The “Sand Hill 50” Point to the Disruption of the Cloud



Last week, Sand Hill published a list of 50 cloud-based vendors that are proving the disruptive nature of the cloud. Some of the vendors are small and some—like Salesforce—are large. The one thing all these vendors have in common is that they are harnessing the power of the cloud to deliver business solutions that will not only displace their on-premise predecessors, but will also deliver new and better solutions.

The list is also noteworthy because it excludes vendors that are engaged in multi-faceted businesses, where cloud solutions are only part of their portfolio. This includes companies such as Oracle, SAP and Microsoft. Many of these companies have tried to jump on the cloud bandwagon by trying to adapt their legacy code to work on the cloud. Their solutions don’t have all the benefits of products that are developed natively on the cloud. For example, either they are not multitenant, or they are not organically mobile, social or global.

At the end of the day, cloud-based solutions are all about agility. Our customers have been able to use the agility to drive business innovations. Just a few examples:

  • Big Heart Pet Brands (formerly Del Monte Foods) was able to rapidly on-board a new acquisition. The company, Natural Balance Pet Foods, was live on Kenandy the day the acquisition closed.
  • Merrow Sewing Machine Company was able to quickly start six new businesses, partly because they could rapidly see the results of their efforts with Kenandy’s comprehensive reporting. Says CEO Charlie Merrow, “We’re driven by our confidence in Kenandy…It really is transformative software.”
  • Helix Linear Technologies is running Kenandy on mobile devices. As a result, they have been able to be more responsive to their customers, and save money.

The Sand Hill list includes vendors that provide SaaS, PaaS and IaaS solutions. All of them—including Kenandy!—offer a unique value proposition. Read the list to find out more.





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