Gregory Menvielle is the CEO and founder of Pyramedium, and is currently developing an HTML5 app called smartnotify (http://smartnotify.us/). Greg kindly consented to sitting down and giving us some information about his background, his current work, and his thoughts on HTML5.
Tell us about your development background and your company.
I’m the principal at Pyramedium, a consulting company started in 2001. About a year ago we launched PyraSolutions, which is a series of software small and medium size companies can use to leverage our consulting experience at a fraction of the cost.
What got you interested in coding, specifically, HTML5?
I believe people purchase software to perform a job. The “Job” could be entertainment, business, education…the key driver being that software is just here to help complete the job and is always a replacement for something that was already in place.
We are interested in HTML5 because it makes it very simple to deploy the same software, and experience, across multiple platforms without wasting a lot of coding time and resources.
Tell us about your app http://smartnotify.us/. What are your future plans for this app?
There is a communication storm brewing: Phone, SMS, Email, Social…the number of ways we are interrupted throughout the day is ever increasing and it’s getting harder and harder for people to do their job and costs tons of time and money.
It is also becoming harder and harder to communicate properly with others: Which communication channel should you use, when?
SmartNotify helps you communicate better. We have a nice algorithm that will protect you from non-stop inbound distractions, and we can give you lots of insights as to which channels to use to best communicate with your audience. We save our customers thousands of dollars each year.
We have many plans for the app’s future. Again, we are focusing on the tools we can our customers to give them a strategic advantage. I can see features around geo-fencing, recommendations, and multi-languages coming soon to the software.
Also, if you are a company that needs to better qualify its leads and increase your per-customer revenue (i.e.: job to perform = increase revenue), take a look at our new app: www.pyrasolutions.com/smartforms.
What HTML5 efforts are you currently involved in?
I write for rudebaguette.com on HTML5 and also do talks at conferences. In the Spring I presented at the HTML5 Developers Conference about ways to integrate HTML5 + mobile on top of an existing business architecture.
I have a few talks around HTML5 and gamification (in the enterprise world) in the planning as well.
Where do you see HTML5 going in the next five years?
Your readers are probably going to shoot me for using the F-word in a blog but HTML5 reminds me of Flash!
Ok, so let me clarify before we get hit on Twitter and in the comments! The similarity I see in the two is that HTML5 is a cross-platform tool, so you can write once, deploy in multiple devices. This flexibility is key as the number of connected devices is going to be ever increasing and people will want to access their favorite apps across different channels. I also think HTML5 can (and is) the silver bullet for larger enterprises that know they need to solve the Bring Your Own Device dilemma.
What excites you about HTML5 – what is your vision for this technology?
Let’s not forget that HTML5 is still only a draft document so it’s a work in progress. The two main areas I am interested in seeing evolve very soon is device-side storage so that we can build some highly scalable and usable solutions that can be used even when people are disconnected. The second area is security.
We really like this technology and are pushing for it both for our internal projects and our consulting projects. Though in the end, I’d really love for people to remember that this is just one item in a tool box. People still need to build software that answers a specific job, and that is user friendly.
More about HTML5
Thank you Greg for your time, and we wish you every success!
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