Whew! It’s been a really-long 12+ months since my former business partner (A good guy, genius…had the jones to get out of software biz, and get into what he truly loved, being a restaurateur – does incredible Italian) and I came up with Skybrary. I’d be full of BS if I told you that we had this vision from the get-go. Nope. Like most things, necessity is the mother of invention.
As background, we’re seasoned (FileNet era) Enterprise Content Management (ECM)veterans so we had a firm grasp on the challenges these technologies create for both businesses and individuals. We also saw the evolution (or rather revolution) taking place within the Cloud sector. We knew we wanted to somehow meld them together. We explored the usual mix of ECM and SharePoint-related technologies. However, in the end, we concluded that after 20+ years of selling/deploying large and complex ECM solutions, we had our fun and it was time to move on to something new.
October, 2011; we were sitting at our favorite breakfast spot, getting wired on coffee while lamenting over which of our concepts/ideas had the most merit. Not exactly sure how it molded together, but viola! Skybrary was born.
Once we had the concept baked, we finalized on some basic design/market criteria. I’m probably stating the obvious, but in reality it’s quite difficult to put into practice. One; make it productive and purposeful with a clear value proposition. Two; make it extremely simple; something that needs no manual and is readily consumable. Three; make it scalable; from a single individual to the largest enterprise. Four; make it open and agnostic. Sounds easy right? Yea, just Like NASA; All you gotta do is; build a rocket, go to the moon, get some rocks, come home. What’s the big deal?
Fast forward to present day. We ran a myriad of Skybrary-related ideas by clients for months. What we learned was honestly, surprising. We finally settled on the initial feature-set for the beta and what would ultimately be in the production version, then said go! The development team, headed up by a long-time comrade of mine, Steve Woodward have been working their butts off since.
The beta is, well…just that. We decided not to gold plate anything until we hear more from clients using Skybrary. So please tell us what you like, you hate, think is brilliant, think is stupid. Most of the folks I know in IT have no challenge sharing their opinion. Point is, we want to build what our clients say makes sense, they live in the real–world of business.
Yep, the beta has some bugs and needs performance tuning (The dev. team is working on them) but if you’ve even been in the software development biz, it’s a natural part of the process. The Production release will remedy these challenges as well as the deliver the rest of the feature-set we have listed. I hope you’re patient with us.
We’re unveiling Skybrary at the Microsoft SharePoint Conference. It seemed like a good place to start as that group is experienced when it comes to managing files everywhere. Besides it’s in Vegas. We’re also passing out free “Skybrary Cards”. They’re not your typical Trade Show-trash mind you; it’s a jump drive – the size/thickness of a credit card. They’re kinda cool. Even my Aunt Leanne wanted one and she doesn’t even have a computer. Turns out it’s also a handy scraper for non-stick pans. Go figure.
Many thanks to the Development team; Steve1, Steve2 (Absolutely no relation to Dr. Seuss, so they tell me) Aydin, Shaun, Paul and Mike. They have consumed a sickening amount of cheap pizza, bad coffee, Enhanced-formula 5-hour Energy, and Red-bulls.