środa, 5 kwietnia 2017

Hosting Providers Must Look to R&D

LOS ANGELES — A growing area of research points to the success of companies that have a long-term view, but in the web hosting industry, companies have typically been focused on what kind of products can make them money now, or in the next quarter. That view has come at a cost, as companies outside of the industry have taken aspects of hosting services, built a better product, and raised millions.

In a panel at HostingCon Global on Tuesday morning, Dave Koston, CTO of Help.com pointed to some of the companies that have raised capital on services that hosting providers have been offering for years (think email and communications). But these companies weren’t founded by people in the hosting industry. Take Slack. Or Heroku. Or AppDynamics. SendGrid. Mailchimp. The list goes on and on.

Hosting providers have traditionally spent very little on research and development to create new product lines, instead investing most of their capital in things like hardware, Jordan Jacobs, VP of product at Chicago-based SingleHop said. “It’s hard,” he acknowledged, “and it takes a lot of risk.”

But it’s a risk that is paying off for SingleHop as it invests in acquisitions to gain new capabilities and has just finished off a fourth round of developer hires – and the product hasn’t even launched yet. 

Hosting companies need to start looking down the pipeline at solutions that may not even exist yet; “it’s a transition we forced ourselves to make,” Jacobs said. The company just launched managed AWS services, and is investing in artificial intelligence (AI).

“You don’t have to deliver a crazy, out of the box solution,” Koston said. To make things simpler on yourself, figure out what problems your customers are having and create something to help them solve them.

Having this discussion with customers is something that Jacobs has become very familiar with. He’s talked to 80 different customers to understand their challenges in the process of developing its artificial intelligence solution.

These conversations have been critical at security services provider StackPath, too, according to Nick Nelson, chief strategy officer. He says StackPath CEO Lance Crosby is constantly talking to customers to find out how he can address their challenges, including what can be built onto existing products as well.

Source: thewhir.com

środa, 22 marca 2017

Why Jaaz Portal?

Overall, the web hosting market is worth more than $15 billion. Most of the companies operating on it are not Internet Giants like GoDaddy or Hostagartor - who take a combined 15% of it - but rather local small data centres that make a living from renting their hardware to others.

That is why we, at Jaaz, want to focus on this segment of the market in order to find our niche. We want to offer fully featured and complete out-of-the-box solutions for web hosting needs. These will cover every aspect of running the web hosting business, from creating sites, managing them, to the billing process.

We believe that to survive the impact of the Internet Giants, local web hosting providers will need to turn from hardware renting to the mass market. Our product will, beside the standard CMS service, feature news and commenting subsystems, Internet Forums, Online Petitions and Work Group Support, and even complete Internet Shops.

Everyone can run the Jaaz Portal regardless of their hardware configuration. Whether it be a Virtual Private Server or complete Cloud environment, if it is able to run Java technology it will run Jaaz Portal.

However, creating such a system is not a simple thing, which is why we are calling on you to participate in our Jaaz Alliance, a non-profit organisation that will be behind the standardisation of our product. If you want to run it in your company, you should definitively become a member.

Through this body, everyone can have an impact on the way that our product grows. Thanks to this initiative, your voice will be heard and you will be helping to shape the features of Jaaz Portal.

We dream of one day releasing the product as Open Source through our Jaaz Alliance. The basic version of Jaaz Portal shall be free to anyone, but if you become a member of our alliance, you will also receive technical support and help in its deployment in your company or organisation.

Of course, we will also provide commercial versions of our software. Packaged in Personal, Community and Business Editions, these will serve the needs of individuals, organisations and commercial entities. The cost for your enterprise will be marginal as we will license them on a per user scheme.

Therefore, if you are a traditional hardware provider or data centre, and you think that your business should transform and be open to the new mass market of individual customers, we are inviting you to join our Jaaz Alliance. This way, you will be able to have your say on the future of our product and will receive all the technical help you require regarding deploying and running our software.

Only by combining the industrial strength of small businesses and the variety of solutions offered can we hope to defeat the Internet Giants. Only by coming together and pooling our efforts can we offer our users a competitive solution. Only by joining the Jaaz Alliance will we not share the fate of local retail shops, which have almost vanished in the face of competition from supermarkets.

Think of future of your business and prepare to enter the mass market. Come together with the Jaaz Portal and be part of the Jaaz Alliance.

Artur Radosz
Jaaz Portal Ltd
e-mail: info@jaaz.eu
tel. +44 20 3905 5498

[PR] London calling...

