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Marketers Like Oracle Cloud's Summer Releases #interact14

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It's one thing to spend a couple of billion dollars acquiring digital marketing technologies and another to make them truly useful to today's marketers.

Nobody knows this better than companies like Oracle or Adobe, who went on multiyear shopping sprees to beef-up their capabilities in email management, social listening, customer analytics, email management, omnichannel messaging and other areas. The big question was could these companies quickly integrate these products in a meaningful way amid a fast-changing marketing industry.

Oracle, a newer player in the "marketing cloud" arena, showed off a series of its summer releases today at its Interact 2014 show in San Francisco, drawing boffo reviews from many of the 1,000-plus marketers in attendance. Clearly, the unofficial theme of the conference is "we are very, very good at integrating," as marketing cloud General Manager Kevin Akeroyd told us last evening.

Oracle: Our Marketing Cloud Is the Biggest #Interact14

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Oracle kicked off its Interact 2014 conference today by noting it has added 350 marketing applications and data partners in the past year. That's resulted in "the industry's largest marketing technology ecosystem."

As part of that, Oracle said its AppCloud now includes 235 fully integrated apps. Its BlueKai program has about 300 partners in data, media, privacy and technology that leverage BlueKai data for solutions that extend beyond ad targeting.

The announcements, issued hours before the conference opened, said the growth means clients can more easily build a personal dialogue with customers across channels, a goal that has evolved into something of a Holy Grail for digital marketers. Perhaps more significantly, the conference is also providing some clarity on Oracle's roadmap for integrating its costly acquisitions, including $871 million for Eloqua, $1.5 billion for Responsys and an estimated $350 million-plus for BlueKai.

Box Takes Storage Limits Off the Table

The file storage wars are over, at least for businesses leveraging Box’s Enterprise Content Collaboration platform.

“It’s no longer about how much content you can store, but what you can do with it,” says Aaron Levie, Box’s co-founder and CEO.

Truth be told, it was always about that, but file storage wasn’t always dirt cheap. Now it is. Levie says that the price has dropped by a factor of over 20,000 over the past two decades.
 

In a 'Troubled' WCM Sector, Analysts See 3 Innovators

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Fireworks may explode in the night sky as the US celebrates the Fourth of July weekend, but things are much quieter in the web content management market.

The frenetic pace of nine-figure WCM acquisitions of the past four years ended before Christmas, and the once-deep river of venture capital funding for fledgling players ran dry long ago.

Market shifts and technology trends -- the somewhat surprising strength of mobile, the stampede to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), a growing infatuation with digital marketing -- were missed by many players, leaving the field "fragmented" and "troubled," according to fresh research by Matt Mullen and Alan Pelz-Sharpe at 451 Research.

A Cheaper Alternative to Marketing Analytics

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If 2012 was the year of the cloud and 2013 saw broad acceptance of big data, 2014 could go down as the year of cheaper analytics.

The year has been filled with announcements of new features from scores of vendors of all sizes, from SaaS providers like Gainsight and gShift up to pricier systems from Adobe, IBM, SDL and Oracle.

The latest example comes from Rival IQ, an 18-month-old, seed-funded startup in Seattle that already claims thousands of users, including "a healthy community of paid users," according to CMO Margaret Dawson — aka "Chief Marketing Badass, Fountain of Sarcasm."

Will Oracle Ever Make Investors Smile Again?

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Larry Ellison is confident in Oracle Corp. Just listen to what the CEO just said as the company posted fiscal 2014 fourth quarter numbers:

Oracle is now the second largest Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company in the world, ... In SaaS, we're in front of everybody but Salesforce. In infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), we're larger and more profitable than Rackspace. We have by far the most complete portfolio of modern SaaS and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) products in the industry."

But if you listen to investors and Wall Street analysts, confidence and Oracle are not synonymous.

One analyst called Oracle's numbers this week "an all-around miss."  Analysts were expecting 95 cents per share on $11.48 billion in revenue. They got 92 cents a share on revenue of $11.3 billion. 

Oracle Targeting Micros in $5B Deal for Data, Applications

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You know how these things start. Someone hears something from someone who heard it from someone else.

Suddenly, you have a major story. Maybe.

The current something that is doing the rounds since late last night is that Oracle is in discussions with Micros Systems with a view to taking over the Point-of-Sale (POS) vendor for… wait for it … $5 billion.

If this comes to pass, it will be one of the biggest, if not the biggest, acquisition in terms of price this year. Again, its only rumors so far and there’s a long way to go before it’s a done deal.

