About this Constellation ShortList™

The era of Infinite Computing has cast a spell on business best practices, creating a void of uncertainty regarding what the best practices of the 21st century are. Architecturally unlimited compute and storage coupled with cheap networking and the ubiquity of smartphones creates the realm for new strategies on how enterprises manage their value chains. The answer cannot be the best practices of the past, stemming from the finite computing era and being baked into today’s standard software.

At the same time, enterprises cannot and should not build all of their enterprise automation from scratch. Instead, they need to look at the different opportunities in their value chains to digitally transform and/or disrupt the best practice in-house and in the market. This experimentation must be enabled by platforms of their standard software vendors (aka the SaaS vendors) by an enterprise application platform (EAP) that enables enterprises not only to integrated and extend— but also build new enterprise automation that runs along their existing capability portfolio. Thus, enterprises can enable seamless new best practices that help them practice digital transformation.

Threshold Criteria

Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:

  • Have more than 500 customers
  • Support North America or EMEA and one other region
  • Support two or more of the enterprise automation tectonic plates:
    • Finance
    • HR
    • Purchasing
    • Manufacturing
    • CRM
  • Support the key EAP usage scenarios:
    • Extend
    • Integrate
    • Build

The Constellation ShortList™

Constellation evaluates more than 20 solutions categorized in this market. The Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share and internal research.

  • lnfor OS
  • Microsoft Dynamics Platform
  • Oracle NetSuite SuiteCloud Platform
  • Oracle Visual Builder
  • Salesforce Platform
  • Unit4 People Platform
  • Workday Platform
  • Zoho Creator Platform

Frequency of Evaluation

Each Constellation ShortList will be updated once per year. There could be an update after six months, should the analyst deem it necessary.

Evaluation Services

Constellation clients may work with the analyst and research team to conduct a more thorough discussion of this Constellation ShortList. Constellation can also provide guidance in vendor selection and contract negotiation.

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