Joannes Vermorel, founder of Lokad, discusses with Bruno Aziza, Director, Worldwide Strategy, Analytics and Business Intelligence at Microsoft, how companies are using the cloud to turn hard data into sales forecasts that enable them to optimize inventory and staffing. The interview was shot in New York during NRF11.
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Call volume forecasts is critical for call centers, because it's the first step of the staffing optimization process. Two and half years ago, we were releasing the very first version of our Lokad Call Center Calculator (L3C).
Yet, like any desktop app, L3C was requiring some extra efforts from the user to install and maintain yet another app. In this day and age of cloud computing, it was feeling increasingly awkward. Plus, this Windows-only setup was preventing Mac users from leveraging Lokad.
It was not acceptable.
So a few months ago, we started to develop the online successor of L3C named Callcalc. We are very proud to announce that Callcal is now readily available.
Callcalc comes with a simple setup:
- Open a Lokad account.
- Send your Excel sheet to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Done. Call volume forecasts will land in your mailbox in a few minutes.
Callcalc is build on top of Windows Azure, and for those who are interested in cloud computing engineering, it's another project build on top of Lokad.CQRS - an open source set of patterns and practices to design enterprise apps on the cloud.
Don't hesitate to give a try and tell us what you think!
(disclaimer: post below is rather technical stuff targeting a developer audience)
Lokad.CQRS for Windows Azure is a guidance and framework on efficiently building solutions for the cloud. It fits distributed and scalable enterprise scenarios as well as small and cost-effective solutions.
Our forecasting technology is not open source, but we are very eager to share our experience, and get feedback too, about the building blocks that support our technology.
Lokad.CQRS is based on our experience at running apps on the cloud and on our R&D investments (we did win the first Windows Azure Partner Award 2010 from Microsoft), a lot of existing theory (i.e.: Efficient Development series, CQRS, etc) and numerous production-proven .NET building blocks.
First release manifests an important milestone for us. It includes Azure Starter binaries (available in the downloads), tutorials with samples (1-4) and a large list of reference materials.
Read more about Lokad.CQRS v1.0 release...
Today, Lokad has been announced as the Windows Azure Platform Partner of Year by Microsoft. This year, Lokad has been chosen among the nearly 3000 entrants worldwide for those awards.
This award recognizes Lokad for demonstrating innovation, competitive differentiation and customer value by using Windows Azure. The Microsoft Partner Awards recognize partners that have delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions over the last year.
The Lokad team is extremely proud of achieving this level of recognition. The last French company to get an equivalent award was Dassault Systèmes, the largest French software company and it was two years ago.
As outlined in our previous post, we have been working hard to really get the most of Windows Azure. We did not just port an existing technology toward the cloud, but we did re-design from scratch a cloud-native architecture.
Our ambition is to deliver the most accurate and most scalable forecasts of the market. Windows Azure has already demultiplied our efforts and the results we bring to our clients on a daily basis, but that's only the start. We firmly intend to keep up with the hard work to unleash all Windows Azure potential for the next generation of business analytics.
Lokad is a proud user of Windows Azure, the cloud computing plateform of Microsoft. Our forecasting technology would be nowhere as scalable and accurate without Azure.
Cloud computing opens tremendous opportunities as far reliability, security, performance and costs are concerned. Yet, to get the most out of the cloud, apps have to be natively designed for the cloud. Our current cloudy architecture is drawn below.
Our migration toward Azure costed us about 1 year of efforts that spread from late 2008 to early 2010 (which was still pretty fast considering the tremendous challenge it represented to redesign the architecture from scratch).
Best patterns and practices for entreprise apps in the cloud are still a very nascent area. At Lokad, we want to share our experience and get feedback from the community.
Although Lokad is not an open source company, we release as open source components that we believe to be applicable to other businesses. As a matter of fact, we are supporting multiple open source projects such as:
- Lokad.Cloud - an O/C mapper for Windows Azure (object to cloud)
- Lokad.CQRS - Command-Query Responsibility Segregation for Windows Azure.
Willing to design an enterprise app on the cloud? Make sure you check those two projects.
At PDC'09, Microsoft and Lokad unveiled a case study about Windows Azure. Yet, what was our surprise when discovered the following video at the Windows Azure booth (check for video links below).
Once upon a time, there was a little company with little funds, but great ambitions.
The little company wanted to process truckload of historical data. Yet, it could not afford buying tons of computing stuff.
Yet, through Windows Azure, the little company was suddently able to process truckload of data, and to output truckload of forecasts too.
The massive amount of forecasts would then flow into the IT systems of large retailers to optimize their companies.
The little company produced lots of profits, and its employees lived happily ever after. THE END