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Navigating the Product Roadmap

As is the case at many other startup/early growth phase companies, we at Mediafly haven’t hired a product manager. “Product management may be the one job that the organization would get along fine without”, and we’ve lived by that model for the past few years. Because of this, we operate lean and create our own

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Vetting a Cloud-Based SaaS Vendor [Cheat Sheet]

A quick Google search for “top cloud-based SaaS vendors” nets over 14 million results—there’s certainly no shortage of them. Finding a good vendor in that haystack can be daunting and scary, especially with so much on the line, but a CIO who knows the right questions to ask beyond “How’s your security?” will be able

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What is Open Source and What Does It Mean to Mediafly?

Open source software (OSS) plays a major role for the biggest names in tech and Silicon Valley. Even proprietary giant Microsoft is embracing OSS, with CEO Satya Nadella saying “Microsoft loves Linux” (though don’t expect Microsoft Office to be freely available any time soon). Here at Mediafly, we love OSS too, and we wanted to

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Silver Linings Spreadsheet: Why CTOs Should Love RFPs

Like death and taxes, every enterprise software-focused CTO will encounter a Request for Proposal (RFP). RFPs usually manifest as a spreadsheet full of dull, repetitive questions such as “Is there a security incident response team with defined roles and responsibilities?” Or perhaps, “Please provide information technology and security organization charts.” RFPs can also vary in

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Inside Scoop: How Mediafly Built Their Windows and Mac Apps

Passing the “go” decision to build the Windows and Mac apps for Mediafly SalesKit and ProReview was one set of challenges. Deciding and refining the feature list was another set. Now comes the fun part: building the application. This post breaks down the decisions that were made at several levels to design and build the

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Removing the Confusion: Layman Definitions of Common Product & Engineering Terms

Every function within an organization has its own vernacular. Marketing talks about conversions, leads, MQLs, and SQLs. Sales talks about pipeline, qualified leads, prospects, and revenue. Product management and engineering are no exception. In this post, I will highlight a few of the most commonly used (and misunderstood) terms so that you can understand and

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Why Is a “Mobile” Company Building a Windows and Mac Application?

Mediafly’s technology truly is device agnostic. As we continue to build on the Mediafly platform, we’ve seen that success is determined by enabling contextual delivery and interaction with content that has been optimally mobilized to best-fit the device and use case. This product vision has helped us continually address the needs of complex sales and

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How to Vet a Cloud-Based SaaS Vendor

A Google search of “top cloud-based SaaS vendors” pulls in a whopping 14,300,000 results including a variety of aggregated vendor lists. I know that conducting an RFP process is always tough, but for CIOs needing to invest in a cloud-based solution there’s a lot on the line. Of course security is the topic du jour,

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Fewer Is Better: The Consolidation of Tablets and Laptops

IDC announced today that worldwide tablet sales growth is expected to slow to 7.2%, and that iPad shipments will decline by 12.7%, the first year-over-year decline in the history of the product’s existence. This is significantly different from their 2013 report, which showed a year-over-year growth rate of 50.6%. This announcement coincides with what I’ve been predicting

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