Given all the hoopla about software in THE CLOUD, you might think it was a new phenomenon. Not so. Salesforce.com was founded in 1999. Yes, you read that correctly. That’s 12 almost 13 years ago. And it was never an on premises solution, it was cloud-based. Call it SaaS (Software as a Service), or call it cloud-based software, it’s not running on a server in your office. It’s IN THE CLOUD.
Then there’s NetSuite, founded in 1998. Hardly a new company. NetSuite runs both CRM and ERP software in the cloud.
So what’s the buzz all about?
Well, I‘m only guessing here, but somehow Software as a Service was kind of an esoteric name that few people fully understood. And I’m not saying that people actually understand what the cloud means either, but it’s a name that generates an image. It’s catchier. It’s the opposite of terrestrial. It means “up there somewhere,” or conversely, not down here, not in my office.
In some ways, as a
Who doesn’t recognize the complete introductory sequence, narrated by
That makes for great television, but not necessarily for a great business plan. New technologies tend to be buggy and risky. Of course, Microsoft has often been an innovator and a risk taker. Being on the leading edge has been part of what makes Microsoft great. Still, I for one am okay with Microsoft taking a more cautious approach to cloud-based software.
Now that the cloud is well-established, the problems are better understood, the issues of uptime and security have been ironed out, now is a great time for Microsoft to offer its CRM and ERP product lines in the cloud. And here at Altico, we’ve jumped on that now tried and true platform too.
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