While we were chatting about the biz, we got into SaaS and Cloud. My friend made a statement I really want to share: "Cloud blew out all our barriers to entering this marketplace; we wouldn't be in business without Cloud." When I pressed him on this, he made the following points:
- Our entire development platform is cloud-based; no on-prem servers whatsoever
- We track our bugs and manage our development cycles with JIRA
- All our accounting, HR, and sales apps are SaaS with providers focused on SMB customers
- We don't even have internal email - we have a Slack channel
- Our product is SaaS-based and runs on two IaaS partner platforms. Our SMB customers would not be able to afford the infrastructure required to run on prem.
- Most of our user documentation is visual and chart-based. Our off-shore team uses LucidChart to build that stuff.
I walked away from the conversation thinking: "Isn't this cool? These guys have leveraged the cloud to build a product startup about to break into 9-digit revenue (in U.S. dollars) with zero infrastructure. These guys get it."
This has always been the promise of the Cloud: do business without large capital investments. It was just neat to experience yet another example of this promise fulfilled IRL.
Tell me again why you're running on-prem enterprise apps?