big data analytics AI failures 2019

How B2B firms can avoid big data, analytics and AI failures in 2019

The data-driven insight is clear: if you watch a film starring Nicholas Cage, you face a high risk of falling into a swimming pool and drowning. Andy Pulkstenis was clearly trying for a laugh, and he got one. The director of advanced analytics at State Farm Insurance in Bloomington, Ill, was leading a breakout session […]

FPX digital transformation 2019

FPX research shows 58% of B2B firms pursuing digital transformation want to improve buying processes

The majority of B2B firms pursuing some kind of digital transformation projects are trying to improve customer experiences — particularly the ability for buyers to make purchases, according to research from configure-price-quote (CPQ) software maker FPX. Based on a survey of approximately 230 B2B firms with a strong focus on the manufacturing sector, the study […]

INFORMS analytics ethics guidelines

Ethics guidelines from INFORMS focus on analytics and operations research

As more enterprise firms and their customers start to question the use of data in analytics, research and artificial intelligence tools, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) is offering an 18-point set of guidelines to ensure ethics in quantitative decision-making. Based in Catonsville, Md., INFORMS was established in 1995 following a […]

enterprise XR CES 2019

CES 2019 experts identify enterprise XR opportunities based on virtual and augmented reality

The competitive advantage offered by early enterprise XR use cases may make it difficult for other B2B professionals to learn how they can apply things like VR and AR in their own firms, a panel of experts told this week’s CES 2019 conference. Speaking from the week-long gadget showcase in Las Vegas via Livestream, several […]

Automated Insights Wordsmith

Automated Insights uses natural language generation to prove all that money spent on BI wasn’t wasted

It may have started out as a site offering Moneyball-style analytics for the college basketball crowd, but a firm called Automated Insights could become better known for using natural language generation as a way for enterprises to finally see greater value from business intelligence and data warehouse projects. Founded by a Cisco distinguished engineer and […]

How to bring a predictive element into a data-first B2B sales and marketing strategy

To succeed and stay ahead of the curve in today’s business environment, organizations need seamless ways of compiling, organizing and operationalizing data across multiple systems. The past decade has witnessed sales and marketing technology proliferate throughout organizations. Each piece of sales and marketing technology houses critical signals about target accounts and their buyer journey, but […]

HubSpot Sam Hirbod

HubSpot’s inbound agency strategist points out some of the biggest (and most common) CX failures

A friend of Sam Hirbod, the principal inbound agency strategist at HubSpot, was waiting on hold with his online bank — for 20 minutes. This is a long time to leave anyone in limbo, especially in 2018, and in the course of that time, Hirbod friend’s started conducting searches on Google for a banks with […]

Mark Opauszky

PathFactory CEO Mark Opauszky predicts two big trends influencing customer adoption as a growth metric

PathFactory’s CEO is betting the future of growth in B2B will come from adding more value through post-sale data and taking a more granular approach to customer advocacy programs. The Toronto-based company, which rebranded from its original LookBookHQ moniker earlier this year, recently landed on the Deloitte Canada Fast 50, a list of companies the […]

Zoho Zia customer support

Zoho brings Siri-like features to Zia tool as CRM Plus expands to serve customer support teams

Zoho on Thursday expanded its CRM Plus collection of software applications to include tools for customer service teams such as Zia, an intelligent assistant that uses voice recognition features much like Apple’s Siri to address critical questions or complaints. Although Zia (which stands for “Zoho intelligent assistant”) has been available to CRM Plus customers for […]

Showpad Voicefox

Showpad adds ability to transcribe and analyze sales meetings with AI via Voicefox acquisition

Showpad on Wednesday will announce an acquisition that will bring artificial intelligence-based voice recording and transcription analysis to its customer base of sales professionals as a way of boosting their productivity and effectiveness. The Chicago-based firm, whose software offers a range of sales enablement capabilities to B2B firms, said it has purchased Voicefox, a two-year […]

Infogroup CMO

Infogroup CMO argues for a more consumer-oriented approach in B2B marketing

Infogroup CMO Tony Marlow has some advice for his peers: the only way to effectively target B2B audiences is to mirror the seamless, personalized shopping experiences that consumers have grown to crave. A provider of data, analytics and marketing services based in Papillon, Nebraska, Infogroup announced the hiring of Marlow as well as four other […]

workplace collaboration ViewSonic

What it takes to overcome the ‘last mile of lost productivity in workplace collaboration tools

Collaboration has taken on multiple dimensions for businesses of every size and industry. There are a number of key drivers fueling the accelerating demand for collaborative solutions, ranging from the rise in remote workers and virtual office models, to advanced technology tools and infrastructures that enable high-level collaboration in virtually any environment on any device. […]

OpenText EP5

OpenText launches legal and HR tools alongside EP5 and partners with Google Cloud

OpenText on Wednesday will introduce an enhancement pack to version 16 of its enterprise information management system dubbed EP5, along with new applications for departments like HR and legal while also announcing a partnership to offer its technology as managed services through Google Cloud. Waterloo, Ont.-based OpenText said EP5 will bring richer user interfaces, deeper integration […]