The Rapid Emergence of Specialized Social Tools for Businesses

CIOs seek to understand how Systems of Engagement will transform businesses for the next decade

There’s a lot of buzz these days about Systems of Engagement, the highly anticipated sea change in enterprise IT that’s so perfectly described by best-selling author Geoffrey Moore as “human culture becoming digital.”

The term Systems of Engagement loosely refers to Facebook-like, Twitter-like, and other types of social networking and mobile technologies being applied to the business world. The simple notion is that people are more productive when they work together. It actually makes a lot of sense – Why not?! After all, we’re all social beings by our deepest nature. And, contrary to popular belief, business people are social beings too. :) According to Moore, the market may be as huge as that for Systems of Record: the mega-industry that drove the first generation of enterprise IT for the past 30 years. As with any future trend, nobody really knows how big the market will be. Tens of billions? Hundreds of billions? Trillion, like Systems of Record? The one thing technology leaders generally agree on is that it will be big.

This begs the billion dollar question for CIOs, “What will Systems of Engagement look like in the end?” The answer likely exists right in front of our faces. It will eventually look a lot like real human culture.

That is, Systems of Engagement will eventually look like many specialized social networks whereas no two are exactly alike, simply because that’s how people have been working together in the physical world for thousands of years. The social workplace is actually a highly refined intuitive model that has evolved for a very long time. Whether you’re working together on a criminal investigation, a congressional subcommittee, or a mega-church team… you’ll inherently know that you need to bring people together and set some ground rules for how they interact and do whatever they do.

As successful as Facebook and Twitter may be, they’re just the tip of the iceberg in terms of endless possibilities. Whereas Facebook represents a single social group focused on one mission (self-promotion), the real world is far different. In the real world, any given individual may participate in dozens of social groups, each having its own set of ground rules and mission. This simple notion that “every team is different” holds true, whether we’re referring to a coffee club or national defense team. Needless to say, a national defense team will interact a lot differently than a coffee club, so it’s ridiculous to think that all teams will fit into the same “Facebook-shaped” box.

People will work together whether or not they have access to new technologies. They’ll continue to knock on doors and dial phones. The notion behind Systems of Engagement (or SOEs) is that people will work together a lot more effectively with the help of new enabling technologies. That theory will materialize whenever the enabling technologies come of age. That is, SOEs will achieve mass adoption when they begin to look like real-world teams. That time is soon.

During the next few years, we will likely see thousands of specialized social business systems emerge. We’ll see specialized SOEs for hospitals, software teams, church groups, ball clubs, defense teams, marketing teams, and any other team imaginable. If people get together in the real world, then it’s easily imaginable that a social system will exist to support their cause. Why? Because that’s how people really are.

It will be interesting to see how it plays out….

by Cary Landis

By the way, SaaS Maker lets you build and deploy specialized social business applications on the cloud. According to Moore, there will also be a lot of work integrating with legacy systems of record. Also see SaaS Maker’s open API for integrating with legacy systems and emerging web services:

http://www.saaasmaker.com

Other great links:

http://www.aiim.org/~/media/Files/AIIM%20White%20Papers/Systems-of-Engagement-Future-of-Enterprise-IT.ashx

http://www.forbes.com/sites/joshbersin/2012/08/16/the-move-from-systems-of-record-to-systems-of-engagement/

http://www-01.ibm.com/software/ebusiness/jstart/systemsofengagement/

http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/enadhan/unraveling-systems-engagement-hp-discove

 

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Is the “App Dev” Platform-as-a-Service (APaaS) space vastly underestimated?

