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IBM nudges Microsoft from top spot, SAP advances, Amazon debuts on top 50 IT firm ranking

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

MicrosoftThings are changing in the digital world as tech companies jostle each other for top position. IBM has bumped Microsoft out of the top spot in the Booz & Co. second annual ranking of the world’s top 50 Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies that provide the building blocks to increasingly digital businesses.

Oracle held fast at #2, while IBM leapfrogged from #3 to claim the top spot, fuelled by its strong product and service portfolio and global presence.

“This volatility is not surprising given the vast changes sweeping this sector.

These companies are being forced to rapidly transform their business models, product portfolios, service offerings and global footprints in order to stay one step ahead of their clients’ needs in the evolving digital world.. Add to this financial pressures in an uncertain economy, and the fact that boundaries are gone and more players are competing for overlapping, converged markets, and it’s no wonder new winners are emerging,” says Richard Bhanap, partner at Booz & Company.

Key Findings:

  • Software and Internet companies and hardware and infrastructure providers are dominating the ICT industry, claiming the majority of spots in the top 20
  • Integrated solution models are continuing to gain ground over IT services, especially those IT service providers with more traditional outsourcing and managed services businesses
  • AmazonSeveral software and Internet businesses are making big advances, including SAP, which jumped three spots, to #4, Google, which moved up to #8, and Amazon, which debuted in the top 50 for the first time at #13, driven by its rapidly growing cloud services business
  • Dell and HCL took the biggest falls, each dropping five spots, to #20 and #18, respectively

Market going through dynamic change

“This market is going through dynamic changes; primarily because so many companies are expanding and reshaping their portfolios and pushing for global scale and reach at the same time. As a result, many smaller IT service providers are under pressure, being acquired or disappearing completely. On the other hand, ‘digital first’ players like Amazon are coming in with integrated solutions or compelling cloud offerings. We will see even more convergence in the future, and the winners will be those who can build integrated solution ecosystems around an innovative software or hardware core,” says Richard  Bhanap.

  • This year’s Global ICT 50 companies took in total revenues of US$2.07 trillion, a 3 percent increase over the prior year’sUS$2.01 trillion, and a slight slowdown in growth compared to the previous year. Average margins remained steady at 15 percent. Software and Internet companies (e.g., Adobe, Google, Microsoft, SAP) and offshore IT service companies (e.g., TCS, Infosys, HCL, Cognizant) were the only two groups to achieve double-digit revenue growth for the fifth straight year
  • The same two groups saw stagnating to declining EBIT margins, albeit on a very healthy >20% level, which suggests early signs of business model maturity and increasing competition
  • Hardware and infrastructure companies claimed the middle ground in financial performance, achieving continuous margin improvement and stable growth over the past five years
  • Global IT service providers and telecom companies were the weakest performers and the only groups whose growth and profitability remained almost flat in 2013, although they did manage to stabilise their margins

Google ranks number one among MBA students asked to name ideal employers.

In addition to assessing financial performance, portfolio strength, go-to-market footprint, and innovation and branding for company rankings, the study also identifies six business models to create value in the ICT industry. This analysis reveals that players that base their value creation approach on innovation (like Apple and Google), global sourcing (such as Infosys), and digitisation models (including SAP) are the most successful financially, followed by large market consolidators such as Oracle.

Read the full study here.

Several factors leading SMBs to buy business software

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Strategy AnalyticsThe continuing effects of the global recession will complicate the small and medium-sized business mobility market growth, but overall SMB IT spending has rebounded to a significant degree. Strategy Analytics believes several factors are converging to create a change that will encourage SMBs to deploy business solutions.

The always-on Internet is now an assumed part of the business fabric in technologically-mature countries, this will impact SMB IT investment, including mobility, cloud services, mobile device management, and social technology. SA’s Mobile Workforce Strategies (MWS) latest report – “2013 Top Trends Reshaping the SMB Mobility Market” – looks at how these trends are reshaping the ways SMBs buy, access and use business mobility solutions.

According to report author Gina Luk , “Historically, many business solutions vendors have taken scaled down, retrofitted versions of their large enterprise solutions to the SMB market.

Lately, however, many are taking a new tack, starting with a bottoms-up approach where vendors design SMB applications to more closely resemble easy-to-use, highly functional consumer-social-oriented solutions, rather than complex, unwieldy enterprise software.”

“In keeping with changing SMB needs and the mix of technology that will meet those needs, consumer-oriented vendors such as Amazon and Google, to Zoho are putting a user-friendly experience first, as they extend from consumer to business markets, and established SMB vendors, such as Intacct, Intuit, NetSuite, Microsoft, and Sage are upping their investments to make their solutions more accessible and simpler to use.

