CrowdPC moves the cloud computing platform down from the Internet and runs it directly inside local businesses
Nashville, Tennessee (PRWEB) June 25, 2012
CrowdPC, a Nashville based tech startup, today announced that its 6-year stealth project to create an all-new business computing platform for small businesses is ready for early release to developers, and will launch in the marketplace in the first quarter of next year. The CrowdPC platform consists of an on-site wireless computer, a suite of business software applications, and an online data center, all working together to make existing small business systems obsolete.
According to Ryan Quinn, the company's lead software developer, the new computing solution combines all new hardware, all new software, and a unique online services system to enable small businesses to have more flexible, secure, and capable computing usability than any current approach, at a cost of under $300.
"CrowdPC moves the cloud computing platform down from the Internet and runs it directly inside local businesses," says Quinn. "This provides all of the benefits of cloud computing, such as no software maintenance and regular updates, without having a company's data locked into a proprietary remote system like happens today. All of a company's data remains in-house, as well as backed up off-site for safety."
The new platform requires businesses to install the company's $299 CrowdPC, a tiny ARM chip-based wireless web server, on the business premises. All of the business's software will then run on that small computer, and be accessed by any wireless capable device in the facility — such as smartphones, tablets, notebooks, or desktop PCs. Software bundled in the CrowdPC includes point-of-sale, CRM, accounting, and media management apps. Additional apps for any number of business uses will be available for download from the platform's online app store.
"We are a team of technology pros from all over the world that has worked together for six-years to reach this point," says Platform Evangelist, Sam Levin. "We believed that by combining inexpensive ARM chip based hardware with a new open source web based software approach we could create a radically better computing solution for small businesses. As we move into our developer recruitment phase today, we can finally talk about the project publicly."
The company says it has strategic relationships ready with national payment processors, major cloud software developers, and other needed partnerships to strongly take the new system to market early next year.
CrowdPC added that it is running a crowdfunding project for the next 30-days on Fundable.com to help in its developer recruitment efforts. These early developers have a chance to buy the computer and software tools needed to create business software apps at a significant discount, and get early access to the platform through that project.
The company says that it has also launched a web site showing and explaining the new computer platform at http://www.crowdpc.com.
Software developers interested in creating and selling business software for the new platform can subscribe to the company's early developer program through the Fundable project page, or, can contact the company directly from its web site.
According to Levin, the CrowdPC platform represents the type of disruptive innovation typically ignored at first by large existing companies in the market, and that starts with the smaller customers that are not so important to these large competitors. "In time, the innovative new entrant begins to win larger and larger customers. And, by then, it's often too late for the older, larger providers to adequately respond," says Levin.
The CrowdPC team makes it perfectly clear that their competitive target is the entire 30-year old ecosystem of PC-based hardware and software presently used in businesses.
Full information on the CrowdPC small business computing platform is available at http://www.crowdpc.com.