Time for a trip down memory lane. When is the last time you grabbed your iPod before you went for a run or your kids asked if they could bring their Nintendo DS on a road trip? Speaking of road trip, if you did go on one, did you remember to bring your Garmin? When you arrived, did you call 411 to find a good place to eat? I hope your PDA reminded you to call your mom and wish her a happy birthday.
What do all these items have in common? Of course, the answer is we don’t use them anymore. And why? The answer is they are all available on our cell phones. So how did this happen? Did these manufacturers produce inferior products that were outshined by the cell phone version? Perhaps that is true today but initially the answer was no. These products all died as the cell phone was already there for us, loaded with features and capabilities. And the costs of delivering these applications on an existing platform and hardware device was a fraction of what it was to create a separate one. We can blame the power of the platform for the death of these many products and more.
Now let’s extend this analogy to business applications. Our friends at Microsoft have put forth a cell phone equivalent platform for business productivity. This includes all the applications and features that reside within Office 365, including, Teams, Office Apps, SharePoint, Flow, Forms, PowerApps, Power BI (and the list goes on).
For a solution vendor, this is a tremendous opportunity. By leveraging this robust platform and building applications on it, we can offer our solutions faster and more affordably than ever before. And just like our cell phone apps, they offer functionality that is much more functional than the competition at a fraction of the cost. And we have the platform to thank for this.
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