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For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

The Customer-Activated Enterprise

Closing The Customer-Employee Gap

October 16, 2014

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Customers increasingly use digital technologies to "activate" their suppliers, throwing off significant and highly valuable data in the process; they expect enhanced value across all touchpoints in return. Meanwhile, brands are investing heavily in two types of capabilities: 1) listening technologies to capture this data, typically managed by marketing; and 2) collaboration technologies to improve employee communication and sharing, typically governed by tech management. However, companies generally don't weave these investments together. As a result, the most valuable information in an organization — customer data and insights — is not routinely applied to the day-to-day, customer-facing activities of winning, serving, and retaining customers. This report introduces Forrester's model for application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals to bring these two investment streams together, across technologies and functions, amplifying the returns on each, and ultimately evolving to a highly differentiated, fully "customer-activated enterprise."

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Table of Contents

  • There's A Reason Your Business Feels Sluggish
  • Needed: A New Way To Hear And Apply The Voice Of The Consumer
  • Customer-Activation Will Deliver New Value Across The Enterprise
  • WHAT IT MEANS

  • Customer-Activated Enterprises Promise Long-Term Differentiation
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