Even vendors that have made their mark in the large enterprise space are revisiting SMB design points. Citrix, Oracle, Salesforce and SAP, for instance, are offering business products that were designed expressly for companies with limited IT personnel,” added Andrew Brown , executive director of Enterprise research at Strategy Analytics.

SAP mobile commerce guide shows new opportunities

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

mobile devicesSAP AG (NYSE: SAP) has extended the focus of its third annual Mobile
Commerce Guide to help sectors such as retail, consumer products and utilities companies navigate the new market opportunities that mobile commerce technology and solutions can bring in both developed and emerging markets.

The Mobile Commerce Guide includes articles, case studies, key learnings, views on the competitive landscape and a look at the not too distant future, from over 40 industry leaders, innovators and analysts including the GSMA, Accenture, IDC, MasterCard, Cisco, PayPal, Dutch-Bangla Bank and RBS Citizens.

“Mobile has the power to trigger a fundamental shift in commerce because consumers already live their lives on mobile,” saidDiarmuid Mallon , Global Mobile Marketing Solutions and Programs, SAP. “The insights provided in this year’s Mobile Commerce Guide show how companies can harness mobile to deliver value and provide customers new visibility into the services they use and the payments they make.

Mobile wallets

Banks are encouraging the unbanked to use their mobile wallets as instruments that allow them to save money and plan their financial futures; mobile operators are sharing infrastructure and best practices to reach and educate customers faster; and as mobile commerce opportunities naturally extend into retail, consumer products and utilities sectors, this guide helps these sectors understand and include mobile in their customer engagement and loyalty initiatives.”

The first and second editions of the guide, released under SAP Mobile Services, a division of SAP, have closely followed the evolution of the mobile commerce business. In 2012, the guide focused on successful deployments of mobile commerce services and the impact of mobile commerce on consumer behavior. The 2011 edition placed greater significance on the transformation of commerce via the “fourth screen” concept of mobile devices.

Download the guide at:

SAP co-CEOs nab top scores in employee approval ranking

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
Bill McDermott

Bill McDermott

 SAP AG‘s Co-CEOs Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe have received top rankings in the 2013 “50 Highest Rated CEOs” report by

The popular career and workplace community annually releases a ranking of top CEOs based on independent feedback from employees.

McDermott and Snabe’s score of 99 percent approval matched this year’s top-ranked CEO, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg , also with 99 percent. SAP climbed seven places from its 2012 position.

McDermott was a featured speaker at TechMedia’s Southeast Venture Conference in Charlotte, NC, March 14. High level speakers and panelists are a feature of TechMedia’s conferences. The next is the Digital Summit in Atlanta, May 14-15.

The CEO approval ratings published by are based on employee reviews over the past 12 months.

Employees are asked: “Do you approve or disapprove of the way your CEO is leading the company?” The report ranks current CEOs who have received at least 100 CEO approval ratings for 2013 and at least 40 ratings in 2012.

A great place to work

Reviews posted online by SAP employees on include comments such as “great company,” “supportive working climate” and “great place to work.”

Since being appointed co-CEOs in 2010, McDermott and Snabe have focused SAP on innovating in key growth areas such as cloud computing, mobile business and in-memory technology.  As a result, the company has experienced 12 consecutive quarters of double-digit growth.

An internal survey of employees shows that employee engagement and employee satisfaction are reaching near all-time highs. For 2012, SAP’s internal employee engagement score increased from 77 percent to 79 percent; 89 percent are proud to work at the company and 91 percent said they have a strong belief in SAP products and services.

SAP reveals secret sauce for better retail mobile apps

Friday, March 8th, 2013

mobilewalletSAP AG found that 53 percent of industry leaders believed that improving customers’ retail experience would be essential to creating a successful mobile payments scheme, in its third consecutive GSMA Mobile World Congress survey.

The survey is aimed at addressing top issues facing mobile commerce service providers and reflects the sentiments of mobile operators, fixed telecommunication providers, over-the-top (OTT) players and other global mobile industry executives.

SAP’s C0-CEO, Bill McDermott is a featured speaker at the Southeast Venture Conference in Charlotte, NC, March 13-14. The event is sold out, but you can sign up for a wait list if last-minute openings become available.

Secret sauce for better retail experiences

SAPSAP’s survey results revealed that the “secret sauce” for creating a better retail experience includes location-based point-of-sale offerings (24 percent), point-of-sale services such as near field communication (NFC) (28 percent) and facilitating universal acceptance of mobile payments (25 percent).

Less popular services included targeted offers based on consumer preferences and shopping history (12 percent) and integration with mass transit (nine percent).

