Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012: FileSpirit
…….Toast to Business on the Go with FileSpirit Mobile Browsing
The cloud sometimes appears cryptic, almost a necessary burden. At least this is so with reference to FileSpirit, a German tech startup from the town of Erlangen. The new file sharing company says that it rarely relies on the cloud other than as a network. This is a right swing against heavyweights like Dropbox whose large online databases require rummaging through searching for files in sub-folders With FileSpirit, convenience, fast accessibility and no downloads are the highlights.
Remarkably, security is one of the major concerns about working with online sharing software. While YouSendIt and other big fish pass the buck to the security of the infrastructure, and the strength of the firewall, FileSpirit spirits the file away from not only themselves but the external world. The startup says that it has no ability to “decode” or ‘see’ data that passes through its software. This is rather inspiring for those who are averse about their documents going anywhere unencrypted. However, it leaves some technical questions in the air. For example, Google is able to decode objects out of pictures and even words out of passages that go through its cloud facilities.
Still, the startup is a force to reckon with when it comes to business-oriented software. Though Dropbox and the rest are huge and versatile, their sphere is the public, whereas FileSpirit is an app for entrepreneurs. It syncs with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) technology, among a host more applications. This means that creating customer lists, staging marketing campaigns and analyzing feedback can all occur on the go. ‘On the go’ because the app uses handsets as its main hardware platform for editing, sharing, collaborating, presenting minutes and transferring documents. There is even an offline option that allows entrepreneurs to handle business matters en-route to an airborne destination without the Internet. In terms of presentation, FileSpirit supports classic advancements like PowerPoint for quick note taking and presentation agility using charts in a business hall.
The offspring of FileSpirit is FileSpirit Connector. It is the app that one needs to install into a Windows PC or iOS data machine to initiate the file-sharing momentum between portable Apple devices and computers.
A winner in Mobile browsing?
The fact that FileSpirit does not condone keeping data in the cloud begs the question of how else the software handles huge files. The fact is that this is not a tool for the outsider: it targets the correct people who have an affinity with the entity that is disbursing its data to them. Most likely one is talking of remote company staff. FileSpirit uses private clouds by entities, or simple databases, to let target audiences access this data on their cellular devices, without having to search for them manually like in the cloud.
The startup has a mobile searching engine that lifts accessibility to terabytes of files in a jiffy. If one is operating away from office, he/she just needs to pop up the screen of the iPhone or iPad and do transactions online or offline. Apart from the gains like search uptime, ending of backlog in downloading, and the updating character of the browser, FileSpirit is considerably narrow in clientele economics. One has to be in the cloud to enjoy cheap services but when files are inside a company’s database, like it is the case here, only those with the necessary technology, perhaps the staff can get it. Still, there is a counterargument to the effect that FileSpirit is in the right, for after all, its concern is that data gets to the most concerned person. On the flip side of the coin, the tool is almost like the cloud because it eliminates the need to employ Information Technology technicians or even bring down firewall in order to tap into a private database. The tool does all this without eclipsing the security role of the firewall.
“Companies …are skittish about storing files in the cloud,” said Dominik Wever, who co-founded FileSpirit.
Perhaps the above emphasizes why they developed a tool that can circumvent companies’ fears by using it to decrypt documents to only people who matter to the organization like workers and clients. Testimonials come from Twitter handles like that of Jeffrey Blake that broadcasts the role of the tool to interconnect workers in out-of-office situations via mobile devices.
The startup deserves the motif of Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012 for its image-oriented cellular browsing and file search. Indeed, end-users monitor the entire process of clicking into a file and seeing it in the form of an image, while it is processing, in the same manner as iTunes’ CoverFlow technology. With FileSpirit, digging out a file from a dungeon of corporate information is as easy as entering a cipher and (voila!) the file materializes into thin air. It is not as symbolic as it sounds, for the tool literary configures, rather than downloads a business file for viewing, editing and what not.
FileSpirit is located in Erlangen, Germany. Its two founders are Johannes Geyer and Dominik Wever.
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