(London, 7 March 2017) Jaaz company has opened a subsidiary in London, UK. A new company - Jaaz Portal Limited - will be focused purely on developing their flagship product Jaaz Portal, an ultimate, out-of-the-box, automated web hosting solution for average and unskilled users of social networks and bloggers.
The newly established company hopes to bring in investors’ attention as, thanks to having R&D center in Warsaw, Poland, it can offer an excellent service for a minimal price. The company is preparing itself for an initial seed round of investment.
“We are now a fully British company and thus we can offer our potential investors both SEIS and EIS tax relief”, said Marcin Gregroczyk, company secretary.
The company is now intensively working on the beta version of their product, Jaaz Portal, a highly-integrated solution for web hosting needs.
“We hope that our product will make it easier for hardware vending companies to enter a new market of mass customers. We will beat quality and ease-of-use solutions offered by big branches such as BlueHost, GoDaddy or Hostagator”, claimed Artur Radosz, company director.
It is expected that, in the next four years, the $15 billion market will grow by up to 26 000 000 new websites. It's a highly un-monopolized market with tens of thousands small businesses operating on it – the Internet giants take only 15% of it, with the rest lying in the hands of small, and often local, companies.
Jaaz Portal Limited hopes to offer a new standard in this area with their flagship project dedicated to anyone who is thinking of expanding their businesses by providing web hosting services to mass customers. The Jaaz Portal will be licensed in per user schema but the company also plans to provide a free edition of their product as open source.
Jaaz Portal Limited is a UK-based company with an R&D center located in Poland. Through this, it can provide excellent quality IT services at a minimal cost.

Since March 2017, it has focused on the development of the company’s flagship product Jaaz Portal - an ultimate, out-of-the-box web hosting service for average and unskilled users of social networks and bloggers.

środa, 9 listopada 2016

Bootsrap editor

It was long time since we did not posted any update on our development works. For one reasons because we was busy with bug-fixing for another because we was working on some top secret component. The Bootstrap editor.

In next weeks we will finish it and it will be included into Jaaz Portal Free Edition. The Bootstrap in quick is a technology developed by Twitter to help bring desktop web pages to the mobiles.

Now thanks to our revolutionary technology anybody, without having too much technical knowledge can create web pages that will look great on both desktop comupters and mobile phones. 

We call this miraculous technology the Jaaz Editor but maybe you will have better idea. If so, please drop a mail to info@jaaz.eu.

czwartek, 3 listopada 2016

Business Model Canvas

Jaaz presents its Business Model Canvas. More information: http://portal.jaaz.eu/portal/investors/bp

wtorek, 25 października 2016

[PR] DomainHostel24.com

Warsaw, Poland (October 25, 2016) Jaaz company has started a work on new project DomainHostel24.com. It is a project that will make possible for anyone to rent his Internet domain to the general public. With few click of the mouse users will be able to create complete web hosting businesses.
The project will be launched months after the company will launch Personal Edition of their flagship product Jaaz Portal, probably in Q2, 2017. Jaaz Portal is a complete, out-of-box web hosting solution designed for average and unskilled users of the social networks and bloggers. A solution that will be licensed to small businesses also as the Open Source.

“We hope that our new service will create a new wave of online entrepreneurs that will be making money on renting their Internet domains to the public” - said Marcin Gregorczyk, company CEO.

The company is actually looking for a strategic investor but is not loosing time constantly improving their flagship product – Jaaz Portal – that is currently in the Beta Tests stage. 

You can find more information on the company homepage: http://company.jaaz.eu/ and on the project homepage: DomainHostel24.com
Jaaz Company has been founded in 1998 as an initiative of the Polish movie director Christopher Krauze. Since then, it has been providing IT consulting and web designer services for a variety of clients, including the Chancellery of President of Poland. In February 2016 Jaaz Company has started working on its flagship product Jaaz Portal.

środa, 12 października 2016

[PR] Launch date

Warsaw, Poland (Oct 11, 2016) Jaaz has set a date of launch of their Free Edition of Jaaz Portal to Q1, 2017. Jaaz Portal is a highly integrated web hosting and portal solution for average and unskilled users of social networks and bloggers.

The company would be ready to launch the first – Free Version – of the product in next month but unfortunately did not yet secured an investor and does not allocated a budget for marketing of it. For that reasons the company decided to postpone introduction of the product to the market. 

“We have really cool stuff waiting for users but we did not found yet investor, so it would be difficult to launch it now. We are sure that with additional time on development the service will be even more mature” - said Marcin Gregorczyk, company CEO. 

Jaaz Portal will be available in three basic editions – Personal, Communit and Business supplemented by the limited Free Edition. The company plans also to license their solution also as the Open Source later in 2017. 

“At the occasion we want to thank all of our Beta Testers for their excellent work. We hope for more cooperation with you all in the coming months” - said Artur Radosz, company CTO. 

The company is right now in the Beta Tests and their product is tested by the team of 40+ Beta Testers what with additional time given for development will guarantee an excellent quality and easy of use. 

Jaaz Company has been founded in 1998 as an initiative of the Polish movie director Christopher Krauze. Since then, it has been providing IT consulting and web designer services for a variety of clients, including the Chancellery of President of Poland. In February 2016 Jaaz Company has started working on its flagship product Jaaz Portal.