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  • Franco Scavuzzo 9:00 am on October 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Winners of the Zyncro Developers’ Challenge 

    Today we have the pleasure of announcing the winners of the Zyncro Developers’ Challenge, our first international developers’ contest in which we give developers around the world the chance to build new ZyncroApps and integrations that enhance Zyncro use for users of our enterprise social network worldwide.

    It has been a tough decision as both the Zyncro integrations and the apps received really enhanced our tool. Finally, evaluating the criteria according to Zyncro’s philosophy in developing the application or integration, there are three apps that exemplify the values we believe in: participation, collaboration, learning, professional ethics, business productivity, teamwork, and communication. What’s more, they are intuitive, combining functionality and design, originality and innovation. They are:

    First prize: SharePoint ZApp

    SharePoint ZApp makes your collaborative work much easier: It offers enhanced productivity, reduces work times in a unified infrastructure, and responds quickly to your business needs.

    Share information, manage documents, and publish SharePoint reports without leaving your Enterprise Social Network.

    Provider: Comasis

    Comasis is a company based in Galicia formed of a team of experts specializing in knowledge management, organizational talent generation, mobile app development (iPad, iPhone y Android) and enterprise VoIP technologies.


    Second prize: ForceZync

    All the strength of your Enterprise Social Network and Salesforce, the number one CRM cloud computing system in the world with Zyncro and Salesforce integration provided by ForceZync.

    Stay up to date with everything happening in your CRM system from Zyncro: Accounts, contacts and prospects on your personal wall in your Enterprise Social Network.

    Provider: William Cheung

    William Cheung has been working as a developer in Toronto since 1990. Over the past 22 years, he has worked for 10 different software companies. He currently works for iRise, where he leads data analysis and API development.


    Third prize: Virtual Room Meeting App

    Virtual Room Meeting App is your video conferencing system for Zyncro: real-time, text and now face-to-face communication directly in your Enterprise Social Network.

    Teleworking or having company employees scattered across the globe is no longer a disadvantage for productivity or participation in your organization when you have a work system like Zyncro if you add an app to hold video conferences in the tool. Collaboration among team members is guaranteed.
    Provider: Daniel García

    Daniel Garcia is CTO at We&Others in Mallorca, after several years as Partner-Technology Director at Gizer in Bilbao where he led IT projects. With a background in IT engineering from the Universidad de Deusto and an MBA from Esden, he won the Microsoft Imagine Cup in 2005, representing Spain in the international final in Tokyo.

    Congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to all the participants. The standard has been extremely high and you all made the decision extremely difficult for us. We will have new proposals for developers soon. Stay tuned! 😉


  • Franco Scavuzzo 9:00 am on May 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Portal for Developers: Start to integrate with Zyncro! 

    Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

    Today at Zyncro, we have the pleasure of sharing with you our Zyncro Developers Portal, where you can find all the information you need for developing your integration with Zyncro.

    A week ago we launched our first contest for developers: Zyncro Developers’ Challenge, in which we invite you to build a new generation of business apps with us, developing your app for Zyncro, with which you can win fantastic prizes and choose to be part of the Zyncro Market.

    We also mentioned that you wouldn’t be on your own and that we would give you the necessary tools for developing your app, according to the contest terms and conditions. For that reason, today we’d like to present the Zyncro Developers Portal, the starting point where you can learn how to increase the strengths of Zyncro directly in your app or integrate your app with Zyncro.

    The sections making up the Developers Portal are designed to respond to all your needs:

    • REST API: You can use the REST API to create applications and webpages that integrate in Zyncro natively. The REST API is a set of web services, meaning it can be used to create apps for Zyncro from any modern programming language and operating system, from any computer connected to the Internet. The API is divided into different areas, which contain a subset of services grouped by functionality. These include:
    • JavaScript API: Integrate your App or new features directly in the Zyncro platform.
    • Manuals & Best Practices: A set of guides, guidelines and best practices that describe the application development and integration policies of Zyncro.
    • Code samples: Here you’ll find several code samples in programming languages that show you how our APIs work.

    Finally, you can also access the development environment, Zyncro Sandbox, where you can test your Apps and integrations with Zyncro.

    With our APIs, you can extend basic functionalities in Zyncro, enrich the user experience or acelerate user adoption. Already got an idea? Want to create a new mobile app that uses Zyncro services? Or maybe you want to give your current ERP or CRM a social layer? Or even integrate your application directly in Zyncro? The sky’s the limit!

