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Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012 – LunaCloud

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012 – LunaCloud

 Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012 – LunaCloud

……Store Remotely on the Visible Side of the Moon for 2 Cents?luna-cloud

How would it feel to work from the visible side of the moon where everything, as visible by the human eye, has stayed the same since time immemorial? At least with LunaCloud, a Portuguese cloud startup, the reality is at hand, for one can deploy remotely and still be sure that the data is visible, not mentioning cheap. If cloud means hardware, infrastructure or servers, then one can understand what LunaCloud is all about. It thrives on managing data machines, deploying solutions fast, and extending them at the classy pay-as-you-go model.

LunaCloud provides server space for various sites using various gigabytes of data including 512 to 96 Megabytes RAM capacity while on hard disk, this goes from 10 gigabytes to 2 terabytes.

Here is a look at the site’s cost calculator

With a machine with a RAM capacity of half a Gigabyte, the price goes to 0.0130 Sterling Pounds each sixty minutes and for the month some 9.36 Pounds. Looking closer however, one sees that Luna’s offers are more attractive to those of AWS or RackSpace, two classic providers, leaving a few cents to the consumer per compute (storage) and even network (transferring) costs. As an attestation, a 2-Giagbyte memory sever attracts .0466, .0501, .0800 Sterling Pounds in LunaCloud, AWS and Rackspace respectively.


The above comparative figures brings back the ghost of the visible side of the moon (being an allusion to the remote heavenly body Luna), because it appears that this cloud startup has no hidden charges. Perhaps the reason for these cheap rates is the fully-fledged attention by the firm to concentrate on server infrastructure unlike the others who also double in SaaS, ITaaS, PaaS, and more upcoming platform buzzwords.

One of the other numerical attributes of LunaCloud is its 2-cent policy for each server one provisions on the cloud, from the site’s account. Of course one has then to follow the pay-as-you-use protocols, after selecting the bandwidths and broadband capacities. Generally, the pact comes as a free-for-all service with no contractual details, with scalability, upon choice, where one can migrate data to a 96 GB memory server.
Commentators label LunaCloud as a “pure-play” startup in the business, edifying the Infrastructure as a Service model to its service delivery. Its work is indeed visible because it provides the quintessential flexible and scalable data networking that the traditional cloud model has come to define.In terms of operating system vendors, LunaCloud imposes no boundaries for it is fully at home with the plethora of Linux offerings, as well as, Windows 2008. After selecting any of these platforms, one can then decide to time or iterate the server using custom Application Programming Interface that will either make the stats in the system compatible though they are from different developers. The startup says that the subscription process with its site, for the service, is five minutes while the data machine will start running on the cloud in 120 seconds thereafter.

By using Cloudian, a business cloud solution, LunaCloud has been able to give a piece of pie to its clientele synonymous with the aforementioned cloud provider: budget. It is the commitment of Cloudian to make storage and data networking something financially optimal to a virtual entity, and for this, it focuses mostly on the infrastructure side of things including handling servers, offshore, for clients. The startup has embraced API solutions for synchronizing into other multilayered cloud habitats like S3. Since the latter has millions of users, it may yet help the new Portuguese entity to make it big in the sector.

In terms of technology, Luna Cloud continues to exude its visibility interface by providing a hypervisor that virtualizes the main core of the cloud, the infrastructure, to the application instances like the OS. Furthermore, the transparency of this layer helps to note how the remote server is working just like one would check in a standalone machine. The infrastructure layer for the startup comes from Dell, which provides project-savvy equipment while the cloud layer itself consists of extra machines, which are highly fit for the virtualization ecosystem, only that end-users do not pay for them in capital terms rather than for usage.

LunaCloud qualifies as one of the top 25 European Rising Stars because of committing to the quintessential cloud convention of virtual hardware while, at the same time, maintaining transparency for the user. It also demarcates technology very well into the hypervisor, server and cloud parts, each with its own integral strengths. Need one mention the cheapness of the service to induce tipping of the hat to it?

