“At IQMS we have always believed it is easier to develop and nurture a product rather than attempt to integrate to another company’s package. Essentially this is what SOA is about – integrating many packages for use across an enterprise. For the most part, our opinion is “SOA what!” We don’t need to build on this platform because we handle almost every function within our own database.
Is there a need for some partnering? Yes. We understand there are report writing and spreadsheet automation software packages out there (Crystal Reports and Global Software) that handle this better than an ERP system ever should or could do. We utilize these to tie into our package for extracting and presenting data, but that is where the need for SOA in our package starts and stops.”
“…Now, having said that, I'm sure there are major gaps in IQMS functionality for some clients, especially once you get outside of its target niche. But that's the beauty of a niche strategy. IQMS doesn't have to be all things to all customers. It only needs to be all things (or most things) to a few customers…”