David Raab

Building Trust Requires Innovation

Trust has been chasing me like a hungry mosquito. It seems that everyone has suddenly decided that creating trust is the key to success, whether it’s in the context of data sharing, artificial intelligence, or customer retention. Of course, I reached ...

Adobe Adds Experience Cloud Profile: Why It’s Good News for Customer Data Platforms

"A CDP by any other name still stores unified customer data." Adobe on Tuesday announced the Experience Cloud Profile, which it described as a “complete, real-time view of customers” including data from outside of Adobe Cloud systems. The announcemen...

Salesforce Buys MuleSoft and Offers It as a Data Unification Solutions

The Customer Data Platform industry is doing very well, thank you, with new reports out recently from both Gartner  and Forrester  and the CDP Institute launching its European branch.  But the great question hovering over the industry ha...

Picking the Right First Project for Your Customer Data Platform

For the past year, the most common question about Customer Data Platforms has been how they differ from Data Management Platforms. Recently that seems to have changed.  Today, the question everyone seems to be asking is what project they should pi...

State of Customer Data Platforms in Europe

The Customer Data Platform Institute will be launching its European branch later this month with a series of presentations in London, Amsterdam and Hamburg. We’ve seen considerable CDP activity in Europe – nearly one quarter of the CDPs in the Institu...

Will CDP Buyers Consider Private Clouds as On-Premise Deployment?

Most Customer Data Platforms are Software as a Service products, meaning they run on servers managed by the vendor. But some clients prefer to keep their data in-house. So before releasing the CDP Vendor Comparison report – now available here – I added a line for on-premises deployment.

This seemed like a perfect fit: a clear yes/no item that some buyers consider essential. But it turned out to raise several issues:

- on-premises vs on-premise. I originally used “on-premise”, which is how the term is typically rendered. One of the commenters noted this is a common error. A bit of research showed it’s been a topic of discussion but on-premise is now more widely used relating to computer systems.  On-premises actually sounds a bit pedantic to me, but I’m using it to avoid annoying people who care. (Interestingly, no one seems too concerned about whether to use the hyphen. I guess even grammar geeks pick their battles.)

- private clouds. Several vendors argued that on-premises is an old-fashioned concept that’s largely been replaced by private clouds as a solution for companies that want to retain direct control over their systems and data. This resonated: I recalled seeing this survey http://www2.dimensiondata.com/en/Microsites/hybrid-IT-Insights from 451 Research showing that conventional on-premises [they actually used “on-premise”] deployments now account for just one-quarter of enterprise applications and the share is shrinking.


Percentage of Applications by Venue:
24% Conventional (on-premise, non-cloud)
18% on-premise private cloud
15% hosted private cloud
14% public cloud
13% off-premise non-cloud
Source: 451 Research, Strategy Briefing: Success Factors for Managing Hybrid IT, 2017

My initial interpretation of this was the on-premises private clouds meet the same goals as conventional on-premises deployments, in the sense of giving the company’s IT department complete control. But in discussions with CDP vendors, it turned out that they weren’t necessarily differentiating between on-premises private clouds and off-premise private clouds, which might be running on private servers (think: Rackspace) or as “virtual private servers” on public clouds (think: Amazon Web Services). Clearly there are different degrees of control involved in each of these and companies that want an on-premises solution probably have their limits on how far they’ll go in the private cloud direction.

- public clouds. One vendor speculated that most remaining conventional deployments are old systems that can’t be migrated to the cloud. The implication was that buyers who could run a CDP in the cloud would gladly do this instead of insisting on an on-premises configuration. This survey from Denodo suggested otherwise: while it found that 77% of respondents were using a public cloud and 50% were using a virtual private cloud, it also found that 68% are NOT storing “sensitive data” in the public cloud. Presumably the customer data in a CDP qualifies as sensitive. I don't know whether the respondents would consider a “virtual private cloud” as part of the public cloud.  But I think it’s reasonable to assume that a considerable number of buyers reject external servers of any sort as an option for CDP deployment, and that “on-premises” (including on-premises private clouds) is a reasonable term to describe their preferred configuration.

How Customer Data Platforms Help with Marketing Performance Measurement

John Wanamaker, patron saint of marketing measurement. If you’ve been following my slow progress towards a set of screening questions for Customer Data Platforms, you may recall that “incremental attribution” was on the list. The original reason was ...

Will GDPR Hurt Customer Data Platforms and the Marketers Who Use Them?

Like an imminent hanging, the looming execution of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has concentrated business leaders’ minds on their customer data. This has been a boon for Customer Data Platform vendors, who have been a...

Celebrus CDP Offers In-Memory Profiles

It’s almost ten years to the day since I first wrote about Celebrus, which then called itself speed-trap (a term that presumably has fewer negative connotations in the U.K. than the U.S.). Back then, they were an easy-to-deploy Web site script that cap...

Collapse of Civilization Makes Marketers’ Jobs Harder

Political situations come and go but trust is the foundation of civilization itself. So I was genuinely shaken to see a report from the Edelman PR agency that trust in U.S. institutions fell last year by a huge margin – 17% for the general public and 3...

Simple Questions to Screen Customer Data Platform Vendors

I’ve been working for months to find a way to help marketers understand the differences between Customer Data Platform vendors. After several trial balloons and with considerable help from industry friends, I recently published a set of criteria that ...

The Light Bulbs Have Ears: Why Listening Is Voice-Activated Devices’ Most Important Skill

If one picture’s worth a thousand words, why is everyone rushing to replace graphical interfaces with voice-activated systems?The question has an answer, which we’ll get to below. But even though the phrasing is a bit silly, it truly is worth asking. ...

What’s Next for Customer Data Platforms? New Report Offers Some Clues.

The Customer Data Platform Institute released its semi-annual Industry Update today. (Download it here).  It’s the third edition of this report, which means we now can look at trends over time. The two dozen vendors in the original report have grown ab...

Surprising Results in Customer Data Platform Survey

The Customer Data Platform Institute (CDPI) recently surveyed its members about their customer-facing systems and CDP deployment plans.  (Click here to download the full...

Here’s a Game to Illustrate Strategic Planning

My wife is working on a Ph.D. in education and recently took a course on strategic planning for academic institutions. Her final project included...

2017 Retrospective: Things I Didn’t Predict

It’s the time of year when people make predictions. It’s not my favorite exercise: the best prediction is always that things will continue as...

Do Customer Data Platforms Need Identity Matching? The Answer May Surprise You.

I spend a lot of time with vendors trying to decide whether they are, or should be, a Customer Data Platform. I also spend...

TrenDemon and Adinton Offer Attribution Options

I wrote a couple weeks ago about the importance of attribution as a guide for artificial intelligence-driven marketing. One implication was I should pay...

Flytxt Offers Broad and Deep Customer Management

Some of the most impressive marketing systems I’ve seen have been developed for mobile phone marketing, especially for companies that sell prepaid phones.  I...

When to Use a Proof of Concept in Marketing Software Selection — And When...

“I used to hate POCs (Proof of Concepts) but now I love them,” a Customer Data Platform vendor told me recently. “We do POCs...

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