“We are seeing a maturing of the mobile payments market, as we move from a service that is driven by person-to-person payments to one that must tackle the challenges of the retail environment,” said Diarmuid Mallon , lead, Global Mobile Marketing Programs, SAP.

Apps need to support loyalty and couponing

“It is clear from our survey that in addition to improving the payment experience, mobile wallet apps need to support a multitude of services such as loyalty and couponing.”

The anticipated leaders of future successful mobile payments offerings included banks (29 percent); online payment schemes, such as PayPal, Apple iTunes or Amazon Payments (28 percent); credit cards (26 percent) or a consortium of operators (26 percent).

This statistic diverged slightly from the 2012 SAP Mobile World Congress Survey, which anticipated banks (24 percent) and mobile operators (26 percent) would be important catalysts, but placed lower expectations on credit cards (10 percent) and online payment networks (19 percent).

Confusion holding back services

AppleThe survey found that 34 percent of the respondents felt that applications like Apple Passbook will speed up brands offering wallet services.

In regard to changes in the mobile wallet, only 28 percent of mobile insiders expected new ticketing and coupon services, such as Apple Passbook, Google

Now and the Samsung wallet app, could become an alternative to true mobile wallets; and still, 38 percent believed that the lack of consumer awareness and too much confusion around the offerings were holding back mobile wallet services.

For more information, visit the SAP Newsroom.

Online Marketing Institute names the top 40 digital strategists

Monday, January 14th, 2013
LaSandra Brill

Cisco’s LaSandra Brill.

The California-based Online Marketing Institute has named its  the ‘Top 40 Digital Strategists,’ an annual list of leaders who have led the interactive marketing industry through innovation and education during the past year.

The ‘Top 40′ list is comprised of OMI educators, authors, and digital strategists, known for helping organizations improve digital campaign results and advancing the careers of marketers through speaking, blogging and teaching engagements.

The full list of ‘Top 40 Digital Strategists‘ is available on the Online Marketing Institute blog. They include:

Rohit Bhargava

Rohit Bhargava

Rohit Bhargava , Influential Marketing Group
LaSandra Brill , Cisco
Emeric Ernoult, AgoraPulse
Aaron Goldman , Kenshoo
Sundeep Kapur , NCR
Kent Lewis , Anvil Media
Brian Massey , Conversion Sciences
Jon Miller , Marketo
Michael Stelzner , Social Media Examiner
Ekaterina Walter , Intel
Todd Wilms , SAP

Each person provides industry insight on areas like social media best practicesB2B marketing and overall digital marketing trends in the OMI three-part blog series accompanying the announcement.

Top 20 most social CMOs in the Fortune 100 named

Friday, November 30th, 2012

GE’s Beth Comstock, number one on the Business Social list.

Only one in five CMOs on the Fortune 100 list are active participants in public social networks, according to  BusinessNext Social.

The members of the list –  compiled in the BusinessNext Social Top 20 Most Social CMOs in the Fortune 100 – have social credentials demonstrating that they understand what it takes to grow and influence their own networks by using new strategies, cutting-edge social media and mobile technologies and compelling content marketing to build highly adaptive, high performance social businesses.

The study was inspired by the increasing focus businesses are placing on social, and the leadership role marketing is taking in managing social media activities.

A recent study by The CMO Survey predicts that social media spending as a percent of rising marketing budgets is expected to increase from 7.6 to 18.8 percent over the next 5 years; Gartner Research predicts the CMO will spend more on IT than the CIO by 2017. [ii][iii]

The senior-most marketing executives recognized for leading social by example include: 

  1. General Electric Company’s Beth Comstock (@bethcomstock,, CMO and Senior Vice President
  2. Google, Inc.’s Nikesh Arora (@nikesharora), Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer
  3. Apple, Inc.’s Philip Schiller (@pschiller), Senior Vice President, Worldwide Product Marketing
  4. IBM’s Jon C. Iwata (@coastw,, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications
  5. SAP’s Jonathan Becher (@jbecher,, CMO
  6. Dell’s Karen Quintos (@KarenDellCMO,, CMO
  7. Exxon Mobil Corporation’s Ken Cohen (@ken_cohen) Vice President of Public and Government Affairs
  8. Microsoft’s Chris Capossela (@chriscapossela,, CMO
  9. Cisco Systems’ Blair Christie (@BlairChristie,, Senior Vice President and CMO, Government Affairs,
  10. Raytheon’s Pam Wickham ( @PamWickham1, Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications

The entire list of The 20 Most Social CMOs can be found on the BusinessNext Social Blog.


