On-demand CRM -- benefits and drawbacks
In my opinion, the jury is still very much out on whether companies like SAP,
Oracle and Microsoft, which have always sold on-premise software, really understand and are
committed to the on-demand CRM model. I'm also wondering if critical and complex CRM environments
can be run on an on-demand
. What is your take on this?
Information technology is currently entering a Web 2.0 phase. Most users have already learned
how to use browser-based software applications. Proprietary user interfaces involve steep learning
costs, and the corporate mantra is to cut costs to improve bottom lines. Companies can't afford to
loose sales revenue anymore by letting the sales force, helpdesk employees or service personnel
spend weeks learning a new application interface. Businesses are fast evolving and changing, and
software applications or enhancements traditionally lag behind the business application changes.
Companies can't afford misalignment or so called "gaps" between the business systems and software
application for a very long time. For all of these reasons, the software industry is looking at
cutting implementation time lines of packaged software.
On-demand CRM is a great opportunity for software companies to come closer to business
expectations in terms of cutting downtime and deploying applications rapidly. On demand is a big,
growing market, especially for small and midsized businesses (SMB). At the same time, most critical
and complex CRM environments can't be run on an on-demand platform. The shift is towards on demand
when it comes to quick implementations and easy-to-use CRM applications that are not critical to
Overall, on premise CRM isn't going anywhere. The direction is towards a hybrid model, where on
premise and on demand are blended to provide cost-effective CRM solutions.
This was first published in July 2006