A look at cloud through the lens of what we’ve learned from history

History is full of vastly underestimated technologies that unexpectedly transformed industries. The Graphical User Interfaces (or GUI) was one of those technologies. In ‘Steve Jobs, the Lost Interview,’ Steve talks about Xerox missing the boat with its GUI invention. “They could have been IBM. They could have been the Microsoft of the 90s,” said Steve. As the PC boom winds down after a 30-year heyday, the cloud is unveiling a new Pandora’s box of inventions for the next generation. In that box is platform-as-a-service, the mysterious middle layer of the cloud’s three layer cake (infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, software-as-a-service). And, while the modern-day “Xeroxes” aren’t paying attention, a handful of “Steves” may be seizing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform the computing world yet again.

This begs the question, “Is it possible that platform-as-a-service is one of those underestimated technologies?” It’s more than possible – it’s probable, and here are a few good reasons why:

1) It’s not about “selling hammers.”

Most people who follow cloud are overlooking the significance of PaaS because they’re paying too much attention to “selling hammers”, meanwhile they’re missing the global housing industry. That is, they’re watching estimates for PaaS sales by respected analysts like Gartner, Forrester and others. Meanwhile, they’re overlooking the mega billions of dollars that will be generated in new SaaS subscriptions over the next decade because of enabling PaaS technologies. They’re missing the new demand generation for systems integrators and cloud services. They’re overlooking the enormous markets for application migration and modernization to shared platforms. PaaS is every bit as revolutionary today, as the printing press was hundreds of years ago, but it’s a little like focusing too much on how many printing presses we can sell, instead of recognizing a newfound ability to sell millions of books all over the world.

2) Specialized Software Meets Cloud

If the history of computing has taught us anything, it’s that value is created as we move “up the stack.” If we want to truly understand where the cloud is heading, we simply need to look back at prior computing models; e.g. the desktop PC. The early players were building barebones PCs, not unlike today’s fascination with virtualized infrastructure. If you could go back in time 30 years, would you rather build barebones PCs; or would you rather have been Microsoft, giving developers a platform and the tools they need to move up the stack? Or, might have you enjoyed being one of large systems integrators (SAP or Lockheed Martin) reaping billions of dollars by building specialty systems on top of Microsoft’s platform?

The cloud is heading in the same direction – up the stack. Yes, we’re experiencing a fascination with modern-day equivalents to barebones PCs and servers. But, we’re slowly realizing that cloud infrastructure is a fiercely competitive commodity. Similarly, commodity software like email and collaboration have received a lot of attention. Meanwhile, the specialty SaaS market has barely begun, and it’s big, and it’s early. The impending explosion of specialty SaaS applications is right around the corner, and PaaS will be a driving force, just as platforms played a major role in the last computing revolution. The specialty SaaS market will provide higher margins; and, thanks to the magic of PaaS, it will scale those applications to millions of users all by its lonesome. And, there will be a changing of the guard so to speak. Many legacy software development firms will fall by the wayside with the likes of Wang and DEC, making way for a seemingly endless wave of newcomers.

3) It’s just the tip of the iceberg

Anyone investing into cloud today should consider the value that those investments will yield two or three years from now. By that time, the infrastructure shakeout will be largely behind us. Instead of barebones infrastructure services, data center providers will be value-adding their offerings by way of PaaS tools to differentiate. As PaaS lowers the skill and cost barriers for developers, we will also see an explosion of entrepreneurial talents and nimble startups cranking out SaaS applications that compete head-to-head with expensive legacy offerings from some of the biggest companies in the world. For seemingly the first time in years, we will see big industry and federal government choosing to not exercise option years on bloated contracts with legacy system integrators. And, according to Geoffrey Moore, author of Crossing the Chasm, we’re on the verge of a revolution that essentially brings social networking technologies into the enterprise so that people can work together more effectively. And guess what – PaaS will play a big role in that movement too!