Small & midsize companies expect big gains from big data

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
Big Data


Small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) are realizing the competitive advantages of using and managing “big data” faster than their larger competitors, according to a recent online poll conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of SAP AG (NYSE: SAP).

The survey was conducted within the U.S. between April 10-23, 2012, among 154 C-suite executives at international companies across a range of industries.

Additional findings of the survey show that only 25 percent of respondents agree on a similar definition of big data; however, nearly 76 percent viewed big data as an opportunity.

Across the survey, definitions of big data varied widely, with 28 percent defining it as the massive growth in transaction data.

Definitions of big data vary

Twenty-four percent described it as new technologies that address the volume, variety and velocity challenges of big data; 19 percent said big data refers to requirements to store and archive data for regulatory compliance; and 18 percent saw big data as the rise in new data sources, such as social media, mobile device and machine-generated devices.

While the study showed diverse definitions of what big data is, SMEs are more readily identifying its benefits.

More than 60 percent of the respondents manage companies with US$500 million or less in annual revenue. Top competitive advantages gained by using big data include more efficient business operations (59 percent); boosting sales (54 percent); lowering IT costs (50 percent); becoming more agile (48 percent); and attracting and retaining customers (46 percent).

In large part because of these advantages, 70 percent of those surveyed said they would expect a return on their big data investments within one year.

“Every company should be thinking about their big data strategy whether they are big or small,” said Steve Lucas, executive vice president and general manager, Database & Technology, SAP.

“Big data is the unprecedented growth and convergence of social, device, equipment and corporate data. There is an incredible amount of noise being created and without a strategy, companies will get lost in the noise. Big data is instant access to data and with instant insight, companies can be agile, act on emerging trends, engage with their customer base and also expose potential risks.”

Expansion in Cloud Strategies

Cloud technologies will likely play a role in managing big data. A majority (64 percent) of the executives polled by Harris Interactive said their companies use cloud technology to some extent.

Of that, 38 percent said their companies use only cloud technology to store and manage big data, 27 percent cited private clouds or off-premise server farms and 11 percent said they store big data in a public cloud.

More than a quarter (26 percent) said their companies use a hybrid of data warehousing and cloud technologies. One-third of the C-suite executives surveyed said they only use a data warehouse solution.

Importance of Instant Access 

Sales of tablet computers this year are projected to almost double, to 118.9 million units, according to a recent study by Gartner Research.(1) According to Gartner, enterprises will either purchase many of those tablets themselves or allow employees to access company information from their personal mobile devices.

As enterprise computing goes mobile, so too will big data analysis and visualization. When asked to describe the importance of instant access to big data from their mobile computers, 90 percent of the Harris executive respondents called it somewhat important — of which 57 percent deemed instant access either absolutely essential or very important.

Industries that place instant access at or near the top of their wish list include aerospace and defense, automotive, banking, chemicals, defense and security, and engineering and construction.

Such timeliness is key. “Collecting and analyzing the data is not enough — it must be presented in a timely fashion so that decisions are made as a direct consequence that have a material impact on the productivity, profitability or efficiency of the organization,” Gartner wrote in its November 2011 report, “Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users for 2012 and Beyond: Control Slips Away.”

TechAmerica Big Data commission to examine its role in public sector

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

TechAmericaThe TechAmerica Foundation says that some of the foremost thinkers in “Big Data” will lead a commission of 22 experts and academics to examine the issue and provide guidance on how to leverage “Big Data” to address the most pressing issues facing government as well as drive U.S. innovation and competitiveness.

Chairing the commission will be Steve Mills, Senior Vice President and Group Executive at IBM and Steve Lucas, Global Executive Vice President and General Manager, Database & Technology at SAP. Serving as vice chairs of the commission are Teresa Carlson, Vice President Global Public Sector, Amazon Web Services and Bill Perlowitz, Chief Technology Officer, Science, Technology and Engineering Group, Wyle.

“The problem today is not gathering data, but rather making intelligent actionable decisions based on the volume, velocity and variety of data we are receiving. I am excited about launching this Commission and hope that we can leverage the best and brightest industry, academic and government minds to determine how to use big data to drive innovation, efficiencies and effectiveness in the public sector,” said Jennifer Kerber, President of the TechAmerica Foundation.

Big Data is a hot topic for the technology community and is becoming a focal point for government with the Administration recently announcing a $200 Million Big Data Research and Development Initiative.

A new era of computing

“We are entering a new era of computing where information is growing at a record pace. The winners and losers will be those who can innovate faster based on strategic insights drawn from the variety and velocity of new forms of big data being generated every day,” said Steve Mills.

“By gaining deeper insights into this vast new natural resource, the opportunities to accelerate the pace of discovery in science and engineering and develop information-intensive curriculum is unlimited.

