Breaking news from Intuit that they are launching a cloud computing offering to compete with Force, AppEngine, Amazon etc.
Intuit is the creator of Quickbooks (think 3.6million users for their bookkeeping offering) and it would seem that this offering is all about creating applications wrapped around Quickbooks (a la Force does with Salesforce) and creating, in essence, a complete SMB offering.
It’s sounding interesting – a very rough split could see Force take enterprise users, Intuit the SMEs and Amazon/Google the consumer market (although that’s a little simplistic and it is very early days yet).
Bob reports that early customers are working on things like;
- Customer Service
- Employee Scheduling
- Existing software vendors looking to add new modules
- Solution providers looking to move from 1:1 custom work to converting their domain knowledge into applications so they can sell products 1:Millions
I’ll be keen to read the thoughts of the likes of Apprenda about this – is it a threat or simply further validation of PaaS