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Nov 26, 2007

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Jody Baty

Graham,

This sounds like a wonderful idea. I like idea of the hosted, software as a service model. There's lots of demand for this type of thing.

With respect to the first option, how are you going to safeguard your codebase? I've been approached to have one of our Rails apps self-hosted by a university, but - even with a legal agreement in place - it seems risky to expose months of ruby/rails source code.

Graham Glass

Hi Jody,

Licensees will receive full source code for our platform but be required to keep it to themselves.

Cheers,
Graham

Jody Baty

Another issue with the self-hosting is the deployment challenges with Rails apps and lack of qualified support personnel. You might want to consider selling an application-in-a-box; that is, the server, application, and managed support.

Graham Glass

Hi Jody,

The corporate version will be hosted by my company. The licensed platform will be primarily to other companies who want to offer educational offerings, in which case we're assuming they're technically proficient. That being said, we'll provide them with guidance about how to quickly set up and maintain a scalable version based on our own experience.

Cheers,
Graham

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