Robert Desisto

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My own experience with iPad on recent business trip

by Robert Desisto  |  February 25, 2013  |  Comments Off

I just got done creating my mobile CRM Sales  presentation for the Gartner Customer 360 Conference.  You often wonder as an analyst if the research your writing has the real world business impact you predict. Last week on a business trip I had a rare opportunity to experience the impact of tablets in this case the iPad during [...]

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Gartner 2013 CRM Sales Predictions

by Robert Desisto  |  January 2, 2013  |  Comments Off

In 2013, Sales application managers will try to understand the impact of social, mobile, cloud and big data on their sales applications strategy. Our 2013 CRM Sales Predicts provides guidance in all four areas. They key findings in our report include: Internet bandwidth increases and accessibility will accelerate sales force automation deployment movement to the [...]

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The Death of the Laptop

by Robert Desisto  |  October 23, 2012  |  2 Comments

At Gartner US Symposium, I have done 20 one on one meetings with clients in the first two days. In 18 of the meetings clients used iPads. In only 2 of the meetings clients used laptops. I even used my own iPad to go over some decsion frameworks using the Gartner iPad App (if you [...]

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Non Price Book Option Could Help You Save Money On Salesforce.com contracts

by Robert Desisto  |  August 13, 2012  |  Comments Off

Although it wasn’t publicized on its website, salesforce.com enables its customers to purchase its Sales Cloud Professional solution, with add-on Enterprise Edition features at no additional cost. Just wrote a detailed research note, Save Money With Salesforce.com’s Professional and a la Carte Enterprise Features, that helps clients evaluate whether this option makes sense for them.

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Cloud, Mobile, Social and Analytics Dominate 2012 CRM Sales Hype Cycle

by Robert Desisto  |  July 20, 2012  |  1 Comment

In 2011, more than $5 billion was invested in sales applications. Sales organizations are focusing their sales application investments on the differentiation and innovation of application pace layers. This has led to an uptick in analytics, cloud-based offerings and mobile device deployments. Sales performance management and lead management have also gotten more attention, because sales [...]

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2012 Sales Force Automation Magic Quadrant Released

by Robert Desisto  |  July 19, 2012  |  Comments Off

The 2012 Sales Force Automation Magic Quadrant is officially published. We had one new leader emerge, one vendor drop from inclusion and a new product added that was not included in the 2011 Magic Quadrant. The magic quadrant evaluation process had the usual vendor claims, “Why is Vendor “A” have a better position than we [...]

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Review of Oracle Fusion CRM

by Robert Desisto  |  May 16, 2012  |  Comments Off

Oracle has released Oracle Fusion CRM for sales organizations’ sales force automation initiatives. It offers enhanced capabilities; however, more customer proof points are needed. In a just publish research note I discuss the top 5 impacts for sales organizations considering Oracle Fusion CRM.

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM Q2 2012 Service Update Analysis

by Robert Desisto  |  April 4, 2012  |  Comments Off

My colleague Michael Maoz and I have just published an Impact Appraisal on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Q2 2012 Service Update. Key elements of the Microsoft’s release are increased mobile options, enhancements to customization for it’s online version, and analytics.

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Gartner Cool Sales Vendors for 2012

by Robert Desisto  |  March 30, 2012  |  Comments Off

Ed Thompson and I just published the Gartner Cool Sales Vendors Report for 2012. The 2012 Cool Vendors in the CRM sales report offer new approaches to improving sales. Vendors highlighted use social, analytics and content management to help salespeople strengthen customer and prospect relationships. Specific vendors covered in the report are Qvidian, GoodData, and [...]

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SaaS Enters Consolidation Phase

by Robert Desisto  |  February 13, 2012  |  Comments Off

Jim Holincheck and I wrote a research note on the impact Oracle’s, SAP’s and salesforce.com’s recent SaaS acquisitions will have on client organizations. The ink is not even dry on the research note, and Oracle buys Taleo. As Jim and I say in the research, SaaS acquisitions will accelerate and client organizations need to protect [...]

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