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Benioff's Dream: Toppling Microsoft, Oracle, And SAP
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12/5/2011 | 4:05:10 AM
re: Benioff's Dream: Toppling Microsoft, Oracle, And SAP
I agree that it doesn't make sense to lock yourself into a vendor. Benioff isn't rebelling against the model of any of the companies mentioned. He wants to become one of them. Salesforce.com/Force.com is as proprietary as any of the companies mentioned, with the exception of Microsoft. Their APEX development platform is far from open standards. It doesn't make any sense for a company to have a "cloud" platform in which users can easily migrate away if someone undercuts their pricing. From a business perspective, open standards = commoditized products. Take it with a grain of salt.
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12/4/2011 | 10:50:39 AM
re: Benioff's Dream: Toppling Microsoft, Oracle, And SAP
I wonder will Benioff achieve his dream. As long as the big vendors behave as indicated here http://linkd.in/uqiXVE What Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, And SAP Don't Tell Customers then maybe but what if they realise the games up and bite the bullet? When Gartner write such a revealing piece then it must be just a question of time?

On top of that the SaaS model is in my view an interim step. As business software becomes commoditised where the spread of tools such as built by UK based Procession that handle build of any business application without custom coding, code generation or compiling the model of payment will change. Conventional lease deals just like any other asset will emerge with the option to not just get back your data but get the software you have paid for? Maintenance contracts may only apply to core technology but as it becomes more stable being an optional extra becomes a risk worth taking. On going contracts will be for mentoring business to support change that this new breed of "agile software" can readily deliver.

Benioff has done great job to shake the market but the next step could be more exciting for users but a challenge for all vendors. This is just a natural journey towards maturity in business software - long over due and that article explains whyGǪGǪ?


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