All in the Catalog

Look no further, it’s already in the catalog. The Cloud has brought a brand new generation of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), mobile, and task-oriented applications. And they are not just off-the-shelf versions of software you used to build yourself. They typically contain industry best practices and new functions from which your impatient business can immediately benefit. All of this with a top-of-the-bill user experience, flexible APIs, and mobile-first apps. Even your legacy applications can be turned into easy-to-access catalog items. A growing catalog of next-generation applications is waiting to kick-start your digital journey. Open it up today and start exploring!

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

 

Technology

  • SaaS solutions
    • CRM: Salesforce 
    • HRM: Workday, Succesfactors
    • ERP: Netsuite, Kenandy
  • Task-oriented applications
    • Concur, Asana, Trello, Yammer
  • App stores
    • Salesforce AppExchange, SAP App Center, Microsoft Azure Marketplace