Sapho

Sapho empowers employees with a modern portal experience that surfaces personalized and relevant tasks and data using micro apps. Sapho micro apps are built by IT on top of existing systems using pre-built templates and a drag-and-drop micro app builder. These micro apps – available on any device, intranet, or messenger – provide employees proactive notifications about interesting system data, actions that need to be completed, and changes in business data that require attention. With Sapho, employees benefit from simplified workflows and data access which enables them to complete work faster and make better decisions, improving their overall productivity and effectiveness.



about the company

Founders

Peter Yared is the Founder & CTO at Sapho. Previously, he was the CTO/CIO of CBS Interactive and the founder of five enterprise infrastructure companies that were acquired by Sun, VMware, Webtrends, Sprinklr and Prograph. Peter's software has powered brands from Fidelity to Home Depot to Lady Gaga. At Sun, Peter was the CTO of the Application Server Division and the CTO of the Liberty federated identity consortium that designed SAML 2.0. Peter is the inventor of several patents on core Internet infrastructure including federated single sign on and dynamic data requests. Peter began programming games and utilities at age 10, and started his career developing systems for government agencies. Peter regularly writes about technology trends and has written for the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek and TechCrunch.

Fouad ElNaggar is the Founder & CEO of Sapho. Previously, he was the Chief Strategy Officer at CBS Interactive overseeing strategy, operations, partnerships and M&A. At CBSi, Fouad structured deals with partners such as Yahoo, IAC, and Twitch and acquired premium brands such as TV Guide and Giant Bomb. Prior to CBSi, Fouad was a venture capitalist at Redpoint Ventures overseeing the firm’s LA office and helping establish a dedicated fund in Brazil. While at Redpoint, Fouad served on the board and helped lead investments in BlueKai, Grupo Xango, Machinima, the Receivables Exchange and Tantalus. Fouad has previously founded three venture-backed companies – Marketing Technology Solutions, Hark, and Liquid Light.

Experienced technical leader with cross-functional technical and business skills. Experience includes managing engineering, product, and systems engineering while integrating requirements from both internal and external customers across teams. Known for being hands-on while leading by example to inspire and mentor team members. Believes in transparency to ensure team members understand the why and not just the what, when, and how.

Sapho in the press

April 6, 2017

Sapho to launch Microsoft Teams bot for enterprise tasks

Sapho will soon launch a Microsoft Teams bot, the company has informed VentureBeat. Due out next week, the Sapho bot for Microsoft Teams will combine multiple software systems into a single bot that provides actionable insights that can be completed with the tap of a button. Since its launch, Sapho has been integrated with 60 different legacy enterprise software systems from SAP, Oracle, IBM Domino, and various cloud products. By bringing tasks and multiple enterprise systems into a single chat window, Sapho aims to provide a simple and familiar environment for work. Sapho bot will join roughly about two dozen bots that launched last month when Microsoft Teams became publicly available for Mac, PC, and iOS and Android devices.

Feb. 23, 2017

The last time El Reg covered IBM Domino we used a chisel

The last time The Register covered IBM Domino, we rode to work on a brontosaurus and wrote the story with a a chisel. Sapho's an integration play that peers inside enterprise applications and plucks out events or information that workers need to see in their workflows and/or to-do lists. Sap[ho s therefore using Java Native Interfaces to extract and re-publish Domino data. Even Domino, thanks to Domino Access Services. Which means you, too, could decide to pipe out Domino data and pretty it up some, if Sapho doesn't get you feeling Sapphic.

Feb. 21, 2017

Sapho integrates its app platform with IBM Domino

Specialist in consumer-like micro apps Sapho is announcing new integration with the IBM Domino social business platform, that will simplify developer access to information and workflows used by employees. "The Sapho Micro App Platform helps provide IBM Domino customers the ability to streamline workflows, deliver experiences to increase employee engagement, and enable them to derive more value from their investments," says Inhi Cho Suh, general manager for IBM Collaboration Solutions. Deep integration with IBM Domino allows IT teams to build micro apps that interact with IBM Domino databases containing large quantities of enterprise data and business logic. "With the Sapho and IBM Domino integration, IT is able to deliver micro apps based on IBM Domino data that contain modern interfaces and exceed employee expectations without costly upgrades." You can find out more on the Sapho website and the Micro App Platform is on display at IBM Connect in San Francisco this week.

Feb. 17, 2017

Study: Problematic apps cause workers to ignore data or delay tasks

Respondents provided some interesting insights into some significant issues which should serve as food for thought for organizations using, developing or selling enterprise software. Employees want flexibility in how they receive information: Employees use multiple devices and apps every day. Employees want their apps and data personalized to them: Employees are struggling with information overload. Employees want a solution that aggregates data and tasks from multiple systems so they don't have to work across systems. They are not, on the other hand, full-featured 'mobile' apps that attempt to mirror the functionality of desktop apps.

