appExchange….

Has received much coverage and hype, I thought I’d have a more detailed look, especially after reading Jeff’s post on the SFDC cult, and James Governor’schat with Niels about CRM.

There is lots in the CRM space. I’d expect this, with folks like Charlie building cool stuff and talking up a storm However, the HR and finance apps sections at appExchange are thinner than a Kate Moss look alike competition but I’ll watch with interest to see if it grows.

A few years ago we talked a bit about iview studio here at SAP. I’d forgotten all about it until Jeremiah reminded me the other day. So I went to have a look at what was there. It took me a while to find it in the overgrown garden that is SAP’s web presence but I was pleasantly surprised to find buried in the depths of SDN, the IVIEW studio.  In standard SAP style some genius has renamed it Portal Content Portfolio, but anyway….

Have a look.

 here is a list of business packages from third parties this year.

Jul 31, 2006 Business Package for Rapidtrade 60.1 (Certified)
Jul 19, 2006 Business Package for ALPHATAX by TCSL 60.1 (Certified)
Jul 19, 2006 Business Package for Mechatronic Integration by ILC PROSTEP 60.1 (Certified)
Jul 19, 2006 Business Package for SLM by Digital Fuel 60.1 (Certified)
Jun 20, 2006 Business Package for Content Management by PIRONET NDH 60.1 (Certified)
Jun 20, 2006 Business Package for Voice Application Management by VoiceObjects 60.1 (Certified)
Jun 20, 2006 Business Package for festivalWEB by 3CgmbH 60.1 (Certified)
Jun 20, 2006 Business Package for EMI Mobile Messenger 60.1 (Certified)
Jun 20, 2006 Business Package for Content Management by Imperia 60.1 (Certified)
May 29, 2006 Business Package for Financial Aid Self Service by Sigma Systems 60.1 (Certified)
May 29, 2006 Business Package for Cost Management by aPriori 60.1 (Certified)
May 29, 2006 Business Package for Manufacturing Data Exchange (MDX/PM) by Yokogawa 60.1 (Certified)
May 8, 2006 Business Package for biz²ScanServer Monitoring by inPuncto 60.1 (Certified)
May 8, 2006 Business Package for Integration by Tyringekonsult 60.1 (Certified)
May 8, 2006 Business Package for Beo Atlas 60.1 (Certified)
May 8, 2006 Business Package for Cognos 8 BI 60.1 (Certified)
Apr 3, 2006 Business Package for Citrix application integration 60.1 (Certified)
Apr 3, 2006 Business Package for Stellent Content Server by Benmark 60.1 (Certified)
Mar 13, 2006 Business Package for ITP/OnLine Server by Aia Software 60.1 (Certified)
Mar 13, 2006 Business Package for jFLOW4NW! 1.0 by jCOM1 60.1 (Certified)
Mar 13, 2006 Business Package for Human Workflow System (HWS) by Rapidigm 60.1 (Certified)
Feb 22, 2006 Business Package for Asset Management by Emex 60.1 (Certified)
Feb 20, 2006 Business Package for Solumina PLM Portal by iBASEt 60.1 (Certified)
Feb 20, 2006 Business Package for LABS/Q by iCD 60.1 (Certified)
Feb 20, 2006 Business Package for GBS Mobile Business by GBS-IT 60.1 (Certified)
Feb 20, 2006 Business Package for Electronic Book of Knowledge (EBoK) by pumacy 60.1 (Certified)
Feb 20, 2006 Business Package for GK/Retail Integration Framework 60.1 (Certified)
Feb 20, 2006 Business Package for Predictive and Descriptive Analytics by KXEN 60.1 (Certified)
Feb 20, 2006 Business Package for Replenishment Planning & Optimization by SmartOps 60.1 (Certified)
Feb 20, 2006 Business Package for it x-change EDIFACT by itelligence 60.1 (Certified)
Feb 20, 2006 Business Package for Adaptive Structural Forecasting by SmartOps 60.1 (Certified)
Feb 13, 2006 Business Package for My Favorite Links by Sweetlets 60.2 (Certified)
Feb 13, 2006 Business Package for Issue Management by Sweetlets 60.1 (Certified)
Feb 13, 2006 Business Package for World Times by Sweetlets 60.1 (Certified)
Feb 10, 2006 Business Package for Supplier Cockpit by All for One 60.1 (Certified)
Feb 10, 2006 Business Package for EP Security by BeSeQure 60.1 (Certified)
Feb 10, 2006 Business Package for Service Provisioning by IP VALUE 60.1 (Certified)
Feb 10, 2006 Business Package for cuDetect by Circle Unlimited 60.1 (Certified)
Feb 10, 2006 Business Package for Data Transformation by ETL Solutions 60.1 (Certified)
Feb 10, 2006 Business Package for Interactive Document Processing by INVARIS 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 31, 2006 Business Package for EP OrgChart by KCT Data 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 31, 2006 Business Package for Secure Authentication by SecurIntegration 60.2 (Certified)
Jan 30, 2006 Business Package for ProGvs by Hartter 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 30, 2006 Business Package for JKassa by Hartter 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 25, 2006 Business Package for Retail Simulation by Dacos Software 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 25, 2006 Business Package for SPEC2000XML by WARP IT 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 25, 2006 Business Package for C² by 2MoRO 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 19, 2006 Business Package for EBP Link by MOSAIC 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 19, 2006 Business Package for Demand Driven Enterprise Planning by Demantra 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 17, 2006 Business Package for Ba-PRO Business Assurance 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 17, 2006 Business Package for Maximo Work Orders by MRO Software 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 17, 2006 Business Package for Enterprise Identity and Access Management Solution by HCL 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 16, 2006 Business Package for e-Purchase Requisition by A-gape 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 11, 2006 Business Package for NPsuite HR/EPM by NCI 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 11, 2006 Business Package for cuIndex by Circle Unlimited 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 9, 2006 Business Package for Enterprise SOX Compliance Solution by HCL 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 9, 2006 Business Package for Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence by Pertinence 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 9, 2006 Business Package for Libra Invoice Workflow 1.3 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 9, 2006 Business Package for Business Monitor for Order-To-Invoice-Process by IDS Scheer 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 9, 2006 Business Package for Rex CPI XI Configuration Testing 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 9, 2006 Business Package for Panorama Proactive Analytics 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 9, 2006 Business Package for Enterprise Connector by resolvtech 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 9, 2006 Business Package for Resource Ageing by iGate 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 9, 2006 Repository Manager for Lotus Domino by CONET Solutions 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 9, 2006 Business Package for Consultant 1.10 by Companio 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 9, 2006 Business Package for Mobile Business Solution by DATA MIGRATION 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 9, 2006 Business Package for TrustBroker™ Adapter by CyberSafe Limited 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 1, 2006 Business Package for Service Planning and Optimization by MCA Solutions 60.1 (Certified)
Jan 1, 2006 Business Package for Discoverant KnowledgeNet by Aegis 60.1 (Certified)

