SAP is rolling out an SDK (software development kit) for its Business ByDesign product, an on-demand ERP suite that directly competes with NetSuite. Salesforce.com has made increasingly aggressive moves to build out its development offerings, partnering with VMware on a Java-based platform called VMForce and launching the Database.com service.
For NetSuite, the platform emphasis is also linked to its desire to move upmarket from the SMB base that has long been its core audience. Larger companies need more sophisticated development capabilities, and a growing partner network could give NetSuite more credibility in those companies' eyes.
SuiteWorld continues through Thursday in San Francisco.
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