Matt Mullen

Matt has been deep in the weeds of the software industry since the mid-1990s. He started out as a developer, before consulting and implementing software for government agencies and then working on the sales and marketing side of the industry. For the last few years, Matt has been an industry research analyst, focusing on sales and marketing technology, advising large enterprises and software vendors alike on emerging technology, market intelligence and organizational strategy.


voices
Nov. 8 2016
The chances are that if you’re reading this, you’re an experienced professional in your industry, and if you’re not, I’d wager strongly that you are probably are but in denial as...
medal
Aug. 30 2016
In my last couple of posts, I’ve talked about the difficulty in moving from thinking about tasks to orchestration and the parallel trials that often prevent
time_revenue
Aug. 8 2016
Uncertainty tends to lead to indecision—a natural state of affairs when the indices on which a decision could be made are unpredictable. Hurd’s assertion that CEOs are actually primarily focused...
conductor
June 22 2016
It’s this tension between orchestration and execution that I have seen in my travels looking at the digital marketing and sales technology markets—and, for the most part, a glaring hole where...
knowledge
April 7 2016
In a sweeping generalization, which I will subsequently withdraw from the table, I'll state that there are only two types of people: those who walk into a room confident they are the cleverest person there...
Winning
March 14 2016
While I’m sure I've bored many of you to death in the past about this subject, what can loosely be described as my career has really been a series of lucky accidents. One of those lucky accidents...
bullseye
Jan. 20 2016
Many areas of research that we conduct within our business applications practice at 451 Research are becoming predicated upon data-driven principles, from managing advertising spend, matching consumers...
Oreo
Nov. 25 2015
So, why the need for the whole cookie/biscuit conundrum clarification? It’s because I’ve been playing with how to best explain the concept of the flattening organization through a quick, visually...
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Nov. 3 2015
Autumn is that time of year where it is incumbent upon us in the industry to deliver both our predictions and forward-thinking vision of the future and our writing coverage plans for the following year...
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Aug. 24 2015
In order to keep me sane on the plethora of planes, trains and automobiles that I use to traverse the world every spring and autumn chasing conferences—or more precisely, the European Union and North...
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Aug. 5 2015
Summer here in London sometimes catches out visitors to the city. As usual, the city received its sudden hot snap—10 degrees centigrade above the normal summer average—for a week or so, and...
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July 8 2015
A few weeks back, at yet another conference, I watched a presentation about a coding club for young people: an "after school," extra-curricular activity where popular coding frameworks are taught so
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June 2 2015
Recently, I took a breather in the United Kingdom (UK) for a few weeks, midway through the spring conference season that we often complain about but secretly really enjoy. Each conference season—both...
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April 23 2015
Last autumn, Greg Head, chief marketing officer of Infusionsoft, shared with me his concept about many in the digital marketing space. His idea was that these companies had been able to grow to the point...
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March 10 2015
Pretty much every month, as regular as clockwork, I get a short message service (SMS) text from the same organization. This organization is located in a city that is a several-hour drive from where I live...
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Jan. 19 2015
There are a few things that seem to be constant in my life: I’ve got my first cold of the Winter just a few days before I head off on holiday, and I'm writing this post at my kitchen table right...
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Dec. 18 2014
December is the month where the law decrees that analysts and pundits have to make predictions for the coming year, everyone clamoring for column inches. Each hoping that it’ll be their wild speculation...
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Nov. 19 2014
I’m a lucky bloke. I happen to have the opportunity to do a job I love, and I try to remind myself of that as often as possible, because it’s not always been that way, and for most, it will...
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Oct. 21 2014
I’m not good at keeping promises to myself. On the contrary, I’m good at keeping promises to other people; ask me to try and pick up Almond M&M\'s on my travels, and I’ll move heaven...
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Sept. 22 2014
There is a tendency for us all to forget that the single unifying factor that underpins all of our organizations–whether commercial or otherwise–is that they are founded upon people. In my...

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