Feb. 7, 2017

What's keeping enterprises from using G Suite?

"Look, we never run into Slack, we never run into G Suite," he said. Telus International, a subsidiary of the Canadian telecommunications company that provides phone support, currently has 25,000 of its employees using G Suite. Gartner's Mariano pointed out that some enterprises are actually running in hybrid environments where some people are using G Suite and others are using Office. We see that a lot in higher education, where the administrative side might be using Office 365, and the student body might be using G Suite." Regulations require some Canadian data be stored in-country, and G Suite doesn't yet allow users to store data there.

Feb. 6, 2017

What's keeping enterprises from using G Suite?

"Look, we never run into Slack, we never run into G Suite," he said. Telus International, a subsidiary of the Canadian telecommunications company that provides phone support, currently has 25,000 of its employees using G Suite. Gartner's Mariano pointed out that some enterprises are actually running in hybrid environments where some people are using G Suite and others are using Office. We see that a lot in higher education, where the administrative side might be using Office 365, and the student body might be using G Suite." Regulations require some Canadian data be stored in-country, and G Suite doesn't yet allow users to store data there.

Feb. 6, 2017

What's keeping enterprises from using G Suite?

"Look, we never run into Slack, we never run into G Suite," he said. Telus International, a subsidiary of the Canadian telecommunications company that provides phone support, currently has 25,000 of its employees using G Suite. Gartner's Mariano pointed out that some enterprises are actually running in hybrid environments where some people are using G Suite and others are using Office. We see that a lot in higher education, where the administrative side might be using Office 365, and the student body might be using G Suite." Regulations require some Canadian data be stored in-country, and G Suite doesn't yet allow users to store data there.

Jan. 30, 2017

Peter Thiel is right: The age of Apple is over or something – MacDailyNews

A technology icon, he’s a member of the Trump transition team, and will help shape tech policy over the next four to eight years,” John Divine writes for US News & World Report. “Thiel is also a man who thinks the age of Apple, the largest public company in the world, is over.”“‘We know what a smartphone looks like and does,’ Thiel says. ‘It’s not the fault of Tim Cook, but it’s not an area where there will be any more innovation,'” Divine writes. Unfortunately, all of Apple’s attempts to do something new in recent years have failed miserably,” Divine writes. It got too big for its own britches, and too reliant on one product,” Divine writes.

Nov. 17, 2016

10 resume do’s and don’ts for developers

Dev resume don’t: Drown hiring managers in your detailsAttention to detail is an essential trait for programmers, but it’s best not to overdo it on your resume. On a resume, the insider perspective makes it difficult for hiring managers to understand your value. Dev resume don’t: List every technology you’ve ever touchedOverwhelming hiring managers with material is only one problem with an excessively detailed resume. Dev resume do: Calibrate your resume to the roleTailoring your resume to the tech prerequisites of a job listing is important, but so too is targeting the role. Related articlesThis story, "10 resume do’s and don’ts for developers" was originally published by InfoWorld.

Aug. 31, 2016

3 corporate departments that chatbots will disrupt

People had varying opinions as to when, and more importantly how, chatbots would take shape within modern companies. It’s clear that chatbots are one piece of the puzzle that’s needed to improve the efficiency and engagement of enterprise software. However, chatbots still have a long way to go before they are capable of natural and fluid conversation. Customer serviceOne of the most obvious, well-publicized and high-value areas chatbots will make their mark is in the customer service department. MarketingLastly, data-reliant departments like marketing could easily see chatbots becoming the norm for accessing information in a timely, straightforward manner.

June 2, 2015

Mattermark Daily – Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

At Mattermark, we’ve organized a massive amount of data on the world’s fastest growing private companies. Subscribe To The Mattermark Daily Starting today, companies can tap into our data to build proprietary solutions that can surface valuable insights. We Launched Our New APIWe are at the beginning of a data revolution, and the way businesses make sales and investment decisions are set to fundamentally change. Kyle Porter, CEO of Salesloft, will be sharing his thoughts on why sales teams have adopted a more data driven approach to prospecting in recent years.

June 2, 2015

Mattermark Daily – Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

At Mattermark, we’ve organized a massive amount of data on the world’s fastest growing private companies. Subscribe To The Mattermark Daily Starting today, companies can tap into our data to build proprietary solutions that can surface valuable insights. We Launched Our New APIWe are at the beginning of a data revolution, and the way businesses make sales and investment decisions are set to fundamentally change. Kyle Porter, CEO of Salesloft, will be sharing his thoughts on why sales teams have adopted a more data driven approach to prospecting in recent years.

