In the spirit of the holiday, we thought we would depart from our usual blog content and spotlight individuals that have helped us this year. These 21 industry experts were kind enough to take time out of their schedules to share their wisdom, knowledge and experience. They are authorities in their respective fields, and we greatly appreciate their contributions. So we would like to recognize each one with a short anecdote about how they’ve helped us this year become a better resource for software reviews. Without further ado, here are the winners of our first annual Authority Awards.
CRM Experts by Lauren Carlson
Michael Fauscette, Group Vice President, IDC – A highly-respected industry analyst, Michael is the go-to guy for anything related to enterprise software. He has a breadth of knowledge that spans industries, which gives him a very unique perspective. It also makes him one of the best resources we have.
Paul Greenberg, Owner, The 56 Group, LLC – They call him the Godfather of CRM, and for good reason. One being that he pretty much wrote the book on it. Paul is passionate about the world of CRM, and his commentary and analysis are almost always spot-on. He is an innovator in his field, and yet humble enough to always lend a helping hand.
Carlos Hidalgo, CEO, Annuitas Group – Carlos is a lead management guru and an expert in MarComm and brand development. He heads up the Annuitas Group and is Executive Director of the recently-launched Marketing Automation Institute. His industry expertise and first-hand experience with marketing automation has been an invaluable resource for us this year.
Brent Leary, Partner, CRM Essentials – An expert in social CRM, Brent has been extremely useful in helping us—and the rest of the industry, for that matter—sort out the social sphere. He has an impressive depth of experience in IT and management consulting, and his blog is an industry favorite.
Denis Pombriant, CEO, Beagle Research Group – With his spot-on market analysis and witty industry commentary, Denis has been a regular source of inspiration for us as Software Advice. He is CEO at Beagle Research Group, and despite being in high demand, he is always available to lend his intellect and advice.
Brian Solis, Principal, Altimeter Group – Brian is recognized as one of the foremost thought leaders in new media. He has authored several books that illustrate how new media is affecting the convergence of marketing, communications and publishing. His commentary on this emerging space has given us a unique perspective on the industry as a whole.
ERP Experts by Derek Singleton
Brian Sommer, Founder, Vital Analysis – Brian Sommer is a great resource for any topic related to enterprise software, but he's especially knowledgeable in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) software space. He has deep insights to offer on market trends and the business implications of software solutions. His thoughts were particularly helpful in crafting a Software Advice take on the IBM Merger & Acquisition Strategy.
Chad Smith & Carol Ptak, Partners, Demand Driven Institute – Chad Smith and Carol Ptak have an incredible wealth of knowledge on all things related to manufacturing strategy and technology. They are currently making waves with their new approach to material requirements planning (MRP): demand-driven MRP. The new strategy helps manufacturing companies improve production by planning closely to actual consumption patterns.
Marc Wulfraat, Founder & President, MWPVL Supply Chain Consulting – While we didn’t come into contact with Marc Wulfraat until the end of the year, Marc quickly became a valuable consultant for supply chain and distribution topics. Marc is a supply chain and logistics consulting veteran with more than two decades of experience advising on everything from lean distribution to material handling systems.
HR Experts by Kyle Lagunas
Meghan M. Biro, Principle & Founder, TalentCulture, LLC – Megan Biro welcomed me to the TalentCulture family with open arms, which went a long way to connecting me to the HR and recruiting professionals working in the trenches. Not only is she an expert in talent acquisition, personal and corporate branding, and new media strategies, she’s the leader of a game-changing Twitter chat. With #TChat entering its second year, I’m excited to be on her side of the ring along with Kevin Grossman, Maren Hogan, and Sean Charles.
Matt Charney, Social Media Engagement Manager, Monster – My go-to guy for connecting with need-to-know people. It’s not easy being the new kid on the block, but if I am trying to get in touch with someone–BAM! He makes it happen. Having worked in talent acquisition for Warner Bros., The Walt Disney Company, and now Monster Worldwide–the world’s largest online recruitment solutions provider–he’s got a sharp mind for innovation in social media and recruiting.
John Sumser, Principal Analyst, HRxAnalysts – John invited me to coffee shortly after I started here at Software Advice. I thought we were going to talk about an article I’d shared with him. Two cups o’ joe and a whirlwind later, I walked away with no fewer than six people he wanted me to contact and the realization that success as an HR analyst is no cakewalk. As one of the premiere HR analysts around, John’s received all manner of accolades. For his kindness and expertise, I’d like to offer him my humble thanks.
Medical Experts by Katie Matlack
Justin Barnes, Vice President of Marketing, Industry and Government Affairs, Greenway Medical – During my first weeks Justin provided important context for my work here writing about electronic health records. Justin also helped me understand where healthcare is headed in terms of both Health IT and accountable care.
Dr. Jeff Beard, my go-to for a doctor's opinion - Jeff provided helpful insight for my article on social media in medicine, and has been invaluable as a friend and healer to my dad too as a physician who truly puts the patient first.
Mary Jo Pfaff, my former girl scout leader, good friend's mom, and home health physical therapist – Mary Jo talked with me about transitioning to electronic health records and how she thinks it will affect her and her colleagues. Mary Jo was patient in spite of my poor cell reception and made time for me in spite of her busy schedule characteristic of caregivers in her line of work.
Retail Experts by Michael Koploy
James Dion, Founder and President, Dionco Inc. – James has a great amount of expertise working with both the technology- and the sales-side of retail. A highly-recommended resource on both where retail has been and where it’s going. James manages his own retail consulting firm, Dionco, out of Chicago.
Doug Stephens, President, Retail Prophet Consulting - Retail Prophet Consulting is focused on providing strategies that help retailers transition and prepare for the future of retail. Its ability to do so is in large part because of Doug’s experience, foresight and talent. Doug has been a great resource, and just a great guy to bounce ideas off of.
Joseph Tarnowski, Director of Integrated Content/Technology Editor, Progressive Grocer – Joseph has been an active voice in grocery news media for a decade, and was great to share some of his insights and opinions on the market. As more speciality stores find their niche, hubs such as his new Independent Grocer Network will grow into incredibly valuable resources.
Supply Chain Experts by Michael Koploy
Jason Busch, Founder and Managing Director, Azul Partners – In addition to his consulting work, Jason operates one of the most prominent and resourceful spend management websites, Spend Matters. He’s constantly in demand and extremely busy–but still incredibly approachable. He was kind enough to leave a long after-hours voicemail sharing his thoughts on the procurement software market earlier this year.
Sherry Gordon, President at Value Chain Group – A board member of the Institute of Supply Management SCRM Board and frequent speaker at numerous global supply chain conferences, Sherry is a leader in supplier performance and evaluation. Her ability to discuss, converse and clarify many of the misconceptions in performance management are top-notch.
Dr. George Harris, President, Calyptus Consulting Group – George has nearly four decades of experience specializing in both procurement and lean processes. His consulting firm, Calyptus Consulting Group, advises both private-sector and public sector groups across the globe. George is an extremely valuable resource with insight on both supply chain strategy and technology.