Michael Maoz

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All that a CIO needs to know about CRM was said already by the Dalai Lama

by Michael Maoz  |  April 8, 2014  |  2 Comments

I am about to release the draft of the Customer Engagement Center Magic Quadrant 2014 for review to software vendors. This is the MQ that was formerly known as the CRM Customer Service Contact Center MQ. For two years we’ve been writing about Customer Engagement Strategies, and this new MQ focuses on the role of [...]

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Knowingly or Unknowingly, the CIO is Building toward an Intent Driven Enterprise.

by Michael Maoz  |  March 4, 2014  |  1 Comment

Ten years ago I had the wonderful opportunity to be a Gartner Fellow. What I did during that fecund two-year period was develop a concept that I termed, The Intent-Driven Enterprise. I began to talk to my colleagues, talk to IT managers, heads of customer support, sales leaders, and software vendors about the idea. Some [...]

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How Marketing could torpedo the Digital Transformation of CRM

by Michael Maoz  |  January 28, 2014  |  2 Comments

Every winter for the past 12 I have begun researching the ideas that will go into my presentations for our Spring CRM-focused conferences. This year we have the Gartner Customer360 Summit, 19-21 May in Orlando and the Gartner Customer Strategies & Technologies Summit London 28/29 April in London. I love these events because they are intimate gatherings [...]

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CRM Excellence from the IT Edges, while we pay a fortune to the core.

by Michael Maoz  |  January 21, 2014  |  4 Comments

If you are a CIO at a large corporation, you feel the pain of national governments that attempt to direct funds on behalf of the citizens of the country in new and innovative ways, only to find that almost all funds are mandated to existing programs. Maybe a few percentage points are up for real discussion. A [...]

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Why the CIO’s dream of a CRM Application Suite is just that.

by Michael Maoz  |  January 10, 2014  |  3 Comments

It is hard to comprehend, but tomorrow it will be just ten years exactly since Mark Zukerberg registered his domain, THEFACEBOOK.COM. There was just about nothing of a social network before that. And smart phones? Even seven years ago we were tied to our laptops and desktops and non-smart mobile phones, and there was not much [...]

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Thank you from the trenches of CRM and Customer Experience.

by Michael Maoz  |  December 31, 2013  |  Comments Off

Everyone is off on holidays, making this a thank you to those of you in abstentia. Michael Bloomberg, who serves his last day as Mayor of NYC after twelve years, summed up his time as Mayor in a speech to city leaders – not the politicians – this way: “I have always been envious of [...]

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A Tale of Two CRMs

by Michael Maoz  |  December 18, 2013  |  Comments Off

When Dickens opened A Tale of Two Cities with “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” he could have been speaking about the massive opportunity and challenge of changing CRM strategies and technologies. The dissonant chorus of banshee from the Cloud-vendors cries out about the demise of on-premise software, while [...]

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Touching the Cloud / SaaS Third Rail: complex customer service.

by Michael Maoz  |  November 25, 2013  |  Comments Off

The beauty of the new-age publishing process is that every word, thought and recommendation that we write for our clients on Gartner.com can be anonomously rated. Generally you hope for better than three stars – four or five are ideal, as it implies that you got their attention and they thought it was better than average. [...]

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Hubris and the US Health Web Site Embroglio

by Michael Maoz  |  October 22, 2013  |  1 Comment

While the West Coast High Tech mavens are schvitzing about the incompetence of the outsourcers who tried and failed to build a workable website for HealthCare.gov, none of these same pundits would really have wanted the job or the transparency they are now putting down. Maybe the US Government’s two major software developers are Schmendriks, [...]

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The CIO’s Cloud Mania for CRM: And they swam and they swam right over the dam.

by Michael Maoz  |  August 12, 2013  |  2 Comments

Let’s face it: the five year cost of CRM software in a SaaS model has eclipsed on premise software costs for most organizations. We should re-state this: most businesses will not face this issue head on. Obfuscating and a disengenuous sleight-of-hand accounting razzamatazz can give the vague appearance that SaaS is cheaper. SaaS  is evolving [...]

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