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5/10 at Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009: five startups to follow

, posted: 15-Sep-2009 12:57

One little known parallel event to Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009 this year was a media-only affair. Five startups had ten minutes each to present their services or products to journalists and bloggers present at the time.

In common all these companies developed their solutions using Microsoft technologies, such as Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, IIS 7 and .Net. In a couple of cases the companies took advantage of Microsoft BizSpark, a program that provides software, support and visilibity to software startups.

Here are the companies:

CenterOS: this startup promises "no more flying blind" and basically they offer a purpose-built data centre management solution that gives IT administrators a graphical view of their assets - all through web browser clients. The solution also live monitoring of resources such as space, power, cooling and floor loading.

MarketPrice: these guys think auctions are an inneficient - at best - waste of time when it comes to listing and selling event tickets. The inneficiency comes from loading listings with repeated information and from time wasted waiting for an auction to run its course. To solve this they have created a marketplace for events where users will find ready-made pages dedicated to each individual event called markets. Tickets can be listed on those markets with as little as two clicks - prices are determined by the seller, and available tickets are listed in price order - cheaper will sell first!

Blade: "We move data". Blade is not a startup in the sense that they have been around for some time, but they will be soon launching BOB (Blade for Offsite Backup). This will allow backup in the cloud - you decide which service you store your data, BOB will do it. Currently Blade offers BladeTS, a large file transfer application that allows users to transfer huge amounts of data, securely and easily - after being installed on your server a web browser is all you need to use it to get all those gigabytes moving (I know, I use it!).

AG-Hub: the agriculture sector joins the Internet. AG-Hub collects data that can help farm management decision. They do so by creating a network of Zigbee sensors that gather data - GPS location, weather information, soil moisture - and upload this to their service where this is mashed up with stock rotations, crop contracts, fencing of streams, irrigations layouts to give farm administration a complete view of their business patterns and relationships. This will appeal to equity partners that are not always present at the farm to monitor the performance of their investment.

KernMobile: "solves the rigid mobility problem" by attacking the lack of visibility of current works and job status. They do this by replacing multiple data forms and dedicated data entry staff that can cause inventory management problems with a solution framework for organisations who have multiple field crew working across diverse work needs. This means mobility is the thing!


Other related posts:
MS Communities Summit 2010
Microsoft SQL Server MVP Brad McGehee to tour New Zealand
Drummers at Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009






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