June 26, 2013
Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC
It would be hard to argue that digital hasn’t overtaken paper, and that mobile hasn’t overtaken communication. Yet many organizations and departments still employ processes that are paper-intensive and don’t take mobile access into consideration. A company called Catavolt offers an enterprise-grade cloud service to address that.
Catavolt’s cloud-based platform, Catavolt Extender, provides mobile knowledge workers with instant and secure access to enterprise data on mobile devices. Eric Martin, director of marketing, explains that while people often think about the cloud as a place to store their files, the Catavolt solution doesn’t allow any data to be stored either in the cloud or on the device. That’s to ensure data is secure. The cloud comes in to play only to facilitate the access.
The Catavolt solution, which is in use by a lot of companies, can support a wide variety of applications. For example, a human resources department or sales manager might want to leverage it to enable traveling salespeople to report their mileage via their mobile devices.
There are plenty of outfits out there today that offer mobile enterprise platforms, some of them very big names like IBM (News - Alert) and SAP, says Martin. Catavolt’s advantage in the marketplace, he says, is that it is faster. Businesses don’t have to hire a team of software developers or train anyone to use this platform, he says, adding that it features a graphical drag-and-drop interface. And because it’s a subscription service, it allows for fast time to market and doesn’t require big upfront costs. Martin says Catavolt can get customers up and running in three to four weeks, while competing platforms typically take six to seven months to launch.
Catavolt, which targets mid-market companies, was founded in 2008 by a group of folks that had worked at leading companies in the ERP space.