Chris Barbin, CEO of Appirio, recently wrote a superb article on Microsoft’s pathetic attempt at trying to appear that it was entering the SaaS market with it’s Dynamics CRM package. Among other things, Chris pointed out that Microsoft will give its partners a commission for bringing new SaaS customers to Dynamics CRM, but will also give some sort of bonus if those customers switch to on-premise systems. How pathetic is that?
The thing that caught my eye, however, was Chris’s choice of a website to use as an example of a company’s usage of “Microsoft’s attempts to put thin web front ends on on-premise solutions.”
This is Chris’s example of a company that (unwisely, apparently as far as Chris thinks) uses Microsoft’s veiled on-premise solution: Astadia Consulting, a competitor of Appirio’s. I don’t know much about Astadia, but I do know that they are a major player in the Salesforce.com Partner community.
Does this signal some bad blood?
It should be noted that plenty of companies use Outlook Exchange and don’t host it on-premises. Model Metrics, for example, another Salesforce.com Partner, uses Mi8 to host its server data. Sounds fairly SaaS to me…