Where are opportunities for Maestro to be found? The greatest opportunity is actually in Medium Organizations, followed by Distributed Organizations and Small Organizations.
1. Medium Organizations
Medium organizations typically have 10 to 250 users, share a physical office, often have a sophisticated IT system based on Microsoft technology (e.g., MS DNS/DHCP/domain controller, MS Exchange mail server, MS SQL Server, MS SharePoint server), and have an entry-level enterprise ERP system for financial systems.
However, these organizations often don’t have yet formal processes for document vaulting, non-conformance and issue management, change management/version control, and product data management, and their ERP system may not provide traceability for serialized product throughout the organization. They may be certified to ISO 9000, but operationally they likely depend on manual paper-driven processes (real paper or electronic paper – stand-alone spreadsheets or word documents with the information contained not available electronically to other systems). Maestro can be used to consolidate existing systems, including new functionality is not currently available.
2. Distributed Organizations
Members of a distributed organization are not co-located. They do share a physical office and typically will not have dedicated shared resources such as groupware and shared network directories. Files need to be emailed to each other, or perhaps shared using a cloud application such as DropBox.
Maestro can be easily hosted by a cloud provider, or by one member of the organization on their local network, with other members accessing it over the internet (depending on security and logistics needs).
3. Small Organizations
A small organization typically has less than 10 members. Members are co-located in a shared office, and connected to a LAN with shared resources. However, the IT infrastructure often does not include a DNS or email server (connecting to the internet through with a dynamic IP address and consumer-grade router/switch). Shared resources are typically delivered through peer-peer technology (e.g., printers, shared directories, etc.).
In this environment, Maestro can be hosted on a user workstation, on a dedicated server on the local network, or with a cloud hosting provider (again, depending on security and logistics needs). If hosted internally, the local network router can even be configured to even allow access to the Maestro server from the internet using a dynamic DNS service.