Half $1 trillion software in the cloud: feeding The Great App Explosion and Big Ops

“A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you’re talking real money,” the late US Senator Everett Dirkson apocryphally quipped. A few months ago, Gartner published the above chart with their latest estimates on cloud spending worldwide for 2021 and 2022. The lede here is that total spend on cloud-based services — SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, etc. — is expected to increase by another $86 billion next year, from $396 billion to $482 billion. That’s half …

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Worldwide Public Cloud Services Spend Forecast

Higher order effects of automation in Big Ops

For the past year I’ve been talking about a shift from Big Data to Big Ops. In short, today’s challenges with business technology are less about managing a huge volume of data — Big Data — most of which wound up in a basement-level data lake, outside the reach of everyday business users. Instead, we’re now wrangling a Cambrian explosion of digital processes across our organizations that actively engage that data as part of live …

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Impact of Automation

The Composable Enterprise brings us into The Great App Explosion & Big Ops

Traditional business thinking views change as risk, while composable thinking is the means to master the risk of accelerating change and to create new business value.” Monika Sinha, Research VP, Gartner That’s a quote from Monika Sinha, a research VP at Gartner, announcing the 2022 Gartner CIO and Technology Executive Agenda. The “composable enterprise” is term that Gartner uses for businesses that leverage technology and digital process automation as a modular set of Lego Blocks …

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Composability Achieves Both Stability & Agility

Commerce is the latest (renewed) frontier in martech, putting the revenue in RevOps

First, welcome to the freshly updated chiefmartec.com site — or, if you’re reading in this in your inbox, our freshly updated email subscription service, a big step up from RSS-to-email through Google Feedburner. What’s that thing they say about the shoemaker’s children? Well, now we finally have some groovy new footwear. Metaphorically speaking. Anyway, on with the show… The effect the pandemic has had on all things digital has been enormous. For all the talk about …

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Future Martech Stack Products

Latest data on the size of tech stacks, er, app portfolios, and a philosophical question about shadow IT

Productiv, a SaaS management platform (SMP), published a report on The State of SaaS Sprawl in 2021. Since Productiv’s software manages the tech stacks — or “app portfolios”, as they like to call them — of hundreds of organizations, the data in their report is based on objective facts of app adoption, instead of merely surveyed opinions. This kind of hard data is particularly helpful in scenarios where there tend to be wide gaps between …

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How Big Are Tech Stacks in 2021?

29 visually striking martech stack illustrations from the 2021 Stackie Awards

Every year, when the entries to the Stackie Awards flow in, I feel like the kid in A Christmas Story, excitedly opening up that present he’d be dreaming of. I am always delighted and inspired by the creative ways marketing teams visually represent their stacks — and so immensely grateful that they were willing to share them with our community. This year, we had 29 beautifully illustrated martech stacks sent in. They included several returning …

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29 Martech Stacks from the 2021 MarTech Stackie Awards

Join us at MarTech next week, online and for free, and catch my keynote: From Big Data to Big Ops

Join us next Tuesday and Wednesday, September 14-15, for the latest MarTech Conference event — online and completely free to attend. With over 75 sessions, over 100 expert speakers, and more than 50 terrific solution providers, it’s going to be a jam-packed couple of days. Join us live for virtual ambiance — or, if you can’t squeeze it all into your schedule, simply register and catch up on any and all of these sessions on-demand …

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MarTech Fall 2021 Keynote

47 new martech companies from latest Y Combinator cohort — the counter-consolidation narrative lives on

Last week, Y Combinator held their Demo Day(s) for their Summer 2021 cohort. This was a massive graduating class: 377 startups from 47 countries. You can read a quick overview of all 377 (!) on TechCrunch, split across part one and part two. I read through all 377 and discovered 47 that I would put on the martech landscape. Here’s the list: Cococart — online store builder Writesonic — AI-powered copywriting tools AppX — app …

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Martech Seedlings Everywhere

Aggregation and integration: why 67% of marketers replaced a martech tool in the past year

My friends over at MarTech just released their 2021 Martech Replacement Survey, revealing insights into what and why companies switch from one martech application to another. The top-line finding: there’s a ton of martech swapping happening! 67% of the 374 marketers they surveyed, from SMBs to large enterprises, reported replacing a marketing technology application in the past year. About half of them attributed the switch to their response to the pandemic. But for the other …

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Reasons for Replacing a Martech Product

Follow the money: CMO budgets for martech and marketing operations

As with crime and politics, if you want to reveal the real plot in marketing’s evolution, follow where the money is going. Hmm. That’s probably not the most flattering of metaphors. Okay, scratch that image. But it is why I always look forward to Gartner’s annual CMO Spend Survey report. Allocation of budget is a CMO’s way of “voting with their wallet” for what they think is most important. Grab a copy of The State …

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Marketing Budget Allocation Across Marketing Programs and Operational Areas