4) Lots of money to be made, and a lot more to be saved

The exact size of the custom software development industry is hard to come by, however the general consensus is that it’s big and pretty darn lucrative. Get ready for good ol’ fashioned market shakeup with all the fun that goes along with it, because a massive transfer of wealth is about to take place. It takes an order of magnitude improvement to change an industry, just like the kind that PaaS infuses into the software development industry. We’re seeing companies like Salesforce claiming that PaaS helps you develop applications 5-times faster than traditional coding. The developers of SaaS Maker are boasting blazing fast gains of up to 25-times faster time-to-market in a way that’s portable across infrastructures. As bold as these claims may seem on the surface, keep in mind that we’ve seen it before. How much faster were modern-day programming languages over punchcards? How much faster were 4GLs over machine code? For that matter, how much faster were printing presses over scribes? What will happen to a software industry that has millions of new developers who can start a dotcom with zero budget – no venture capital or project funding needed? With the magic of “as a service” delivery, SaaS developers can distribute their applications globally without duplicating CDs, printing materials or securing distribution partners. The numbers can add up surprisingly fast. Imagine if ten developers use PaaS tools to create ten SaaS applications. Now, imagine if each application is served to ten organizations, each having ten users. If you followed the scenario, you would see 120,000 “subscription months” per year, and that doesn’t include upsizes to more storage, more bandwidth and integration services. So then, it’s easy to imagine what will happen when the PaaS-powered rocket ship really takes off. A lot of money will be made, and a lot more will be saved by customers. PaaS will have arrived. Good bye scribes!

5) It affects you too

If you’re a software developer, then the transition to SaaS-enablement clearly affects you in big ways. You’ll need to re-school and retool if you want to be part of the next generation in software development. If you’re a data center provider, then you’ll need to look toward PaaS to value-add your plain vanilla infrastructure. If you’re a system integrator, then you may be eye balling the gigantic application migration and modernization markets. Enterprise software companies are acquiring PaaS solutions to establish new identities. Perhaps most important – if you’re an enterprise customer, then you’re probably looking toward PaaS to turn around troubled software development projects; or as a way to escape the enterprise software companies that have held your organization captive for the past couple decades or more.

Ready, set, go!

The desktop software industry has enjoyed a long, fruitful journey. The advent of PaaS is bringing about a new software industry. It brings with it new players, lower costs and faster times to market. In the eyes of many people, PaaS is a “pretty neat” technology, sort of like the GUI was 30 years ago. And much like the GUI, PaaS may be a “pretty neat” technology that transforms the entire software industry for the next 25 years.

by Cary Landis

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SaaS Maker 2.0 Release Makes it Easier for Software Developers to Sell Applications and Integrate Cloud Services

New Developer’s Console Unites PaaS and Brokerage Capabilities Under One Roof for Building Business Applications Using Disparate Cloud Services from Multiple Vendors
The software industry is on the brink of a new age of innovation fueled by entrepreneurship

Reston, VA (PRWEB) May 09, 2013

Virtual Global announced the immediate release ofSaaS Maker 2.0, a major upgrade to its unified platform for software developers, entrepreneurs and innovators to build, migrate and integrate cloud services into meaningful business applications. The new version includes a Developer’s Console, enhanced application designer, a high-performance .Net SDK and a “Gizmo exchange” for sharing and integrating cloud services. As always, the platform exposes an open API and is portable across data centers.

“Using SaaS Maker, developers can build, deploy and sell SaaS applications with zero upfront investment, in sharp contrast to the venture backing or project funding that was required a few years ago,” says Cary Landis, Virtual Global CEO. The demand for SaaS applications is expected to rise sharply over the next several years. According to Gartner, the SaaS market will reach $22.1 billion by 2015. At the same time, the cloud brokerage market is expected to reach $100 billion by next year. Landis suggests that SaaS development and brokeraged cloud services should go hand-in-hand.

“Software developers want to do both things: Build applications and integrate cloud services, so we’re simply making it easier for developers to do both things in one place,” says Landis. According to Landis, PaaS technology lowers barriers-to-entry and allows more developers to freely participate, inevitably shaking up the software development industry. The mega-million-dollar implementations of enterprise-class software, which suffered from a high failure rate as well as an untenable cost structure, are rapidly being replaced by a new as-a-service model. This model not only changes the underlying economics and operational structure of large enterprise users, it also brings in SMBs which previously were shut out of the market. As a result, the software industry is on the brink of a new age of innovation fueled by entrepreneurship, worldwide participation, and a transition toward the ‘as a service’ delivery model.

