November 14, 2014Doug Hadden
The conundrum: legacy ERP vendors have built so much complexity in products that there are diminishing returns (possibly negative) for software upgrades. These vendors suffer from “cloud envy” – they envy the simplicity of cloud software setup and deployment, including the relatively low need for implementation services. They are looking for simplicity.
Meanwhile, cloud vendors are attempting to quickly mature products. They suffer from “feature envy” and hope to cover the needs for more markets.
The irony here is that cloud vendors are following similar product development strategies that resulted in overly complex ERP: acquisitions (integration problems, UI differences, functional overlap, different underlying technologies), entering multiple vertical markets at once (jack of all trades, master of none) and proprietary middleware stacks (complex integration, non-standard behaviour) etc.