From Daryl Scott, Founder, President, CEO, Attaain, Inc.:
I hate to see business information going to waste.
Handshake 2.0 asked me what led to the development of Attaain Inc./AttaainCI. I guess you could say I have a recurring habit of taking emerging technologies and applying them to business problems in need of a solution.
Prior to founding Attaain Inc., I applied a wide range of technology platforms to create a wide range of business solutions.
My underlying formula in all of these applications:
Latest computing platform + under-utilized data +
business need = unique business information solution
In a nutshell, my technology/application chronology goes something like this:
- 1976: TI-59 programmable calculator: statistical applications
- 1977-1979: TRS-80: Marketing applications
- 1980-1983: Apple II+/Apple IIe: Marketing applications
- 1984-1993: Macintosh/Windows: Sales/marketing/advertising and mapping/geographic information systems (GIS) applications
- 1993-1996: Apple Newton: applications for “mobile professionals”
- 1996-1998: Windows CE: general mobile computing business applications
- 1999-2001: Windows/Windows CE: client/server field force automation and data collection applications
- 2001-Present: Internet/Web Browser: business/company/market intelligence software-as-a-service (SaaS)
AttaainCI was born of the latest need arising from the intersection of emerging technologies, information and business. On the technology front, the growth of widespread high-speed internet connectivity combined with the explosion of business-related information available via the internet, plus the advent of the Software–as-a-Service (SaaS) business model created a perfect storm of opportunity in my mind.
The vast amount of strategic decision-making information now available via online sources can lead to a severe case of “information overload” when attempting to manually process and analyze all of this information in a timely and cost-effective manner. As a result, crucial company and market information often goes overlooked and under-utilized.
This led to the development of AttaainCI as a web-based framework (hosted on Rackspace servers, naturally!) for researching, analyzing and tracking this flow of real-time intelligence about companies, people and markets. Clients rely on these company and market insights to gain strategic advantage in their business development, sales prospecting, marketing/competitive intelligence and other key business activities.
So, substituting back into my time-tested formula above:
Internet/Web Browser + under-utilized real-time business intelligence + the need to gain cost-effective competitive advantage in business development/sales/marketing = AttaainCI
End of business information going to waste.
Attaain Inc. delivers “active intelligence for strategic advantage” with AttaainCI, the comprehensive web-based solution for researching, analyzing and real-time tracking of competitive business intelligence and market intelligence on key companies, people and markets. Attaain received the 2009 Innovation Award from the NewVa Corridor Technology Council. Daryl Scott generously shares his knowledge and experience with Handshake 2.0. Feel free to read more about Attaain on Handshake 2.0.
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