Podcast: The Top 19 Customer Management Technologies To Watch

Our latest featured podcast is Bill Band's "The Top 19 Customer Management Technologies To Watch".

In this podcast, BP&A Vice President and Principal Analyst Bill Band describes what technologies comprise the customer management applications ecosystem, and which ones offer the most value based on Forrester’s most recent research.

 

 

 

 

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Measuring Disaster Recovery Maturity

Each year for the past three years I've analyzed and written on the state of enterprise disaster recovery preparedness. I've seen a definite improvement in overall DR preparedness during these past three years. Most enterprises do have some kind of recovery data center, enterprises often use an internal or colocated recovery data center to support advanced DR solutions such as replication and more "active-active" data center configurations and finally, the distance between data centers is increasing. As much as things have improved, there is still a lot more room for improvement not just in advanced technology adoption but also in DR process management. I typically find that very few enterprises are both technically sophisticated and good at managing DR as an on-going process.

When it comes to DR planning and process management, there are a number of standards including the British Standard for IT Service Continuity Management (BS 25777), other country standards and even industry specific standards. British Standards have a history of evolving into ISO standards and there has already been widespread acceptance of BS 25777 as well as BS 25999 (the business continuity version). No matter which standard you follow, I don’t think you can go drastically wrong. DR planning best practices have been well defined for years and there is a lot of commonality in these standards. They will all recommend:

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What Makes BI SaaS Architecture Multitenant?

Boris Evelson By Boris Evelson

I'd like to drill into some more details on my BI SaaS blog from September 2009. A key critical point to "what differentiates one BI SaaS vendor from another" discussion is what really constitutes multi-tenant architecture. Here are some initiall thoughts to stimulate the discussion:

  • DBMS. There's got to be back end, DBMS architecture that allows for one of the following:
    • Automatically generate a separate DBMS instance for each client  
    • Use same DBMS instance for multiple clients, but automatically generate a set of unique tables for each client  
    • Use same DBMS instance and tables for multiple clients, but automatically assign unique keys to to each client so that they can only update and retrieve their own rows  
  • Application. Similar functionality has to exist in the application tier:
    • Automatically connect to the appropriate, client specific DBMS instance, or 
    • Automatically use views that only point to client specific tables, or
    • Append "where" clause to each SQL statement to only retrieve client specific rows  
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Social Media Transforms Customer Service

In this podcast, Natalie reveals why it is important for customer service professionals to incorporate social media into the customer experience, and the impact of social media on customer service.

http://www.forrester.com/role_based/images/author/imported/forresterDotCom/Podcasts/BPA/Natalie_Petouhoff_Social_Media_Transforms_Customer_Service_113009.mp3

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The Top 19 Customer Management Technologies To Watch

In this podcast, Bill describes what technologies comprise the customer management applications ecosystem, and which ones offer the most value based on Forrester's combined knowledge.

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The Top 19 Customer Management Technologies To Watch

In this podcast, Bill describes what technologies comprise the customer management applications ecosystem, and which ones offer the most value based on Forrester’s most recent research.

http://www.forrester.com/role_based/images/author/imported/forresterDotCom/Podcasts/BPA/bill%20band%20podcast%2011-12-09%20mixed.mp3

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The CIO And Social Media: Social Evangelist?

Following on from my last post - "The CIO And Social Media: Social Police?" – you might have guessed I’m a big proponent of Social Computing to drive organizational transformation and increase profits.

The thing is, I wonder how many CIOs see themselves as social evangelists.  You’re a CIO...

  • Are you on Twitter?
  • Do you have a full profile on LinkedIn?
  • How about Facebook?
  • Do you understand how your marketing organization is leveraging social media?
  • Do you have a role as social advocate in the organization?

I believe one important role of the CIO is to help peers in the business to better understand just how transformational social media can be to helping increase growth and/or drive productivity to improve the bottom line.

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Boris Evelson By Boris Evelson

I get many inquiries from clients on how to select a data visualization vendor / solution. The criteria that my clients often site are

  • Thick and thin client
  • Dynamic visualizations, not just static charts 
  • Ability to pull data from multiple sources
  • OLAP-like functionality
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