By: Dann Anthony Maurno
Something a little different this week: seven enterprise software podcasters weigh in on 2016 and 2017, talking about everything from Microsoft’s sudden burst of product releases, consolidations among both enterprise packages and partners, and even driverless cars and bitcoin.
Hosted by Bob McAdam (acting as moderator), Todd McDaniel, and Darcy Boerio, cohosts of the Enterprise Software Podcast, also taking part were:
- Jason Gumpert, host of the MSDW Podcast
- Wayne Schulz of the SMB Jump Street Podcast
- Peter Wolf, who co-hosts SMB Jump Street Podcast and the Channel Q video podcast
- Ed Kless, host of both the Sage Vice Podcast and the Voice America radio show Soul of Enterprise
Among the reflections, predictions and livelier quotes:
- An amazing 2016 in which Microsoft pulled off multiple launches rapid-fire (after years without product launches).
- What to expect from the half-baked Dynamics 365 Business Edition (like on-premise CRM), to bring it into parity with Dynamics NAV
- The Oracle buyout of Netsuite – will it “soil the Netsuite brand?”
- May we expect rebranding of Dynamics 365? After all, “Dynamics 365 for Marketing” does not roll easily off the tongue, and it’s tough to sell a CRM product without CRM in the title.
- Will Salesforce buy a LinkedIn competitor? Will Microsoft “take another swipe at” purchasing Salesforce?
- Will LinkedIn users balk at one company (Microsoft) owning so much of its data?
- Why 2017 may be the year that cryptocurrency (like Bitcoin) takes off in the US, following Europe’s lead.
- Automation: after years of not losing work to software, will 2017 be the year accountants lose jobs? (After all, what is an inefficiency but hours you pay employees?)
- Expect small apps to wither away as Office 365 rolls in, for example, collaboration tools for free.
- The possibility of free ERP in exchange for data. How would ERP companies monetize that?
- Will Microsoft shuck off smaller partners in 2017?
- Will publishers start consolidating and putting a fork in older ERP products?
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A significant product release, partnership, or merger. Your take on a trend like the move to the cloud, or Dynamics CRM product direction. Your thoughts on Microsoft’s partner programs – are they enough? Too little? Just right for your business?
Until next time, thanks for listening!