DoJs wrong on innovation
The DoJ also has some debatable opinions about the nature of innovation in this market. In contrast to the DoJs assertions about Oracle and PeopleSoft egging each other on to innovate, the ERP market is now actually flat and stagnant. Whatever innovation is going on isnt serving to win new customers. Rather, revenues are coming mostly from maintenance. Thats because most businesses likely to buy back-room applications have already done so. The game now comes down to having the most customers to sell bolt-on, incremental applications to, such as supply chain, CRM, portal, data warehousing applications and the like. Dominys of the opinion that the next battleground for IT will be beyond the edge of the enterprise, as companies figure out how to connect, synchronize and coordinate their operations with an extended supply chain. He points to SAPs strategy around NetWeaverSAPs answer to infrastructure, application and business process integrationas evidence that the action is in the infrastructure layer, focusing on integrationnot just application to application, but into the database. "They know the future is delivering composite applications or integrated Web applications, which are these specialty applications that deal with business processes that cross enterprise boundaries and work with external business partners," he said. As such, the way companies will gain revenue in the future is by having a customer base and selling such composite applications to those customers.At any rate, thats one view of the marketplace that contrasts to the DoJs take. Its a view of the marketplace that Oracle is likely pushing in its fight against the DoJ lawsuit. PeopleSoft is assuredly pushing its complete opposite. Both companies are finding experts to back them up, and, obviously, in the end, it will all boil down to which view of the market is more coherently articulated. Whats your take on what comprises the market, both as it currently stands and the direction in which its evolving? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. eWEEK.com Database Center Editor Lisa Vaas has written about enterprise applications since 1997. Check out eWEEK.coms Database Center at http://database.eweek.com for more database news, views and analysis. Be sure to add our eWEEK.com database news feed to your RSS newsreader:
After all, at this point, after such a long period of famine in IT budgets, pretty much all billion-dollar+ companies have already squeezed internal costs out. Their real opportunities lie in improving the extended supply chain and how information and goods flow through the networks of their business partners. This is why the market no longer depends on how the sale of HR applications goes. The market for enterprise applications is mature, and the real opportunity for growth lies in expanding the footprint of where those enterprise applications extend.