Thoughts and ideas from Neil Ward-Dutton at MWD Advisors, an advisory firm specialising in issues concerning IT-business alignment in the enterprise.
Appian adjusts position, gets new advisor on board
Earlier this week Appian Corp announced that seasoned VC Harry Weller of New Enterprise Associates (NEA) has joined its board. Weller is an acknowledged VC star; he’s been on Forbes’ Midas List (a list of who Forbes calls “the venture...
Neil Ward-Dutton, MWD Advisors | 7th March '14
BlueKai provides Oracle Marketing Cloud with a rich source of digital customer data
Last week Oracle acquired Data Management Platform (DMP) vendor BlueKai for an undisclosed amount. The company’s offering provides a centralised repository of customer and audience data in the cloud that can be used to help organisations...
Helena Schwenk, MWD Advisors | 6th March '14
Spill the beans, Microsoft
This week sees Microsoft kick off its sixth SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas. While I am unfortunately not attending the event, I am hoping that it will finally shed some light on Microsoft’s strategy for social collaboration, particularly in...
Angela Ashenden, MWD Advisors | 3rd March '14
Will the real Box please stand up?
Last week Box brought its analyst tour to London. With the newswires still glowing warm on the company’s ‘secret’ filing for IPO there’s a lot of interest in just what sort of a proposition Box is trying to be, and to whom. This last year...
Neil Ward-Dutton, MWD Advisors | 20th February '14
Case Management: the new frontier for work improvement
What the hell is Case Management? Is it just an attempt by certain vendors to reinvigorate their BPM technology profiles? Is it an attempt to make document and content management tools sexier? Is it all about checklists? Is there any difference...
Neil Ward-Dutton, MWD Advisors | 18th February '14
Using social analytics to mine for hidden gems inside your own organisation
When you say the phrase “social analytics”, for many people it can conjure up images of endless pages of Twitter messages sorted into columns accompanied by happy, sad or neutral smiley faces, or maybe stories of how badly particular brands have...
Angela Ashenden, MWD Advisors | 17th February '14
Actian: re-defining itself in a Big Data era
Actian (formerly known as Ingres) recently held a roundtable event in London moderated by the company’s CEO and CTO, Steve Shine and Mike Hoskins respectively. The gathering was designed as an open discussion between press, analysts and Actian and...
Helena Schwenk, MWD Advisors | 12th February '14
How customer analytics is driving innovation in the retail and restaurant trade
If you’re a industry watcher, like me, interested in customer analytics, then you’re always on the lookout for interesting stories and developments that demonstrate some of the most interesting and leading edge applications of this technology....
Helena Schwenk, MWD Advisors | 4th February '14
Beyond 'social' at IBM Connect 2014
In what’s become a welcome annual break from the UK winter for me (though I might complain to IBM for the presence of rain this year), this week I have been hearing about IBM’s product roadmaps, collaboration and business strategy, and latest...
Angela Ashenden, MWD Advisors | 30th January '14
An age of digital disruption to business - are you surfing or drowning?
In conversation with a US-based CIO recently, the CIO summarised his opportunities and challenges to me with one short phrase: “Software is eating the world, but I’m not sure I’m in front of its mouth or behind it.” The fact that his teams...
Neil Ward-Dutton, MWD Advisors | 29th January '14
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