    Start to develop your integration with and in Zyncro and win one of our fantastic prizes in the Zyncro Developers’ Challenge!

    • Abhishek 2:59 pm on May 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Kindly provide the sample code for uploading the document on zyncro group wall.
      As provided sample code in C# is used to publish the message on personal feed which i got successfully but for uploading document parameters needs to be passed which i didn’t understand how to get over to it.
      please help….

  • Franco Scavuzzo 9:00 am on May 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Zyncro Developers’ Challenge: The first Zyncro international contest for developers! 

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    A new deadline for the Zyncro Developers Challenge! Now you can submit your proposals until August 31!!

    Build a new generation of business apps with Zyncro: develop your app and join the Zyncro Market. Sell your solution to Zyncro customers and be in with a chance to win great prizes!

    Today we’re proud to present our first contest for developers, the Zyncro Developers’ Challenge, in which we give developers around the world the chance to develop new ZyncroApps and integrations that enhance Zyncro use for all users of our enterprise social network across the world.

    Love the idea but unsure of where to start? Don’t worry, we’ll try to give you some inspiration :)

    To start off, why not check out the integrations that have been done in Zyncro and see which ideas we have already developed? Just check out the section in our web, ZyncroApps Integrations, and on our Zyncro Blog, you’ll also find related articles. It’s that easy! However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be one of these… the sky’s the limit! In fact, as you can already see in the terms and conditions of our contest, one of the aspects we value most is creativity. In other words, we’re looking for apps that ooze the Zyncro philosophy, promoting values like participation, collaboration, learning, professional ethics, business productivity, teamwork and communication. What’s more, they should be intuitive, like the Zyncro interface, and combine functionality with design, originality and innovation.

    Want some examples? These are some of the apps we have already developed:

    • SharePoint: Zyncro has developed a connector to add a social layer to SharePoint, letting users see and interact with the Zyncro activity stream without having to leave the SharePoint platform.
    • Google Calendar (personal and corporate): Integration to zyncronize” your Google Calendar, within your corporate Zyncro.
    During development you’re not on your own, as throughout the contest, there will be a number of international webinars where we will explain more details about the Zyncro API and ZyncroApps and their integration. In these webinars, you’ll be able to clarify any doubts you may have regarding the viability of your idea and learn more about Zyncro. We’ll be happy to answer your questions!

    And is there a prize at the end of it? Of course! We will be giving out a total of almost €10,000 cash in prizes:.

    • First prize: €5,000
    • Second prize: €3,000
    • Third prize: €1,500

    What’s more, all apps, whether they win or not, that the jury consider to be original and innovative will be released, together with the award-winning entries, on the Zyncro Market, establishing a commercial agreement with the developers beforehand. A contest always means that there are winners and others who don’t win, but at Zyncro, we don’t want any innovative app to go unnoticed, so so don’t miss out this chance to develop your own app for Zyncro!

    What are the key dates for the Zyncro Developers’ Challenge?

    • May 16: Registration for the Zyncro Developers’ Challenge starts
    • May 23: Access to the Zyncro development environment (Sandbox)
    • May 30: First Technical Webinar: More about Zyncro API, ZyncroApps and integrations (questions)
    • June 20: Second Technical Webinar: More about Zyncro API, ZyncroApps and integrations (questions)
    • August 31: The Zyncro Developers’ Challenge ends
    • October 13: Announcement of the winners of the Zyncro Developers’ Challenge
    • October 25: Release of the ZyncroApps on the Zyncro Market

    Oh, and don’t forget to read the terms and conditions before participating; it’s an important part. What’s more, you must follows the development rules defined on the Zyncro Developers Portal :)

    Develop new characteristics, integrate Zyncro with classic software tools or create new accesses from other platforms and your app could become part of the Zyncro Market. Send us your proposals!

    May the force be with you, my friend! 😉


  • Franco Scavuzzo 10:47 am on November 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Everything you wanted to know about the Cloud but were too afraid to ask II: SaaS, IaaS, PaaS 

    Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

    I dont care if my cloud computing architecture is powered by a grid, a mainframe, my neighbours desktop or an army of monkeys, so long as its fast, cheap and secure (Sam Johnston)

    This is the second part of the post on Cloud Computing on ZyncroBlog, explaining the tree basic concepts in the Cloud: SaaS, PaaS and IaaS.

