Every now and then a vendor does something that genuinely surprises and even delights me. They come up with a new feature at the least but at the most, they define a concept, which while it certainly pushes the vendor's agenda, it also adds a new way of thinking to the overall discussion and even has a practical merit.
Social CRM: The Conversation
Paul Greenberg focuses on not only what CRM is but where its going in this blog on CRM strategy, technology, stories, companies and personalities.
In addition to being the author of the best-selling "CRM at the Speed of Light: Social CRM Strategies, Tools, and Techniques for Engaging Your Customers," Paul Greenberg is President of The 56 Group, LLC.
Note: I'm actually on a vacation, just finishing an incredible cruise through the Mediterranean and now on Day 2 of a 3 day stay in Barcelona. All in all a dream vacation to tell you the truth.
Denis Pombriant is perhaps the only CRM guru/analyst/thought leader that I know who has the uncanny ability to look at the world through not just the typical micro lens that many of us peer through but also through a macro lens. He can expand concepts and place the complex matrix of human interrelationships in a context that can locate the greater forces that work to affect that matrix.
In the last post on SAP I wrote, I remarked that I wasn't a Kremlin watcher but had a fascination about how CEOs and changes in CEOs affect companies. Its been about 2 months since I wrote that and by now, as I wrap up my experience (and I am carefully choosing that word) at Sapphire, I have to say, that the effect on SAP of the co-CEOdom of Bill McDermott and J.
I think that the power of conferences is both overestimated and underestimated. Its overestimated because often the vendor, when its over and they "done good" sits back with an incredibly self-satisfied smack of the lips and thinks that a huge amount of their branding work for the year is done because it went well.
A few months ago, when I did my 2010 Watchlist for CRM Vendors, needless to say - now at least - Lithium was on it.There was a good reason for it too - they had been fast becoming one of the leading community platforms and increasingly vying for a significant position in the Social CRM world.
When I announced the contest for iPad CRM applications (at least from your mind's eye) about a month ago, one thing I didn't expect was the speed that vendors would jump on the iPad development bandwagon.Since my announcement: NetSuite showed an iPad application developed by a partner, Iron Solutions, for the agricultural equipment industry at their April 14 launch in San Francisco.
A couple of months ago, I was asked by Microsoft to help them (as a consultant) try to work on their Social CRM program. That included looking at products, messaging and doing some thought leadership stuff.
As many of you probably know, salesforce.com acquired Jigsaw a few days ago for an incredible (incredible for Jigsaw that is) $142,000,000. Salesforce.com is making an effort to become not just a PaaS provider, born a CRM provider, but now a complete cloud offering.
The DisclaimerSAS's legal department, which seems to be the only SAS department retaining the outlook of the early 20th century, asked all the bloggers who are posting who had their travel expenses covered to put in a disclaimer that they had all their travel expenses covered. My disclaimer is as follows: See Denis Pombriant's disclaimer.