For some reason, Oracle, Microsoft, and IBM are able to make life easier for small developers.
For a comparison, Scavo looks at SAP as it rolls out Mobility technology and encourages its partners to develop apps for customers.
But for a hint of what it’s like for a small developer to work with SAP, take a look at this blog post (on SAP’s own SCN community site!): Why Does SAP Make This So Complicated?
I am pleased HarrisData competes with SAP and partners with IBM.
The other interesting commonality between the IBM and SAP announcements is that Cloud and Mobility are now re-energizing hype by merging into one giant hype machine. Big partners provide lots of development tools and the hype, while small developers provide the apps that actually do anything related to the cloud or mobility. While mobility makes sense in certain applications (mobile payroll or accounting seem odd), and cloud makes sense for some companies and not others (buy vs rent), the combination is presented as more global than either alone. This misses a key point: mobile (now in the form of tablets rather than smart phones) is preferred because the touch based user interface is easier to learn and navigate than mouse based point and click interfaces. Very few modern ERP functions involve lots of keying (thank the growth of e-commerce like EDI, web based sales, and ACH plus scanned employee time and inventory transactions). Many of these functions are a natural fit for the tablet. This is especially true if the mobility is within the walls of the company office, and much expensive PC infrastructure is no longer needed. That the tablet still works outside the walls is a bonus. HarrisData is developing our software to take advantage of this increased ease of use.