The book "Built to Last" highlights that a key aspect of long-term successful businesses is they start on a set of principles, and uphold them. I believe that many software companies begin with the final product in mind, and don`t believe this is the best way.
I`m researching the best of breed features of various business applications, ranging from ERP to single-vertical systems. Functionality is fairly commoditized (i.e., WMS or AP applications do basically the same things). I believe that there are gaping holes in three key areas:
==> Improving the user experience (i.e., KISS, decreased learning curve)
==> Creating a rapid implementation framework (i.e, 3 months or less as a RULE)
==> Creating a rapid development framework withing a consistent look and feel, web-native, service-oriented architecture
I believe that building the right framework, keeping a set of standards at heart, from scratch is key to creating the next big thing in business applications. I believe that this will enable a new application suite to enter the market at significant advantage in pricing, implementation time, and maintenance costs.
Ultimately, I`d like to find a core team of software and/or business professionals with an entrepeneurial spirit, keen imagination, and aggressive personality to make this a reality. In the mean time, I`ve been pulling out key features of my own companies applications, and researching those of others.
This is just an idea now. It`ll take a lot of effort and determination to make it a reality. I believe in it though.
Any thoughts, comments, or interest in this idea would be appreciated.