You’ve used their software many times. In fact, you’d be lost without it. But how many of us actually know about the software developers and their company who have spent so countless resources to bring us such great software? Do you know the people behind SBSH’s PocketBreeze? Or Spb Backup for that matter? To be honest, I myself did not know much about these developers before I started this site. And since Eten Blog dot Com is focusing on the community in 2008, we decided, what better way to foster a closer community than to introduce the people who have brought us such great software.
This is the first time that Eten Blog dot Com present’s to you the Developer Series 2008. In this series, we’ve got with us 5 great companies (we’ll let them introduce themselves in a short while) whose brains we will pick so that we can show you another side of them that you never saw and hopefully, get the inside scoop on what they’ll be up to this year.
With us today, we have Alex Kac from WebIs. You’ll be more familiar with their Pocket Informant and FlexMail software which is on our list of Recommended Software. We also have Amit Regev from SBSH. Those unaware, SBSH has just released some major upgrades to their popular products like PhoneWeaver and PocketWeather (both of which we have reviewed). And when it comes to keeping your data secured, no one does it better than Ilium Software’s eWallet and we’re glad to have Ellen Craw with us. DinarSoft is another company that has many users of its products, most notably MemMaid (how can we live without it?). Last, and definitely not least, we have Victoria representing Spb, a company that brought you great software like Insight and Pocket Plus.
For this series, each representative will be represented by their company’s name. So you will see my questions and replies as Eten Blog, Alex Kac’s will be WebIs, Amit’s will be SBSH, Ellen’s will be Ilium, Victoria’s will be Spb and DinarSoft’s will be DinarSoft.
Eten Blog: Welcome! And thank you so much for wanting to be a part of this series. I am sure our readers will be glad to hear from you. Before we get into details, why don’t each of you introduce yourself and the company you represent?
WebIs: Hello Tariq and thank you for having me on this series. My name is Alex Kac and I’m the owner, founder, and CEO of Web IS, Inc. We’re a mobile software services company specializing in productivity software for mobile professionals. Our vision is to really enable our customers to communicate better and do more with their lives with the help of their mobile devices.
SBSH: SBSH Mobile Software is a software company specializing in development for mobile devices such as Windows Mobile Standard/Classic/Pro. We also have a smaller division targeted to the Symbian platform that we are working hard to expand these days. I’m Amit Regev and I am the company’s CEO and founder, so I’ve been around from day one back in 2002 when the company was still a sole project.
As part of my position I try to dictate the company’s path and target the different divisions to move forward based on this path, track as many of the different company’s projects and synchronize between the different tasks that are in the works in order to lead the company to our goals in the best possible way.
Additionally, a very important part of the position is to create a positive working environment for the SBSH team and make sure the team members are satisfied with the way things are progressing for each in person and as a group.
Eten Blog: Wow 2002. It sure sounds like a long time ago but when you think about it, Windows Mobile is not exactly that old to begin with. So Ellen, what’s your story?
Ilium: Well Tariq, I was one of the original founders of Ilium Software, back in 1997. Our mission is to write and sell software that makes people’s mobile devices more useful and their lives simpler. We make programs that are easy to learn, easy to use, robust and dependable. We also are very committed to providing excellent support to our customers. Our technical support and customer service is in-house, not outsourced, and our support people are very very knowledgeable about our products and technology. We’re one of the few software companies that are so committed to support that we provide it by phone - tollfree in the U.S. - as well as by email.
DinarSoft: DinarSoft Corporation started back in 2002 developing software the mobile device to both consumers and enterprises. The company has been famous for developing easy-to-use software. The company’s growth is tremendous because of our customers support.
Spb: Hi, I am Victoria, I work at Spb Software House (www.spbsoftwarehouse.com), and I am in charge of Public Relations there. The company stands for Windows Mobile software There are not that many companies, that design and develop mobile software for a living, and even fewer, if any, that are completely focused on the Windows Mobile platform. We are an expert here, and we want to bring the best of software to WM users, be it in terms of graphics, usability, or functionality. It is Spb’s mission to make the experience of using WM devices richer, fuller, flawless.
Eten Blog: Wow that sounds noble. And we the consumers will be the ones to reap the benefits of all these great companies. But enough about corporate for the time being. Let’s discuss something more personal if you don’t mind: What kind of Windows Mobile device do you use and how long have you been using it? Any plans to switch to something else soon?
WebIs: Let’s see now, I have used so many devices…but today I use a Motorola Q9h. I’m still mostly a PPC guy, but I’ve found now with Pocket Informant 8 and FlexMail 4 on that device, along with eWallet 6 and Opera that I rarely ever feel the need for a PPC. The phone dialing aspect and connectivity is just better user interface wise.
Eten Blog: Nice. What about you Amit? Do you change devices as often?