    Software as a Service (SaaS)

    SaaS is the service based on the idea of having a software that you pay a provider for in installments, instead of buying it outright, and that is not installed in the customer’s machines. The software is hosted in central servers so that its operation is available over the internet. Also know as “on-demand software ”, it currently is the most popular form of cloud computing, due to its high flexibility, quality and scalability, offering lower maintenance costs. The SaaS provider is responsible for hosting the application and the data, while the end user is free to use the service from anywhere, at any time. SaaS is very effective in reducing costs as it provides access to applications normally at a much lower price than purchasing a software license, thanks to an installment payment model (monthly, quarterly, yearly…). With SaaS, users can forget about having to  install and update the software.

    Some examples of SaaS providers are: CRM Salesforce.com, Marketo, Akamai, Taleo or Zyncro of course.

    Platform as a service (PaaS)

    PaaS refers to a development platform for programmers. End users write their own code and the PaaS provider loads this code and presents it on the Web. PaaS providers offer services to develop, test, implement, deploy and maintain applications on a single integrated development environment. They also provide a certain level of support in designing and developing applications. PaaS offers a quick, cost-efficient model for developing and rolling out applications. The PaaS provider manages updates, patches and other routine system maintenance tasks. PaaS is based on a subscription model where users only pay for what they use. Users can use the resources they need without having to worry about the complexity of the platform where they are developing.

    Some PaaS providers are: Windows Azure, Google App Engine, Force.com, GigaSpaces

    Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

    IaaS delivers computer infrastructure as a fully externalized service. Users can buy the infrastructure according to requirements at a specific point in time, instead of purchasing the planned infrastructure to be used in a couple of months. IaaS operates using the same model as the previous “pay on-demand” services to ensure that users only pay for what they are using.

    The idea of “machine virtualization enables IaaS providers to offer almost unlimited servers to customers and optimize storage machines. IaaS users can have access to a high level of infrastructure and IT resources that would be extremely costly if they were acquired outright.

    The benefits of IaaS include:

    • dynamic scaling
    • usage-based pricing
    • reduced costs
    • and access to superior IT resources.

    IaaS is also occasionally called Hardware as a Service (HaaS). For a SME or a start-up, one of the most difficult things to achieve is to keep capital spending under control. Moving their infrastructure to the Cloud enables them to scale as if they actually owned their own hardware and datacenters.

    Some IaaS providers are: Amazon EC2/S3, Cloud Scaling, Rackspace

    Much of the information presented here was taken from http://www.cloudtweaks.com, a web that I fully recommend for learning more about these concepts.


  • Franco Scavuzzo 10:00 am on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Everything you wanted to know about the Cloud but were too afraid to ask 

    Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

    With your head in the cloud and your feet on the ground (part one)

    My name is Franco Scavuzzo and I am the Software Architect at Zyncro, or so they say.  I personally do not like titles and labels as I think that what one does is more important: amongst other things, I am in charge of defining and implementing the Zyncro top-level architecture as well as integrating Zyncro with other platforms and integrating other platforms with Zyncro, whether this be via our API or via ZyncroApps (which you have already heard about but we will discuss in future posts).

    I am writing this post at the request of Patricia Fernandez Carrelo, the biggest blogger within the group, with a mate in one hand and with the objective of tackling the cloud computing concept from a didactic perspective for all of the ZyncroBlog readers and/or users.

    A lot has been written already about cloud computing or computing in the Cloud, a term that simply refers to a series of computing services offered on demand via the Internet, Web or Networks.

    In a cloud scenario, resources, software and information are supplied upon demand, similarly to the way in which electricity is supplied to houses.  In other words, services such as processing capacity (CPU, memory) and data storage (disk space) amongst so many others, are supplied via remote computers connected to each other.  The final users (consumers) access these services via the Internet.

    Services “in the Cloud” have three main characteristics that differentiate them from the traditional ones:

    • The services are sold/billed upon demand, normally by time used (minutes, hours, months…) or quantity (GBs, users…)
    • The services are flexible, each user obtains or uses as much as they need at any given time.
    • The services are administrated and supplied by a provider, users using these services need only a computer and Internet access.

    As with all technological tendencies, cloud computing brings with it a number of concepts, buzzwords and a new age to the technology world (the ones that already existed were not enough :) ). Among them we can find: Public Cloud, Private Cloud, SaaS, PaaS or IaaS

    We technicians like to keep our feet on the ground more than flying through the clouds; it is for this reason that I will try to introduce and explain cloud concepts in a series of posts from a more educational, worldly and tangible point of view.  In addition, I will discuss the role that each of these concepts play within Zyncro.

    And if you have any queries, you can contact me via Zyncrommunity, by registering on zyncro.com, or by emailing me at franco@zyncro.com


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