Feb. 13, 2015

Small screens, big decisions: How mobile is forcing businesses to rethink software

This customer is not alone; plenty of enterprises create mobile apps with the intention of replicating the desktop experience on mobile. At last, a forcing function to limit the feature bloat of enterprise software, at least on mobile devices. Build in NotificationsThe third big decision is how to incorporate notifications for the enterprise mobile app. As workers mobilize and take business software with them on their devices, feature bloat can follow, resulting in heavy and cumbersome mobile apps. Software bloat is particularly noticeable and problematic on mobile devices because they’re small and their screens can only fit so much, in spite of the recent trend of phablets and larger phones.

Dec. 2, 2014

Yahoo CIO Mike Kail Has Broad Ties to Startups

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Nov. 8, 2014

The Rise And Fall Of The Full Stack Developer

Cloud services such as Amazon Web Services simplified deployment and provided turnkey networking. In a way, these tier-connecting, bridge-building software architects — who are likely experts in only one or a couple of tiers — are less full stack developer and much more full stack integrator. Running an application on cloud services such as Amazon requires knowing the ins-and-outs of its various services and expertise on how to failover across regions. Programmers switched from using the more complicated enterprise Java stack and databases such as Oracle to the more straightforward LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Python/Perl). From machine intelligence to predictive push computing to data analytics to mobile/wearable and more, it’s becoming virtually impossible for a single developer to program across the modern full stack.

Oct. 13, 2014

Sapho set to bring mobile push computing to enterprise apps

Image: iStockphoto/gyn9038Consider the number of enterprise software tools you are expected to log into and use on a daily basis. The learning curve for many enterprise software tools is typically too high for average workers to easily engage with the service. "Enterprise software is increasingly developed for the person that signs the check and not everybody else," said Peter Yared, the CTO at Sapho. Yared mentioned that, surprisingly, they just had to add support for Microsoft SQL Server 2003 as well. " Mobile is the new frontier in the enterprise, and Sapho wants to capitalize on that.

Aug. 23, 2014

Why Are PC Sales Up And Tablet Sales Down?

After a few years of strong growth for iOS and Android tablets and a corresponding decrease in PC sales, the inverse is suddenly true: PC sales are up and tablet sales are “crashing.” What happened? Samsung in particular is reportedly looking to shutdown its PC business, and must be evaluating how to grow its tablet business now that its smartphone sales have slowed. Why Can’t the Big 3 Deliver a Super Tablet? The ecosystem around building, distributing and maintaining PCs is massive and Apple, and the PC companies are understandably reluctant to cannibalize their sales. Super tablets form factors could range from notebooks to all-in-one desktops like the iMac.

July 26, 2014

BMW Vs. Tesla: A Real Live Innovator’s Dilemma

Tesla Model 3 (Estimated) BMW i3 BMW 320 Passengers 5 5 5 Range ~200 miles on electric 80-100 miles on electric, 185 miles with gas range extender(Total hack! BrandEven though it has a “3” in its name, the i3 is decidedly not a 3 series BMW. Conversely, Mercedes chose a partnership route and is buying the drivetrain and battery technology for its upcoming electric car from Tesla. At first it seemed like the legacy auto manufacturers would not be able to step up to an electric car challenge. Investors are betting that Tesla will be able to dominate the electric car market when it achieves scale, continuing a growth rate that values Tesla at $28 billion even though it only produces 35,000 vehicles a year.

June 25, 2014

Sapho has visions of a Google Now for enterprise software, grabs $3M

“What we noticed at CBS was it was incredibly difficult to get people to use enterprise software,” Yared said. Investors have just bankrolled Sapho, a stealthy startup with mobile apps that aggregate alerts and basic functions from lots of enterprise software companies already use. One key objective: supporting more tools out there, including cloud-based software, Sapho co-founder and chief technology officer Peter Yared told VentureBeat in an interview. San Francisco-based Sapho started earlier this year. But competition could come from Microsoft’s Yammer and hot startup Slack, which have been working on ways to bring information from enterprise software into their business-messaging applications.

June 24, 2014

Ex-CBSi Execs Get $3M For Sapho, A Smart Stream For Disparate Enterprise App Updates

Enterprise software companies are finally mobilising and creating apps of their own to make services easier to interact with. “Workday recent added 250 features to its new app,” Yared notes to me. Yared says to think of this as “Google Now” for enterprise software users. The product of that inspiration, Sapho, is today announcing $3 million in funding as it leads up to a public launch. Sapho learns what you are interested in most and subsequently serves up more relevant content in your stream.