Monday, January 12, 2009

Scio Consulting Partners with Apprenda for Rapid SaaS Product Enablement

As a part of their continued efforts to bring value to their customers, Scio Consulting and Apprenda have announced a strategic partnership to offer enablement services for software companies looking to bring their products to the on-demand business model rapidly and efficiently by using Apprenda's SaaSGrid, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery platform.

SaaSGrid drastically slashes time to market for independent software vendors (ISVs) by automatically weaving a SaaS architecture and business functionality into their non-SaaS web applications, while providing significant long-term value via web-based application management capabilities.

"Essentially, we've done for on-demand software development what the operating system did for desktop software development. We've created a cloud operating system for SaaS, which provides a new layer of abstraction that takes the burden of creating SaaS-specific technology, architecture and business components off of ISVs shoulders," said Apprenda's CEO, Sinclair Schuller.

ISVs that choose SaaSGrid as a foundation shave off massive amounts of development time and capital requirements that would have previously been allocated to SaaS delivery intricacies. This allows ISVs to bring their solutions to market faster than ever before, utilizing SaaSGrid's out-of-the-box functionality.

"It is a pleasure to partner with Scio, a company that shares our enthusiasm and vision of an on-demand future," said Sinclair Schuller. "Software companies that want to create new SaaS offerings often need assistance with their business and product strategies, with developing their SaaS applications, or with modifying the code of an existing on-premise application to move it to SaaS. Our relationship with Scio enables us to help customers more easily obtain such services and make a smooth transition to SaaS with SaaSGrid."

SaaSGrid has been evaluated by Scio Consulting and found to be an excellent tool for reducing costs and time to market for their ISV customers. "Scio has been developing custom SaaS applications for years utilizing .NET and open source technologies . Using Agile practices and our Nearshore Development Center in Morelia, Mexico, we are typically able to deliver new SaaS applications in 4-9 months. Now with SaaSGrid, we will be able to build SaaS applications for our clients faster and more economically than ever before," states Luis Aburto, CEO of Scio Consulting.

Rather than requiring the use of a proprietary technology stack, SaaSGrid applications are built using the industry-hardened Microsoft .NET stack and the SaaSGrid SDK. The SDK hooks into Microsoft's Visual Studio, and provides an integrated development environment that allows a software company to write business code, user interfaces, and databases locally by using popular .NET languages like C#.

About Scio

About Apprenda

Apprenda is the creator of SaaSGrid, a powerful Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform that gives independent software vendors a business and technological foundation to build, deploy, and monetize their service-oriented applications for on-demand use without technological lock-in. SaaSGrid empowers software companies with the ability to build powerful SaaS applications at break-neck speeds, smashing time-to-market barriers, removing implementation roadblocks, and significantly reducing risk. This leaves developers with one job: to build on-demand software that meets customers' needs without worrying about the difficulties of on-demand delivery. For more information visit Apprenda's website at:

About Scio Consulting

Scio Consulting, based in San Jose, CA, is a provider of outsourced application development and consulting services to North American software companies (ISVs), leveraging its Agile Nearshore Development Center in Morelia, Mexico. With its deep experience with the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and On-Demand business models, Scio helps ISVs and Internet-based businesses bring their applications to market faster, with better quality and less risk. For more details about Scio, visit their website at

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