The SaaS Maker 2.0 upgrade implements a new business model for developers to sell their applications. “We hear stories about the teenager who sold his mobile app to Yahoo for $30 million, and we want to give cloud developers the same opportunities as mobile developers,” added Landis. Instead of charging developers upfront, SaaS Maker implements a revenue share model when applications are successfully deployed into operational environments.

About Virtual Global
Headquartered in Morgantown, WV with a Reston Virginia presence, Virtual Global specializes in PaaS engineering and SaaS development. The company’s flagship product is the SaaS Maker™ Platform as a Service (PaaS) for building, deploying and selling business applications on the cloud in less time and costs as compared to traditional programming. Virtual Global licenses its technologies to software development companies and data centers seeking rapid entry into the cloud computing market. For more information visithttp://www.virtualglobal.com.

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SaaS Maker 2.0 is changing how apps are created, deployed, and sold

An outstanding article by Dan Blacharski, Editor-in-Chief at Techie.com

http://techie.com/saas-maker-2-0-is-changing-how-apps-are-created-deployed-and-sold/

At the risk of making myself sound like an old-timer, I remember taking a computer programming class in college in which we used cardboard punch cards as the input mechanism. Better ways of programming have been emerging ever since, and most recently, platforms-as-a-service (PaaS) has at last changed the game. The virtual priesthood of programming is crashing down as new tools place this capability firmly into the hands of managers, innovators, and entrepreneurs everywhere.

The primary deployment mechanism for software in the very near future is going to be the cloud. Just a few short years ago, cloud apps were still in the domain of small, consumer-based programs, games, and in the enterprise, only smaller and proof-of-concept apps. Today, strong PaaS tools like SaaS Maker from Virtual Global are making it possible to create and deploy enterprise-class cloud apps.

There is a certain democratization of programming involved, and this has been the trend ever since we stopped using those annoying punch cards so many years ago. As it gets easier, more people can create apps, and that back-room mystery is becoming a front-line productivity tool.

While SaaS Maker can be used to create highly robust, enterprise-class apps, the greatest potential of the PaaS tool is in spurring innovation and bringing in a new class of entrepreneur. “Using SaaS Maker, developers can build, deploy, and sell SaaS applications with zero upfront investment, in sharp contrast to the venture backing or project funding that was required a few years ago,” said Cary Landis, Virtual Global CEO. “As a result, the software industry is on the brink of a new age of innovation fueled by entrepreneurship, worldwide participation, and a transition toward the ‘as a service’ delivery model.”

The major upgrade of SaaS Maker announced today now includes a SaaS Developer’s Console, an enhanced application designer, streamlined publishing, a high-performance .Net SDK, and a “Gizmo Exchange” for sharing cloud service adapters. The platform includes an open API, and is portable across data centers.

The demand for SaaS applications is expected to rise sharply over the next several years. According to Gartner, the SaaS market will reach $22.1 billion by 2015. At the same time, the cloud brokerage market is expected to reach $100 billion by next year. Landis suggests that SaaS development and brokerage cloud services should go hand-in-hand.

“Software developers want to do both things: Build applications andintegrate cloud services, and we’re simply making it easier for developers to do both things in one place,” says Landis. According to Landis, PaaS technology lowers barriers-to-entry and allows more developers to freely participate, inevitably shaking up the software development industry. The mega-million-dollar implementations of enterprise-class software, which suffered from a high failure rate as well as an untenable cost structure, are rapidly being replaced by a new as-a-service model. This model not only changes the underlying economics and operational structure of large enterprise users, it also brings in SMBs that were previously shut out of the market.

