Paglo launch talks SaaS and an open source process

"Paglo offers its IT management through SaaS." Load the company software and it does a complete audit of your operations, so you know exactly what is running where, in real-time.

Francisco Paglo, fictional Italian explorer, from Paglo.com
Ever since it was spun out of  a company called Network Chemistry a year ago, I have been closely tracking the development of the company now called Paglo.

The name comes from Francisco Paglo (right), a fictitious Italian explorer who supposedly discovered New Zealand for Portugal.

They're finally taking the wraps off it today, and while I didn't get any soda or coffee beans out of the deal, I did get a good interview with CEO Brian de Haaff.

The elevator pitch is "Paglo offers its IT management through SaaS." Load the company software and it does a complete audit of your operations, so you know exactly what is running where, in real-time.

Mr. de Haaff illustrated this with an IT manager cartoon he called Bob. You can see Bob's adventures in a series of demo slides on the Paglo Web site.

Bob has three main jobs -- he puts out fires, handles system maintenance and manages special projects. Paglo helps with all three, by identifying problem areas, monitoring specific assets on command, and delivering alerts.

"In one system we've gone from application information to user information to network details. All in a short time to solve a number of problems."

But wait, there's more. Users can use Paglo's tools to create their own dashboards and applications, then share them with the community, making the whole system more powerful.

"This is an open source community as well as forums coming and user profiles and that more traditional side of networking," de Haaf said.

The community will be highly sophisticated. "We'll have an entirely reputation based system. You'll have user profiles and ranking of users."

All this has been developed in less than a year from a product originally called Rogue Scanner and a development effort CTO Chris Waters dubbed Project Wishbone.

I must say it has been a privilege watching the process of company creation at work. Now you can enjoy the fruits of that labor.

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