Last week our CTO and co-founder, Peter Yared, had an opportunity to demo Sapho’s latest integration with IBM Domino on stage during the technical keynote of IBM Connect in San Francisco. He took the stage and showcased our vision to modernize IBM Notes and Domino (and other legacy systems) with Sapho. In case you missed it, we’ve recapped the week’s activities below.
Peter spoke about his experience as the CIO of CBS Interactive, where he noticed that employees rarely used their work software. Instead, employees would reach out to a few ‘power users’ of a system and ask them to extract data and reports on their behalf. This process created delays, bottlenecks, misinformation, missed opportunities, and inefficiencies. Seeing this problem first hand at CBSi led Peter to create Sapho, which enables IT teams to build micro apps that extend the use of existing systems like Domino.
Peter presented a use case of Sapho and Domino that resonated well with the audience: a sales rep who is asking for travel authorization through a notes application. The manager, who is on the road, is notified by Sapho of the travel request through a push notification on her smartphone. After tapping the notification, the manager will see the details of the request (to visit large customer) on a Sapho micro app. The micro app shows not only shows the Domino authorization data, it also combine this data with information from Salesforce so the manager can get more information about the opportunity the sales rep is chasing. With Sapho, the travel authorization and approval process is easy, mobile, and personalized.
So why does this matter for IT?
No need to rip and replace legacy systems
Most organizations have legacy systems (like Domino) that are clunky, hard-to-use and make it difficult for employees to get their work done. But, the cost and complexity to migrate these systems make the conversation a nonstarter. Sapho enables companies to build secure micro apps, on top of these systems of record, that provide employees proactive insights and one-click task completion from a personalized Facebook-like feed. The result is a set of apps with a modern interface and simple workflows that engage employees and accelerate the speed of business.
Transform legacy systems into a true system of engagement
We were thrilled with the reception Sapho received last week at IBM connect. It was great to see the excitement of both IBM customers and employees – even Peter’s co-presenter, IBM Solution Engineer Jason Erickson said, “I’ve installed Sapho three to four times...it’s really easy!”
In addition, we were listed as one of three EMA Innovators of IBM Connect 2017 for “breaking up traditional barriers between applications and turning traditional systems of record into systems of engagement.”
If you’re interested in reading more about our latest integration with IBM or the IBM Connect event, take a look at some of these great articles:
- ZDNet: Sapho integrates with IBM Domino, highlights multi-year trend of stretching legacy systems
- BetaNews: Sapho integrates its app platform with IBM Domino
- Constellation Research: Sapho’s Micro App Platform aims at making legacy systems last longer
Our company set out to transform work software, and this recognition left us energized and excited for what’s to come.