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Most Marketers Avoid Corporate Procurement Teams: CMO Council/KPMG Study

More on software buying: this CMO Council / KPMG study finds just 26% of marketing leaders actively partner with their company’s procurement departments.  Those who do work closely with procurement end up placing higher weight on price, vendors’ industry standing, security, and privacy practices, and less on ability to scale and to meet compliance rules.  It’s not clear this results in better outcomes.

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Testbox Raises $10 Million to Help Buyers Pre-Test Software

June 9, 2022

Marketers are getting smarter about buying software, and one increasingly common practice is to test software before buying it.  TestBox promises to make that easier by offering preconfigured test installations of selected systems, complete with synthetic data.  They currently offer test versions of several customer support systems but plan to add new categories over time.  The service is free to users, with revenue coming from vendors who pay TestBox a commission on sales.  They just raised a $10 million seed round.

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Amperity Launches New Lakehouse Offering

May 17, 2024

Amperity has launched Lakehouse CDP,  which delivers CDP functions within “lakehouse” data stores including Snowflake and Databricks.  Amperity tools for data modeling, data quality, identity resolution, generative AI, segmentation, and performance measurement will send all results to a company’s own lakehouse rather than a separate Amperity-managed database. Modules can be used independently but the real benefit here is that Amperity is one of the few “composable” CDP vendors who offer a complete set of pre-integrated CDP functions.

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