By John Omwamba

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012 – Wercker

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012 – Wercker

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012 – Wercker

……..Deploy in Bits of Codes with Wercker?

Wercker is a Netherlands project that seeks to revolutionize the coding process. It is one of top five startups of 2012, according to a pollster, that have promise to define cloud applications in the future. The shortcoming of the site is its scanty homepage that operates on the beta code. Though it outlines the major gist of the company’s repertoire of code-acclimatization, the site has little or no press externally. Perhaps this is a bonus or even a prediction of how revolutionary the firm may become in the foreseeable future.

So what is the secret behind the deployment process by the Wercker tool using codes…?

The answer is that people see programming and associate it with servers to decode the information. With this code-editing tool, servers are not necessary, as the scripting/encoding process can happen in a cloud app-hosting ecosystem.

The startup seeks to streamline perpetual provisioning in the cloud especially for corporate sites. A scenario in point is where staff are undertaking the same IT task, but operating from diverse machines. This means that each is touching the code or scripting language that the company uses to deploy. This may alter programming and thus requires close attention when deploying the finished product from these diverse quarters. To facilitate this integral working, Wercker has introduced a tool that bridges the gap between all the disjointed ends of the code.


The site says that “we shouldn’t be concerned with managing servers,” implying that what matters is to get a tool that will be open source enough to encode information, disjointed as it is, and as it comes.

Remembering the fact that companies are factories of information, it is inevitable that various departments will work differently, each with its own developers, who apparently hit the same code, that of the company. Results will be disastrous in the long run, since some of the information in the private cloud will be illegible to some users. Were it that a single tool, that reads the momentary needs of the current project, bit by bit was in place, deployment would not lack orchestration as it does now.

Wercker blames the poor orchestration of projects on deficiency of master tools that can handle millions of apps, while at the same time adapting to the specific coding system of the entity. This is why Wercker is working with GitHub, a free coding system that enjoys some 1.5 million subscribers. Apparently, the system has enabled this rising startup to improve on the leverage potential of its deployment software. They are also working in cohort with Heroku, a hosting system that is audacious enough to provide a Platform as a Service (PaaS) framework for another 1.5 million apps. From these working models, Wercker gleans the fact that managing data equipment is not as necessary as making coding orchestrated.

Solutions from Wercker

Working in bits of a master code, rather than the whole stems the risks of getting entangled in a labyrinth of information conduit. Revisiting the smaller bits of codes, according to the experts leads to better provisioning outcome than when belaboring right, left and center on the same master script. They also come with a theory that to ensure integrity, it is important to subject these detached ends of codes with regular revisits, rechecking the system every so often. Most of all, the tools for doing this spotlight should be simple, open source and highly integral.

Thus, the secret weapon of Wercker is continuous deployment, employing odds and ends of codes, one at a time, but inexorably.

Modern coding systems like Mercurial and Git usually allow users to cross-check their sources and even alter faulty tributaries that emerge from the mother code. They do this through discussion forums like BitBucket, being the hosting environment. Perhaps Wercker may do the same for its customers now that it employs the GitHub for its provisioning work. It might also reach the same level of success as the aforementioned host which allows one to modify any alterations perpetually. It might be even worthwhile to dream that clients may meet with the same success as they do with Git when provisioning their applications to the huge depository that is Heroku.

Thus, Wercker as a coding tool, that advocates open source, bit by bit coding, qualifies as European Rising Star primarily for its visionary approach to the subject. One can read revolution in the air, especially now that the firm is already working with code-editing tools and seeks to create a niche of its own.

By John Omwamba

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012: Cedexis

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012: Cedexis

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012: Cedexis

…..Star Status for Cedexis, a Startup Advocating Multiplatform Cloud Cohabitationcedexis

Cedexis has attained trailblazing star status even in the tender stages of development in its Paris, France headquarters. It has already amassed a double share of prestigious prizes from top-notch evaluation sites in continental Europe. The firm exudes the power of multiple-cloud habitation where geo-political boundaries melt, as well as those of technology, in readiness for data accessibility at any time, by any means.

