#ThoughtLeaderThursday – SMB Group


As part of Amalgam Insights’ research process, we also keep track of the wide array of analysts, consultants, and thought leaders who are most relevant across our practice areas. Beyond the most well-known firms, such as the likes of Gartner, Forrester, and IDC, there are a wide array of bespoke and custom firms that conduct world-class work. To help provide context on how Amalgam Insights looks at our peers, partners, and competitors and to help technology buyers make better decisions, Amalgam profiles a firm or thought leader each Thursday to provide guidance on those who we think of as influential and innovative thought leaders.

This week, we profile SMB Group, a team of industry analysts focused on the technology adoption and management challenges in small and medium businesses.
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#ThoughtLeaderThursday – Hurwitz and Associates

ThoughtLeaderThursday - Hurwitz

ThoughtLeaderThursday - Hurwitz
ThoughtLeaderThursday – Hurwitz

As part of Amalgam Insights’ research process, we also keep track of the wide array of analysts, consultants, and thought leaders who are most relevant across our practice areas. Beyond the most well-known firms, such as the likes of Gartner, Forrester, and IDC, there are a wide array of bespoke and custom firms that conduct world-class work. To help provide context on how Amalgam Insights looks at our peers, partners, and competitors and to help technology buyers make better decisions, Amalgam profiles a firm or thought leader each Thursday to provide guidance on those who we think of as influential and innovative thought leaders.

This week, we profile Hurwitz and Associates, a team of industry analysts focused on articulating the practical value of innovation and emerging technologies.
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Introducing #ThoughtLeaderThursday – Mint Jutras

ThoughtLeaderThursday - MintJutras

ThoughtLeaderThursday - MintJutras
ThoughtLeaderThursday – MintJutras
As part of Amalgam Insights’ research process, we also keep track of the wide array of analysts, consultants, and thought leaders who are most relevant across our practice areas. Beyond the most well-known firms, such as the likes of Gartner, Forrester, and IDC, there are a wide array of bespoke and custom firms that conduct world-class work. To help provide context on how Amalgam Insights looks at our peers, partners, and competitors and to help technology buyers make better decisions, Amalgam profiles a firm or thought leader each Thursday to provide guidance on those who we think of as influential and innovative thought leaders.

First up in this series is Mint Jutras, a firm that Amalgam Insights greatly respects in the Enterprise Applications market.

Who They Are

Mint Jutras is an independent research and advisory firm led by Cindy Jutras, the President and chief analyst of the firm. Mint Jutras covers the business benefits of technology and conducts primary research and analysis across ERP and related enterprise applications including enterprise performance management, manufacturing solutions, and accounting as well as digital transformation, business customization, and strategic planning. Mint Jutras provides speaking, writing, and research capabilities to the enterprise applications markets.

Why You Should Read Them

Mint Jutras brings deep experience across pricing, licensing, product development, and a variety of industries. In addition, her primary ERP survey provides deep insight into the current state of ERP, including emerging trends and data points that either confirm or contradict market assumptions. Having had the experience of working with Cindy Jutras at the Aberdeen Group and having learned some of the intricacies of survey-based research from her, I can attest to the detail and thought of the survey process that Mint Jutras has put into each annual survey.

Mint Jutras also provides deep experience from Cindy Jutras’ career that spans the history of Enterprise Resource Planning as a core enterprise system. This experience is the basis of the context that Mint Jutras brings into its research. This combination of experience and data makes Mint Jutras a must-read firm for any ERP vendor or for any business strategist seeking to augment, update, or replace their ERP environments.

Finally, Cindy Jutras of Mint Jutras is regularly listed as a top ERP influencer whether the source is Solutions Review, ERPeople, or Onalytica.

Potential For Amalgam Insights to Work With Mint Jutras

Amalgam Insights and Mint Jutras share a Director of Business Development, Lisa Lincoln and our respect for Mint Jutras should be obvious. However, our coverage areas only overlap in the areas of accounting and enterprise performance management, which limits our potential to work together. That said, it’s fair to say that Amalgam would love to work with Mint Jutras if the potential for a joint project came up.

Next Week: Hurwitz and Associates

Anaplan States Planning Is Dead, Focuses on the Era of Real-Time Decision


Recommended Reading for: Finance, Sales Operations, Supply Chain Management, IT Management, and Enterprise Strategy Personnel
Companies Mentioned: Anaplan, IBM, SAP, Oracle, Microstrategy, Tableau, DataRobot, TROVE Data, Louis Vuitton, Premji Invest, Salesforce Ventures, Top Tier Capital Partners, Baillie Gifford, Granite Ventures, Industry Ventures, Meritech Capital, Constellation Research, Ventana Research, IDC, Mint Jutras, ISG, Gartner, Apps Run the World, TechVentive

On March 6th and 7th, 2018, Amalgam Insights attended Anaplan Hub 18. Anaplan has been on Amalgam analysts’ radar for several years, as we consider Anaplan’s Hyperblock foundation and ability to serve multi-departmental planning in enterprises without a year or more of setup to be fundamental advantages. As we have covered this company, we have been waiting for Anaplan to reach its breakthrough moment where it takes its place as one of the true market leaders in enterprise applications. It is in this context that we attended Anaplan Hub and judged our interactions with Anaplan executives, customers, and partners.

This report provides updates on Anaplan’s key business metrics, executive insights from an analyst-only panel, keynote and product announcements, a 2018 perspective on customer success stories with Anaplan, and Amalgam’s expectations for Anaplan in 2018 and beyond as both a real-time planning application and a Platform as a Service.

Anaplan Key Business Updates

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