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Michael Maoz
VP Distinguished Analyst
13 years at Gartner
26 years IT industry

Michael Maoz is a research vice president and distinguished analyst in Gartner Research. His research focuses on CRM and customer-centric Web strategies. Mr. Maoz is the research leader for both the customer service and support strategies area and customer-centric Web… Read Full Bio

Customer Service is the God Particle.

by Michael Maoz  |  January 13, 2015

The official 2015 Customer Engagement Center Magic Quadrant kicks off in another week, though it is more de jure than de facto, as it a living creature that updates from moment to moment. Its formal update generates an intense re-visiting of the criteria and definition of the space, which looks at the combination of tools […]

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CIOs can be supply specialists or maestros of innovation. Who are you?

by Michael Maoz  |  January 8, 2015

In the military, one of the more interesting jobs is the supply specialist who keeps the armory and warehouses stocked. These wonderful folks, usually infectiously enthusiastic and salty of tongue, are the difference between theater success or failure. The amount of ‘stuff’ that a single soldier needs can be overwhelming. In early military days you might […]

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Why data mining resembles handing a child a scalpel.

by Michael Maoz  |  January 6, 2015

One of the recurring jokes that gets a laugh regardless of the times heard is from George Carlin: “I put a dollar in a change machine. Nothing changed.” With advanced data mining tools, that could be your best outcome, versus things getting worse. Here in the United States we have just passed through the storm […]

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Why didn’t you say that in the first place? The CIO needs Google Translate for CRM.

by Michael Maoz  |  December 10, 2014

My colleagues and I just released a new piece of research that we titled, “Nine CRM Projects to do Right Now for Customer Service (if you are a Gartner client you can read it here (http://www.gartner.com/document/2939818). What we did was take this year’s top 2,000 inquiries, together with our onsite client visits and Symposia one-on-ones […]

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The CIO’s choice between bandwagon and band leader for CRM

by Michael Maoz  |  December 1, 2014

The IT world is curious in that the farther one gets from core technology projects the closer one gets to value. CRM business applications are similar – it is often the more arcane or little known software products and suppliers delivering value. It is they who are called in by the CIO or IT lead […]

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Siddartha CIOs, looking to exit the walled garden of Customer Experience

by Michael Maoz  |  November 4, 2014

Just about every student in the 1960s and 1970s in the Western world was exposed to Herman Hesse’s short novel, Siddartha. Everyone, it would seem, except future CIOs. But it is not too late, any more than it is ever to late to read Lou Gerstner’s Who says elephants can’t dance. Any time is a […]

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The CIO, a VP Marketing and a customer walk into a bar….

by Michael Maoz  |  October 5, 2014

Consumers are often frustrated for reasons that the CIO can neither see nor understand. Our consumers are frustrated for reasons that the VP of Marketing cannot see nor understand. If a customer of a business were to sit down with a CIO and give them their point of view, the CIO might find it interesting, […]

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As CIOs look out at Wearables, what is it that they see?

by Michael Maoz  |  September 9, 2014

 Think back over the past 20 years at the innovative technologies that you have absorbed into your life. That first Nokia 3210 back in 1999. Or that Motorola RAZR2 in 2006, or that dreamy iPhone that made you give up your Blackberry. No! Not the Blackberry, they’ll never pry it from my cold, dying hands. […]

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The Selfie Marshall McLuhan anticipated 50 years ago, but as CIO you might miss.

by Michael Maoz  |  August 25, 2014

Here are five places where anyone could have observed a Selfie being taken or viewed in any major US city this week: Waiting in line at the DMV, driving a car, checking out at the supermarket, picking up tickets for a film, crossing a busy street. These were the more interesting answers given at a […]

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

by Michael Maoz  |  August 19, 2014

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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