CloudTeams targets startups and SMEs, as well as tech-savvy customers. Start-ups and SMEs, having not the time and money to find a matching target group and gain deep market insights, collaboratively develop software that meets the customers’ needs. Tech-savvy customers, being interested in current developments from software teams and willing to do a little work for influencing future developments, make their voice heard by developers.
Software developers register their software project on the platform, draft campaigns with questionnaires, select their target group, and ask end users for their feedback on the project idea, mock-ups, and prototypes. End users fill in their profile, follow interesting software projects, get notified of and participate in running campaigns, and collect rewards for their feedback. The interaction between the end user and developer community happens in a privacy respectful way as data of end user is anonymized. More benefits for software teams are advanced team collaboration and project management tools, and connectors to popular third-party services for software development and testing.
Fraunhofer FIT is the coordinator of the EU-funded CloudTeams project (Collaborative Software Development Framework based on Trusted, Secure Cloud-based Pool of Users), leads the development of the CloudTeams Collaboration Platform, and develops the team platform component for the developer community. The team platform is an extension of FIT’s groupware system BSCW which is in the market since more than 20 years. BSCW has been extended and newly designed to the CloudTeams requirements.