To Cedexis, it is not just infrastructure that matters to the cloud performance. Rather, it is the integrity of the networks, the cooperation of data facilities and the breaking down of icy offshore rules. All lead to the eventual freeing of the cloud bird. What does this mean? It simply points out to a situation where a tool can tell a surfer which is the best platform that stores the data of a certain company, at that given moment, to visit, before a switch comes through saying that a new provider has just gotten better than the predecessor, and so forth. Thus, just like the pay-as-you-go model of the cloud rewards users by data volume and time they spend on the foreign infrastructure, the tool will reward data owners with the most suitable network that is transiting or hosting their data at the moment. System backlogs and other failures will not figure much as they usually do in single-source clouds.

In acknowledging recent honors, the startup was quick to say how novelty of their programs impacts on and even derives from customers.

It is the ever-changing requirements of our customers that drive the innovation we create,” were the remarks of Julien Coulon who co-founded Cedexis after receiving an innovation prize.

The acclaim came to the firm for its efforts in the software development sector. The ceremony took place in France’s capital.

The accolades did not start here either: a few months back, Cedexis had received a prestigious recognition as the “best cloud start-up.” The annual occasion recognizes cloud and tech companies in Europe that show drive.


Multiplatform Cohabitation

Cedexis is best known for its visualization platform, the Cedexis Radar, whose goal is to orientate hosting experiences in different ISPs, remote datacenters and browsing networks. When one is in lull stage, has broken down or cannot just work due to an inexplicable hitch, the Radar switches the hosting experience to another provider. This alternates between a slow and a fast provider, depending on the actual capabilities and speed limitations within the bloated cloud ecosystem.

It is rare that a tool can allow multiple habitations and at the same time visualize the cross-migratory process on the screen. Cedexis uses the OpenMix limb to transit traffic of a site to the nearest or most convenient DNS or ISP facilitator at that given moment. The good news is that the routing process is automatic and thus does not require troubleshooting.

According to the startup, the purpose of the cohabitated framework is to facilitate clients to operate conveniently within a closeted data environment without suffering any shortcomings that come from a multiplicity of data conduits within the system. There is even a systematic procedure that Cedexis uses to select the most convenient platform. Out of mind-boggling data calculations, it selects the most versatile delivery networks out of 34000 infrastructures from over two hundred and thirty nations.

Cedexis is also an advocate of the cost-to-performance tenet. Instead of relying on one private or hybrid facilitator, it would be wiser to do this on many platforms at the same time. Furthermore, payment will only go to the most productive of the platforms. The selection is usually automatic, as an earlier passage points out, and thus easy to deploy. Passing the buck to the most versatile provider is, arguably, one of the most important innovations on cloud provisioning to date.

The multiplicity of choices among Content Delivery Networks is another score that can help increase the visibility of a site because it never experiences slowdowns as single-source data centers often do. According to Cedexis, via a case study, perpetual presence widens the market penetration of an entity and even helps overcome natural disasters like hurricanes and storms that often cause multiple issues on colocation facilities.

Cedexis therefore qualifies to the prestigious ‘club’ of one of the best Rising Stars in Europe, for 2012, because it moulds tech to be beneficial to both the end-user and data provider. The software’s reach to virtually all countries in the world helps select the most versatile data facility or network, all in one big bubble of the cloud. This, in turn, helps map the concerned sites all the time and at their peak. Need one add that that is how the world becomes more than a global village?

By John Omwamba

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012: Time Cockpit

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012: Time Cockpit

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012: Software Architects Time Cockpit

..Software Architects Time Cockpit’s Activity Calendar Revolution is At Hand

Is a start up in the cloud calendar and programming areas with its location in Austria. Its major rollercoaster of breakthroughs includes extending user-friendly custom scripting agility, enhancing office collaboration repertoire via calendars for schedules and improving day-to-day business commitments through date time sheets. The major software provider for this startup developer blog is the platform, Time Cockpit.