“The world’s data is doubling every 18 months, presenting government and industry with new opportunities to transform information into insight,” said Steve Lucas.

“New database technologies and applications, coupled with real time analysis of big data, will help business and government run better and ultimately improve the well-being of customers and citizens. By bringing private sector innovation to the public sector, the Big Data Commission will help leaders address some of the biggest questions facing government today.”

Issues it will address

The Commission expects to also take up such issues as: what capabilities are required to succeed? How do you use Big Data to make intelligent decisions?

How will agencies effectively govern and secure huge volumes of information, while protecting privacy and civil liberties? And perhaps most importantly, how do we use big data to transform how the government delivers services?

“The federal government is under increasing pressure to innovate and do more with less,” said Teresa Carlson. “The U.S federal government has been among the most forward leaning in taking advantage of the benefits of the cloud and Big Data.”

“Big Data has the potential to increase efficiency, improve the speed and accuracy of decisions, forecast the future, identify savings, increase transparency, create jobs, and provide insight into our agencies and citizenry; this is a hugely disruptive force occurring during challenging economic times. To transform hindsight to insight and remain competitive, we must immediately address the technical, cultural, organizational, and policy challenges data poses and embrace the relentless increase in available data,” said Bill Perlowitz.

The commission membership is made up of leading experts on big data and represent both industry and academia — the full list of members can be found here.

To learn more about the TechAmerica Foundation’s Big Data Commission:

Shopping at the beginning of profound change, report says

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Christmas ShoppersThe way we shop is rapidly being influenced by scores of innovative young companies who are helping retailers, brands and consumers fundamentally reshape how goods and services are bought and sold. A new report says mobile, online and in-store shopping are quickly converging and startups are disrupting the traditional retail ecosystem.

Architect Partners, the M&A advisory firm exclusively focused on Internet, mobile and digital media clients, today published “The Evolution of Shopping“. “Shopping is at the early stages of profound change,” according to Eric Risley, managing partner of Architect Partners.

“Our newest report, The Evolution of Shopping, highlights why this evolution is happening, offers a framework to describe a very complicated ecosystem and features some of the most innovative companies making things happen.”

Consumer centric strategies emerging

“Retailers and brands are leveraging these changes to devise and implement strategies that are more consumer-centric.  An entire infrastructure is emerging to support their efforts,” according to Dr. Phil Hendrix, Director of IMMR, a research consultancy and contributor to The Evolution of Shopping.

“We stepped back to the fundamentals to help us understand the innovation we’re seeing,” explained Steve Payne, Partner with Architect Partners.  “We crafted a seven step framework describing how products are bought and sold.  We then mapped over 300 companies against this framework.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. retail sales exceeds $4 trillion annually.  Much of this spending is likely to be influenced by this evolution.

Incumbent suppliers to retailers and brands such as SAP, Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, NCR, Epicor, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and many others have major stakes in the outcome.

Disruption is emerging from a new set of competitors such as eBay, Amazon,, Google and Apple.  Many emerging companies will also be important disrupters.

“Marquee M&A transactions have already occurred within this area, according to Tom Brehme, principal with Architect Partners.  “I’d highlight eBay’s M&A appetite which has included the acquisitions of Hunch, Zong, Magento, WHERE and GSI Commerce for a total of over $3 billion just in the past year.

“We’re aware of over 75 significant M&A transactions under the theme, evolution of shopping, announced since the beginning of 2010.”

Entering the holiday shopping season tangible signs of this evolution are clear.  IBM’s Cyber Monday Report 2011, demonstrated online shopping continues to register strong growth, up 33% from 2010.  Also, mobile device initiated purchases are beginning to become meaningful, representing 6.6% of Cyber Monday 2011 sales.

Access to The Evolution of Shopping presentation is available on Architect Partners’ website.

Internet Summit nears capacity crowd for top Southeast digital marketing event

Friday, November 11th, 2011
Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk keynotes the 2011 Internet Summit in Raleigh next week, which is nearly sold-out.

Fewer than 50 seats remain for next week’s Internet Summit, which is bringing hundreds of digital media and marketing thought-leaders to the Raleigh, NC Convention Center Nov. 15-16.

The event, which attracts a capacity crowd, offers take-away insight into social media marketing, search engine optimization, ecommerce trends, email marketing, we and mobile analytics, big data, cloud computing, startup fund-raising and much more.

You’ll have access to visionary thought leaders who will share their insight and experience with you.  Hear from the founders of companies like Twitpic, TheLadders & HowStuffWorks!  Not enough?  How about a Keynote from Top rated SXSW keynote and ‘Social Media King’ Gary Vaynerchuk?

