We grow every day as a company, and that comes with its share of realizations. This is the first part of a series of articles on how our platform integrates with other software, and why that is really important.
In many ways, our growth has been driven out of frustrations with SharePoint. People had trouble with the platform, and the most common reason was that it was extremely difficult to set up, and not very intuitive for end users. This has led to people dedicating their careers to managing these servers, but also for various companies to try to come up with alternatives. Collaboration in the workplace has always been a challenge, and it will always remain at the very core of any industry. Improving it immediately leads to increased productivity, but doing that can be a little puzzling. Software has been a tried and tested way to do it, but it too can have its shortcomings.
Our strategy has always been to say that we were a replacement for SharePoint. We appealed to the frustrations of people in mid-market companies, that lacked an army of developers. We even have a page dedicated to that mission. However, we realize this simply isn't an option for many. Some organizations have such a deep integration with SharePoint that it is simply impossible for them to get rid of it. They have workflows that are powered by it, there is a literal ton of content hosted there. They realize that the interface has its pitfalls, they hear the daily complaints, they know. They simply don't know what to do about it.
Well some employees know what to do. They use other software to fill the holes left behind by their intranet. As of Q1 2015, there are an average of 923 cloud apps in use per company. You read that right. Most people would see that as a fail, we see it as an opportunity. People are going to use other options, simply because there is no end at all to collaboration software. What you need is not to kill the use of these apps, you need something to unite them. Something to act as that single pane of glass where your employees can access all they need. The one password they need to remember, the place where they go first in the morning (Yes, even before opening Outlook, gasp!). That is what Igloo strives to do. We'll be the interface that finally makes SharePoint usable. We'll be an easier way to find documents hosted in Google Drive. We'll display your sales team's Chatter feed right next to the new CEO blog.
The end goal
We'll be whatever you need us to be. We like that you use other apps, because in the end, it only makes us stronger, it only makes you work smarter. Our end goal will always be that you use Igloo to it's full potential, to allow you to produce your best work. And with every day that goes by and every new client we sign, we realize that what they want is to be able to work their way, but better. So we've created self-service tools to help you build the tools you need (without the army of developers). We're ready to roll out our first group of integrations with the most used file-sharing services, and we have many more coming soon. This is part of a greater goal to us, to allow you to work your way. This is only the first step for us, but it is a massive realization that will change how we think and develop forever. This is day one.
Want to learn more about how Igloo Software can help replace your older Sharepoint site? Download our Sharepoint intranet kit.