Over the past nine months, I have been very fortunate to witness our team develop a brand-new product: Foodware 365 for Business Central. As we started from scratch (yep, really, we did not re-use a single line of code), we had the perfect opportunity to also redefine our processes and team setup. With this blog, I want to share some insights in what we did and, more importantly, why we did the things we did. The discussion to completely rebuild Foodware 365 for Business Central was not taken lightly. It would have a significant impact on our company. Once we made the decision however, raising the quality bar as much as possible was a no-brainer.
Written by William van Zweeden, Schouw Informatisering
Sorry Mister Sinek, but I’m going to start with “what” today. We’ll get to the why in a bit though. Here are some things that we did in addition to “developing software”:
I guess only time will tell whether we made the right decision to start from scratch. What I do know at this point though is that we have delivered an exciting number of apps. Looking back one year, we only had a vision, a plan and a bunch of PowerPoint slides. By now, we have 30+ apps ready to be published into the market, and we largely delivered or exceeded on what we put in those PowerPoint slides.
I already referred to it in my introduction. The decision to rebuilt Foodware 365 for Business Central was not taken lightly, since we all agreed it would have a huge impact on our company’s strategy. By doing so, we would have the opportunity to transform our company from a typical service provider into a true technology creator. But more important though, it would allow us to leverage the momentum and offer the world’s foremost food solution to food companies around the world, delivered through partners. But that would only be possible if done right.
I strongly believe there is a huge momentum in the Microsoft space. The Redmond-based software vehicle has been able to reinvent itself, focusing on added value and innovation. They shifted gears and are offering each partner in their ecosystem the opportunity to ride with them. I am with Microsoft when they ask partners to productize their solutions and bring them to the marketplaces since it provides better software for everybody. It should not be taken lightly though. We made significant sacrifices in the past year in order to build our vision. So, to conclude, I would advise you to start considering what you want to be. Are you a Service Provider? Or a Technology Creator? Or are you still both and struggling to make the call? Get serious about it, because you won’t have many chances to do it right.
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