Cloud Vendor

Time Cockpit’s role in the Startup’s Cloud Programming Revolution

Leveraging on, and even expanding, the existing scripting architecture of a database is one of the most important roles of Time Cockpit. This means that the user can even be able to configure brand new properties for even operations. It might be a table, for presenting schedule details. It might also be an innovative property such as numerological, textural or visual icon that is not already in the computer that the user needs to create. The software’s cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) agility will help make this a reality. There is also the brand-centric validation tool that does not necessarily reflect the entire corporate sector. With this tool, one can be able to create new calendars that are specifically designed for that business model alone, with validity enough for the system to accept them as part of the existing programming.

The other essential tool that is synonymous with Software Architecture GmbH is that of fast-tracking activity using a logo. This is known as the Time Sheet. It works under three levels: the interactive, the automatics and the suggestive.

The interactivity phase enables one to use sets of icons, productively and with ease, to bring to bear on the kind of work one is doing. If one wants to copy some timeline or even change the hours they have previously awarded to a task, they can do this through visualization means. This makes it hard to err like often happens in the manual mode. The interactive mode of the facilitation also helps to liaise with Microsoft Outlook, to assemble tasks going by date, duration and the setting.small-time

The second aspect of Time Sheet dispensation on the Software Architecture Time Cockpit’s repertoire is that of automated actions. This tool helps create activity logos that one can visualize, keep, update or delete automatically. For example, if one says that Monday will be the day for a meeting that will last three hours starting 8. A.M., the machine will visualize this schedule and map it. One can retrieve the same data, on demand, and if they try to alter it, the system might deny access because of the preset intelligence that the activity only happens at the given time. Of course this automated action also features the flexibility to enable the user change the rigid schedules it already keeps at its preset stage.

The third aspect of Software Architecture’s diary of time is that of suggestiveness. One can use the actual wording on the site, which is simply, “Formatting Profiles”

This implies using the preset timelines of earlier time sheets and pitting them against upcoming schedules. It goes without saying that during the course of diverse timelines, some activity logos may have performed better while others slugged. This is what the startup calls “billed” and “unbilled”  hours. One can then use the automated functions and the interactive interface of the tool to orientate all future tasks to align to either the billed, being the most productive scheduling format, or the unbilled. This is like pitting two profiles against the other.

Spy Software?

As innocent as the Time Sheet maybe when it concentrates its focus on what the particular officer worker is doing, it may also be a spy on what others are getting along. Does this disqualify it as a bad engine after all? Not at all, if the promise that only apt access authorization into the member’s activities can earn a prying worker entry into the other’s workload, is anything to go by.

The coding system for Time Cockpit is IronPython, .Net and others. However, due to the artistic license of ripping off program properties and acclimatizing them to suit a specific corporate time and activity model, it is possible to use these codes, as a rookie, with an easy-to-apply XML format.


The Software Architect’s Time Cockpit calendars can also compare with established services like that of the Android calendar. The latter uses Application Programming Interface to keep the tool operating on diverse apps systems. There are also allowances to synchronize it with specific developer platforms, mostly those of Google, just like the Cockpit’s coerces with Microsoft Outlook. When comparing the two, one can see that they all focus on enhancing scheduling, configuring meetings and appointment in terms of participants and so forth, but they differ in the respect that one is more Internet-savvy. While Software Architecture’s provisions straddle the web and desktop platforms with equal ease, the Android works on particular devices or more familiarly, online.

Finally, this review gives thumbs up to the Activity Tracking dispensation of the Software Architecture Time Cockpit developers. It helps to marry personal or business content from cellular devices, such as, voice call chronology, and presents it in a graphical format on the screen. One may be operating offline but they can still review, for instance, that John from Company A called at noon, using a Blackberry phone and left an outsource file number 101, to be submitted by earliest Friday morning. One of course sees these details in diverse colors, which helps to make the graphical visualization an intuitive process, easy to follow by the eye. This alone earns Software Architecture GmbH Time Cockpit qualification into the European Top 25 Rising Stars’ list.

