Your Top 5 Posts of 2022

2023 is now off to a flying start. I want to say a very big thank you to each of you for your contribution, feedback and support to me in making this blog even more relevant. This blog still continues to attract and reach more and more people, across industries and geographies. Far beyond my expectations. And I really enjoy […]

On Salesforce & Sprout Social’s Partnership

There is something attractive about the new announcement by Salesforce and Sprout Social about Tableau. It is refreshing, to some extent, the whole discussion on Big Data. In short, Sprout Social is now providing integration capabilities to Tableau, Salesforce’s analytics platform. This will make it easier to incorporate social data from Sprout Social into Tableau. This is the thing. The […]

How to Choose the Right Ecosystem Partners for Your Business

Harvard Business Review publishes an excellent article on ecosystems by Prof. Gianvitto Lanzolla (Bayes Business School) and Prof. Constantinos Markides (London Business School). This is a fantastic topic! You may not realised it but roughly 50% of the top brands in the world are already managing ecosystems. You may think of Amazon, Salesforce, Google or Apple for instance. But it […]

Is your organization ambitious enough to deal with the new customer engagement narrative?

With the rise of digital business models, ecosystems, and the greater maturity in technologies such as AI, most organisations are forced to revisit their business models and the way they engage with customers. In this paper, I am exploring some of the options business units managing customer experience have to adapt in order to address the many challenges they are […]

SAP and Siebel are head to head!

SAP and Siebel are head to head! Hey Didier? “You’re kidding, aren’t you? It’s Monday. We’re supposed to be moody!” Haha! Those were the headlines… 20 years ago (13 February 2001). For the admirers of Salesforce & Co, I was indeed joking. I found this headline in my archives yesterday. I used to show them in presentations at that time. […]

Digital and Value Creation: Where Do European Banks Stand?

“Digital and Value Creation: Where Do European Banks Stand?” This is the new 2022 research conducted by the market agency D-Rating. I like to compare performance year after year. So I monitor the D-Rating report every year for the Nordics. In this report, it is insightful to notice: – The current digital journey Handelsbanken is going through, moving upward quickly.– Swedbank and Nordea still in the upper […]

Artificial Intelligence in Customer Service

Comments on Gartner’s three important ways Artificial intelligence (AI) can benefit Customer Service Operations. Gartner has recently published an engaging article on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Customer Service operations (Dated 19 January 2022). This article is available online on Gartner’s website. Indeed, we are all witnessing the growth in popularity of AI solutions in recent years. Driven by the rising […]

Top posts of 2021!

A special thanks to each of you for making 2021 such a great year – still a surrealistic year like the previous one, however. This blog continues to reach people beyond my expectations. Google Analytics shows that you have been more than 20,000 this year to access it, and my LinkedIn page grew to more than 6,600 followers. Our community […]

Trends in CRM #1: Everything is cloud

People often ask me what trends I see today in the CRM and digital transformation fields. It is a kind of legitimate to try to understand what is happening today and foresee how the future will be. In this series of articles, I am sharing some of my views on the trends that are causing this digital transformation and shaping […]

The call for urgent action in Customer Service

According to a recent PEGA study, employees facing customers are often frustrated with the level of service they can provide to customers. They denounce inadequate technology and processes that limit their effectiveness. The survey shows that 81% of respondents mentioned fast resolution among the four most important factors for quality of customer service. Speed is however not the only consideration. 72% also […]

Focus on business ecosystems: Leveraging partners in disruptive times

Commentary – We were around 350 people and prof. Mark Greeven shared some great insights and practical examples on why and how organisations should leverage partners to build sustainable businesses. On ecosystems – Have you listened to IMD’s webinar on “leveraging partners in disruptive times” last Tuesday? (The one I was talking about in a previous post). Working with partners […]

One quick comment on Gartner’s 2020 Magic Quadrant for Digital Experience Platforms

Commentary – Gartner has just released a 2020 quadrant for Digital Experience platforms (DXP), basically revamping the classical Web Content Management MQ with a new terminology and enlarged scope. It is true all WCM solutions now include enough features to encompass a digital experience. It is also true that, from a functional aspect, there is little differences between solutions. At […]

Perspective on Covid-19 crisis and digital maturity

Opinion – The Covid-19 crisis is revealing flaws in business continuity plans and weaknesses in value chains, exposing business and people alike. Most business continuity plans were based on a few number of key employees performing critical functions. They were not made for a large number of employees suddenly working from home. As a result, bits and pieces were missing: […]

Spotlight on local CRM resources

Some of my contacts in Sweden are confessing to me that their CRM projects are now at risk. The reason is that some of the critical project resources from their integration partners have been stranded abroad for 2 weeks now and will still be for a while. I can see a general trend unfortunately. Often, integration partners rely a lot […]

Focus on mitigating risks in pricing

I had this exciting discussion yesterday on the risks arising from having inconsistent pricing models and systems. The context was B2B commerce with sales people using multiple pricing tools. This is obviously leading to significant issues such as inconsistencies in prices, excessive tactical discountings, over-generous contracts, or jeopardizing margins. We all know that in some cases like in Asset Management […]

Open Banking: On API product ownership.

The question: How do you best set up the right organisation in order to leverage your unique data advantage to compete or partner with Fintech and Bigtech players? This question is actually not new and has been on the agenda for a very long time now, even before the “Open Banking time”. Would Open Banking be an accelerator for banks […]