Posted in March 2009

Product Development In On-Premise or On-Demand: What’s the Difference?

The dilemma of customer feedback/product management in the world of software development has always been a peculiar, and at times, vain relationship between vendors and their customers. As this ecommercetimes.com article highlights, traditional, on-premise environments left vendors far removed from customers and feedback on additional functionality. While the SaaS model does present advantages in that … Continue reading

What’s Wrong With “Skinny” CRM Solutions?

Not to beat a dead horse, but after looking over this Infoworld.com article again, I garnered some additional thoughts that I felt deserved being mentioned here. Myth 3 talks about SaaS offering skinnier versions of more sophisticated applications. In many ways, that’s by and far true, particularly with older SaaS applications. But I don’t necessarily … Continue reading

How the Recession Could Flatline Vertical App Sales

A conversation with yet another customer today (these talks are providing some great blog fodder) exposed how this financial services company is looking to cut some of its industry-specific applications in favor of more generic, open software packages. Drilldown specific-apps aside, I could see how vendor consolidation could prove a real issue moving forward for … Continue reading

Twitter for CRM, or CRM for Twitter?

I just saw that Salesforce.com has announced a new Twitter integration. Welcome to the Twitterverse, better late than never. (SugarCRM has offered free plugins to integrate Twitter into Sugar for nearly a year, and released its own Twitter-like capabilities in the 5.2 release.) But anyway, the new trend of integrating Twitter with your CRM made … Continue reading

Sometimes the More Things Change…

The folks over at Microsoft CRM have been making some announcements this week. And most of the stuff, in my opinion, is a step in the right direction. The free add-ons are a handful of strong features that I can see a lot of people using. The notion of creating a value-based ecosystem is not … Continue reading

Microsoft’s and Sun’s Take on the Cloud

I’ve been reading up on Sun Microsystem’s latest offering in the cloud computing space, and taken in the context of Martin’s recent post on Microsoft’s take on the cloud, found some points that nicely compliment each other. Cloud computing still has a long way to go before it reaches the enterprise mainstream, but it’s obvious … Continue reading