That’s just a sampling of the more than 120 speakers and presenters that will be on hand.

We interviewed just a handful of the many presenters. For a preview of what thought-leaders will be presenting at the event see:

The Internet Summit’s Talented Speakers & Presenters include:

  • Gary Vaynerchuk, Co-Founder, VaynerMedia
  • Marc Cendella, Founder & CEO, TheLadders
  • Marshall Brain, Founder, HowStuffWorks
  • David Payne, Chief Digital Officer, Gannett
  • Noah Everett, Founder, TwitPic and Heello
  • Ro Choy, COO, Formspring
  • Liz Strauss, Co-founder, SOBcon &
  • Brian Hitney, Developer Evangelist, Microsoft
  • David Perry, Business Development Executive, Google
  • Jack Krawczyk, Sr Product Marketing Mgr, StumbleUpon
  • Traug Keller, Sr VP of Production, ESPN
  • Catherine Cook, Co-Founder, myYearbook
  • Eric Ranta, SVP of Value Engineering, SAP
  • Micahel Cristinziano, VP Strategic Development, Citrix
  • Doug Smith, Dir Product Management, Taleo
  • Malin Huffman, Head of Product Development, NetSuite
  • Jerry Cuomo, CTO WebSphere, IBM
  • Lee Congdon, CIO, RedHat
  • Jeff Ragovin, Chief Revenue Officer, Buddy Media
  • Peggy Fry, Chief Revenue Officer, Clearspring Technologies
  • Mike Relm, Founder, Relmvision
  • Bob Young, Founder & CEO,
  • Donna DeMarco, Co-Founder & VP, Viddler
  • Emily Keye, Marketing Strategist, Bronto
  • Tammy Gordon, Dir Social Communications & Strategy, AARP
  • Markus, Renstrom, Head of SEO, Yahoo!
  • Dr. Manuel Aparicio, CEO & Co-Founder, Saffon Technologies
  • Julianna DeLua, Enterprise Solutions Evangelist, Informatica
  • Tony Haile, General Manager, Chartbeat
  • Ryan Mannion, Chief Technology Officer, Politico
  • David Giambruno, SVP and CIO, Revlon
  • Gaurav Howard, Sr. Dir Product Marketing, Marketo
  • Michael Lubek, CIO, GE Global Applications
  • Angela Connor, Social Media Manager, Capstrat
  • Ryan Allis, CEO, iContact
  • Prerna Gupta, CEO, Khush
  • Kevin Dando, Dir Digital & Education Communication, PBS
  • Clint Smith, Co-Founder & CEO, Emma
  • Matt Crenshaw, VP of Marketing, Discovery Communications
  • Scott Gunter, VP of User Experience, Usability Sciences
  • Lindsay Wassell, Partner & Consultant, KeyphraSEOlogy
  • Steve Ashley, VP Internet Marketing, Market America
  • Dennis Gullitto, APM Product Marketing Manager, Compuware
  • Scott Baker, Sr. Mgr Virtualization & Cloud Engineering, NetApp
  • Jeramiah Dooley, vArchitect, VCE/Cisco Virtualization
  • Gerard Bush, Chief Creative Dir, The brpr Group
  • Ted McDonald, Analyst, Verisign
  • Rob Ousbey, VP Operations Seattle, Distilled
  • David Gudai, VP of Marketing, Storkie
  • Glenn Mersereau, Dir of Internet Marketing, PHE
  • Jim Tobin, President, Ignite Social Media
  • Kevin Pomplun, CEO, SkyGrid
  • Sherry Bastion, Web Creative Director, Lenovo
  • John Lovett, Sr Partner, Web Analytics Demystified
  • Drew Diskin, Dir of Interactive & Web Strategy, Penn Medicine
  • Lynette Montgomery, VP Ecommerce, Burt’s Bees
  • Noah Dinkin, Co-Founder & President, FanBridge
  • Jessica Bowman,
  • Todd Moy, Sr User Experience Designer, Viget Labs
  • Donna Bedford, Global SEO Lead, Lenovo
  • Francis Shepherd, Media Evangelist
  • Dallas Lawrence, Chief Digital Strategist, Burson-Marsteller
  • Karen Albritton, President, Capstrat
  • Thuy LeDihn, Senior Marketing Manager, .ORG
  • Adam Covati, Co-founder & CTO, Argyle Social
  • Kyle Scott Richardson, Social Media, NC National Guard
  • Cara Rousseau, Social Media Manager, Duke University
  • Loren Baker, VP of Marketing, Blueglass
  • Matthew Muñoz, Partner & Chief Design Officer, New Kind
  • Jill Whalen, CEO, HighRankings
  • Jason Caplain, General Partner, Southern Capitol Ventures
  • David Heaney, Senior Associate, TomorrowVentures
  • John Lawrence, Partner & CFO, Longworth Venture Partners
  • Brooks Raiford, CEO, NCTA
  • Roger Krakoff, Managing Partner, Cloud Capital Partners
  • Charles Nicholls, Chief Strategy Officer, SeeWhy
  • Jeff Campbell, VP & Co-Founder, Resolution Media
  • Gary Storr, Business Architect & Solutions, Nortel
  • Jeff Spivey, VP Board of Directors, ISACA
  • Doug Hanna, CEO, A Small Orange
  • Lisa, Braziel, Strategy Director, Ignite Social Media
  • William Blackmon, CEO, LinkMein
  • Chris Condayan, Public Outreach, Am Society for Microbiology
  • Kyle Scott Richardson, Dir of Social Media, NC National Guard
  • Jill Carlson, Marketing Manager, Argyle Social
  • John Lane, VP Strategy & Creative, Centerline Digital
  • Michael , Gowan, Associate Dir of Web Strategy, Duke Medicine
  • Dana Kirchman, SVP Head of Client Operations, Lumi Mobile

