Roll over, email
Instacoll, a new interactive tool that anyone can use, comes as a challenge to email
Calling the shots The Instacoll Team (from left): Raghavendra, Narendra Chenjeri, Manjunath Raju V., Shanth Kumar and Jacob Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.
Silicon City now has a new offering. Instacoll (short for instant collaboration), the work of a young 15-member technology team, promises to revolutionise the way we communicate online.
Team A, which comprises Chief Architects Shanth Kumar, Raghavendra N., Manjunath V. Raju, and Chief Technology Officer Narendra Chenjeri and colleagues, created Instacoll that is much like an instant messenger with the difference being that two users can work simultaneously collaborate in real-time. One user can not only simultaneously see the other user writing out a text, but also edit it, even as it is being written out. This is basic, but there are extensions to this. "The strength of this collaborative tool is it is data/document-centric. A static word document is made dynamic with no time lag between any two users," says Sumanth Raghavendra, Instacoll CEO.
Instacoll, they say, is radically different from screen sharing. "The bandwidth Instacoll uses is less compared to screen-sharing. Click just one button and you have a range of options to conduct entire sessions that are data-centric. Decision making on data becomes immediate. It is seamless," says Narendra Chenjeri, CTO.
Instacoll is based on Microsoft's Word, Excel and Power Point, and users can use it without having to learn a new collaborative tool. "To put in simply, we bring Word, Excel, Power Point and the Instant Messenger together," says Sumanth. Instacoll can challenge email because email takes time to notify, record and respond. It is relatively static. Instacoll is also more secure because once it becomes proprietary, only those who subscribe will have access. Besides, data on Instacoll is encrypted and if it needs to be decrypted, it can happen only through a key. It is almost like having a private server/link, a WAN link. After download, Instacoll users are automatically in touch with each other. The Instacoll facility can be used in power point presentations, data exchange, one-to-one as well as business sessions, project execution, sales presentations, publishing and editing work and all in one go. Citi Bank Group, Morgan Stanley, Intel, Sun Microsytems, AMD and IBM have now certified Instacoll. In fact, IBM has offered to run Instacoll on its 20,000 servers on a 90-day trial.
For more information, visit http://www.instacoll.com or contact Narendra Chenjeri on 25502029. You can also email email@example.com.
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