My Software as a Service Bootcamp

Do you know Davy Kestens? He founded his software company SparkCentral (formally known as TwitSpark) in 2011, raised more than 5 million dollars and has 16 people working for him, with customers like Delta Airlines, Brussels Airlines or Volkswagen. Or Woorank, the company of Jean Dereley. They are based in Brussels, founded in 2011, 18 people. These are just 2 examples of Belgian software companies that grow and scale fast thanks to SaaS. Software is eating the world, isn’t it.

 

Explore the opportunities of SaaS for growing your software business

Do you know Davy Kestens? He founded his software company SparkCentral (formally known as TwitSpark) in 2011, raised more than 5 million dollars and has 16 people working for him, with customers like Delta Airlines, Brussels Airlines or Volkswagen. Or Woorank, the company of Jean Dereley. They are based in Brussels, founded in 2011, 18 people. These are just 2 examples of Belgian software companies that grow and scale fast thanks to SaaS. Software is eating the world, isn’t it.

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What about your software offering?

Of course, for them, it was easy, they were SaaS from day one. For most software companies in Belgium, the situation is more complicated: Your current offering is complex and requires tweaking and tuning for each customer, you face long sales cycles, your software architecture and technology was never intended to be used across the Internet by multiple customers at once. All this is preventing you from growing your business through a SaaS model. And while we are at it, all this Cloud/IaaS/PaaS/SaaS stuff is pretty overwhelming, isn’t it.

“My Software as a SaaS?” bootcamp

Enter the “My Software as a SaaS?” bootcamps: In 3 afternoon sessions, we will bring you up to speed with the whole idea of a SaaS business and identify with you the roadblocks you might encounter on your way to a scalable SaaS offering. We’ll also bring you in contact with experienced entrepreneurs that went through this journey before you. After those 3 afternoons, you’ll understand how you might benefit from going SaaS.

Practical details

Target Audience: Decision makers (CEO, Founders, CTO) of software companies that are considering SaaS to grow their business but currently do not have a SaaS offering yet.

Dates: Next sessions very soon (November 2014)...

Format: 3 highly interactive afternoon workshops, with homework and coaching in between the sessions, for a limited audience, max. 8 companies.

Agenda

The Big Picture

  1. Introduction to SaaS and how it differs from a “traditional” software business, with a focus on the whole business model.
    • What is SaaS, why SaaS, why SaaS now – definition and trends
    • Differences between a “traditional” software company and a SaaS company
    • Product definition, Operations, Speed
    • SaaS Revenue Models and financials
  2. Top 10 things to do and not do for SaaS companies when it comes to security & privacy
  3. Case study: a Belgian SaaS entrepreneur

Discovering a SaaS Offering

  1. Introduction to Lean Startup
    1. Discovering what SaaS offering works and for whom
    2. Building scalable channels and customer relationships
  2. Case study: a Belgian SaaS entrepreneur

Product, Technology and Processes

  1. Building blocks of a SaaS application: (IaaS, PaaS, public/private cloud)
  2. Legacy software in the Cloud
  3. SaaS engineering processes: introduction to DevOps
  4. Case study: from monthly releases to continuous deployment

Location

All 3 sessions will take place in Ghent: Gaston Crommenlaan 8, 9050 Ledeberg

Experts

Nick Boucart works at Sirris as a technological advisor in software engineering and ICT. He has 10+ years of experience in software development teams large and small. Nick fills his day coaching technology startups, helping software companies make technological choices, often on the borders of business, product and technology.

Peter Verhasselt is an engineer, jurist and strategist with a large network in Belgian high tech industry. Peter has started and led the Mistral program at Sirris that guided 70+ companies in finding the right technology strategy to enable growth.

Omar Mohout is a Growth Engineer – building repeatable, scalable customer acquisition engines for technology companies.

Ulrich Seldeslachts is the CEO of LSEC – Leaders in Security, a non-profit association focussed on creating awareness for enterprise and government on Information Security, bringing together expertise on Security and electronic Identities in Europe. Ulrich has been leading the group of information security professionals in Belgium for many years. He is founding partner of the European Security Innovation Network, bringing together the experts on information security related topics from all over the world.

 

Frederik Denkens is co-founder at skyscrapers, cloud hosting experts who can guide you through the options of cloud computing and help you find, build and maintain the best solution for your needs at any moment.

Contact us today! (next sessions coming soon)

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