It is every now and then that you see Satya Nadella's Hit Refresh book appear in our offices, slide decks, or in the stories that we tell. And while you may think that it is just a book, to us it is probably more. Much more. To us, Satya's book turned out to be our point of no return with regards to our transformation as Microsoft partner. We have used it internally when we banged the drums about our own Hit Refresh.
Written by William van Zweeden, International Partner Manager
So, why am I telling this now? Are we not there yet already, having announced our new brand name Foodware 365 as well as the launch of Foodware 365 on Finance and Operations? Yes we are. And at the same time, those two events were only the start of a bigger journey Yes indeed, we still need to move our NAV IP onto Business Central. However, to us, Hit Refresh! also meant hitting refresh on our organisation as a whole. We have used the months behind us to truly rethink and redefine who we want to be and how we want to act as an Independent Software Vendor. And if you ask me, we are Ready To Go. Not just on Business Central, but also as an ISV.
As we started preparing ourselves for the transformation towards Business Central, we quickly concluded this was not just another product development cycle as we have known them from the past. So what's different:
Frankly, there is way more I could touch base on over here. Think about the way we communicate with our global user base. How do we gather input for our product roadmap? How do we find the balance between experiments and standard product features? R&D versus innovation, if you'd wish. And so on, and so on.
Bottom line, transitioning from the ERP world as we know it, into the Business Applications world that is yet to be fully discovered is more than a product transformation. It requires a full organisational transformation. And not just for us, but also for our VARs, and VARs worldwide, something my colleague Benny Dor already highlighted last week.
I have stretched it before, and do want to stretch it again. These are exiting times. Am I 100% sure on where we will be in 12 or 18 months from now? No. Am I convinced that we have picked the right directions? For sure. Are we ready Ready to Go and moving at full pace? Definitely!
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