Info Week Gets Worse and Worse with Shoddy Reporting
This is ridiculous for InformationWeek to publish an article from a software vendor. This article is nothing more than an ad!!!!! Obviously she is gong to say the cloud is wonderful and the only option if you are to be a well run company. And of course, this is just not true. Cloud solutions can be a good fit for a smaller to mid market sized company that does not have the talent, focus and/or funding to implement an on premise solution. Cloud solutions can also be a good fit as point solutions, especially when some rogue department (read not supported by corporate IT) is buying a solution like Marketing or HR. For larger companies, cloud solutions tend not to be a good fit for the core, integrated functions of order management, distribution, manufacturing, procurement, and finance. First, you need a single, truly integrated solution with the same data model to efficiently and effectively run these areas on an integrated basis, which is what is called for in today's global economy. You also need deep and broad capability which does not exist in the newer cloud applications. If cloud was so wonderful, why have the Fortune 1000 not thrown out their core ERP systems and replaced them with some cloud solution. They have not and they won't. SAP, Oracle, JDEdwards, etc. have their place and are here to stay. I'm SICK of the unsubtantiated hype around cloud. I want someone who thinks tier 2 cloud vendors are really going to replace top tier core ERP solutions to give me 10 specific examples of Fortune 1000 companies who have swapped out their top tier core ERP for some no name tier 2 or tier 3 cloud solution. That's only 1%!!!! Surely some one can come up with 1% if the cloud hype is really all true!!!!
@ InformationWeek: Since you seem to be willing to publish articles (ads) from questionable sources with questionable motives, why don't you pay me to write some articles for you. I am imminently more qualified than this woman. I have implemented a number of ERP and CRM solutions, worked for a number of years at Accenture doing large scale business transformation, have worked as a leader in corporate America for a number of years, and currently work as an independent consultant with no allegiance to a particular solution or technology. At least I will substantiate my claims with facts!!