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A Lustratus REPAMA Guide to the Positioning Statement

I’ve just uploaded a document to Scridb which is based on a series of blog entries from the REPAMA blog. In this series of 8 blog postings I described the format of the positioning statement that we use to help our clients capture their company or product strategy. I’ve finally got around to committing the […]

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Reverse Engineering Force.com’s Approach to the Cloud Computing Market

I’ve been a bit busy recently and so instead of finishing off the complex REPAMA SAS into the “Cloud Computing / Cloud Software / Cloud Management / Application Services Management” study, I decided to produce a rough draft of the much simpler REPAMA into Force.com’s go-to-market strategy instead. Whilst the segment analysis study only covers […]

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Cloud Computing REPAMA – Taxonomy and the Role of Professional Services – Part 2

I’m continuing the REPAMA Segment Analysis Study into the Cloud Computing market attempting to arrive at a solid market segmentation and two things have become very clear. Firstly, every vendor with a remotely related proposition appears to have added the word “cloud” to their product name, presumably in an attempt to bask in the reflected […]

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The Psychology of Decision Making

Carrying on from my blog on “corporate shyness”, I’m looking here at the different ways we evaluate information and make decisions. The first thing to say is that this is a big subject and one that others are much better qualified to cover than I am. Myers-Briggs has led much of the work on personality types […]

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Different differentiation for diffidents? (Corporate Shyness)

I hope you like the alliterative heading for the blog which was born from some work I’ve been doing recently for a client.  I’m not sure that diffident is exactly the right word but there was no way that I was going to ditch it when it looks so beautiful set against all those “diff” […]

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Updated High Performance Messaging Report

Just a quick note to say that the updated High Performance Messaging REPAMA Segment Analysis Study has been uploaded to the Lustratus site.  It now contains the reverse-engineered product marketing strategy for TIBCO’s Messaging Appliance P-7500.  Existing customers and Lustratus research subscription holders will already have been contacted with details of free upgrades. Following on […]

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Standards-based marketing – an antidote “Be holier than thou” Part 6

So closing out this series of posts looking at differentiation in markets where technical standards have caused little technical difference between products, I’m going to look at standards bodies and technical education as a technique to create differentiation. Preach the gospel – Educate The first point to make is that in my experience products that […]

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Standards-based marketing – an antidote “Partner” Part 5

I’m carrying on this series of posts on how vendors can differentiate themselves in the market when technical standards have had the effect of removing significant functional difference between competitive products. This time I’m going to look at partnering to create differentiation in your offer.  Whilst the product proposition will remain materially similar to that […]

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Standards-based marketing – an antidote “Broaden the Debate” Part 4

Part 4 – Broaden the Debate I’m continuing this series of blogs here by looking at the techniques that software vendors can use to create the “illusion” of differentiation in markets where technical standards have led to little material product difference. So moving on from my last blog where I looked at the way an […]