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$14 Billion Software as a Service Industry Growth Influences Maker Companies

TJ McCue, Contributor, Forbes.com

Software Industry forecasts in the USA range from $100 billion to $400 billion depending on the research report. Digging deeper, Gartner reports that software-as-a-service (SaaS) will hit $14.5 billion in 2012. SaaS, or web-based software, is a big part of the connective fiber for startups, maker companies, and small business. Web-based apps and networks can help accelerate your company growth, but more importantly they provide new ways to make hardware useful and accessible to consumers.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/tjmccue/2012/04/04/14-billion-software-as-a-service-industry-growth-influences-maker-companies/

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Power of the PaaS – by Techie.com

November 30, 2012 / by , Techie.com

http://techie.com/power-of-the-paas-a-review-of-saas-maker/

Over the past several months I’ve had the pleasure of becoming familiar with a very innovative company called Virtual Global. They have created an incredible cloud-based tool for developers to create their own hosted web service without any back-end programming, called SaaS Maker. The CEO of Virtual Global, Cary Landis, together with Techie.com editor-in-chief Dan Blacharski, co-wrote a book called Cloud Computing Made Easy, which was published a couple years back, and an update is currently underway. The book unravels the mysteries of cloud computing and confronts many of the misconceptions that people have generated about these services.

If you’re not familiar with the cloud, and the acronyms in the title of this article intimidate you, Cloud Computing Made Easy has the perfect concoction of information to make you brave enough to confront these shortened phrases, face-to-face. In the meantime, fear not – I have a quick crash course to get you by.

Up until now, businesses have had to rely on solutions that involved building and maintaining their own network infrastructure for computing. Now, there are large “hosting and deployment” platforms available like Microsoft Azure and Amazon EC2, which provide auto-scaling and runtime services for easily deploying and scaling software to large numbers of users. There’s no server rack to purchase and no IT staff to pay; most models have you pay a monthly service fee that covers all the maintenance aspects that were formerly required for internal systems – simply connect through the internet and you have all the features that a 6 figure investment (or more) would offer.

Virtual Global’s SaaS Maker is a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering. It’s completely cloud-based. When most people think of the cloud, they think of software-as-a-service (SaaS), which are applications that are used over the web and delivered from a cloud; or infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), commonly delivered in services like cloud storage or cloud compute power. PaaS is a little less-known, but it is nonetheless what really is driving the cloud revolution. Think of PaaS as a type of operating system for the cloud. True end-to-end PaaS tools like SaaS Maker, unlike the simple hosting-and-deployment tools mentioned above, are full software development platforms for the cloud—which provide online tools for building, deploying and distributing software on the cloud. SaaS Maker provides you with a platform that hosts several different tools that you drag and drop into templates that provide a variety of functionality. It provides for a level of sophistication that belies its simplicity; besides simple proof-of-concept and productivity apps, it can be used to create complex and robust enterprise systems. Prior to SaaS Maker, the platform existed in other incarnations. It was focused on serving specific industries like healthcare and government, as well as specific applications geared towards collaboration for the likes of NASA. Virtual Global now offers SaaS Maker as a tool to create custom application development kits for  any industry.

When you’re looking at big business or other organizations that utilize massive amounts of information to carry out daily tasks, it’s not enough to simply plug data into Excel and email it to everyone in the company. Tools for reporting and analyzing have become necessary to direct decision makers by providing an overview of workflow, financials as well as several other detailed processes that can be easily misinterpreted should some small, but crucial, piece of data be overlooked, hence leading to turmoil. This need is what has led Virtual Global to create platforms to assess information on behalf of data analytics professionals to enhance workplace productivity and ultimately, improve the bottom line.

