Industry Focus

NEW Enterworks CEO Appointed

Rick Chavie has been hired as CEO of Enterworks, a developer of solutions for acquiring, managing and transforming a company’s product information into persuasive content for multi-channel sales. Rick Chavie comes to Enterworks after serving as SVP, Global Solution Management with hybris and SAP’s Customer Engagement and Commerce group, where he brought together digital and physical commerce and CRM assets for seamless customer experiences. Chavie brings industry experience from his leadership roles at retailers such as The Home Depot and C&A. He brings technology experience from his role as the global marketing leader for NCR’s retail and hospitality business, and…


Money: Before Bitcoins, There Were Yap Stones

Money is among humanity’s greatest inventions. While money may be a physical object, it is an idea, a great subtle and still changing idea. No one today knows the inventor or inventors. As the idea has changed over centuries it must have had many inventors. When my physicist colleagues study an idea or theory, chewing on it until it is digestible, they pronounce it simple. Indeed, it is remarkable that when complex, subtle, deep, and broad ideas enter our minds and we feel that we really grasp them, they often appear simple and beautiful. Physicists refer to Einstein’s Theory of…


Phablet Market Has Quadrupled in USA: Survey

Phablet-style devices represented 21% of all US smartphone sales in Q1 2015 – nearly quadrupling their 6% share from the first quarter of 2014, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel ComTech market share data. Android, in the US, reached a market share of 58.1% — a 0.2 percentage point gain over 1Q14. “LG had a good first quarter with its share growing to 10.8% from 7.4% a year ago, while Samsung was holding on to second place as it launched its new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in April,” reported Carolina Milanesi, chief of research at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. “Apple’s…


Commerce Billing Solution Allows Companies to Expand Product Offerings and Value-Based Services

As the digital transformation revolution reaches maturity, companies have the opportunity to shift business models within their industry disruptively to create new sources of defensible competitive advantage. This can be through the creation of new digital services that radically change the customer experience, by building a multi-sided platform with ecosystem partners, addressing new segments of customers through new channels, or by a combination of these business model shifts. SAP hybris Billing is a critical piece in this transition as it provides an end-to-end solution for complete coverage of the offer-to-cash process for new digital business models that can be integrated…


Honeywell Division Implements Channel Data Management

Honeywell has selected Zyme’s cloud-based CDM solution to achieve greater visibility into its extended distribution channels around the world, and automate partner incentives validation. The first implementation of the Zyme platform will be rolled out to a Honeywell management facility in the USA. Data collected by Zyme from Honeywell’s global channel will be analyzed and consumed by multiple parts of the organization, including finance, sales operations, channel sales, channel marketing, and product marketing. Honeywell will be leveraging all of the components of the Zyme CDM solution, including the ChannelView Suite, TrueID, Zap Dashboards, and Zyme’s innovative integration with Salesforce.com. “Zyme maintains…


Op-Ed: Guardian Chronicles Bitcoin Gamble

The ‘internet weirdos’ of bitcoin are changing the way money works.  Read the Guardian article here. Notice that this guy seems uninterested in the fact that the Bitcoin protocol and its anonymity create a lawless zone in which criminals can safely roam. Consider, for example, the New York stock exchange. No one would buy or sell there without the assurance of a certain minimum level of honesty, verified and enforced by the government and the exchange. Even extreme free marketers accept these rules as necessary to bring into being the immense liquidity of that great market. Or the real estate market…