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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. His business interests include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a technology commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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4 responses to “Ubikwiti – Review”

  1. lance Wiggs

    Looks promising. I’d be interested to know your take on their speed of delivering, given their previous track record. There is too much missing for production right now.

    Also interesting is that a multi-company multi-user version is coming soon. I wonder what the pricing model will be.

  2. Ben Kepes

    @Lance – it appears that most upcoming functionality is a migration from their existing client/server offering and hence should be pretty quick. What they’re conceiving could be pretty powerful – seems to take the best of old-world ERP style integrated systems and mixes it with the widgetisation, plug and play and third party accessibility of modern approaches…

  3. Tim Loving

    @ Ben – Thanks for your professional, balanced, fair and comprehensive review. You have given us a fair go and we ask no more than that. That being so, I have no hesitation in withdrawing any remarks made in my comments appended to your earlier that might have been construed otherwise.

    You are correct in your assessment of our vision and direction made in your response to Lance above.

    @Lance – Not sure what you mean by “previous track record”. What do you mean by that?

    Also not sure what you mean By “too much missing for production right now”. Care to elucidate on that too?

    As Ben notes,all the components in the “soon to be released list” actually do exist, fully working and market tested, within AccTrak21’s integrated client-server features and functionalities. Typically Ubikwiti components do not have to be designed from scratch – we simply re-write the original AccTrak21 features to web-enable them as SaaS/PaaS “Lego-like” SOA-compliant components (concurrently tidying up any redundancies, logic errors, outdated irrelevancies and complexities, improving generic functionality, and providing SOA connectivity, etc.

    So Ben is correct that the Ubikwitisation process is primarily migration rather than design and development from scratch. Another point: because my team has been together a long time (on average all my senior managers have been with me for more than ten years) the people primarily responsible for the migration are the same people who did the original AccTrak21 design and development; and who have supported and maintained it in a tough, competitive environment.

    Our commitment to SOA and Open Applications is evidenced in that we were the only non-US company (apart from SAP) to sit on the eight-member Open Applications Group,Inc (OAGi) Mid-Market Working Group responsible for the first successful deliverable built specifically for the mid-market (defined as companies between 100 – 900 employeess. Other members of the Group included IBM, Oracle, Intuit, Lawson, Manhattan Associates and Infor.

    We have developed our own internal tools to facilitate the migration process, especially the web-enablement aspects. Our foundation Ubikwiti components are specifically designed to be as globally generic as practicable. Where country-specific or industry-specific additional functionality is required, they can be added, either in templates or components built by us or or by independent ISVs and developers.

    In terms of what particular migrations we do next, we will be guided by what the market tells us is important to them, not blind adherence to a pre-determined internal works program and formal releases. That implies that the market may have business needs not included in our list of upcoming components. If so, we will be guided by and will respond to market demand, not by our own pre-conceived ideas of what the market wants or needs.

    An example in practice of what I mean by that is the Facebook development to be released tomorrow – something that isn’t even listed on the “upcoming components” list.

    Finally, as for your query about the pricing model, apart from the versions we give away free, Ben’s quoted pricing is correct – all you can eat for a base price of US$4.99 per month, per user per company. That will apply to multi-user versions as well as single-user versions. Ben correctly notes that vendors selling components, packages and applications will be able to charge for them separately and additionally.

  4. Ubikwiti

    12000 office, 20 million client success?

    that is wanton of bullshit

    it is actually built by conmen and con women to cheat the public and investor for monies

    fbi should be on alert