SAP A1S, the new on-demand ERP solution we’ve been hearing about for quite a while now, is something of a tease when it comes to actual specifics. We know a few basic facts, like that it’ll be for the 50-500 user crowd, feature a try-before-you-buy option, and general tidbits about how industry-specific configuration will be a snap. Beyond that, there really hasn’t been much on the news front beyond some hemming and hawing about whether it’ll cannibalize the existing Business One and All-in-One markets.
Frustrating as the secrecy is (especially in combination with SAP’s continuous pre-hype), there’s little doubt in my mind that A1S will indeed make a bit of a splash when it comes out in Q1 2008… Or whenever the final launch will be. SAP is betting big bucks on this one, and most analysts agree it better be the silver bullet SAP thinks it is if the company has a chance of hitting the 100,000 customers-by-2010 mark. The move to an on-demand model may seem strange for a company like SAP, but it’s in line with the general SOA push the company has been espousing over the past few years.
That’s why this latest article from Computer Business Review Online caught my eye. Says Angela Eager in her article:
With its new release, NetSuite is moving up in the market, taking it closer to the SMB ground covered by SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft, through the addition of features designed to automate complex operations and make processes simpler for growing mid-sized companies.
In a nutshell, NetSuite, which registered for an initial public offering (IPO) today, is upping the ante with easier installation, multinational sales support and new BI functionality. Now, Ellison’s baby isn’t going to drive the SAP juggernaut into retreat anytime soon, but it does make the SMB space just a little more crowded.
We’ve written about the upcoming face off with Microsoft Dynamics before, and the ongoing war with Oracle is hardly news either. But what I want to hear is your take on the midsize market by this time next year. How do you see this playing out? Will SAP crush the midmarket with technical superiority, or will Microsoft sucker-punch the German giant with its many SMB beach heads? Will Oracle’s grand plans hit the big time?
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