App Portability Is Becoming Table Stakes
Users install AOP locally on their computers. Using a configuration file with an initial synchronization with the server, AOP retrieves the information and settings to work offline and sync when the user is back online. The time it takes to sync varies with the speed of the Web connection and the amount of information users exchange with the server. Etelos will be demonstrating AOP and App Sync at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco beginning April 22. There users can expect to see SugarCRM, MediaWiki, WordPress and other LAMP-based applications running online and offline and synchronized on Etelos Exchange."In order for mainstream adoption to happen, one of two things needs to happen: You need to always be online no matter where you are or you need to be able to access and work with your Web-based application while offline," he said. Kolke told eWEEK one of the main differences between Etelos and Saleforce.com is that Etelos leverages LAMP while Salesforce.com uses its own proprietary code. For instance, companies don't have to use Etelos' CRM application to use its Marketplace as a service for a distribution mechanism, Kolke said.
This kind of application portability is increasingly table stakes for the Web application market, according to Danny Kolke, founder and CTO of Etelos, which is duking it out with Salesforce.com in the SMB (small and midsize business) end of the Web application platform market. Salesforce.com also offers an offline edition of its application suite.