Colligo announced the launch of a new developer program for its Engage platform during the Ignite conference that will open up its software developer kit (SDK) for client side apps.
Developers will be able to build apps for any device on top of Engage in an effort to increase user engagement while offering greater control for the IT department in how enterprise content is managed and monitored.
At the time of its launch last October, Colligo described Engage as a way to unite "enterprise information systems such as SharePoint, Office 365, OneDrive for Business and Exchange through a suite of applications that deliver a seamless user experience across desktop and mobile devices."
What it does, in simple terms, is enable enterprise administrators to send content out from SharePoint or other systems to mobile devices, while still being able to maintain control of that content, monitor usage and ensure security.
That’s one of the primary functions. The other objective is to provide users with an easy way to collaborate and share content securely, regardless of the device.
Barry Jinks, CEO and founder of Colligo, said that since the Engage launch in October, uptake in new customers worldwide has resulted in a 293 percent increase in subscription revenues.
In conversation with CMSWire, Jinks said that the success of Engage reflects the fact that enterprises are looking for ways to manage their content centrally, in order to provide users with a first class user experience. The concern being that if they don't, employees will turn to consumer-grade file share and sync applications that are not designed for the enterprise.
What we announced in October with Engage was a platform to do these things. So in addition to apps, we have a whole new sync technology. The beauty of the sync technology is that it is multi-platform, highly secure enabling work online and offline and that sync engine can be ported to any device. Out of the box it works on any device," he said.
The result provides IT with a simpler method to secure both devices and content, and also a stream of information through the Engage console about what users are doing with content, and what they are doing with the mobile devices.
It’s not meant to spy. That’s not the purpose of it. Its purpose is to try and understand how people are engaging with the tools, to get a picture of engagement, to know what features and tools they like. This enables you to monitor and get the best possible user experience,” he said.
Engagement here is key. With the new SDK program, Colligo will be able to push engagement beyond its current boundaries.
Developers will get to use our sync technology -- which is multi-threaded, highly secure, single sign on, connected in through ActiveDirectory so you can built mobile apps very quickly that are governed and managed from a central service, which is what companies have been looking for for quite a while," Jinks said.
So let’s say if they [an enterprise IT department] were trying to encourage file sharing from SharePoint as opposed to file sharing from Dropbox. They roll-out Engage, which has a Dropbox-like interface, but also has enterprise capabilities like metadata, tagging content on the way into SharePoint, search by tags. But it's also super- easy to use."
Jinks said that the SDK is only the latest step in building on and extending Engage. In the next two weeks Colligo will be announcing the Single Sign-On and an integration with Active Directory, which will enable enterprises to push control policies through Active Directory itself. Connectors for Dropbox and Exchange are already built in the labs.
It will also be launching new reports to track user adoption, as well as analytics reports to give a sense of usage. Also under consideration is incorporating Azure machine learning to understand what tagging patterns are around ingested content, with a view to offering advice on what tags should be used.
From the sounds of it, and based on the plug-in architecture of the backend, this is just the start of what's to come.