It seems every day a new startup makes headlines as the next best thing in...well, something. With security, data, and cloud business services being most prominent in those headlines, we wanted to highlight key startups that will affect how you do business going into 2016 and beyond.
1. Ravello Systems. Founded in 2011, Ravello Systems provides cloud application hypervisor solutions to enterprises that allows them to encapsulate multi-VM applications and run them anywhere, be it in the cloud or on-premise. This means that IT and developers can run a true hybrid cloud system to develop and test applications. Ravello is the first in the industry to offer this SAAS and has seen consistent growth, having completed a C-round of investment this year.
What this means for your business: By using Nested virtualization, your IT and devlopers can run a hypervisor on a virtual machine to take full advantage of the resources of the public cloud.
2. CoreOS. Container Technology is a relatively new term that has gained increased exposure with the rise of startups such as CoreOS. What does it mean? Containers allow software to continue to run reliably when moved from one environment to another, whether it be from an individual laptop to a test environment, staging to production, or from a physical machine to the cloud. What creates a problem for developers or IT is when the environments are not identical. Enter a container, which bundles everything needed to continue to run (application and dendencies, libraries, etc.) into one package. While there are other companies on the market, what makes CoreOS stand out is its added security and management features that are on the more established Docker platform, while also working together for a more robust container.
What this means for your business: Container technology allows you to manage software and its dependencies while moving them to different environments with a focus on security.
3. Slack. There are plenty of communication tools out there today, but Slack has been gaining popularity as an enterprise communication app that no less than the New York Times is hailing as the app "that might sink email." While Slack may appear to be similar to other communication tools, what separates it is its customizability and compatibility across all devices. What's more, you can create company-wide or group-specific channels, private channels, integrate apps such as Twitter, Mailchimp, and even make lunch reservations for that important meeting. In fact, Slack just released a beta version of their Windows phone app that includes experimental support for animated gifs and in-app downloads. According to Technology Review, Slack is helping companies take control of internal software services for sales, HR, and document-tracking tools.
What this means for your business: Constant access to important business communication and key app integration saves time and increases productivity.
4. Blue Jeans Network. What's more frustrating in the world of video conferencing than the fact that so many people use so many different platforms. One uses Skype, another Google Voice, and yet a third uses Microsoft Lync. Enter Blue Jeans Network, the solution that connects users across different platforms into one video conference. Founded in 2009, 2015 saw the company ramp up so much that Derek Jeter saw fit to invest in the company's Series E round of $76.5 million. According to Techcrunch, "Blue Jeans alone facilitates over one billion minutes of video conferences each year for over 25 million users across 5,000 companies." And with the release of its Primetime service, Blue Jeans adds interactive video for large-scale online events
What this means for your business: Video conferences with clients and potential clients are no longer dependent on different video conferencing platforms.
5. Betterworks. Goals. This is the time of year where enterprise employees and management set goals for the next year. In the past, this comprised of nothing more than a Word document outlining said goals. Enter Betterworks, founded in 2013, with the, uh, goal of creating software specifically designed for organizations to maintain and track individual, team, and company-wide goals. These goals can be linked to other individuals as well as projects. This allows for adjustments during the goal period to keep things on track and encourages others to shift assets and resources as needed. What's more, Betterworks can integrate with other services such as Salesforce and Workday.
What this means for your business: Goal-setting becomes more of an automated process, allowing for greater productivity.
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