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High performance sales teams are 4x more likely to use predictive analytics to streamline sales cycles and get deals closed faster.  Salesforce Research did a study of how analytics is impacting sales performance.  Key take-aways are included in the post below. #CRM  $CRM #Salesforce  #EnSW 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiscolumbus/2015/07/11/high-performing-sales-teams-4x-more-likely-to-use-predictive-analytics/
Sales organizations plan to increase their use of sales analytics 58% from 2015 to 2016. Smart selling fueled by predictive analytics will jump 77% among high performing sales organizations in the next 12 – 18 months. 60% of high-performing sales teams already use or are planning to use a mobile sales apps. These [...]
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Visited London in March for the Cloud Computing Expo and had a day to explore. Had a great time and can hardly wait to get back.   #London  
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Can hardly wait to go back!  Love Venice!  
 
Beautiful Venice Canal.

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Cowen & Company's Mid-Year 2015 IT Spending Survey has several interesting take-aways with regard to cloud computing's maturity and adoption as a stable, enterprise-wide platform, and the growth of DevOps.  I've summarized the key take-aways in the following post.   #cloudcomputing   #enterprisesoftware   #DevOps  
Application development (34%), managed services (27%), ERP implementations (22%) and cloud (20%) are the highest spending priorities for enterprises in 2015 according to the latest Cowen & Company IT spending survey. 53% of enterprises plan to purchase Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) services from an IT services provider. 21% year-over-year spending growth on SMAC technologies [...]
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Excellent study from 451 Research in association with Microsoft on #hosting  and #cloudcomputing  trends was published last month. I did a wrap-up of the study and analyzed how quickly the majority of marketing apps will be cloud-based. #EnSW  
47% of marketing departments will have 60% or more of their applications on a cloud platform in two years. ; When asked which Value-Added Reseller (VAR) is most likely to win their enterprises’ business for a significant hosting project, the majority said IBM (18%) followed by Microsoft (11%), Amazon (8%) and Dell [...]
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SCM World completed a fascinating study on the impact of big data analytics, mobile and robotics on digital factories. I've  summarized the study in post this morning.   #BigData   #Analytics  #Mfg
47% of manufacturers expect big data analytics to have a major impact on company performance making it core to the future of digital factories. 36% expect mobile technologies and applications to improve their company’s financial performance today and in the future. 49% expect advanced analytics to reduce operational costs and utilize assets [...]
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Interesting study from Oxford Economics comparing enterprises' cloud adoption intentions in 2012, 2014 and three years ahead in 2017.  It was released last month and the data still has some great insights into what's going on with #cloudcomputing  in the enterprise.   #EnSW   

http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiscolumbus/2015/06/08/55-of-enterprises-predict-cloud-computing-will-enable-new-business-models-in-three-years/
69% of enterprises expect to make moderate-to-heavy cloud investments over the next three years as they migrate core business functions to the cloud. 44% of enterprises are relying on cloud computing to launch new business models today, predicting this will increase to 55% in three years. 32% are using cloud computing to [...]
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Big Ben Goes Into Operation On This Day in London on 31 May 1859

The famous tower clock known as Big Ben, located at the top of the 320-foot-high St. Stephen’s Tower, rings out over the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, for the first time on this day in 1859.

After a fire destroyed much of the Palace of Westminster–the headquarters of the British Parliament–in October 1834, a standout feature of the design for the new palace was a large clock atop a tower. The royal astronomer, Sir George Airy, wanted the clock to have pinpoint accuracy, including twice-a-day checks with the Royal Greenwich Observatory. While many clockmakers dismissed this goal as impossible, Airy counted on the help of Edmund Beckett Denison, a formidable barrister known for his expertise in horology, or the science of measuring time.

Denison’s design, built by the company E.J. Dent& Co., was completed in 1854; five years later, St. Stephen’s Tower itself was finished. Weighing in at more than 13 tons, its massive bell was dragged to the tower through the streets of London by a team of 16 horses, to the cheers of onlookers.

Once it was installed, Big Ben struck its first chimes on May 31, 1859. Just two months later, however, the heavy striker designed by Denison cracked the bell. Three more years passed before a lighter hammer was added and the clock went into service again. The bell was rotated so that the hammer would strike another surface, but the crack was never repaired.

