News for 2010

Vigience launches QuiXilver at the Cloud Computing Expo Autumn 2010

Its presence at the Autumn Cloud Computing Expo 2010 in Tokyo with its more than 30 thousand visitors turned out to be an overwhelming success. Vigience, based on its unique SAP background, together with NEC presented themselves as leaders in the agile cloud solutions. Visitors crowded at the joint booth to see live demonstrations of the new products QuiXilver (first public showing of Quixilver ever) and Overcast (a suite of cloud products, of which the previously announced Enterprise Gateway is one component).

Mastering SAP Plant Maintenance

Vigience also presented its mobile products and consulting services for Asset Management based on SAP NetWeaver and newly also based on Sybase at the Mastering SAP Plant Maintenance event in Brisbane. To everybody’s delight, the representatives from the New Zealand government (our first pilot for our SAP MAM enhancements) occasionally stood in and demoed the solution themselves.

Dreamforce 2010

Vigience representatives were at Salesforce.com’s flagship event Dreamforce 2010 and met with various SaaS industry leaders both at the event and in the valley. One of the major themes of Dreamforce was the introduction of Database.com. This “database as a service” further strengthened the trend that cloud computing has long left the area of pure application provisioning, extending to databases and platform as well. Overcast, the common product of NEC and Vigience might serve as a good example how to best leverage the new possibilities.

Vigience 4th Anniversary

Celebrating Vigience’s continued success we took the afternoon of the first working day in August off to go to the beach for some sun and fun. Food and drink were in plentiful supply and as the afternoon turned to evening we adjourned to a river cruise for dinner and live entertainment. The weather was beautiful and it was a great chance to take some time and look back on our (organic) growth over the last 4 years from 2 people to 40.

Expansion

On the 4th of June, 2010, Vigience celebrated its expansion into a 3rd building in Gotanda, Tokyo with a moving-in party. Floor space is the equivalent of that in the 2nd building and so provides some much-needed room to grow. With all three locations being within 5 minutes’ walk of each other the 2nd (middle) building is thus the ideal gathering spot for a post-lunch coffee or an after work beverage and as such we have increased our coffee corner/relaxation/brainstorming space there. The main occupants of new building are a development team working on a stealth project that will be announced publically later in the year – stay tuned!

Singapore

Vigience has started its first project in Singapore! The project is exciting as it is a hybrid on-premise/cloud composite application for approval processes. Approval processes are often constrained by requiring the approver to logon to a backend system such as SAP and go to a “workflow inbox” to approve/reject individual items. Vigience believes that this is an ideal scenario to take advantage of “in-between time” (as pioneered by BlackBerry for emails). As such Vigience has created a system that converts approvals into appropriately formatted emails and allows the approver to approve/reject the item by simply replying to the email thus resulting in a simple and intuitive user experience (as well as not require constant network connectivity). It gets better though, as no software needs to be installed on neither the backend SAP system nor on the mobile device and, no changes are needed to the implemented business process! This of course makes the IT department very happy and as a further result of this decoupling the user experience can be worked on in a much more rapid way than typical changes involving enterprise applications. An early proof-of-concept video illustrating the approach is available here The project rollout is expected to extend to cover India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand. As a result more trips to this region are planned and we hope to use these opportunities to explore helping other companies in those countries with their needs. As always, if you know of someone in that area that might be interested in meeting with us then please do let us know.

Enterprise Gateway SaaS service shown at Cloudforce conference (Tokyo, 15th September)

The Enterprise Gateway SaaS service, a collaborative between NEC System Technologies and Vigience to rewrite the book on how to integrate ERP systems with SaaS systems, were a highlight at the Salesforce.com Cloudforce Japan event. The Enterprise Gateway allows for complex integration tasks to be done in minutes instead of weeks and interested customers can start using the SaaS service for free using a developer license. Demonstrations included a 5-min development task of merging SAP-based data sources with non-SAP based data (SQL, Oracle, etc.) in a Sales Portal, as well as the integration of real-time ATP into standard Salesforce.com CRM.
The Enterprise Gateway SaaS service, a collaborative between NEC System Technologies and Vigience to rewrite the book on how to integrate ERP systems with SaaS systems, were a highlight at the Salesforce.com Cloudforce Japan event. The Enterprise Gateway allows for complex integration tasks to be done in minutes instead of weeks and interested customers can start using the SaaS service for free using a developer license. Demonstrations included a 5-min development task of merging SAP-based data sources with non-SAP based data (SQL, Oracle, etc.) in a Sales Portal, as well as the integration of real-time ATP into standard Salesforce.com CRM.