I wish we would market what we have better. I wonder how many other gems lie buried in the holds of starship enterprisey? The list above is just the business packages that add content to the enterprise portal, not all the third party certified apps that talk to SAP. Not to mention all the stuff that is going on that SAP doesn’t even know about.  Have a look at the vast list of companies building SAP related applications, certified or powered by Netweaver (see search here)  but I reckon that is not even the first chapter of a very big book.

In the HR space for instance, check out the  products from Epiuse for idea management, Arinso’s peoplesoft integrator, and Pecaso’s clone and test. Guys like these have been building applications that add value to the SAP ecosystem for years, yet I don’t find these apps when I search for them in the databases mentioned above, even though I know these significant applications exist and have, many live reference customers, (in some casees several 100)

AppExchange is clever marketing and has a very slick 2.0 kind of look and feel, but now they need to get people building serious applications, beyond the salesforce automation comfort zone.  

We have the opposite problem at SAP, there are lots of great applications that run with SAP, some built with SAP technologies, others not, and 10000’s of them certified and tested. There is a great support model for certification and integration, and SDN is growing heaps. We just haven’t got them into a great looking site that is easy to find and search, and has lots of cool screen prints and reviews. 

Or I am missing something?

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4 thoughts on “appExchange….

  1. Hey Thomas,
    I’ve actually been giving this very idea some thought over the last couple of months. I’ll ping you internally and perhaps we can set up some time to chat.
    Mark Crofton, SAP

  2. I found your article on google and read a few of your other posts. I just got many idea from your site. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

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