launching a new Cloud Innovators Summit in 2014, and we are offering a wider array of services to help companies host their own executive forums to build stronger corporate relationships and capitalize on new Cloud opportunities. Here are more details -

2014 Cloud Innovators Summits

We are putting plans in place to launch a new executive conference focused on the rapidly growing market opportunities created by the ’Internet of Things’ (IoT), called the Connected Cloud Summit. This event will examine how the Cloud is enabling enterprises to capture valuable data from a growing population of mobile devices and embedded sensors to improve the quality of services and create new business opportunities. We are finalizing our plans for this event and will announce the date and location of the Connected Cloud Summit soon. Contact us if you’d like to learn how your … Read More »

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