Michael Maoz

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CIOs start to taste the meringue and unload those pesky humans.

by Michael Maoz  |  August 19, 2014  |  3 Comments

It has been three and a half years since IBM’s multi-billion dollar Watson, an array of  supercomputing power, won the US television show Jeapordy. Despite some really funny errors, it did manage the very clever response to the answer: “A long, tiresome speech delivered by a frothy pie topping.” Its question, which it was the [...]

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CIOs face choiceless choice for complicated CRM projects.

by Michael Maoz  |  June 19, 2014  |  4 Comments

Two of my colleagues just finished a tour of client visits in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Singapore, Taiwan and parts of China (or other parts, depending on ones politics). Their observations are in line with what we are seeing in most parts of the world: when it comes to building a next-generation CRM desktop, mobile interface, [...]

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CRM vendor differentiation with the all look just the same

by Michael Maoz  |  April 30, 2014  |  3 Comments

Listening to clients as they search for the best software solutions struggle with the sameness of description that the software providers use to describe their wares. A refrain from the Pete Seeger song from the 1960′s (but written by Malvina Reynolds) comes to mind. (If you are one of the rare individuals not to have experienced the [...]

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Behind the magic of the CRM Customer Engagement Center MQ, 2014

by Michael Maoz  |  April 25, 2014  |  1 Comment

Kids in the western world from the Middle Ages on down would listen to magicians incant Hocus Pocus and Abracadabra before performing a feat of magic. They would wait for that key phrase Hocus Pocus and with slight of hand a ball would disappear or a dove appear – Magic. Of course the roots of [...]

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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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Hey, Marketing leader, isn’t it time to share your social media strategy?

by Michael Maoz  |  February 27, 2014  |  2 Comments

We just published our 2014 Social for CRM Vendor Guide (if you are a Gartner client you can view it at  http://gtnr.it/1ft8B8o ), and among the interesting insights is our survey that shows that Marketing controls Social strategy in 41% of enterprises, compared to 8% IT and 7% Customer Service. The more interesting evolution of social media strategy [...]

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Care for the customer or employee experience hovers between neglect and disdain.

by Michael Maoz  |  January 23, 2014  |  3 Comments

Close your eyes and think about the Apps you enjoy the most. Now open your eyes and write them down. They are going to be Pinterest and Twitter and Dropbox and Waze and Facebook (well, for some of us) and Instagram and Proust and Vine and Google and WhatsApp, or some similar list. What will [...]

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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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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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