Sunday, December 16, 2007

How that S'pore HR portal failed (letter to friend

Thanks for your 3 reasons. They sound very similar to the undoings of many other dotbombs of the era.

I feel funding often follows sales "results". Investors (if you had them) are business people -- business people look at results.

As to customization, I am no expert but would still put forward my 2 cents -- many successful ERP/CRM packages didn't initially offer a lot of customizability but still attracted enough customers.

I studied Mambo and sugarCRM (all claim to be customizable) in some details, as a developer and not a businessman. I think they are modular, extensible, plugin-friendly, with many skins, with hundreds of configurable parameters, but still show rigidity as soon as you try to get it to work "your way". My experience with sugarCRM is, if I try 10 potential customers, at most 1 can manage to get it to work "his way". Of course, the success rate could improve if I figure out more ways to be creative with sugarCRM. (drawing a subway map with spreadsheet?)

I think the key with this customization challenge is finding a special type of customers who don't ask for customizations. I think you know what I mean. Each HR software was initially designed for a specific subset of companies. Because it's designed for them, they don't need customization. The next bigger circle of customers would need some but hopefully minimal customization.

"With our laser equipped, rechargable, transparent, odorless mouse trap, what homes should we target?"

On 10/28/07, Raja<> wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> The company did not survive for 3 reasons
>
> 1. We were late to market. Not enough sales with all the competition.
> 2. Each of the customers wanted a lot of customisation to the base product -
> the technology and the framework we had at that time was not agile enough to
> adopt. We are talking about the early J2EE days :)
> 3. There were some funding issues also.

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