Kykloud gets its first industry review
Nick Graham, Kykloud’s CTO and I spent a few days on the road last week demonstrating Kykloud to some of the industry’s key opinion formers and one of the highlights was our meeting with Paul Wilkinson of Extranet Evolution. Paul is one of the foremost authorities in the construction and property software space so we were keen to make a good impression. Paul’s insightful review of the impact of our software on effective lifecycle management can be read in full on his blog site: http://extranetevolution.com/
I have pulled out some of Paul’s comments below to give you a flavour:
“Kykloud is a very polished new SaaS platform with mobile apps, targetted at asset owners and managers.
Secure cloud-based platform and toolset for anyone managing the life time costs of major infrastructure programmes or large property portfolios. Its intended users will extend from the boardroom level where directors may monitor the performance of 100s of sites, down to the operational teams responsible for managing individual facilities, and the first customers (including asset-owning enterprise users, project managers and contractors) began using the system in late 2011.
The Kykloud platform is beautifully designed and delivers a rich level of functionality in both its browser-based and (forthcoming) iPad and iPhone versions (I was shown Beta versions of the latter; and, yes, Android versions will follow). Upon logging-in to the service, users are presented with a workspace that includes a map of assets and an overview of the properties and sites for which the user is responsible.
Either interface allows the end-user to start interrogating the system for information, and there is also a simple page-top menu (portfolios, sites, plans, reports, directory) to open up different areas of functionality.
Within seconds, Ed was showing me how an asset manager could start using the system to review different time-spans and get at-a-glance views of actual, budget and forecast life-cycle performance data quickly – across entire portfolios, across sub-portfolios (regions, sectors) or for individual sites. Bespoke reports could be created quickly, based on various criteria and assumptions, and Ed demonstrated how new reports could be created to deal with different “what if” scenarios, drilling-down into site-specific details to show how information about fixtures, furnishings and equipment, their costs, replacement intervals and other data could be manipulated.
Ed then switched to the iPad to show how the system could be used as a mobile platform to both provide data ‘in the field’ or to capture data entered by the user for later re-use, reporting, etc.
The review provides great overview of the product and gives a very accurate picture of what we have achieved so far.