Internet Summit is an outstanding learning experience mixed with  prime networking opportunities and entertaining keynotes.

There’s even 5 additional hours of intense session digging deep into Social Media, SEO & Search, User Experience & Design and Analytics when you add the pre-conference to your registration.

Incentives lure consumers to buy on mobile devices

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

SmartphonesMore consumers are planning to use their mobile device to make a purchase this holiday season than ever before, particularly if offered a discount, coupon, gift card, loyalty points or prompted by a text alert.

That’s according to a joint national survey conducted by Sybase 365, a mobile messaging and mobile commerce services firm, and the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA).

The survey of 1,000 consumers found that more than half (62%) would be willing to make a purchase on their mobile device this holiday season if prompted by coupons, discount offers, text alerts, gift cards or loyalty points.

In a similar survey conducted by Sybase 365 a year ago, only 32% of respondents said that mobile incentives would encourage them to make a purchase on their device.

Mobile momentum provides marketing opportunities

“The results from this survey clearly indicate a growing appetite for mobile commerce services,” said John Sims, president of Sybase 365.

“While we still have ground to cover in terms of widespread adoption, the momentum we are seeing provides opportunities for merchants who are seeking to increase revenue and customer retention by offering mobile shopping and incentives. ”

In the absence of coupons, discount offers or other enticements suggested above, 56% of consumers surveyed would be likely to use their mobile device for one of the following uses: to find a store location (38%), compare prices (34%), researching deals and coupons (28%), find a product review (27%) or make a purchase (22%).

Among the key areas where greater adoption inroads stand to be made is the availability of mobile commerce solutions from widely known, trusted channels.

Asked which solution would encourage greater use of mobile payments for holiday shopping, one in four respondents (25%) reported that they would be more likely to make mobile payments if the solution was offered by their financial institution, while 22% would be persuaded by a solution such as PayPal and 18% would be influenced by a solution from a credit card company.

“With more consumers than ever before planning to make the shift towards mobile this holiday season, it’s a clear indication that merchants ignore the mobile commerce wave at their own risk,” said Michael Becker, managing director for North Americafor the Mobile Marketing Association.

Consumers expect to use their mobile devices even more

“Consumers grasp the value, convenience and flexibility that existing mobile commerce campaigns grant them, and they expect to use their mobile devices more and more. Marketers, brands and retailers that recognize this and work to realize the potential of mobile will have an edge, not only this holiday season, but moving forward.”

Merchants have stepped up their efforts to leverage the mobile channel, with 53% of respondents indicating they are aware of existing mobile campaigns from Target, Starbucks, Best Buy,, Apple or Groupon.

“While it’s encouraging to see awareness and adoption of mobile commerce services continue to ramp up, widespread adoption among all stakeholders will require more extensive harmonizing of standards in the same way that has fueled the broad proliferation of SMS and MMS technologies,” Sims added.

*Sybase, MMA and Opinion Research Corporation, an Infogroup company, make no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the data presented, nor assume any liability for any loss or damage resulting from its use.  The sample size of 1,000 carries a margin of error of +/- 3% at a 95% confidence level.  This margin of error would be greater for any subsets of the sample.

Innovation Works closes on $180M fund for Chinese Internet investments

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Innovation WorksInnovation Works, an early-stage high-tech investment firm in China that invests in and coaches young entrepreneurs as well as provides complete services to help these start-ups, has successfully raised $180 million U.S.

