Enterprise Software Redux: An Open Letter to Click2learn CEO Kevin Oakes

Kevin Kruse writes an open letter to Click2learn CEO Kevin Oakes in response to the latter’s contention that enterprise software providers (such as, say, SAP or PeopleSoft) will not make major inroads into the learning management system market. With a few telling points, Kruse outlines some probable scenarios where this could be exactly what happens. His main advice to LMS vendors? Well, not in so many words, but: bail.” – comment and link reposted from [OLDaily]

I think the truth lies somewhere between these two positions, and one would certainly be naive not to be paying attention to a few of these behemoth enterprise players.

But the more important advice I would give to customers, instead of these vendors, is ‘don’t let up on any of these vendors when it comes to the implementation of standards, and lobby your political representatives (in Canada these would be people like Industry Canada) to implement national conformance testing programs that we can hold vendors accountable to.’ Without such programs, we will continue to see vendors not implement these standards in a full and compliant manner, for lots of reasons, some of them not without merit (e.g. they can be difficult and often present a moving target). But the fact remains that the only hope of not repeating the history of vendor lockins and other dubious achievements in the litany of large systems implementations is in the support of product-agnostic, independantly-developed ,and community-agreed-upon standards. Amen! – SWL

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Enterprise Software Redux: An Open Letter to Click2learn CEO Kevin Oakes