The name “Big Ben” originally just applied to the bell but later came to refer to the clock itself. Two main stories exist about how Big Ben got its name. Many claim it was named after the famously long-winded Sir Benjamin Hall, the London commissioner of works at the time it was built. Another famous story argues that the bell was named for the popular heavyweight boxer Benjamin Caunt, because it was the largest of its kind.

Even after an incendiary bomb destroyed the chamber of the House of Commons during the Second World War, St. Stephen’s Tower survived, and Big Ben continued to function. Its famously accurate timekeeping is regulated by a stack of coins placed on the clock’s huge pendulum, ensuring a steady movement of the clock hands at all times. At night, all four of the clock’s faces, each one 23 feet across, are illuminated. A light above Big Ben is also lit to let the public know when Parliament is in session.

#bigben   #BritishParliament   #London   #history   #horology    #thisdayinhistory   #ststephenstower   #england   #unitedkingdom  

via/ history.com/this-day-in-history/big-ben-goes-into-operation-in-london

Bonus" In the film, V For Vendetta it imagined Big Ben exploding. This is the video of that...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkiMEJqc9_M
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A moving night view of Europe | International Space Station
Samantha: "From Greece up to the Balkans and the Adriatic. Where do you think that lightning is?"

Credit: ESA/NASA, ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy
Image Date: May 23, 2015

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+European Space Agency, ESA 

#‎NASA‬ ‪#‎ESA‬ ‪#‎Space‬ ‪#‎ISS‬ ‪#‎Earth‬ ‪#Greece #Balkans #Peninsula
#Adriatic #Sea #Europe #Astronaut‬ #‎SamanthaCristoforetti‬
‪#‎OurOutpostInSpace‬ #‎Spacecraft‬ #‎Technology‬ ‪#‎Flight‬ ‪#‎Engineer‬
‪#‎Expedition43‬ #‎Futura43‬ ‪#‎Italy‬ ‪#‎ASI‬  ‪#‎Art‬ ‪#‎Science‬ ‪#‎International‬
#OrbitalPerspective #OverviewEffect #Ελλάδα  #Albania #Bosnia
#Herzegovina #Bulgaria #Croatia #Kosovo
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Blogged this week on #Industry40   adoption as defined by #BostonConsultingGroup. 
Industry 4.0 is projected to drive productivity gains of 5 to 8% on total manufacturing costs over ten years in Germany, totaling €90B to €150B.
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FBN’s Maria Bartiromo gives a preview of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
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Enterprise software author, analyst, blogger and speaker, expertise in product management, product marketing and sales, Software-as-a-Service, Infrastructure-as-a-Service; industry analyst and founder of Software Strategies Research, blogger, market researcher & strategist. Frequent speaker at industry events, seminars and webinars.
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  • iBASEt
    Vice President, Marketing, present
  • Plex Systems
  • Cincom Systems
  • AMR Research
  • Ingram Micro
  • Gateway Computers
  • Toshiba America
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Arizona - Alabama - Colorado - Maryland - Florida
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Introduction

My areas of expertise are in the areas of channel management, quoting, sales and product configuration, pricing, contract management, order management, CRM and ERP systems and their use in attaining sales and profit objectives of organizations.  My interests specifically are in the areas of how Web Services and XML are making it possible for companies to attain their selling goals profitably through their channel networks.  

I’m a regular contributor to industry blogs, participate in webinars, and have written several ebooks on my topics of interest in addition to assisting in sales cycles, system architecture, solution and pricing planning discussions.    

I also teach MBA courses in international business, global competitive strategies, international market research, and capstone courses in strategic planning and market research.  I’ve taught at California State University, Fullerton: University of California, Irvine; Marymount University, and Webster University.  As I have a passion to write I am currently completing a book on how collaborative platforms can significantly improve value chain performance with publication scheduled in 2013. A few years ago I founded Software Strategies Research and the results of those studies will be published on Amazon.com, Google Books and on my website, http://softwarestrategiesblog.com/

Education
  • Webster University, Adjunct Professor Graduate Program
    present
  • Marymount University, Adjunct Professor Graduate Program
    present
  • Stanford University, Graduate School of Business (Strategic Marketing Management Program)
  • Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California Irvine, Instructor
  • California State University, Fullerton Lecturer and Instructor
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