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Strategic Consulting Services  — Insight, Advice and Promotion

THINKstrategies is the only consulting firm exclusively offering custom consulting services to IT solution providers, enterprise decision-makers and technology investment firms seeking to capitalize on the unprecedented opportunities created by today’s rapidly evolving Cloud Computing, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Managed Service capabilities.

Unlike traditional IT research and consulting firms that require vendors and service providers subscribe to their syndicated research programs or commission large-scale consulting engagements, THINKstrategies’ consulting services are designed to quickly and economically meet your strategic planning or specific business requirements.

Project-Oriented, Trusted Advisor

THINKstrategies can provide timely advice, produce insightful reports, conduct on-site strategy sessions, or help you find partners or solution providers to enable you achieve your corporate objectives. THINKstrategies provides practical insight and tangible results.

“Jeff Kaplan’s reputation as the leading strategist in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) marketplace is well earned. For several years now, Jeff has been a key player and influencer in SaaS – working with a range of organizations, industry associations, and brand name clients.  Jeff continually synthesizes his strategic ideas with new information and market developments to deliver thought-provoking and useful insights.”  Frances Banks, Marketing Consultant.

Strategy Sessions & Planning Workshops

yay-4001052THINKstrategies’ Managing Director, Jeff Kaplan, conducts numerous onsite strategy sessions aimed at helping clients better understand and fully capitalize on today’s rapidly evolving market opportunities.

Click here to learn more about THINKstrategies’ strategic consulting services.

“Jeff is the most knowledgeable SaaS professional in the market!  We recently hired Jeff to come in and help us validate our SaaS strategy and everyone on the team was very impressed with his ability to help all departments validate our plans and set the course for our SaaS release. I would strongly recommend contracting Jeff to anyone that is in the process of making a move into the SaaS world.” Russell Foy, VP Sales

Industry Presentations & Corporate Speaking Engagements

Kaplan is a popular speaker and moderator at various corporate events and industry conferences. Click here to see a series of brief industry presentations. Click here to see a schedule of Jeff’s upcoming speaking engagements and find videos of some of his previous presentations.

“Jeff Kaplan was inspirational, motivational, and even entertaining! He provided valuable insight regarding the market forces that are driving the rapid adoption of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Cloud-based solutions, and the business benefits that companies are deriving from these rapidly evolving capabilities,” Nancy Nafziger, Kinetic Data.

Vendor-Sponsored Whitepapers & Primers

THINKstrategies publishes custom whitepapers and primers on behalf of a wide array of leading software and technology solution providers, and emerging players. These publications focus on the most important business issues facing enterprises of all sizes, as well as the most critical business challenges facing solution providers today.

We work with key executives and marketing teams to develop a clearly differentiated and compelling value proposition that can be conveyed effectively via a whitepaper or primer. After the document is completed, THINKstrategies will promote it via our Cloud Computing Showplace, over 15,000 newsletter subscribers and over 3300 Twitter followers.

Click here to see an extensive list of our various whitepapers and primers, and click here to obtain samples of our industry research.

“I want to compliment THINKstrategies’ SaaS Primer for CIOs. This was the best write up of the benefits of SaaS I have read yet. It was in laymen terms backed by industry respected analysts with relevant data points. Well done!” Doug McGregor, CEO, WebEquity Solutions.

Vendor-Sponsored Market Research

THINKstrategies works with many companies to conduct targetted and timely market research studies to identify important trends and generate valuable survey-based, thought-leadership reports, infographics and presentations. We have recently conducted studies in conjunction with FrontRange, GainsightGrant Thornton, and MuleSoft.

Vendor-Sponsored Webinars & Podcasts

THINKstrategies also helps organize and execute online, webcasts and podcasts regarding various topics regarding Cloud Computing, SaaS, managed services, IT management, and sourcing strategies. Click here to see numerous examples of THINKstrategies’ client webinars.

Click here if you’d like to learn more about how THINKstrategies’ webcast capabilities can help you achieve your corporate objectives.

“Jeff Kaplan’s material is not only very relevant, but his delivery style is also relaxed, informative, and easy to understand. His ability to discuss today’s trends and changing customer behavior is spot on and comes across in a fresh new way!” Jeff Mohr, JBara Software.

StrategicThinking Profiles

THINKstrategies publishes a series of two-page profiles of innovative Cloud solution providers that are offering compelling services that represent important business models for enterprise decision-makers, solution providers and technology investors to consider.

Over the past ten years, THINKstrategies has profiled dozens of companies ranging from AT&T and IBM to Salesforce.com and SAP.

Click here to see a sample Strategic Thinking profile regarding SnapLogic’s unique data integration capabilities and their industry implications. You can also click here to read a profile we recently published regarding Aryaka’s unique network and application performance management capabilities.

“Jeff’s insight and vision into the SaaS marketplace are truly distinguishable in a field where many are seeking expertise. He has made the right calls on SaaS momentum and adoption in various industries and functional areas. His SaaS Showplace is an original SaaS knowledge portal with the broadest source of vendor participants and tools. As a vendor or end-user I would not hesitate to seek Jeff’s advice and services.” Fred Landis, Callidus Software.

Cloud Computing Showplace

In 2006, THINKstrategies also created the largest, vendor-independent, online directory and best practice resource center focused on the on-demand services market of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions, including Managed Services — the Cloud Computing Showplace.

The Showplace included the largest online directory in the Cloud Computing industry with over 3000 companies divided into over 90 application, industry, service and technology categories. The site also included extensive information and insight about industry best practices to help organizations fully leverage the growing array of Cloud Computing solutions and Managed Services.

“THINKstrategies has created the Web’s Best Directory of All Things SaaS, what I believe to be the most comprehensive directory of SaaS providers I’ve come across.” Jasmine Antonick, Under the Radar.

Cloud Innovators Summits

From 2011 to 2014, THINKstrategies hosted a series of intimate, peer-to-peer, executive  networking forums to delve into key business issues and showcase innovative solutions associated with the Cloud marketplace, called the Cloud Innovators Summits.

In 2014, THINKstrategies hosted a full-day executive forum focused on the rapidly expanding market opportunities being created by the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), called the Connected Cloud Summit.

The series is based on the success of the 2011-2014 Cloud Channel Summits which examined how the Cloud would impact the nature of IT and software vendor-partner relationships.

THINKstrategies also hosted the Cloud Analytics Summit in 2012 and 2013 to discuss how the Cloud would enable organizations to overcome their “Big Data”, data integration and business intelligence (BI) challenges.

Based on the success of the Cloud Innovators Summit series, THINKstrategies now helps clients organize and host their own corporate events including customer conferences and partner summits.

“Great event! The content and the attendee quality made this a very helpful event. The energy was strong from beginning to end, challenges were tackled as a group and many new relationships were formed. Anyone looking to do business or accelerate their growth in the cloud should make this a must attend event.” David Roth, CEO, AppFirst.

Contact us if you’d like to learn how you can leverage THINKstrategies’ services to achieve your business objectives.

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