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Viewfinity finalist interview

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  2. 2. How do you feel about being named a finalist in the 2010 Tech Awards? <br />“We are honored that our cloud-computing approach to systems and privilege management is being recognized by the MITX Technology Award judges,” said Gil Rapaport, President of Viewfinity, “Cloud systems management is gaining momentum in the market, and the model was reinforced last month through Microsoft’s Windows Intune announcement. Our cloud-computing software delivery model and extended privilege management features allow IT administrators to focus immediately on delivering services to end users.”<br />
  3. 3. If you could describe your innovation in one succinct sentence, how would you describe yourself?<br />Viewfinity is the innovator of systems and privilege management via cloud-computing.<br />
  4. 4. How was your company founded, and what inspired its creation?<br /> <br />Viewfinity is founded by serial entrepreneurs. It is in their blood, it is who they are, it is what they do. The time spent in a large software organization following the acquisition of their previous company (XOsoft), made it clear to the founders that their energy needed to be redirected into something inspiring, nimble, and challenging. They put the “band back together”, brainstormed and, with their collective technical and business know-how, Viewfinity was created.<br />
  5. 5. What makes your company different from other companies in your market space?<br />The Viewfinity product suite is innovative for several reasons. <br /> <br />It is completely based in the cloud, offering a secure, cloud-delivered systems management platform that saves money on server and maintenance costs while providing excellent solutions to manage, support and control desktops, laptops and Windows servers. With our cloud-computing platform, in four easy steps and in less than ten minutes, the software can be installed and ready for evaluation. This breaks with the conventional model of systems management i.e. where a company would implement a solution that would require the addition of specialized IT personnel and the expense of purchasing, installing and maintaining servers and other necessary equipment. <br />
  6. 6. What makes your company different from other companies in your market space?Based on its foundation in application encapsulation, the Viewfinity solution is purposely architected to provide capabilities that reduce cost and time related to IT operations and support. Our underlying technology enables several unique features, including:<br /><ul><li>  Systems Management features that record desktop activity related to end-user actions, including the option to capture and view these actions in a screen-recorded video. Our User Personality Rollback feature will “undo” problems by rolling back an exact desktop activity and can be performed on any user personality setting and configuration option. These two features alone significantly reduce the need for desk-side visits, remote terminal sessions, and confusing end user discussions when attempting to identify and correct helpdesk issues.
  7. 7. For organizations that lockdown its desktops, Viewfinity Privilege Management offers IT administrators the ability to manage administrative rights. Our capabilities are integrated with Active Directory and allow IT administrators to establish flexible privilege elevation policies for applications and desktop functions requiring administrator rights. With this enhanced control over managing your environment, the number of end user support calls to the help desk are drastically reduced. </li></li></ul><li>What has been your company's greatest accomplishment in the past year?<br />There were several major achievements during 2009 for Viewfinity: Launching the first product in July 2009, securing new customers as a start-up in a down economy, publishing a patent for its on-the-fly encapsulation technology and most of all, securing a second round of funding during the biggest financial crisis in many years.In terms of market and industry validation, systems management icons Greg Butterfield and Dwain Kinghorn, partners of SageCreek Partners and renowned leaders in systems management, have joined forces with Viewfinity because they envision Viewfinity’s approach to be representative of the future of systems management. Greg is a Viewfinity board member and Dwain is a prominent figure on Viewfinity’s advisory council. Additionally, Rod Trent, a recognized leader in community, social media, marketing, and a prominent systems management expert, joined as Director of Product Marketing for Viewfinity. Rod is a Microsoft MVP for Systems Center and Security and is a leading expert on systems management technologies. He has over 20 years of IT experience, 12 of which have been dedicated to system management. Rod is the owner of myITforum.com, one of the largest and most popular systems management communities, which is celebrating its 10th year of success in building a purposeful IT online community.<br />
  8. 8. What is your greatest asset?<br />There are several unique dynamics that are in play at Viewfinity that are working in favor to make it successful. Viewfinity’s executive management recognizes the value of “putting the band back together” and have done just that at Viewfinity. Most of the workforce at Viewfinity has worked together at previous companies. With this model, they know the strengths and weaknesses of each other and the staff, they know how to get along, make hard decisions, and keep the business moving forward. In fact, even a current investor, JK&B Capital, was a previous investor.<br />
  9. 9. Want to know more about Viewfinity? Visit their blog http://www.viewfinity.com/blog/, follow them on twitter @viewfinity, or visit their website!<br />

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