By John Omwamba

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012: Nektoon AG

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012 – Nektoon AG

……Nektoon AG: The Take-it-all Elastic Notebook?

Nekton AG is a Swiss startup that operates under its trademark of the Memonic website. Its repertoire of products combines note taking-based and bookmarking-formulated software, syncing all into a cloud environment. The program helps to attach, mark, clip and save pictures, wordings, passages and edits on any authorized piece of literature or art on the web. It might sound an easy account but it takes a bookmarking wizard to isolate the mumbo-jumbo that the World Wide Web serves its surfers, everyday. One also needs high cognitive ability to select sources, remind oneself of these through bookmarking and also find means of sharing with pals, besides finding elastic storage (cloud perhaps) to help keep the note-taking projects securely.

The Background

Nektoon AG has its base in Zurich and has been in operation for slightly over two years, and thus qualifies as a candidate for the Top 25 European Rising Stars. It proclaims its products as savvy for enterprises, as well as, “publishers.”  It also vaunts an open source application platform that helps it to acclimatize editing tasks to any operating system or device. Some of its supported platforms include Microsoft’s systems and the iOS.

How Elastic?

It gains elasticity by combining forces with Salesforce and Evernote. This helps to create a perpetual diary that has no storage limitations for the enterprising person who needs space, and plenty of it, to increase leverage of any clippings, documentation work, or web diary on their blogs. The fact that it has tapped into the resourcefulness of Salesforce, aids in enhancing collaboration between departmental heads and other staff. This might be limiting to the individual who does not have any business links with a group but all the same, it can help to improve the stakes of a team that has little to spare in terms of CPU space, as well as, installation of custom sketching clipping and note-taking software. However, individuals who are disadvantaged for being in a business-style ecosystem like that of Salesforce can take advantage of Evernote to scale up their social collaboration interfaces. In fact, they can spread the net wider through social bookmarking.

Social bookmarking, according to Nektoon AG’s Memonic software is at the end of the finger tips for the social animal who only has to tap into the organizing interface of the product. Like traditional services of a similar scope, this provision comes with categories for storing content, tagging aids and working groups. Thus, instead of sending a tweet of an URL to a friend to view the superb content there, it would just take a tagged link to one’s note-taking page to help the pal digest the otherwise raw information of the URL. The organizational scope of Memonic is highly technical, too, considering the fact that it cuts across a plethora of gadgets: there are computer shortcuts, as well as, agile printing icons on the screen that one can take advantage of to realize their goals.

Another aspect of elasticity for Nektoon AG is the fact that it is an open source clipper. If one tags a video on YouTube, chances are that one will not be able to play it on other video-streaming sites if one’s machine is not up-to-date with flash technology. With this offering, however, “clients share”  a similar background, meaning that one does not have to set up any new program in order to synchronize passages, images and videos across platforms.

Perhaps the best winning capability for the Memonic software is that it can concentrate diverse interests that one is working on at the same time on the screen. How does this happen? According to the developers, there is the Gathering Mode provision that enhances the fruition of long reconnaissance work that requires extra organizational skills. It also implies that one can be able to conserve all screenshots in various formats, ranging from pictorial to textual and keep them on the desktop or on a web based mail.

The only curtailing factor, considering the fact that normal web mails can take in 25 MB worth of a single attachment, is the limiting size for the unsubscribed that can only remit 2MB worth of note capacity at a time. However, there is compensation in the fact that the startup follows the bureaucracy of most cloud firms, with extraordinary offerings, by extending a hundred free notes worth of a trial period’s dispensation. One can also collaborate with a limited group of three during the trial duration. For the subscribed, there is a $28 per annum charge which will bring the user to a limitless share of notes and groups and at a bulk attachment package of 20 megabytes per single remittance.