The idea from Virtual Global was to ultimately make SaaS Maker easily accessible so that it could be used by anyone, rather than limiting the service to the industries they have previously served. The task I was assigned with was to beta test this new incarnation of their PaaS as I have a background in programming. My favorite project (though fairly simple, in retrospect) was a side scrolling shooter I built for a project in a VB class that used the old 8-bit Mario sprite, who was pitted against a deluge of Final Fantasy monsters, also from the NES era. Mario was animated such that he appeared as though he was running through an outer-space kind of environment and was controlled by a mouse. By left-clicking your mouse, he would shoot an orb that would kill the monster in its path. You would occasionally collect a power-up (a 16-bit MegaMan X health expansion) that could be shot with a right-click, which would wipe out all the monsters on screen. It has been a good while since I have delved into any form of hardcore coding. Fortunately, the system can build much better systems than my dumb game without any real coding.

SaaS Maker Quick Start:

It’s really simple to get started. Just like any other web service, you’ll visit theSaaS Maker site and set up an account. Basically, plug your information in and go. After you give SaaS Maker some basic information you can set up the configuration for your application. You’ll be given three choices as to how the app will be promoted: for individuals, where it can be sold to an open community; for business or internal business, essentially for closed communities, the latter of which would be strictly for internal development. You’ll be introduced to the term ‘Gizmos’ here which are widgets that provide functionality for applications, like chatting amongst other members logged in, spreadsheets, and more. You can also opt for features like additional storage space, encrypted network connection (which is a good idea, especially for business) and connection to a dedicated server, if you’re planning on porting applications or data from an existing network infrastructure.

Immediately after completing the set-up, you can start developing your application. After you log in with the credentials you provided you’ll be taken to the home page which welcomes you to the application.

[Here is the home page of the SaaS Maker Factory]

You can go through the motions step by step by clicking the next button, which will take you through each of the areas represented on the left side of the screen, or you can pick and choose. Each area offers different functionality where you can access different tools to customize the functionality of the application. The areas that you’ll likely be using most are User Experience, Forms, and the Report Designer, which can be found under the Other section on the left.

User Experience is a simplified GUI where pages in the application can be created and modified. You’ll be able to create custom web pages with the tools in the application, but you can opt to throw in other web design techniques like HTML should you so choose. The Forms section is where you as the developer will define templates for collecting information. Forms are essentially like spreadsheets. A wizard-like tool walks you through building a data retention tool that will be used by users of the application and by the Report Designer that will be used to compile the information.

The Features and Gizmo areas will be used heavily at first. Features allows the developer to designate permissions for access to the features and areas of the application based on user role. It’s a lot like Active Directory in a Windows Server environment, only much simpler. Gizmos allows you to place widgets in the application that give users a variety of different uses, as mentioned before. The Other section can be used to edit account information and access the Report Designer function. Report Designer uses .NET framework so you’ll have to use Internet Explorer to access this console. It uses a grid based GUI where tools with predefined consoles can be plugged in which interact with information retained in Forms as well other data, such as that from the Spreadsheet Gizmo (which imports and exports nicely with Microsoft Excel) and data that may be found in files stored in the File Cabinet Gizmo.

I made a very simple statistic tracking application on the beta version that recorded information about specific people I’ve met over the years. My mind was in the gutter (as usual) so it was actually a little more risqué, but the point of the application was to track different aesthetic features that I could compile in the reports I create based on whatever metric I chose (e.g. people with a certain eye color). It had a couple of minor bugs at first, but as I’m typing this, I’m playing around with the “near complete” version and I’m not experiencing any of the issues I had previously. The only memorable inconvenience I experienced was that I had to use Windows XP Pro with SP3 to use the Report Designer as it didn’t like IE9 on the Windows 7 Ultimate OS that I mostly use. It only took me a couple days to complete, which is far less time than a team of coding wizards would take to build the same thing from scratch.

