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August 13, 2012

Semantic Source to Pay System - The Holistic Approach to Enterprise Software

The foundation of data model is one of the most critical factors contributing to the success of any enterprise software system. A well define and extendable data model will greatly improve the evolution and maintainability of the system.


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April 12, 2010

Business Platform model - the New Normal !

As organizations get out of the long recession and start looking at the best possible ways to capture the early green shoots of opportunity - there is a New Normal compared to the Normal  prior to the recession.

This New Normal indeed impacts multiple facets of Organization thinking , Behavior and Actions. Clearly, the New Normal has brought along with new focus and energy on alternative business models  which are geared to deliver to the new reality. Business Platforms is one such model.

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October 30, 2009

Business Platforms are nothing but Managed Services on the Cloud !!

The different jargons floating around in the outsourcing industry for the evolving new  services model are Platform BPO, Business Services Cloud, Managed Services, SAAS, SAAS + BPO , Software on demand et al. As I had mentioned before, Business Platforms are not just bringing technology( read ERP) and BPO together, but bringing along with it a value-added layer of cloud based managed services. This means deep domain knowledge in an horizontal functional area and /or, vertical industry process area  is successfully configured and encrypted on to a technology tool along with hosting of the same.

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May 7, 2009

Business Platform Benefits: Part 2

I was posed with a question in one of the discussions, which I am raising again in this post. What should be the primary metric of evaluation for business benefit realization, for an enterprise which is on-boarding on the platform?

While I organize my thoughts let me put some numbers around the definition of the enterprise for more clarity in my thoughts as well the question, let a small size enterprise be less than USD 1bn in revenue, mid size ranging from USD1 to 10bn in revenue and large size be more than USD 10bn in revenue.

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April 24, 2009

Business Platform Benefits : Part 1

Business platforms should ideally be viewed as a logical extension of Customer’s enterprise. Although the unique delivery methodology would have customer’s business processes to be executed outside of its enterprise boundaries. This delivery methodology also ensures shift from a capex to a opex based operating model. There is also increased management focus on strategic initiatives, as transaction management of  the business process is now being executed on business platform and the responsibility of processes, application management and hardware provisioning has been transferred.

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