SaaS going BPO (Not the Microsoft E-mail thingy)

I get off one some few things I have to admit. Sometimes you have to share something personal – this blog entry is one of them. When technology combined with innovation, great design and entrepreneurship – helps customers increase productivity and decrease cost; ALSO helping the environment. I am sold. I get one of those Ferrari moments:

Someday, I gonna have one of those!

I have followed a Danish ISV for a bit now. A company called Tradeshift, just recently brough in Morten Lund, former member of Skype. What you will find from Tradeshift is that the purpose and way of doing invoicing will change radically. I have blogged a long period around how Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) will be the next stage after the SaaS era settles, and Tradeshift build some of the tools for this. Also I have blogged about ERP in the sky; first that it wouldn’t, finally to embrace that of cause it will and Xero, Twinfield and E-conomic proved the model.

Tradeshift is more a small- home office thing now; trust me, they will become enterprise. It will help anyone with the pain of invoicing, and transform paper into usable data; we followed OIOXML and other standards; so why should Tradeshift change? The world is a different place now. It becomes the innovators to build the standards, and when giants like IBM, AT&T, CSC and others build standard they look more on the enterprise big bowl of money, rather than to change the way we use software and services. This is why ISV are most likely to disrupt these giants in 5-10 years time; and why Tradeshift will survive.

Steve Ballmer said it; IT’s ALL ABOUT DEVELOPERS. Google did it. Apple brought it to the consumers and open source Cloud Computing services like Tradeshift, built on APIs and SDKs for the world to consume. We never know there Tradeshift will stop; it’s no longer the management in control. It online business at it’s beauty as now the consumers and users of the service control where the next hop will be.

Watch a great video on the project here 😉

I hope to help these guys in the future. I hope to build solutions and businesses around them, as I strongly believe in the philosophy of the solution and software. And as the projected is founded in Denmark I know the Key Success Factors (KSF’s) are in place; it is all up to execution now.