Colin makes some good points below on the DataSync announcement that it has created an SMB suite covering CRM, accounting and content management – all available at a single low price and delivered via a cloud-computing model.
As Colin notes – this a great way for SMB’s to cover a lot of bases with one low monthly fee, and very little technical work needing to be done to make all this happen. The cloud is the enabler here.
But what is important to see is that the cloud also brings together open source, and proprietary software in a seamless manner. The end user simply gets great feature functionality – needing only a web browser to get started. This is truly the next level of development following the SaaS revolution of the early 2000s.
We are beyond having a single provider have to offer a complex platform in order to get ERP, CRM, CMS, E-commerce etc. together in one cloud-based experience. End user organizations no longer have to do any of the heavy lifting to get these systems to talk to each other in the cloud – it’s all out of the box.
And the fact that it has really become a non-issue that these proprietary and open source tools can interoperate with ease is a testament to the fact that it is not about licenses or buzz words – it is about great, flexible software that meets your business needs and your budget.