I’m 12 inches in diameter and made of vinyl, have 2 sides and a speed of 33 1/3 revolutions per minute. What am I? If you guessed obsolete, you’re partially correct. The answer is – an LP Record. Nostalgia aside, this music technology has been far surpassed compared to music technology today. Who could have imagined that music would become an intangible, digital medium?
When the world was consuming music through LP Records, it must have been unfathomable that thousands of songs would eventually fit into a device the size of a quarter and that music files would have no real physical properties. Not only has the evolution of music technology changed how we consume music, it has also revolutionized business and these models should serve as examples of what is possible.
For example, we now have the ability to consume music however and wherever we choose - from our desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, TV and MP3 players. We also have the ability to select only the songs we like, create our own playlists and rate and share music instantly with anyone, anywhere.
Why not create a new business software model that allows people to select pieces of software they like, assemble these pieces in their own virtual workplace, and interact with these virtual environments on any desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone regardless of operating system or screen size and from any location? We asked this question, then answered it by creating a first-of-its-kind Web App Ecosystem.
Work to Your Own Beat
Imagine you are an employee of ACME company and you are also taking classes at night for your MBA. During rare times of relaxation you like to read. Using our new proposed software model, you have the ability to engage with ACME, your University and read your books all from the same platform with a single login. The Ecosystem knows who you are and connects you to Web Apps relevant to you. You can access your platform the exact same way using your desktop or your tablet or your smartphone, thereby providing a consistent user experience perfectly adapted to the appropriate screen size.
These Web Apps can provide much of the same functionality as native apps, however, they go a step further. They are device agnostic and can be arranged and integrated with each other creating new applications altogether. Think of each Web App as a Lego® piece that can connect with other pieces to create entirely new structures.
This Ecosystem treats software not as a single, siloed software system, but as granular features and functions wrapped in new-breed, Web App technology with standardized interfaces. They are organized in customizable public or private libraries from which users can assemble their own virtual workplaces.
The architecture is sophisticated - it is a true SaaS SSO model however, it connects to external organizations, using a REST API, where proprietary logic resides for that organization, fostering the curation of custom content for each user of the Ecosystem. This helps maintain security semantics and distribute responsibility and load. The Ecosystem acts as a filter, connecting and authenticating you to the systems and Web Apps you want and need.
We now have the ability to consume software however and wherever we choose - from our desktops, laptops, tablet and smartphones. We also have the ability to select only the software pieces we like, create our own virtual workplace and rate and share information instantly with anyone, anywhere. Now that sounds good!
Michael D. Croft (@Michael_D_Croft) is Chairman & CEO at Volute Holdings Corporation, parent company to Volute Technologies. Michael has over 16 years of professional experience architecting enterprise software used by world-renowned companies. In 2012, he earned the 40 Under Forty award citing 40 professionals under the age of 40 making an impact on a local or national scale. Michael has been featured in various publications and speaking engagements, sharing his expertise on software development and methodologies.
To view Volute’s Web App Ecosystem brochure, visit http://www.volute.co/web-app-ecosystem.html.