The consumer Web has been a driver of enterprise innovation for some time as I am sure that all of you know from Web 2.0 to Enterprise 2.0 to BYOD, the list is long. There is another trend is emerging, the app store. We are very used to just going to a consumer web app store and downloading what we want. I did it while I was writing this post.
The post, Time to Open Your Own App Store, covers the trend nicely. It notes that Michael Ni, chief marketing officer for Avangate, a provider of an e-commerce service platform, says solution providers will need to start setting up their own app stores. Many have and I would agree. It is trend I hear about through conversations in the marketplace and it makes sense. Influenced by the success of mobile computing applications, enterprises are asking vendors to deliver applications in a modular and flexible way.
It concludes, “In a world where customers are increasingly starting to mash up applications to create any number of composite applications, the solution provider has to be able provide access to a full range of applications because a lot of customers simply don’t know what they want or need until they see it.”
The world of software is dramatically changing from the openness of social software to the new means to host this software through the cloud, as I mentioned in my last post, to the means to purchase software. The core issue here is that software is becoming more customer centric. In the good days for systems integrators, like several of my former employers, were used to figure a five times software cost for the implementation. Now people expect that number to be closer to zero. Or that implementation provides some value like connecting social software with enterprise apps and not just getting it to work. The world is changing and app stores are part of the new order.