How to Get Value from Your Business Data

Here's an interesting concept to consider: If 80 percent of the data your enterprise is using was created in the past year, it means your enterprise is created four times more data in the past year than in its entire history before then.

That’s pretty good, right? Sure it is ... but only if you can get useful business insights from that data.

So how do you do that? Southard Jones, vice president of product strategy at Birst, is unambiguous about it. You need to focus on the business user, he said.

How to Get Value from Your Business Data

Here's an interesting concept to consider: If 80 percent of the data your enterprise is using was created in the past year, it means your enterprise is created four times more data in the past year than in its entire history before then.

That’s pretty good, right? Sure it is ... but only if you can get useful business insights from that data.

So how do you do that? Southard Jones, vice president of product strategy at Birst, is unambiguous about it. You need to focus on the business user, he said.

TechValidate Integrates With Oracle Eloqua Marketing Cloud

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TechValidate believes it has a solution that integrates seamlessly with one of the industry's big players in the marketing software cloud space.

The Emeryville, Calif., provider, led by CEO Brad O'Neill (pictured left), announced this week its integration with Oracle Eloqua Marketing Cloud.

It will help B2B marketers automate, they say, the process of creating marketing content with a drag-and-drop from their TechValidate library directly into Eloqua campaigns.

"For the first time ever, there will be a totally seamless way for B2B marketers to find highly-targeted customer evidence and get it in the hands of segmented customers and prospects," TechValidate claimed in their product pitch to CMSWire.

These 8 Vendors Lead the ECM Market

Even though the enterprise content management (ECM) market is a mature one, vendors still struggle to meet rapidly changing business and worker needs. The rise of mobility, demands for easy collaboration and the push to provide better customer experiences are all emerging as market drivers.

Enterprises, meanwhile, continue to look to ECM to put content into the applications where it is most needed. According to new data from Nucleus Research, this is pushing vendors to develop strategies that are based around simplification and integration, wider user adoption as well as mobile and sharing capabilities.

Oracle Exec Notes: Integrating Tech is Never Easy

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Oracle and President Mark Hurd began to build hype for the company's new marketing cloud at a company event in New York City yesterday.

But it was neither Hurd, his colleagues or their customers who spoke the most telling words.

An audience member asked Hurd if Oracle will actually be able to integrate technologies like Responsys, Eloqua, BlueKai and Compendium.

And Hurd responded to the audience at the Museum of Arts and Design on Columbus Circle open and honestly. Anyone that ever tells you “everything works perfectly together” is “pulling your leg,” he said.

Gartner Rates SAP Top BI Vendor, Notes Microsoft's Growth

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Just when you thought IT budgets were recovering, Gartner dumps a bucket of cold water on the notion — particularly in the business intelligence (BI) space. According to new research, spending on BI has stagnated again, and it doesn’t look like the situation will improve in the near future.

Gartner rated SAP as the biggest BI vendor by far, followed by Oracle, IBM, SAS and Microsoft. While Microsoft only ranks fifth, it experienced the most growth in the space in the past 12 months, the survey found.

The report shows that the BI market is increasingly dominated by big vendors who are happy to buy whatever technology they need to give them an edge, as is evidenced by the recent purchase of Jaspersoft, an open source businesses intelligence company, by TIBCO for $185 million. 

7 Vendors Top the Forrester Wave for Customer Service Solutions

At a time when seven out of 10 online shoppers complain of unsatisfactory experiences, which vendors stand out as offering possible solutions? The authors of the latest Forrester Wave Customer Service Solutions for Enterprise Customers Q2 2014 (registration required) rated customer service vendors against 83 criteria and identified seven leaders.

According to the report, the vendors with the best strategy pursued excellence in a limited number of areas and avoided over diversified, Jack-of-All-Trade scenarios.

Adobe: IBM's Silverpop Deal Could Trigger 'Nightmare'

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IBM’s acquisition of Silverpop will create “headaches” for marketers using Big Blue platforms because of “silo problems” that will lead to a potentially expensive “integration nightmare,” according to a top official at Adobe, a leading competitor.

Suresh Vittal, vice president of marketing strategy for Adobe’s Digital Marketing business, told CMSWire that IBM, which typically sells to CIOs, is trying to hand marketing to IT.

“This acquisition feels like an attempt to fix the failings in the Unica acquisition: namely email and cross-channel execution,” Vittal said. “We think Silverpop is a partial answer that creates significant overlap problems for both Unica and Silverpop clients.”

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