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Friday, June 08, 2007

SAP Software On Demand (Software As A Service)

Some thoughts by SAP on SAAS (Software As A Service) or Software On Demand (SAP Terminology) as pointed out at their Indian Sub-Continent Summit in Mumbai today are expressed here.

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

ERP at the Edge of The Enterprise

ERP is rapidly moving from the core to the edge of an enterprise. More at this link.


Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Advertising as a Revenue Stream for Software Companies ?

Advertising could be a possible incremental additional source of revenue for ERP companies besides the traditional ones. There would be multiple revenue streams.

The B2B Advertising Market place in the US itself is in Billions of Dollars. Maybe Google (or any other company) would become the medium for advertising in any software (including ERP).

Online advertising as a variable incremental cost can be measured (perhaps much more accurately than the traditional media) against incremental Sales Revenues, making it more attractive for the advertisers.

The incremental cost of delivering software via the Net is close to zero. There is also a 'long tail' in software revenues that can be utilised more effectively by ERP vendors. Hybrid (Mix of Advertising and other Revenue Streams) Models could be perhaps an interim solution.

One of the advantages of online media over traditional ones is the availability of contextual advertising. Also, it can have multiple forms - ugly, distracting pop-ups that force user response are only one of the possible options.

Also, organizations may have to redefine their definition of users and customers to arrive at more balanced and even more hybrid revenue models.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The 4th Wave as per Forrester - Death of ERP as we know it ?

George Colony, Chairman of Forrester Research believes that in the next 5 years, large enterprise software (in competition to SAP and others) would become free for corporates largely supported by advertising. This is an extremely outrageous prediction to make.

He also mentioned that Google would be the company driving the same.

He said this in Mumbai today at an event sponsored by NASSCOM.

In Forrester's viewpoint, it is the Executable Internet - the 4th Wave - A Technology Thunderstorm that will cause the same, the earlier three ones being Mainframes, Personal Computers and the Current Web. These waves repeat at intervals of approximately 16 - 20 year gaps.

His presentation had a graph displaying Moore's law growth projections vis-a-vis other curves depicting increase in the technology adoption factors - training, management readiness, education.

Obviously, the graph did support his viewpoints as regards the Wave occurences at timelines with the minimum gap and intersections between the Technology adoption factors and the Moore's law growth line.

Unfortunately, I did not get time to question the source or authenticity of the data in the presentation graphs.

In response to my question, he also replied that it also means as a logical extension that enterprise software ERP companies would become media companies.

Is that not what Google is already today ?

So, should ERP companies brace for innovative business models and tough organizational transformations ahead ?

What about the reluctance of corporate customers to use advertising supported software ?

George's specific reply on the same was that this is the standard reaction of all CIO's and a typical employee already sees hundreds or even thousands of advertisement messages every day during work related PC activities.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

SAAS ( Software as a Service) for one third of all of us ?

At a Salesforce launch in Mumbai last week, a Gartner forecast was quoted that one third of all software budgets in the Asia Pacific region by 2010 would be spent on SAAS applications rather than traditional packaged or bespoke custom software applications.

This trend if true, is a huge inflection point (to quote Intel founder - Andrew Grove) for the software industry globally.

More so for India which has been at the receiving end of IT and software jobs offshored from Western nations (the latest Businessweek article talks of 1.1 Million US IT Jobs being lost during the last 5 years).

Also, we in India have had the advantage (or mis-fortune ? ) of side-stepping entire technology cycles due to late adoption. (.e.g unlike the US, we really do not have a legacy base of mainframe systems as we moved straight into the client-server and PC platforms and are moving also into the mobile computing platforms at a faster pace.)

What would SAAS do to the Indian software, ERP industry and it's huge developer and consumer base ?

Expect many interesting and useful SAAS Indian applications over the next few years (including the ERP area) depoyable over both PC and Mobile Device platforms.

Also, I suspect the above one-third figure quoted by Gartner does not include monetizing of the huge volume of SAAS applications that are used free by you and me as consumers (Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, Blogger and so on).

Friday, August 11, 2006

Is ERP dead ?

Is ERP dead ?

Perhaps, this link seems to suggest so.

Confirming the ERP Consolidation Trend that we have been writing about on our website since the past two years.

Maybe, it is time for ERP to move out and IERP (Inter-Enterprise and Intra-Enterprise Resource Planning) to take shape, as we have suggested earlier.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Business needs 'Resultants', not 'Consultants'.

In the original RTE - Real Time Enterprise Paper written by Vinod Khosla, (the eminent Venture Capitalist); he makes a point that what business organizations need from IT are not 'Consultants' but 'Resultants'.

People who can deliver results.

Not just consult.

Also, he has re-affirmed my earlier independent viewpoint of calling ERP by a new name.