In summation, it is fair to say that Nektoon AG qualifies for the Top 25 European Rising Stars from the fact that it is able to provide a seamless experience for note takers. It is ardent in experiential approach, through its Gathering Mode, helping the user to delve deep into the core of pictures, text and other interesting content from the Internet.

By John Omwamba

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012: CanvasDropr

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012: CanvasDropr

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012: CanvasDropr

….File Sharing The Visual Way, Software Compatibility the Smooth way-CanvasDropr

The first thing that meets the eye in CanvasDropr’s blog is the lurid presentation of information. It is like the team from Denmark are indeed technically showing just how smooth their synchronization technology can get. They are masters, as far as startups go, in terms of creating visualization interface in the file sharing process. As one reviewer says, it is a: “Visual Dropbox.”

Perhaps this is true but it does not constitute the graphical factor alone to make it a visual Dropbox. There are file exchange elements that only a serious entity in the cloud can help bring to life and this is the collaboration aspect. The software, for one, is compatible with more than twenty file formats. This draws back the mind to the blog of the startup where it states that customers should be the kings of universally accessible applications. This is tongue in cheek self-praise meaning that by having a twenty-plus file format support range, the end-user need not undergo any expense trying to set up or even purchase the software.

Real Time Synch

There are three aspects that are synonymous with CanvasDropr which make it a greater or smaller DropBox, according to one’s viewpoint, including:

Collaborative interface.
Document Editing programs.
Visualization during file exchange.

The above three aspects further fall into these cloud packages on offer from CanvasDropr:

The Shorts & Cap segment belies the document editing part of it. Documentation is something that should be live in multiple screens, whether split or by virtue of being in use by various authors. The missing link, for many companies that have not deployed into a SaaS program is lack of software that is in sync with existing applications. This means that one can be able to read the same script with the ease of just hitting a button and it comes to the screen without calling for installation of any stat. The site caps the section well by highlighting how one might present a “virtual blank sheet” where each of the editing, painting or sketching parties can contribute something no matter how remote they are from each other.

Suits & Sushi is the other package which encapsulates visualization during the file exchange procedure. It comes with all the keener abilities of master file remittance software, which is to say, storing multiple mega bytes of data, while also increasing the uptime between one transmission and another. The visual part comes courtesy of sync technology that allows collaborators who may have diverse apps, such as, a flash player to view the same thing, optimally that another on a modern android video viewer is seeing. This adds momentum to the process of improving text, video or still files because each member can simultaneously view, select and do a comparison of the files under discussion. CanvasDropr says that it allows unlimited use of the provision to a cross-section of partners but does not reveal the bandwidth specifics to back the claim. Still, it is worthy of a trial.

Books & Coffee: This is the package from CanvasDropr that touches the collaborative interface. It mainly sets its kaleidoscope on the learning community which has an edge when it can be able to present education through high-end applications. Cited examples include PowerPoint and to make the matter easy, the technology apparently allows users to manually place works ready for presentation on the medium, such as, PowerPoint. This belies the ‘canvas’ of the name CanvasDropr probably.

canvas meeting

The efficacy of the entire file exchange process in the cloud computing pattern of storing first before sending is made possible by the highly compatible software applications of this tool. It operates in the tradition of Application Programming Interface, which is the basis of most open source apps. CanvasDropr goes an extras mile to say that the platform is not the real deal but the fact that it is open source to the end-user. It provides an example of how corporate teams try to enforce collaboration, interminably, but fail because they have to install what they consider the most versatile sharing frameworks, only to meet a dead end when the consumer does not have syncing programs on the other end.

Thus, CanvasDropr makes it to the 2012 annals of European Rising Stars in the cloud realm for giving a graphical edge to droll file sharing. It enables users to view what is going on before them, whether they are in a partnership project or they are comparing notes. The greatest thing is that it eliminates third-party programs. It is also admirable to note that Nordic states, from which this startup comes, are making it to the realm of tech expertise with an edge: indeed, CanvasDropr finished the tenth in a shortlist of best emerging startups by SmartCamp, an initiative by IBM.

