Cloud Tweaks: Built For The Cloud vs. Adapting To The Cloud

InsightaaS: Cloud Tweaks presents research and editorial posts from various sources (both staff and outside experts) to inform readers about key IT topics: cloud, convergence, and green, grid and utility computing. In this post, Jon Roskill - known throughout the IT industry from his time as head of Microsoft's channel organization - discusses how "built for the cloud" ERP systems vary from systems that are "adapted to" the cloud. As the CEO of SaaS ERP supplier Acumatica, Roskill clearly has a vested interest in the debate; nonetheless, though, the post provides useful reminders of key issues in assessing the long-term outlook for cloud-based products and platforms, which can be applied to ERP and to other SaaS investments.

It may just sound like semantics, but there is a real difference between something that was "built for" versus "adapted to." Would you rather buy a house that was "designed for" energy efficiency or one that was "adapted to" be energy efficient?

"Built for" describes a software product that engineers designed from the ground up to utilize and incorporate the features of cloud computing technology. "Adapted to" implies a software product wasn’t specifically designed with cloud computing in mind, but rather a company made its older, legacy solution "compatible " with the cloud.

This is an important distinction for several reasons...

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