CloudTeams - Collaborative Software Development Framework based on Trusted, Secure Cloud-based Pool of Users

What user need or pain point is your project addressing?

CloudTeams will be a cloud-based platform which will transform software development for cloud services into a much easier, faster and targeted process. We’ll engage with communities of users who will participate in the product life cycle to help software teams develop better solutions for customer problems.

Main user-oriented challenges addressed by CloudTeams are twofold. Firstly, the fragmented European market that makes adaptation of innovations difficult and expenses for market research extremely high. Secondly, the lack of tools and incentives for users to collaborate with talented software teams around Europe in order to develop better solutions.

CloudTeams will use endpoints to existing services and tools that are popular in software development, by mashing them up with common practices. It will support developers with a collaborative platform where interaction with customers will feel natural and will validate the final outcome.

CloudTeams is the intersection of three important fields: crowdsourcing platforms, collaborative software development tools and trusted cloud services delivery. This innovative combination of different tools and practices under a unique concept will be enhanced with a rewarding system to enable end-users to jump into the platform and support solutions they are interested in.

Project's major results: 
The CloudTeams Teams platform which is a highly customisable platform to allow:
- software development teams to connect their software lifecycle management tools in order to better coordinate their activities 
- delivering software based on a standard-based methodological process that puts forward quality results in every sprint
- understand their customers' preferences and their business scope through the generation of anonymised personas and behavioural analytics, launch of anonymised interaction campaigns and using simple business modelling tools.
Moreover, Cloudteams delivers the CloudTeams Customer platform, accompanying the Teams platform, which is a highly attractive end-user (Customer) platform where end-users are able to engage with software teams through an anonymous manner and provide their personal data in an anonymised way to software teams in return for some awards that are given back to them.

Target stakeholders: 

Start-ups & microfirms, Small & medium enterprises, Large companies.

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How will your solution/service benefit the end-user?

CloudTeams brings together software developers and prospective users, in an unprecedented collaborative platform that speeds up software development and team collaboration, by managing and linking information to extract knowledge and predict behaviour of users, to deliver better and valuable solutions. CloudTeams will develop a platform that can support the software development process through team collaboration, customer adaptation and constant testing with trusted users, in a transparent, privacy respectful way. By 2020, CloudTeams wants to be the prominent tool for trustful software development in Europe.

The CloudTeam Mission is to put customers’ needs at the centre of software development, by providing complete software solutions and an active community of prospective users, with respect to their privacy. CloudTeams will develop a win-win situation for both developers and users. We will facilitate relationships of trust where software will alleviate pain and be beneficial to the users, while at the same time providing viable business models to the developers.

Potential exploitation strategy: 
The business value proposition of the CloudTeams developments derive from the key benefits for enterprises, organisations, prospective customers, and users interested to follow software development projects as well as from its winning points against its competitors. From a business point of view there are five competitive edges:
Team platform for collaboration between software developers and end users
Customer platform integrates end user community in software development processes
Persona-based trusted pool of users in test and evaluation processes
Lightweight integration of state-of-the-art software development tools
Methodology for Web-based collaboration between end users and developers
Commercialisation and final business planning is still under development within the project, however it is expected that the project will heavily contribute towards the creation of partnerships that could exploit commercially the project's results.

Vertical Market: 

Digital health, Smart cities, Energy, Engineering & manufacturing, Media, Finance & insurance, Other.