We hear it all over the place – the enterprise software market is dead. With two players left: Oracle and SAP, nobody will want to compete with them. So, bad times for enterprises, if you don’t want to choose between those two. Well – there is a new world how ever: OnDemand Software Service (OSS) or “Software as a Service” (SaaS). Is it like the 70’s where IBM, Bull, DEC, Amdahl… ruled the world until the PC came out?
SaaS for the enterprise is on it’s way – simply because enterprise users like anybody else want the simplicity, the fresh way of how developers look at software, the ease of update, functionality selection and also the omni presence of such software. And as the enterprise doesn’t go away Enterprise Software will be redefined.
SaaS for the Enterprise means that application structures, security requirements, integration aspects and interaction model need to be taken care of. BlueRoads for instance was the first company working on those questions. “APN” the Active Participation Network Architecture was the first step to answer questions around structure and architecture. The VSI Technology (Virtual Single Instance) was a first step to answer the security requirements. APN enabled APIs was the first step to think of large scale integration technologies. And the “Zero Training UI” was answering the user interaction model questions. At least there is a beginning.