Just over 3 years ago, Entegral Technologies, the company behind MyProperty South Africa, MyProperty Namibia and ClickProperty, was the 1st real estate technology service provider in Africa to move all of its products over to the cloud.
Four years ago, the company researched and tested various cloud platforms available, decided on Amazon’s AWS (Amazon Web Services) and switched over all its products in the course of 6-12 months to take full benefit of the unique cloud features offered.
The first product to switch over in January 2011, was MyProperty. Not without its stress-inducing glitches, since at that stage cloud platforms were still in its infancy, Entegral took a calculated risk with its business. "Either that, or being boxed in by local service providers who couldn’t offer the amazing cloud features we wanted," says Adriaan Grové, Managing Director, Entegral Technologies Ltd, in the company's blog.
What Entegral found, is that its monthly bandwidth costs also increased at alarming rates due to huge traffic. According to Grové, in the end, partnering with Amazon paid off, as can be seen in this 2013 magic quadrant from Gartner comparing the top cloud IaaS providers:
Being in the cloud, one still needed proper failover systems and procedures, which motivated Entegral in developing its own AWS Cloud Disaster Recovery tool. Today it ensures that even if there is a catastrophic failure, Entegral can recover its systems and data in record time to any of Amazon’s global regions.
One of the benefits of the cloud is the massive savings Entegral achieved for its clients. "Through the years we’ve also perfected our systems and ensured that we continue to run more agile & cost effective than any of our competitors." A recent comparison (based on Entegral's new 2014 prices) revealed that the company can save an average real estate agency with 10 agents a massive 164% (or R19,000) a year on operating costs compared to a similar offering. This includes: website hosting, email hosting, domain fees, management system licenses and syndication interface support to external portals.
Hungry for innovation and perfection, Entegral claims to engage in continuous research and development, playing around with existing and new technologies from Amazon, Google, Microsoft and others. The cloud has enabled its team to innovate more than ever before, and scale its systems to incredible new levels.
Source: Entegral Technologies Ltd
Edited by Gordana Davila