Reflecting on an Exciting Year at Kenandy
This post is a contribution by Kenandy’s CEO, Chuck Berger.
In celebrating a year at Kenandy, I’m reflecting on the reasons I joined the company and how incredibly proud I am of our team’s progress and momentum.
Initially I joined Kenandy because I was excited to work in partnership with Salesforce, the innovative cloud leader behind the world’s #1 CRM solution, and I understood how valuable and incredibly important a differentiated Cloud ERP solution is for companies. Our founder, software pioneer Sandy Kurtzig led Kenandy through development of a robust end-to-end cloud ERP product built natively on the Salesforce platform. The team had experience with implementing Kenandy to dynamic customers including a multi-billion dollar pet food manufacturing and distribution company. In designing a strategy for our next phase at Kenandy, we saw the opportunity to also empower midsized companies that were embracing the benefits of the cloud with Kenandy’s end-to-end ERP built on Salesforce. Why should an enterprise-grade Cloud ERP be limited to big companies? It shouldn’t. At Kenandy we’re dedicated to giving companies the freedom to innovate products, services, operations and relationships with Cloud ERP that is flexible and ready for growth.
Soon after some exciting product advancements, we landed Marie Jackson as our new CMO. Marie has drastically increased Kenandy’s visibility in the market and has led the marketing team at an impressive speed, developing our demand-generation engine for scale, leading the implementation of a full rebrand, including a fresh logo, the launch of a new website, and up-leveled messaging to communicate how we empower companies to operate with agility.
Our momentum has been significant enough this year for Oracle founder Larry Ellison to notice and make some false claims in his Oracle OpenWorld Keynote this week, that they are the first and only “complete and integrated supply chain manufacturing suite in the cloud” and “a startup called Kenandy that didn’t work out.” Maybe it’s challenging to keep up with game-changing startups like Kenandy when you’re entrenched in such a large company. While dated ERP system vendors may be trying to talk their way out of competition, Kenandy is actively delivering a Cloud ERP solution with unprecedented flexibility that empowers our customers to innovate and operate efficiently.
In March, we announced our latest round of venture funding with participation from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Salesforce Ventures, Wilson Sonsini Ventures and Kenandy’s founder Sandra Kurtzig. In our funding announcement, Ray Lane, KPCB Partner Emeritus and former Oracle President/COO who led KPCB’s investment in Kenandy said “Kenandy’s momentum and performance in leading the native cloud ERP market as well as its proven executive team is why we have continued to invest in the company.”
We’re building momentum, energy, and excitement because we’re helping companies innovate. In partnership with Salesforce, we’ve hosted some fantastic webinars including Bridging the Gap Between CRM & ERP, featuring Bruce Richardson, Chief Enterprise Strategist at Salesforce and Enabling Growth and Innovation with Cloud ERP on the Salesforce Platform with John Wookey, Executive Vice President at Salesforce. We also have one coming up next week with Rob Nieset, Product Marketing Manager at Salesforce CPQ (formerly Steelbrick), to discuss connecting front-office quotes with back-office order-to-cash processes seamlessly with Kenandy Cloud ERP and Salesforce CPQ.
We have continued demonstrating product leadership this year and Kenandy’s Chief Technology Officer and President of Products and Services, Rod Butters, presented at the Association for Manufacturing Technology’s [MC]2 Conference in Dallas and at Salesforce World Tour Chicago. As Rod recently shared in Kenandy’s Summer Release, “having the ability to easily test ideas is critical to empowering innovation. We’ve designed Kenandy’s Cloud ERP with this in mind so adopting new business models doesn’t have to be a hurdle. With the barriers of legacy ERP systems removed, we’re finding our customers are more open to trying pilot programs, prototyping a new business, or even setting up completely new operations quickly – to succeed and ramp or fail fast and try again.”
We strive for excellence across the board with our business, product and with our people. Now, having spent a year with this team, I’m even more excited for what’s to come, because I’ve seen that the people at Kenandy are not only talented and hardworking, but dedicated and thoughtful in how they continually look to better the product, our customer experience and the company. We were awarded SOC 2 Certification because of the Kenandy team’s dedication to the highest standards for security, availability, confidentiality and processing integrity controls in the cloud ERP industry. As someone that’s passionate about developing a sales and marketing infrastructure for scale, I couldn’t be more excited about the additions to our executive team this Summer with our new EVP of Worldwide Sales, Aaron Korsen and VP of Business Consulting Jeff Underdahl, as they bring exceptional manufacturing expertise and energy to Kenandy.
It’s been a tremendous first year at Kenandy, and one I reflect on with deep satisfaction. With a product that’s truly new and revolutionary, we continue to innovate and drive operational agility for our customers with our robust, end-to-end Cloud ERP built on Salesforce. We’ll be demonstrating the power and flexibility of Kenandy Cloud ERP at Dreamforce this year so book a meeting with our team, add one of our sessions to your agenda or visit us. I look forward to another exciting year at Kenandy!