By John Omwamba

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012: Elastoffice

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012: Elastoffice

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012: Elastoffice

Emancipate Office Administration and Filing Work on C9 Cloud, Says ElastOffice

Elastoffice(EO) launched its business operations in mid-2011 in Hungary, but had already conceptualized and made feasible business commitments towards this realization half a decade before. This qualifies the startup as one of the European Rising Stars in a cloud startup sense. It also qualified for the recent prestigious EuroCloud award ceremony at the heart of Europe.

The company specializes in office administration software solutions, using the Cloud C9 as the business and data storage reservoir. It also leverages on day-to-day office paper documentation. The firm does this through its efficient outsourcing model both vintage and digital. The vintage is that of handling documents physically in hard paper, which, as such, can say little about the modern side of the organization. This digital side in fact is where the acclaim of Elastoffice, if it will ever reach fever-pitch, lies. It emphasizes on modern outsource models of papers by scanning hardcopies, digitizing signatures and distributing the digital content in various departments in a fraction of time that it would take to file the same in a in-house  bureaucratic setting.

There are parts that EO deserves, as an approach, in any critique, deriving from its double set of customer services:

  1. For Startups
  2. For Established entities

Here is a look at the startup dispensation of EO. Usually, the company says that it “liberates business” implying that it removes the clogs of administrative and office paper pile up. It says that it can help undertake the same set of work that an internal secretarial team can perform and in fewer hours. Accordingly, the startup’s kind of work is that of entering client’s shoes, per se, and walking them through the pay-as-you-go model. The latter will receive a treat in a few following lines. First of all, it says that it can devote 1-3 hrs, daily, of providing consultation on legal matters. Five more hours go towards injecting accounting work at a charge that reflects the accuracy of any cloud-based job.

This holistic approach of a pay-as-you-go model is rare to office work. One has to remember that files are always pouring in from diverse departments, documentation is under perpetual cycle and edits have to sieve through the hands of a tired secretarial team. Furthermore, there has to be scanning to do, as well as, digitizing and storage in either a CPU or a remote locale. For Elastoffice, the standardization of the cloud C9 helps to deflate the inflexibility that custom office solution providers impose on users. For example, instead of introducing vendor products that will limit the client to single secretarial software, the provider helps with OpenERP. This Enterprise Resource Planning offering, one has to say, is exceptionally smooth as far as working under a multi-application environment is concerned. Thus, whether it is administration or mere office work, the company says that it has got the goods.

Established entities, on the other hand, unlike startups, which outsource both administrative and documentation work, usually delegate partial departments, be it the secretarial or just mere filing section. ElastOffice says that most established entities in the continent usually have to install SAP software which, combining the patent charges and capital expenditure, goes to the tune of multi-million Euros.

By approaching large entities, EO says that it is relegating the burden of responsibility from in-house office teams and costly vendors who usually not only demand machine capital but also impose development expenditure, not forgetting vendor fees, for their installations. Perhaps Elastoffice is lucky that it came into a world where C9 is a better alternative to rigid office solutions, but in any case, it helps to reduce the rise of bile in secretarial departments that need to access their documents anywhere, in terabyte capacity and by using any device.

The operations of Elastoffice that aim to emancipate business are both offshore and physical. This is perhaps a great combination though limiting in its physical dispensation. With its roots in Hungary, widespread operations in Switzerland, as well as, a Romanian entry, it still manages to keep the face-to-face consultative part of the bargain floating. The digital dispensation ranges from, as already the introduction indicates, scanning, documenting, filing, storing, retrieving and profiling. The startup says that there is an allowance for personnel with demanding documents like tax returns and ledger accounts who need to consult personally through their HQ in Luzern in Switzerland or around its Hungarian base.

