Non-profits jump on services models for software

Non-profits jump on services models for software

Summary: On ZDNet's Datapoint, Ted Smith questions why the proven software-as-service concept has not seen wider adoption, pointing out how at least in the...

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On ZDNet's Datapoint, Ted Smith questions why the proven software-as-service concept has not seen wider adoption, pointing out how at least in the non-profit sector, one ASP, Kintera, is leading the charge providing

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  • Non-Profits are NOT BUSINESSES and DO NOT have CUSTOMERS

    THe reason why non-profits would want to use web services is because they are only interested in anything FREE or CHEAP and they DO NOT HAVE CUSTOMERS. PERIOD. NOR do IT people and non-profits know what a customer is to begin with.

    Non-profits have no proprietary data or intellectual property that they invest in. Nor do they have any secret sauce that makes them competitive like a business must have. Non-profits don'thave customers that they earned to keep either. They can't and shouldn't rely on a web service for their business to begin with.

    Typical clueless IT person, programmer, developer, CIO, CTO would FALL for this web services HYPE just like they did for ASP's (that is application service providers) in the 1999 - 2001 years of the dot.com boom to bust.

    THat's like starting a pizza place and having Domino's make all your pizza. Ooops, that sounds like a franchise operation which means the web services company calls all the shots and make a ton of money off the franchees and you would have to have Dominos as your business name.

    Which eventually becomes web slavery!!! and see what happened in the travel industry!!! guess who makes most of the money there, not the hotels or the airlines, but the middle man, like 50% of the profit. But guess what? The hotels and airlines are fighting back and trying to get customers to come to their OWN site with discounts and ELIMINATE the web services middle man.

    So that's your reason why non-profits would want to use web services. It's because non-profits are NOT businesses in the first place and they don't care.

    But they will later if the web service YANKS their service in the future with fees or shuts down the service all together cause they don't make money off of it.

    Only a typical clueless IT person and the IT industry who has no real life business experience or common sense would need to ask this question.

    So that's my good deed of the day for the entire IT industry.
    rhinohat@...