PowerPlex videos - transformation, co-innovation and simplicity

Profile picture for user gonzodaddy By Den Howlett June 15, 2014
These three videos from PowerPlex demonstrate three important cloud themes, transformation, co-innovation and simplicity. They have major implications for future implementations.

Last week's PowerPlex was a celebration of customer success liberally sprinkled with new product announcements that will keep buyers happy. What may not be so well known is that PowerPlex also played to three emerging themes from cloud deployments: transformation, co-innovation and simplicity.

I have no idea whether this was serendipity or just super smooth organization on the part of the Plex marketing team but the above video collection captures each of those themes.

Sanders on Plex - leapfrogging into the future. Although they have yet to go live, Sanders are so confident of their implementation that they were prepared to talk about how they anticipate deriving significant benefit from the solution, freeing up IT to do more interesting things. Score 1 for transformation. You don't hear that very often.

Plex Finite Scheduling co-innovated with Avon Gear Co. Avon had a need, Plex developed it as a new module to be made available to the entire Plex community. Avon provided help in defining needs and establishing functional criteria. They're live and happy. Score 2 for co-innovation. You don't hear much about that elsewhere either.

Green Flash Brewing Co go to the cloud with Plex. My personal favorite. The ladies talking on this video had never done an ERP implementation before yet they succeeded in getting Plex to work for them. Sure there were lessons along the way but to go from zero to live in this way is almost unheard of in ERP. Score 3 for simplicity.

My takeaways

We regularly see customers leapfrogging from old or no technology to modern architectures of the kind that cloud ERP offers. It is almost always an experience that works well. Clearly customers are learning from past lessons or are noting what it takes to make projects successful. This stands in sharp contrast to the long history of failure as measured by over-runs on time and budget combined with less than stellar outcomes.

Cloud naysayers will have you believe that vanilla implementations mean little or no competitive advantage and that you are at the mercy of the software developer for what they think needs doing on the functional front. Co-innovation happens far more regularly than you might imagine.

I have long said to consultants that they need to watch what's happening around cloud implementations because it changes the skills requirements. Rather than continuing with the need for hard core developers, cloud implementations have a far higher need for business analysts. That in turn means the implementations get far closer to the needs to the business and end users than is usually the case in traditional ERP deployments. This is a major win for customers and a major threat to many traditional on-premises implementation businesses.