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Tim Vibbert

Business in the Cloud with Cordys

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In Episode #1 of a new podcast from Red Eagle Services called Business in the Cloud I spoke with Hans de Visser, Chief Marketing Officer, of Cordys.  Here is the audio and transcript of the session.

 

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Tim: Híŋhaŋni wašté (Good day) and welcome everyone to Episode 1 of “Business in the Cloud?, where we are examining how organizations are leveraging cloud computing to enhance and improve and revolutionize their business. This podcast is bought to you by Red Eagle Services. I’m your host, Tim Vibbert. My special guest in this inaugural episode is Cordys Chief Marketing Officer, Hans de Visser.

Hans: Thank you, Tim. It’s a pleasure.

Tim: Hans, my first question is to as you who Cordys is. Some of our listeners may not have heard of Cordys before. Can you give us a little background on Cordys?

Hans: Cordys is a software company founded by Jan Baan. He has been a successful entrepreneur who had also founded Baan Company - one of the dominant ERP players in the 90’s. Jan was also an investor behind Toptier (a portal vendor which got acquired by SAP) and Webex (the company who kind of invented online meeting).
Cordys has developed a software platform which allows organizations to build and deploy process centric solutions to improve their business operations with greater speed and flexibility than traditional platforms.
We are active in North America, Europe and ASIAPAC (especially in China and India); and we focus on the enterprise market with on-premise and cloud based offerings, as well as a hybrid model.

That’s as far as a quick introduction is concerned.

Tim: Great, thanks for that introduction. Hans, you mentioned that Cordys provides solutions to assist organizations in improving business operations by focusing on their business processes by improving flexibility and speed. Can you give the listeners a little bit more in depth description on Cordys solutions around the Business Operations Platform?
Hans: Yes absolutely. What we’ve done is leverage the unique opportunity to build the platform from scratch. Cordys has integrated three distinct technology domains into a single service oriented platform: The world of Integration (through an Enterprise Service Bus running on a grid foundation), Business Process Management and the world Composite Application Development. And that’s all from a single environment.
We are fanatic about the model driven approach to design and develop solutions, so you will find a lot of graphical models e.g. to design processes, cases, UIs, business rules, KPIs, dashboards etc which gives transparency on the set up of a solution (reducing traditional coding) and allows for flexibility in changing the solution for progressing needs of the business. Typically, what we also see if that through working on models, you can align Business and IT people who are working on joint development on a solution so both functions can collaborate on the same version of the model. And in our deployment, we really focus on fast iterations to deliver value to the business, by abstracting and re-using already existing IT assets.
If you look at the Cordys offerings, we basically have 2 offerings.

One is the Business Operations Platform, for sophisticated process oriented enterprise solutions, and Cordys Process Factory to compose dynamic business applications, MashApps, in the cloud.
The Business Operations Platform is available on premise and for the private cloud. Cordys Process Factory runs in the cloud on Rackspace as well as at Getronics, a leading data center and workspace management company owned by KPN.

Tim: You indicated that Cordys takes a hybrid solution to cloud computing. Can you also give us examples of how customers have implemented your cloud solution?

Hans: The Cordys Process Factory is used by SMEs to quickly build applications that are tailored to business needs. Through web services, they might be integrated with on premise solutions or just run as stand-alone apps. Examples are Human Resource Management, Procurement, CRM etc.
More and more, we also serve enterprises who have Gone Google and are seeking business process management and support for dynamic business applications in the cloud. For example, we are currently serving a large globally operating supplier in the automotive industry who is replacing their on-premise LotusNotes applications with the Cordys Process Factory.
Recently, The Telegraph Media Group in the UK also decided to start using the Cordys Process Factory. TMG has a very advanced and explicit cloud strategy. Their CIO explained that he sees Cordys as the “Swiss army knife? of the cloud. Which means it can do a lot: integration, BPM and fast development of applications.
And the beauty of Cordys is that we do more than just integration, or application development in the cloud. We offer BPM in combination with integration and application development capabilities.

As far as the Business Operations platform is concerned: in the US, Cloud Harbor offers Cordys Business Operations platform in a private cloud. Companies, like PHNS, who offer solutions for the healthcare sector are using Cordys through Cloud Harbor as a platform provider.
This summer, Capgemini launched a very exciting initiative “Capgemini Immediate?, a cloud proposition which gives their customers access to a series of best-of-breed cloud technologies. Cordys is included in that offering. And they are, for example, Capgemini introduced the Royal Mail Group as one of the first customers on “Capgemini Immediate?.

So here you have a couple of examples of customers using Cordys both onpremise and in the cloud setting.

And because of the fact that we can do both onpremise and in the cloud operations, that you could move “onpremise to the cloud? and “the cloud to onpremise?. So you’re not bound to one provider in that sense.

Tim: So you’re not bound to a particular hosting provider?

Hans: Exactly. There are a number of hosting providers we see a strong traction: parties who would like to have a cloud offering look to us to provide that depth of breadth of our platform that runs perfectly on premise and the cloud.

Another aspect which I would like to highlight is that we see a need for Cloud Provisioning solutions. Our customers are not just taking services from one cloud offering, but they might use a variety of services. Based on the practical experience that we have gained ourselves in running Cordys Process Factory, we have developed a highly flexible solution for Cloud provisioning – and that supports delegated management of tenants, users and metering of that usage.

Tim: How might someone find out more information on your solution and success stories?

Hans: First of all, I’d say take the opportunity to join Cordial in the Netherlands on the 14th and 15th of September – which is actually a week from now. Obviously, that’s not feasible for people around the world.

Next to that, our website is a great source of information on our value. Join the Cordys Community to interact with a lot of Cordys professionals and our partners - and get their views on how Cordys can help in getting you on the cloud.
You can also go to the Cordys Process Factory, and - in two mouse-clicks or so - sign up for a 30 day trial period to experiment and experience it yourself. You can find the Cordys Process Factory directly on our website as well as on the Google Apps Marketplace.

Tim: Great! That are several different information sources there.

Hans: Yes, exactly.

Tim: That concludes this episode of “Business in the Cloud?. I want to thank my guest Hans de Visser from Cordys.

Hans: Thank you very much! It was a real pleasure

Tim: Pilámaya (Thank you) for tuning in, and be sure to tune in for future episodes for “Business in the cloud?

Tim Vibbert

Tim Vibbert is the CTO of Red Eagle Service. Red Eagle Services is a leader for Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)and Cloud Computing (CC) expertise and professional services. As a thought leader and authority on SOA and Cloud Computing, Red Eagle Services provides its clients strategic, adviory, and professional services.

Tim has over 15 years of experience in Enterprise IT in several industries including (Health Care, Legal, Manufacturing, Media Distribution, Government, and Retail). Twitter : @soachief

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Tim Vibbert

Tim Vibbert is the CTO of Red Eagle Service. Red Eagle Services is a leader for Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)and Cloud Computing (CC) expertise and professional services. As a thought leader and authority on SOA and Cloud Computing, Red Eagle Services provides its clients strategic, adviory, and professional services.

Tim has over 15 years of experience in Enterprise IT in several industries including (Health Care, Legal, Manufacturing, Media Distribution, Government, and Retail). Twitter : @soachief

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