GigaSpaces’ Online “Quick Start Guide” Wins Trans-European Technical Communications Merit Award
Award-Winning Online Guide Enhances Developers’ Evaluation Experience.
New York, NY – January 16, 2007 – GigaSpaces Technologies announced today its innovative online “Quick Start Guide” for new users has been singled out for the coveted Merit Award honor from among 16 finalist submissions entered in the Trans-European Technical Communications Competition. Conducted by The Society for Technical Communication (STC), some 21 judges located in 10 countries participated in the 2006 review of entries from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, South Africa and the UK.
Conceived and authored by GigaSpaces technical writer Gilad David Maayan, the breakthrough online guide was tailored for new, first-time users of the company’s sophisticated software solution that is revolutionizing the architecture of distributed, stateful applications. The Guide, developed in less than 90 days, speeds and eases the rate and pace at which new users can deploy GigaSpaces’ industry-first Space-Based Architecture (SBA) and software solution that enables end-to-end scalability for low-latency, high-throughout applications while completely removing performance barriers inherent in traditional tier-based applications.
“Ease of use is the hallmark of the best and most sophisticated technology products,” said GigaSpaces CTO and founder Nati Shalom. “Gilad’s effort with this innovative Guide is making a tremendous contribution to the ongoing goal of making our solution more accessible, more quickly, to a growing base of developers experiencing this unique approach for the first time.”
Competition judges commented in their official statement that the GigaSpaces Guide “represents a great and huge effort,” and “is very user friendly and reassuring for someone beginning with the product.” To Maayan, who conceived the approach, these comments validate the objectives he set for the Guide at the outset. “We realized many new users want to start by getting their hands dirty with the GigaSpaces examples, and only much later start to look at the product documentation. My goal was to provide help unobtrusively along the evaluation path. With the new Quick Start Guide, developers who download the product see a Welcome Page that provides links to examples and product executables, and a graphical introduction to the GigaSpaces concept.
“When developers start working with a GigaSpaces example, they have immediate access to a description of that example, with execution tips, a code walkthrough and an overview of the example topic. From this description, they can link to a no-nonsense overview of GigaSpaces technology. In this way, developers only get as much information as they need – at the least, they get a five-second introduction to the concept; at the most, they get a comprehensive overview of the GigaSpaces system environment. Most important, everything works without an Internet connection, on either Linux or Windows, using any browser.”
Three-Layered Information Structure Sets New Online Documentation Benchmark
GigaSpaces attributes the Guide’s success and popularity among users to three interrelated components or layers of information designed to ensure that all users will get the basic information they need to start working with the product quickly and easily. Built on the concept of redundancy and the assumption that many users delve into the product without going through the formal documentation, the three layers of information provided include a graphical overview layer, a second layer of specific documented examples, and a third online help layer.
About The Society for Technical Communication
An international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of technical communications, the STC’s 18,000 members include technical writers and editors, content developers, documentation specialists, technical illustrators, instructional designers, academics, information architects, usability and human factors professionals and translators. This year’s award ceremony to honor the winners of the Trans-European Technical Communications Competition will be hosted by the STC France Chapter in Paris, France, on Saturday, February 3rd, 2007.
GigaSpaces provides a single platform for end-to-end scalability of high performance and stateful distributed applications. With “Write Once Scale Anywhere” as its motto, GigaSpaces’ unique approach enables developers to Write their business logic Once and then seamlessly Scale-out the application linearly Anywhere, and on-demand. It is targeted at applications characterized by high-volume processing and low latency requirements and provides an alternative for implementing high performance and scalable service-oriented architectures (SOA). GigaSpaces customers include leaders in the financial services, telecommunications industries, and government institutions, including: Societe Generale, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Dow Jones, Virgin Mobile, Nortel, and Hutchinson 3G, where the need for mission-critical, high-performance, low-latency reliability and scalability necessitates an alternative to traditional approaches. GigaSpaces was founded in 2000 and has offices across the United States, Europe and in Israel. It is a privately-held company, funded by FTVentures, BRM Capital, Intel Capital and Formula.
For more information, please visit http://www.gigaspaces.com, or visit the company’s blog at http://www.gigaspacesblog.com.
For additional information, contact:
Alit Bar Sadeh
GigaSpaces Technologies, Inc.
Tel: (+1) -917-701-5185
Tel: (+1) -508-647-0044
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