Gartner Blog Network

Amazon Advances the 3D Printing Market — or Does It?

by Pete Basiliere  |  July 28th, 2014

Not by much, that’s for sure, at least not now. But the potential is there. Amazon’s 3D Printed Products Store “enables customers to customize and personalize items like earrings, pendants, rings, bobble head dolls and more.” But look closely and today you’ll find 20 items composed of plastic jewelry, a...

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Retail Hype Cycle Helps to Cut Through Hype

by Robert Hetu  |  July 28th, 2014

The 2014 version of Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Retail Technologies is out! Large multichannel retailers should recognize that the retail industry is at another significant inflection point, and only a major transformation to digital business models is likely to ensure their survival. This is because it is no longer about...

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Develop Customer Personas for Better SFA Design

by Tad Travis  |  July 28th, 2014

Some time ago, a VP asked me "How can we ensure that we create a system that sales will want to use?"   This is a significant and important question, one with several possible responses.  Because this company was launching their first SFA system, I responded that it's important to deliver...

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The Internet of Bling: PTC Acquires Axeda

by Eric Goodness  |  July 28th, 2014

Last Wednesday, PTC announced that the company signed a definitive agreement to acquire Axeda Corporation. Axeda is a small software and services company with outsized visibility in the market to connect machines and sensors to the cloud for business value.  PTC acquired Axeda for approximately $170 million in cash which...

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AWS 2Q14 and why the sky is not falling

by Lydia Leong  |  July 28th, 2014

Amazon posted weaker 2Q 2014 results for Amazon Web Services, leading some to speculate about competitive pressures despite continued enormous growth in usage. Investors are asking, probably reasonably, what's going on here. Is the overall market for cloud computing weakening? Are competitors taking more market share? Or is this largely...

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The 2014 Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting (in North America)

by dtoombs  |  July 22nd, 2014

Last week, we published our Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting in North America (subscriber link here, a reprint link for non-seatholders may be available soon).  This Magic Quadrant represents a bit of a shift in focus from our previous "managed hosting" Magic Quadrants, so I thought it would be...

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The New World After Big Data Changes It

by Nick Heudecker  |  July 24th, 2014

Guest Post from Mark Beyer We all understand that big data will “become normal” and expected sometime near 2018. The disruption of the new processing style and the resulting infrastructure now has to mature. The new vendors that have emerged are proclaiming their victory over tradition. At the same time...

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Research Round Up - on Data Lakes, NoSQL, and Information Governance

by Andrew White  |  July 25th, 2014

It is not often I "toot my own horn" and for good reason.  I am a modest bloke, really.  Today I will toot away and also share some new research from a colleague of mine.  In the last few weeks a couple of important research notes sneaked out.  And I...

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Five Reasons CMO Alliances With C-Suite Peers Fail, Part 1

by Laura McLellan  |  July 25th, 2014

In five alliterative words, the reasons for failure can be categorized as focus, fit, feasibility, function and financial.  “Collaborate or die” may be an over-exaggeration, but as companies grasp the magnitude of change necessary to survive and thrive in the world of digital business, the most successful understand the need...

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Things That Aren't Risk Assessments

by Ben Tomhave  |  July 24th, 2014

In my ongoing battle against the misuse of the term "risk," I wanted to spend a little time here pontificating on various activities that ARE NOT "risk assessments." We all too often hear just about every scan or questionnaire described as a "risk assessment," and yet when you get down...

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SDN Is More than Agility

by Andrew Lerner  |  July 24th, 2014

Conversations around SDN are starting to pickup and we're seeing more tire-kicking and trials from mainstream clients. The bulk of the SDN conversations are around agility (i.e., I want to provide cloud-based services to my constituents but the network provisioning takes a long time). SDN can certainly help here, but there are non-SDN...

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