The Innovation Works Development Fund (IWDF) is the first U.S. dollar-based fund raised by the firm to be specifically focused on the Chinese Internet. This new fund was over-subscribed, validating Innovation Works’ early successes and reflecting continued global confidence in the future of Chinese Internet companies.

“Innovation Works has incubated and invested in about 34 project companies, and nine of them have successfully obtained sizable Series A financing from third-party VCs. Our unique ‘incubation + investment’ model has not only produced a pipeline of high-quality projects, but also enabled local early-stage start-up teams to grow quickly with the help of our 360-degree mentoring services, in effect creating the ‘entrepreneurial academy’ for Chinese start-ups,” said Kai-Fu Lee, the CEO and Chairman of Innovation Works.

Venture Beat offers this interview with Lee on the “Parallel universe” of Chinese startups.

Globally renowned corporations, family funds, and top institutions have participated in the fund. Investors include WI Harper, Silicon Valley Bank, Baillie Gifford, Sequoia Capital, IDG-Accel, Foundation Capital, Mohr Davidow, Chunghwa Telecom, Singapore Telecom, Mediatek, Foxconn, New Oriental, SAP, Bertelsmann, Motorola, Autodesk, pension funds from the U.S. and Canada, investment luminaries including Ron Conway and Yuri Milner, as well as executives and former executives from top Internet companies like Yahoo, Google, YouTube, Facebook, and Amazon.

Yuri Milner, who has invested in Facebook, Zynga, and Groupon, said, “Kai-Fu’s Innovation Works is the top very-early-stage fund in China. We are proud to be an investor, and hope that IW will help to produce in China companies on the scale of Facebook, Zynga, or Groupon.”

Kundra, Nanolumens, Petra Solar, Daon, other honored by Tech America awards

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

TechAmerica Foundation announced today the winners for the American Technology Awards, which bestows the only “Best Of” awards that recognize all technology products and services across the technology industry. Nominations for The American Technology Awards, “The Termans”, were vetted by industry experts and technology companies. These awards were named after Frederick Terman, who is widely credited as being the father of Silicon Valley.

“We had a lot of nominations for these prestigious awards, and we congratulate these companies and individuals for their winning achievements,” said Senator Bob Bennett, Chairman, TechAmerica Foundation. “TechAmerica Foundation is excited to highlight these companies and individuals as they continue to influence technology development throughout the rest of the world.”

The American Technology Awards were presented for each of the inclusive segments of the technology industry: Aerospace and Defense; Clean Tech/Green Tech/Smart Grid; Cloud Computing/Software as a Service; Computers and Peripherals; Consumer Electronics; Cyber Security and Authentication; Electronic Components; Internet Services; Measurement and Control Instruments; Medical Devices; Server & Storage Technology; Software; Technology Consulting; Technology Services; and Telecommunications.

The Government Technology Executive of the Year was Vivek Kundra, the U.S. Federal Chief Information Officer.  The Corporate Leadership Award was presented to Bill McDermott, Co-CEO of global software company SAP. In his keynote remarks, McDermott applauded Kundra’s efforts to reform federal IT management and urged government to harness three “mega-trends” — cloud computing, in-memory computing, and mobility — to save money and improve performance.

“Imagine spending less on IT infrastructure and more on accomplishing the mission, all with unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability.  These goals and many more are possible today, driven by the innovative spirit we see in all of the Terman Award winners,” McDermott said.

The winners in all categories are:

Program Manager of the Year: Christopher Milowic, LBI Branch Director, OIT, Customs & Border Protection, DHS
Aerospace and Defense: Space Exploration Technologies (Space X) – Falcon 9 vehicle
Clean Tech/Green Tech: Petra Solar – SunWave System
Cloud Computing/Software as a Service: Akamai Technologies, Inc. – Dynamic Site Accelerator
Consumer Electronics/Computers and Peripherals: Logitech – Logitech Revue with Google TV
Cyber Security & Authentication: Daon, Inc. – Identity X
Heath & Medical Technologies: ConforMIS, Inc. – iTotal® Knee Resurfacing System
Internet Services & E-Commerce: webtrends Inc – Analystics
IT Services & Consulting: HP – HP NetTop
Semiconductors & Electronic Components: Atmel Corporation – maXTouch™ for Large Screens
Server & Storage Technology: DataCore Software Corporation – SANsymphony-V
Smart Grid & Smart Instruments: Petra Solar – SunWave System
Software: GPS Insight – GPS Insight Fleet Tracking Solution
Technology Manufacturing: 3M ™ – 3M ™ Cubitron ™ II Abrasives
Telecommunications: ViaSat Inc. – ViaSat–1 High-Capacity Satellite System
Breakthrough Technology: Flex Display Technology by NanoLumens