In a world where there is just a smattering of established ERP Software as a Service providers like Workday and SAP’s line of cloud-based office offerings, it is worthwhile that Elastoffice has come on board. Other than the exclusive appearance to emancipate both startups and dormant businesses from the sharks of fixed vending, it is the dual approach of physical and digital solutions that has earned Elastoffice a place in the Top 25 European Rising Stars.

By John Omwamba

Improving Workforce Delivery Through Telemetric Technology

Collaboration Cloud: Improving Workforce Delivery through Telemetric Technology

In an age where the Internet is a free-for-all medium of communication, a data networking channel and a data base par excellence, it is inevitable that everyone has ever worried about privacy. Ironically, new technologies like collaboration cloud use methods that, for the uninitiated, may seem to breach on that very privacy. One example is workforce delivery software that employs telemetric technology to enhance collaboration, exchange notes and analytically mine data between office departments.

Further from sending a shiver down the spine of the office worker who may fear that the boss may find out all about him or her though this technology, it helps connect people into a productive, less redundant team. Here is an example:

Company ‘A’ has installed software for workforce collaboration. It operates on telemetry programs, meaning that it has to extract and compare data, contextually, from all digital devices in use including laptops, cell phones and computers for the staff. Through it, one department can gather details via sensors about what the other department is working on without communicating directly. This at once reduces telephone bills. After mining sensitive data like when a department holds its meetings, how it collaborates through machines and the most popular tools or brands it uses to leverage on its work, the ‘spies’ will then be able to understand the entire internal collaboration architecture better. They will even come up with suggestions for enhancing cloud collaboration, using the new knowledge they have gathered through their legal prying.

Still, one might be saying that this amounts to nosing into other people’s business. To prove this perception as wrong, most collaboration cloud software that works on telemetry features opt-in and opt-out schedules. Since the team has to set up the program on the PC to create a virtual desktop, they have to keep in mind that other users will need to use the same machine to log in to their Facebook and Twitter accounts. This means that they will be opting-in only during office hours but logging off to normal mode when they are off business.

The above at least quells fears of privacy violation. Furthermore, the system also helps to keep expensive face-to-face crisis meetings at bay.

The very automatic selection of data can help enhance schedules and even make the workers more business-minded. For instance, by keying in the simultaneous schedules of offices A, B and C, minute-by-minute, a CIO can sort out performance issues. Maybe Office A does badly because its meetings happen in the morning hours when everyone should be productive, while Office B does equally poorly because it switches all its schedules for the day at 9 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. thus losing an hour. C’s schedule may prove the best model for the entire organization to adapt because it happens at the very last fifteen minutes of the day so that by 8 o’clock, in the following morning, every worker will be at office following the previous night’s schedule.

The bonus of the above illustration is that it does not require expensive surveys, constant communication with departmental heads or even convening of meetings. It is just telemetry analytics taking their toll.

The secure side of workforce technologies of this sort in collaboration cloud matters is that they rarely keep vital privacy data as they do business information. They come with anti-password retention icons, which help the users to maintain an anonymous presence, especially where social interaction on the Internet is concerned. More so, though collaboration in a workforce ecosystem cuts across financial details of a company, sharing of credit card specifics is only optional to the users of the software facilitating this connectivity.

Other than Telemetry

Collaboration Cloud gets a Midas touch outside telemetry circles by use of calendar-centric technologies. These, including folios, for smartphones, help office workers to keep all their schedules and upcoming meetings in a centralized section.

There are also major multinationals that are embracing a single collaboration ecosystem for their entire world of offices, associates and distributors. Toyota, for example, is employing the Office 365 model on the Azure platform to help improve its collaborative, as well as, telemetry operations in its departments hovering around two hundred thousand workers across the globe.

As such, collaboration cloud is not just about direct cooperation through video teleconferencing or just about being available on demand. It is also about workforce vis-à-vis telemetry technology where companies can mine, evaluate and implement data inflows right from one computer, and from this insight create feasible collaboration models.

By John Omwamba

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