SkyGiraffe Raises Seed Round From 500 Startups Partner And Original .Net Creator For Mobile App Platform

Posted: May 7, 2013 in Technology
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20130507-092422.jpg. SkyGiraffe, an enterprise mobile platform provider,
has raised a seed round from well-known investors,
including Parker Thompson, a partner at 500 Startups
and Yuval Neeman, a former corporate vice president
at Microsoft, who started and led the company’s .Net
development. SkyGiraffe makes a platform called SkyGiraffe Studio
that connects data from different business groups
with mobile apps, giving employees access to data
from systems of record such as ERP or CRM
environments. An IT manager downloads the client, installs
SkyGiraffe Studio and then selects the back-end and
data source to connect. IT can then define security
access and other IT policies, said Co-Founder Boaz
Hecht. Within 30 minutes, Hecht says an enterprise
can provide employees with secure access to on- premise data from several backend systems. The opportunity is summed up in the corporate
transition to a mobile culture. But the tools people use
in the office have historically been accessed on
desktops and laptop computers. Now people work
remotely without the same level of security that
comes with working at the office behind the firewall. They need different ways to access their business
data. Mobile devices are the way to do it. SkyGiraffe competes with custom mobile app
developers such as Capriza and IBM Worklight. The
company is demonstrating its technology tomorrow at
the Microsoft Demo Day in Mountain View and is
accepting applications into its private beta. “FWIW, in this case it’s all about the product,”
Thompson said about investing in SkyGiraffe. “This
product replaces an internal development team with a
solution you can get up in half an hour. It’s cheap for
the enterprise and great revenue for SG. It solves a
problem enterprises know they have and are already solving, but way cheaper and faster. Early traction
reflects this. He added that at 500 Startups they are
seeing enterprises that need to use data in the field.
It’s expensive, time-consuming, and a distraction for
these companies to build mobile development teams
and do this themselves. “SkyGiraffe makes usable apps built on existing
enterprise data fast and cheap so these companies
can focus on their business. We think this is the right
approach for the market,” Thompson said. It does look like SkyGiraffe offers a step forward in
how mobile devices can be used much more
effectively as a tool for employees. The question is
the ease of set up. A customer needs the help of a
data analyst to get started using SkyGiraffe. The next
goal should be to make it fully self-serve. That should come as more vendors develop different forms of
connectors that can easily be plugged in to create
customized app workflows.

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