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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. His business interests include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a technology commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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5 responses to “And Taking the Dissenting View…”

  1. Jim Donovan

    Don’t fall over Ben but I agree. The one stop shop is the winner in the small business market. Keep it simple, satisfy the key needs and integrate.

  2. Ben Kepes

    Jim – I’m staggered – I never thought I’d see the day!

  3. Krishnan Subramanian

    Ben, I agree with you and Zoli about the hassles of multiple vendors. Of course, it convenient to deal with single vendor. But, both you and Zoli are taking a short term view, which could very well be important for small businesses, but I am taking a long term view. It is about having standardized APIs, open standards for protocols, etc.. Over a period of time, I am going to explain my philosophy on this and I will keep revisiting this again and again. I have seen few others talking about it too. Hope I could convince you guys then 🙂

    Regarding the lack of IT department in small businesses, it will be there soon. This is not the long term view I mentioned above. I know of couple of companies in India trying to do this, ie. trying to be the IT dept. of small businesses with presence in the cloud. It is just matter of time before India becomes the backend of small businesses. This could very well be the short term solution for small businesses. For few dollars a day, they could have an IT department sitting in India helping them with a diverse set of vendors, taking care of the backend operations and, if needed, even integration.

    Probably, I am not putting it well here but I promise to write about these ideas in my posts in the coming month or two. Hopefully, I could convince you then :-).

  4. Zoli Erdos

    Krish, don’t convince us too fast, that way we’ll have a facsinating conversation thread here 🙂