These are really exciting days for hosters and service providers.
Almost overshadowed from the presentation of the new iOS7 earlier this week, Apple presented a browser-based version of iWork at their Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco. So you can see, the cloud, office productivity space is about to get very competitive. “Deep in the Heart of Texas“ (as the song goes), this year’s HostingCon is the place to be to get a first hand look into how office productivity from OX will change the way you manage your hosting business.
The ´fab-5´ – Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft – have set their sights clearly on going after hosters with Cloud-based office productivity. We welcome to the club; it is a sound strategy that we firmly put on display this past March at WorldHostingDays. The opportunity for hosters to provide value-added web and mobile services with every document users create and with every file they store in the giants datacenters – reduces the chance that users move from one service provider to another.
On the other hand, there is really no reason for hosters to behave like a lame duck waiting for the Over-The-Top giants to steal their customers. With Open-Xchange, there is a proven software in the market, designed and built for hosters´ needs to provide consumers and SMBs with a browser-based desktop that enables them to manage their emails, tasks, and files from a single interface – from any device.
Phil Shih from Structure Research made it very clear in his recent blog post: “The hosting industry is at a unique point in its history.” Hosters have to build additional value for their customers with new services on top of domain names and shared hosting – or they will loose their customers more sooner than later!
If you are at HostingCon in Austin next week, stop by our booth to see for yourself how to avoid becoming “yet another dying hosting company.“ Our flagship product, OX App Suite, enables service providers to build a scalable SaaS business, while they continue to run their existing back-end email infrastructure. Discover for your business the benefits of OX App Suite by visiting us at our booth #737 at HostingCon.
We look forward to seeing you in Austin.