SBSH: I’m currently temporary back to my HTC 3600 which I got about 9 months ago. I’m usually switching between the HTC and my Treo 750. I really enjoy the built-in GPS offered by the HTC, while the structured keyboard offered by the latter is great for email management and therefore makes the best choice when traveling.
I find the Treo’s hardware and material selection to be the best in the market today, even when it comes to simple things such as holding the device in your palm, making it a real joy to use.
Eten Blog: Oh yeah. I remember the good old days when I too had a full QWERTY keyboard when I was using a HTC Universal. Made data entry so much easier. But that’s not to say I do not like my current Glofiish X500.
How about you Ellen? What do you carry?
Ilium: I personally use an HP 110, and like it very much. It does what I want - runs programs, provides wireless internet, and fits in my purse - without the overhead of some of the more complicated devices.
Eten Blog: That’s great and I think one thing many people don’t realize today. Get a device that does what you need, not just because it’s the latest in the market. How about DinarSoft?
DinarSoft: We have many devices; however, the most loved device is the new HTC Tytn II.
Eten Blog: I see. It does seem to be a popular device with so many features. Victoria, what’s yours?
Spb: I personally use an HTC touch and have been using it for about six months. It’s neat But I am thinking of trying out a WM Smartphone, Motorola Q, perhaps. And I am a girl who has always liked flips, so I am anxiously anticipating a WM6, or maybe WM7-based flip phone.
Eten Blog: Nice choice. I love what HTC has done with the Touch. It’s really a user-friendly phone.
I am curious and I am sure many readers are as well. How was 2007 for you? Let’s mix it up a bit and start with DinarSoft this time shall we?
DinarSoft: 2007 was an excellent year for us at DinarSoft. Major upgrades for two flagship products of ours (HandySwitcher and MemMaid). HandySwitcher and TapText also won the best software award from PocketPC Magazine in their respective categories.
MemMaid received many awards (Best software from Handango, and a top 10 award from ClintoFitchDotCom to name a few).
Eten Blog: Congratulations to you. It’s always nice to be appreciated with these awards. How about you Victoria? How as 2007 for Spb?
Spb: Oh, 2007 was exciting. We really fought hard for our audience, virtually listened in to every user and strived to really make irresistible software, to simply be the best. And we kept gaining the market share throughout the year; we are the absolute number one WM software vendor in terms of software sales, according the world’s largest mobile content portal, Handango.com. Spb Software got exceptionally high marks from the experts: Spb was announced the Developer of the Year by Handango.com, and got two more awards from them, for two products, no one has ever gotten three awards from Handango in one year! We also scored with the Smartphone & Pocket PC Magazine, with its independent experts granting the unbelievable 11 Best Software Awards winner titles to Spb products. We also won the Best Software for PDA’s Award from the Shareware Industry Awards. So, 2007 was a good year
Eten Blog: Wow it definitely sounds like a good year for Spb. 11 awards for Best Software? That’s unbelievable.
Spb: It sure is, isn’t it?
Eten Blog: It definitely is. How about you Amit?
SBSH: 2007 was a development year for us and we’ve been focused on some really large projects during this year. Some of which have just been released in the past two months and some are in final development stages these days and will soon be announced! We’ve managed to maintain the company’s growth during 2007, but invested huge resources in future development which we hope will allow us to increase our growth rate by much during 2008!
This upcoming year is definitely going to be an exciting year for our team and for our community with lots of new things that are due to release really soon now!
Eten Blog: Looks like you were preparing in 2007 for 2008. I can’t wait to see what else you have in store. How about you Alex? What was 2007 like for you?
WebIs: It was a tough year because we wanted to do so much. We’re bringing Pocket Informant to the Smartphones and BlackBerry. We’re working on FlexMail 4, and FlexWallet for BlackBerry. For the first time in 7 years we had no major upgrades.
Eten Blog: I see. Well Pocket Informant was just released in the New Year and that’s been pretty awesome. And what about you Ellen?
Ilium: 2007 was very good, both on the business side and in terms of our development. We released major upgrades to both eWallet and ListPro.
Eten Blog: We’ve come to end of the first part of our series but do stay tuned as I have another 3 parts to share with you over the next 3 Saturdays of this month. There are some really juice details in there that you wouldn’t want to miss. So if you have not already done so, I would highly recommend you subscribe to this site via RSS. Or you can do it via email if you prefer.
Also, the developers in this series are open to questions from you, the readers. So if there is something that you’ve always wanted to ask them but never had the chance to, feel free to leave a comment below (you’ll be increasing your chances of winning some cash at the same time too ). While I can’t guarantee that all questions will be answered, the developers will try their best to do so. So hurry, the comments will close when there is a substantial number of questions posed.