An ERP veteran has a new view on what ERP and business should be today
I’ve known Jan Baan for some time although I haven’t had a chance to sit down and chat with him for too long. Jan was a founder of Baan Software, the long running ERP vendor from the Netherlands. He also was involved with Top Tier and WebEx. Now, Jan is behind Cordys (www.cordys.com), a cloud-based BPM solution that he’s put €250 million of his own money into this solution.
I caught up with Jan at the Sapience 2009 event this week in Boston. We spoke about six topics:
- What’s changed with the ERP market these days? Are these solutions less relevant today? - Why do we need a new BPM (business process management) solution like Cordys today? - Are businesses operating in a more volatile, dynamic environment and how will processes work in this world? - How critical are vertical solutions to the BPM space? - Which markets is Cordys targeting and what’s been the market uptake so far for Cordys? - What else should we know?
Rather than summarize our conversation in text format, I thought I'd try a new tape recorder technology of mine and upload the entire interview. I apologize for not editing it a bit but here is the straight through live interview.
Click on this audio file link to hear the interview. brian-sommer_jan-baan-2009_12_09