Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of AECCafe.com, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.
Kenesto Cloud Document Collaboration for Engineers and Construction Teams
March 13th, 2019 by Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal interviewed Leslie Minasian, VP of Alliances and Partnerships, Kenesto at the 2019 SOLIDWORKS World Conference in Dallas, Texas.
Here is the video and transcript of the interview.
SG: What is Kenesto up to now?
LM: We’re launching a SOLIDWORKS add-in. It is designed to replace PDM Workgroup. We are also here with our product with a partner of ours, DotProduct. And I’ll let Tom Greaves, Chief Marketing Officer, talk a little bit about his product. But what we do, is we connect the files, the storage of the files to his product.
SG: Please refresh us again about what Kenesto is about.
LM: Kenesto is about cloud-based document management. We focus on engineering features like locking files, versioning, revisions, a little bit more engineering features than you might see in other products. It is really a design platform-for the engineers. And, not just SOLIDWORKS engineers , or SOLIDWORKS files, but for any type of file. We lock files – we have a vault. But the idea behind Kenesto, is making sure that we help engineers that do do a lot of editing, and not trample on one another’s edits.
We are giving them a safe haven environment, if you will, to work on their files, and share those with suppliers outside of the supply chain. And that’s kind of included with Kenesto. We give the user the ability to share those files with external folks. We give our users more flexibility at a reasonable price.
SG: What target markets do you emphasize?
LM: Well, we grew up in engineering, so mechanical has always been our sweet spot. But really business users, and we’re starting to bridge into the construction market. We’re seeing a lot of need for that. And really the use cases are identical – having the need to freeze assets, track history, really pay attention to what’s happening to the file. And as we know, those files, individual files, can be awfully large, number of files that they’re working with could be awfully large. But more importantly, the need for real-time access, maybe on a shop floor or on a construction site. Changes can be instantaneous, and the quicker you get those changes to the engineer, to the people that need those files, the better.
SG: There are a lot of consumer cloud storage companies like Box and DropBox. How do you differentiate from them?
LM: Well, as we’d like to say, “Apples to oranges, or meat to apples,” whatever the old saying is! But realistically, we are designed for engineers who need frequent edits. We’re more than a consumer storage, we’re designed for business. What that means, frequent edits. We understand they are engineers and the legacy of storing those files, being able to pull those in, share with others, just really being able to manage those assets and freeze those assets, and the history behind what’s needed, and tracking that information.
SG: What is upcoming for Kenesto in the coming year?
LM: Well, we’re not allowed to share roadmap, but in this case I think we can. We watched a brilliant performance, the general sessions were amazing. And we serve obviously the CAD market, any CAD market. So, being able to deliver sort of a springboard or a welcoming springboard to the SOLIDWORKS users is really what we’re after. And Florence Hu gave an amazing and brilliant roadmap. And we’d love some guidance to help those smaller companies be able to advance or connect somehow to the 3D experience. So, hopefully with a little coaching, nudge nudge, hint hint, we’ll get that.
LM: And that’s really the future. Right now, what we’ve delivered from a performance scalability… As we talked about, number of files, speed, all of that information, we’re hoping that we can now connect to 3D experience.
SG: And what is the best way for people to find out more about Kenesto on the Internet?
LM: Well, kenesto.com, they could email me directly: Leslie@kenesto.com. We do offer a trial, I hate to say that, but it is nice to have a trial for people to test things. And I will point out that we have a support system that’s really unique. We do take information from our clients, and that’s what’s really helping us build our product, so they can call me anytime.
SG: Check out kenesto.com for a lot more information about Kenesto solutions.