Sunday, October 12, 2014

Buy vs Build | Tesla's approach

SAP is known for is slow paced innovation, huge license cost and huge support overhead. Many CIO's safe bet was to defacto to SAP, to go with the popular saying "that no one got fired for buying IBM" or "FUD"(fear, uncertainty and doubt) technique. Many organizations are neck deep to SAP and that they are paying huge price for procurement and maintenance.  And build something like SAP was believed to be an insanely long project and complex one. When I was doing some consultation for some large corporate, internal team always resisted to build or adopt OpenSource or OpenPlatform and quoting the support and other lame reasons and has been big blockers for innovation or change.

But Tesla CIO has a different opinion. They have managed to rollout ERP system, home grown, in 4 months. As their car is creative wave in car industry, this is a significant achievement. Their different business model has been one of the key reason for this initiative, instead of figuring out the connector and other bells and whistles.