Kenandy joins SaaS ERP market for manufacturers
September 2, 2011 2 Comments
Kenandy is getting huge press as the latest startup in SaaS ERP for manufacturing. I welcome a new competitor wholeheartedly. It is yet another signal that SaaS will make enormous inroads in the coming years, displacing the aging on-premise solutions of the 80’s and 90’s.
SAP was the first major player to recognize the trend when it announced Business By Design in 2007. It has struggled to come up with a product and business model that makes sense for its customers, its channel and its broader ecosystem that loves the dollars associated with the on-premise offering.
Workday and Netsuite have proven that companies will put sensitive financial and HR data in the cloud. They are both succeeding at replacing older on-premise solutions. However, neither has ventured into the manufacturing market. With so few providers of SaaS ERP for Manufacturing, many analysts and investors assume that the customers are just not ready. That’s not the case at all. Developing manufacturing solutions is very hard and very complex. When manufacturers learn about SaaS they are eager to get on board. There just have not been enough voices.
Now, finally, there is a new company with a loud voice saying that this is where ERP for manufacturers is going. The marquee names of the leadership and investors are getting the message out and will help make SaaS the default delivery mechanism for ERP in the future.
Welcome to the market, Kenandy!