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News and opinions relating to SaaS and ACE (accounting, CRM, ERP) applications

New Business Model for the ERP Dinosaur

November 11, 2009
By djohnson

Carl Mortished, World Business Editor for The Times, published an article entitled “Evolutionary clock is ticking for dinosaur model” (full article here). “SAP has cut 3,300 staff and is asking the rest to be more nimble and opportunistic. A key project is to use “cloud” computing, software delivered over the internet as a service...
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Note on Customizing SaaS

November 9, 2009
By djohnson

Today, Bruce Richardson from AMR Research commented in the AMR newsletter: “Given my fixation on cloud applications, I did close our meeting by asking the team whether they had plans to offer a software-as-as-service (SaaS) version. The executives said that while the company has a version available now, it’s had very little demand because...
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Customizing ERP on SaaS – Part II

November 2, 2009
By djohnson

In a previous post we proposed criteria to define criteria for easy to customize ERP systems. We innocuously declared that 0% of multi-tenant SaaS solutions would meet these criteria. After hearing from several folks, we decided that more clarification is required. Savings with SaaS The fact that multi-tenant SaaS solutions are not 100% customizable...
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Customizing ERP on SaaS and Cloud Platforms

October 27, 2009
By djohnson

The problem of whether to purchase customized software or off-the-shelf solutions was covered in ERP articles as far back as 2001. The chart below tells the usual story with the addition of the “SaaS” and “Traditional” labels.   Customized Software (most Traditional solutions) Packaged Software (most SaaS solutions) Benefits Match current business processes Maximize...
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Software At Your Service

October 22, 2009
By admin

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) allows customers to purchase software and services on-demand. SaaS differs from traditional software deployments where customers typically purchase a software license which they can deploy according to their needs (on a server, in a private cloud, on an external cloud, etc.) Software-At-Your-Service is a flexible software licensing and deployment model that allows...
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Scaling with cloud computing and SaaS

October 20, 2009
By djohnson

Both cloud computing and SaaS (software as a service) deliver the ability for companies to scale resources on-demand. SaaS scales applications. In the SaaS world, companies can scale applications. Because SaaS implies outsourcing, this means that the SaaS provider can easily scale application(s) that they manage for customers. Savings are obtained by aggregating computing...
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What’s Right for Me – SaaS or Traditional?

October 16, 2009
By djohnson

Selecting a licensing and deployment model for your ERP or accounting software does not have to be stressful. Pick a vendor which allows you the freedom to switch as your needs change. If you are just getting started, the table below provides some guidance as to which model will work best for you. Cost Criteria...
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ERP VARs in the age of SaaS

September 10, 2009
By djohnson

Clients demand web-based solutions, but can value added resellers (VARs) make money with SaaS models? SaaS provides have declared war on value added resellers (VARs) that specialize in accounting, ERP, and CRM solutions. There is no official declaration, but here are some manifestations of the war: Direct selling versus partnerships. Application providers that sell...
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