Hats off to SAP Marketing when they can make a $ 5 million business seriously consider them. But Kevin Meyer provides a reality check. Go to Staples with the shopping list he suggests. Less than 2K worth.
Even more impressively, because he runs a much larger shop - Shiv Kumar, Principal Founder of Cybernet SlashSupport, an outsourcer in Chennai, India tells me he runs his 4,500 staff payroll using the amazon cloud. Costs him no more than $ 75 for each run. In the past he had dedicated partitioned servers to do this. Now, he says the total run costs him less than the local electricity would cost him! He also uses the service for secondary non-critical storage.
OK, so you do not get the rights to brag I am on SAP or Oracle or that ADP processes my payroll. But customers are far more impressed when they see lean, well run operations.