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It’s not easy being cloud

January 22, 2015

I’ve written a few “Dinosaurs in SaaSWorld” posts about the claim by some that mature enterprise software vendors like Oracle, SAP, and yeah, Kronos would be unable to make a successful transition from a licensed software, on-customer-premise model to a Software as a Service (SaaS) model. I never claimed it was going to be easy, and this week when SAP and IBM reported earnings for the calendar 4th quarter, both cited challenges associated with their move to the cloud:

It’s not easy being cloud.

In other news, Kronos reported first quarter earnings this week, noting Workforce Management Cloud Revenue Increases 60 Percent as Shift to Kronos Cloud Continues. Still, SaaS is simply the deployment model our customers want, and while cloud continues to be the fastest growing engine of our business, it’s so many other elements like product innovation, industry expertise, customer experience, and employee engagement that keep us the leader in workforce management.

So while it’s not easy being cloud, our success isn’t really about it anyway.

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