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5 Custom Salesforce Apps Revealed: How Appirio Uses SaaS-W


Appirio has been promoting the idea of Software-as-a-Strategic-Weapon (SaaS-W).  The basic premise of SaaS-W is that implementing software to achieve operational efficiency is no longer enough. The firms that develop software that differentiates themselves from their competition will win market share. The idea behind SaaS-W is more than a marketing campaign to us, it is… Read More

John Gorup     @appiriojohn

Appirio Testifies Before Congress – Crowdsourcing, Innovation and Prizes


Yesterday, Appirio had the unique opportunity to testify before the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology in a hearing “Prizes to Spur Innovation and Technology Breakthroughs.”  It’s stunning to see the attention that has suddenly emerged in the last few months on crowdsourcing, open innovation, and prizes / challenges, etc. xPrize and TED announce a… Read More

Narinder Singh     @singhns

HCM Strategy Discussion: Gamification


In their 2013 emerging technology Hype Cycle report, Gartner placed Gamification at the “peak of hype”.  Despite the hype, there are some solid cloud-delivered offerings that have matured, like Bunchball’s Nitro, Hoopla, or Badgeville.  Appirio has also developed its own gamification application on the platform to motivate our team and reward positive behaviors. Of… Read More


An awesome user interface IS your strategic weapon


When software vendors started selling configurable enterprise systems with a GUI (graphical user interface), it was thrilling to see your own company’s logo in the upper right or left of the screen. This was called “branding” the software, and gave users a better sense of ownership of their packaged software. Those simple days are long… Read More

John Gorup     @appiriojohn

No One Cares About Your New Learning Management System; Why Should They?

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At a former employer of mine, I was the system administrator for our Cornerstone OnDemand system.  I remember how exciting it was to implement this new system, which would become a key enabler of employee development for our organization.  Having been a corporate trainer by trade, I had a solid understanding of the learning &… Read More

Brian Sabin     @briansabin

Marketing Automation: 3 Questions with Ashley Stepien

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Marketing automation technology has become a big topic over the last few years.  There has been an explosion of new tools on the market, addressing different channels that were previously unmanageable.  Along with this, large vendors like Oracle, Salesforce, and Microsoft are starting to buy up the smaller players, resulting in a lot of confusion… Read More

John Gorup     @appiriojohn

A Worldwide Team Rolls In – Crowdsourcing Asteroid Hunters


It’s all too common. Here’s the formula: Big Announcement! (bright lights, glitter, much pomp and circumstance) [crickets] Confusion, tears, lack of closure, and general melancholy Just a few days ago, [topcoder]™ and the NASA Tournament Lab announced the Asteroid Data Hunter Challenge, part of the Asteroid Grand Challenge series. To avoid the all-too-common scenario mentioned… Read More

Sal Partovi     @spartovi

If it ain’t broke, break it: Thoughts on continual innovation


“If it ain’t broke, break it (or someone else will break it for you).”       – Tom Peters We all know the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and we’re typically in agreement with that notion. Why would we want to mess with a good thing, right? The chance at improving… Read More

Jason Dent     @dent_jason

HCM Strategy Discussion: Performance Management

performance management

Like a lot of kids, I hated report card day. I am a bad test taker, and one of those people that has to chew on an idea for a while before it sinks in. I usually ended up understanding a concept a couple weeks after the semester ended, when it no longer counted. So… Read More


Beat Your Competitors with SaaS-W!


We’ve all grown leery of marketers who invent concepts seemingly out of thin air, then tell us we have to have it or something horrible will happen.  “Adapt or die,” we are told.  We hear claims like you should spend x% of your salary on an engagement ring (says the diamond company.) I am not… Read More

John Gorup     @appiriojohn
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