Cloud applications are where it’s at, especially when it comes to business applications. A developer can honestly use this for just about anything, even making a game as there is a free SDK download within the Other section for those that want to integrate custom apps into the API. Of course, for those in business, this is a great value as custom built preexisting Java apps can be plugged in, so you can continue using these applications within SaaS Maker. Give it a try at the very least. As an individual, it’s just as easy to deploy. You’ll name a price after you choose to publish the application. Some tinkering in your free time could eventually lead to a fatter wallet – you never know!

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Newest release of SaaS Maker™ ‘Cloud Toolkit’ Helps Entrepreneurs Build Big Software Without Venture Capital Dollars Share on email

February 06, 2013 Technology News: (PRLEAP.COM) Virtual Global, Inc. announced the newest release of SaaS Maker™, an “app dev” platform as a service for entrepreneurs to build software without programming.. Built upon a framework long used in the deployment of high-scope federal and academic installations all over the world, SaaS Maker™ is gaining business-end momentum with companies and corporations that are realizing the potential to implement Software Development as a Service (SDaaS) without shouldering traditional upfront capital costs, but they’re not alone. Entrepreneurs are turning to SaaS Maker™ as a fast way to build big business systems without raising venture capital money.

Cary Landis, who founded Virtual Global in West Virginia in 2003, attributes the success of SaaS Maker™ to its “Idea to Revenue” business model that gives developers a real reason to use the platform – they can sell their applications for subscription-based revenue.

“I’m a giant fan of Steve Jobs in the NeXT days,” says Landis. “One of my favorite quotes from Steve was that ‘for every hardware hobbyist out there, there was at least a thousand software hobbyists. People who’d want to play with the software but couldn’t build one.’ It was true on the desktop, and it’s equally true on today’s Web.”

“The SaaS Maker™ software development kit addresses the growing market for custom software and the emerging need for better ways to modernize and update legacy systems without being locked into proprietary infrastructure providers,” Landis explained. “Based solely on the volume of interest we’ve received from companies regarding our new SaaS Maker product it’s pretty clear that we’ve built a solution that the business community is looking for.”

Landis, who has supported leading corporations and government agencies – including the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), believes there are several reasons why SaaS Maker™ is the developer’s platform of choice. In addition to the fact that SaaS Maker™ fills the missing gaps that SaaS developers have been facing by providing true end-to-end tools, SaaS Maker™ also uses point-and-click tools that allow developers and businesses to more quickly and easily add functionalities, such as user subscriptions, data-entry forms, role-based access security, workflow management, team collaboration, and business intelligence reports. Landis also noted that his company’s experience in serving agencies at the federal level is helping SaaS Maker™ to stand out in a field that, he believes, “will begin to clutter with startups and unproven applications created by unknown entities.”

“The framework we used to develop our new SaaS Maker™ product has a proven, decade-long acumen in federal installations – nationally and internationally – and that certainly means something to developers at all levels,” said Landis. “Achieving success as an app developer requires more than a set of development tools and a hosting platform. It requires a complete, cloud-based approach right from the start. SaaS Maker™ provides developers with cloud-based solutions all the way to the marketplace.”

SaaS Maker™ features a software development kit that lets developers create feature-rich programs that integrate with other web services, such as big data and geospatial services. It is portable across data centers, so that developers can implement secure solutions on their own private cloud, and it is equally suited for multiple types of developers. According to Landis, businesses can use SaaS Maker™ to immediately start building enterprise systems that scale to millions of users, and can leverage the platform to cut their time-to-market, costs, and risks by more than half.

For more information about SaaS Maker™, please visit http://www.saasmaker.com.

About Virtual Global
Virtual Global, Inc. is a West Virginia-based cloud computing software company that focuses on federal and commercial cloud strategies and software development. Virtual Global was founded in 2003 by Cary Landis, CEO, who also serves as lead architect for the SaaS Maker™ Cloud Computing System. Landis formerly co-founded a software firm listed on the INC 500 list of fastest-growing small companies. Virtual Global has supported both leading corporations and government agencies, including the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), and an online performance and reporting system for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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