What is it?

  • SaaS applications: born-in-the-cloud applications that deliver innovative, next-generation business functionality in areas such ERP, CRM, SRM, and HRM
  • Task-oriented applications: applications that serve very specific needs such as expenses, project management, and collaboration
  • App Store-style navigation and availability of business applications and application services
  • APIs and web services provide an easy way to create business access to application functions, not only for next generation cloud applications but also for catalog-based access to existing, legacy applications.

How do we use it?

  • While re-implementing an ERP system, a large manufacturer decided not to go for the standard “one-ERP” approach, but split the functionality in cataloged services to provide more speed and agility for the business.
  • A European high tech company changed its formerly requirements-driven approach to defining value cases and impact assessment to catalog-based cloud applications, speeding up both selection and implementation.

Potential impact

  • Quick access to next-generation business functionality without large, upfront investments
  • Standardization while still providing agility and autonomy for the business through APIs
  • Mixing core enterprise applications with agile and catalog-based solutions
  • Speed up application selection and implementation by applying a catalog perspective instead of requirements specification.