At a Churchill Club event at the Computer History Museum in San Jose on April 3, Hasso Plattner, co-founder and chairman of SAP, and Marc Benioff, co-founder and CEO of Salesforce.com, debated the future of enterprise software. The debate was moderated by Quentin Hardy of Forbes.
I covered the debate here. Benioff challenged Plattner to run SAP's software on the salesforce.com platform. Plattner gave Benioff some counsel: "We have many things in common. Let me give you some advice, but you might not take it because you are younger: don't overestimate your platform."
Following is a video clip from the event. Benioff describes the new era of enterprise software, which "look to the functionality of the past but to values of the consumer companies like Google, eBay, Amazon and Yahoo, who have become massive companies serving millions of users with tremendous complexity but through a new technology model."Plattner talked about the need for immutable Web service interfaces. "The most important thing to learn when using services is that we cannot really modify them." The future is building on top of services and meshing services with each other. He also noted that the new software paradigm will allow developers to monitor and see what users are doing.
Listen to the entire debate here.