Herve Roggero readily admits that impatience is one of the underlying inspirations for creating Enzo Unified. “I have no patience for repetitive tasks,” says the Founder and Chief Business Kahuna. “As a technologist, I’m much more concerned with creating solutions.” A highly skilled architect with serious Microsoft Azure chops, Herve has directed his share of tech teams in a wide variety of industries and types of companies.
When he started to realize that he was seeing the same problems with every project and at every company, he decided he wanted to do something about it. “We waste so much time as developers working to manage technology, when the technology should be working for us.”
Herve had identified two important issues that companies across a wide variety of industries face:
- Implementation Speed – Bridging the gap between data sources quickly
- Bottlenecks – A stoppage of workflow due to limited capacity or skill sets
Early on, Herve had a suspicion that tapping the power of SQL could lead to more efficiency for both.
That’s about the time that Herve met Jim Mullis. “I remember meeting Herve, and thinking I would know him for a long time.” says the other Founder of Enzo Unified who holds the title of Chief Mad Scientist.
The two visionaries behind Enzo Unified worked together less than a year building ERP systems and software to run college campuses, but it was long enough to recognize they both shared a strong point of view on the future of data and a dislike for wasting time with repetitive tasks when you can be moving forward toward your goals.
After moving on to new projects, they partnered on a few consulting gigs and created Blue Syntax. Originally just a side project to their busy careers, Blue Syntax has now become the parent entity of Enzo Unified.
“In the early 2000s, I remember trying to get clients to move more data into the cloud, and they were resistant,” said Jim. The clients’ main concern centered on HOW to get their data back out again.
The founders realized they shared an affection for the free-diving cult movie The Big Blue, which features a character named “Enzo.” They agreed the name was distinctive and memorable, and it wasn’t long before the working name of their prototype software was set in stone.
Fast forward to today, and the cloud has indeed won. Yet, there is still no easy way to manage your data.
Welcome Enzo Unified
The Roggero-Mullis partnership stumbled on the underlying concepts behind Enzo Unified years ago. To assist clients, they needed two fundamental sets of functionality: an easy way to connect and “translate” data from any source, and the ability to quickly build automation around that data.
Early prototypes were designed as custom projects for clients, and are still deployed today in a few financial institutions the team worked with at the time. “In fact, the technology has prevented a few attacks, so we know we’ve developed something highly valuable,” says Herve.
As the march toward the cloud continued, and no other vendor appeared to be stepping in to fill the need in the marketplace, the two innovators realized their creation had legs. They began development work in earnest to bring the product to market a little more than 5 years ago.
Ready for Prime Time
For several years, the Blue Syntax team continued to work on their solution and eventually pressed one of the first releases into service for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and Olympics-style competition that took place in Australia, hosting more than 4,400 athletes from participating countries around the world.
After a few more early deployments, including an implementation at one of the largest beer distribution companies in the US, Enzo Unified officially entered the market with a free community edition in 2018.
As the downloads continued to pile up, Enzo Unified continued to be refined and Release 2.0 hit the market in late 2019.
Speaking the Language of Data: SQL
One of the unique aspects of Enzo Unified is that it provides powerful functionality using the most basic languages: SQL and HTTP. The ultimate goal is about simplifying actions so developments teams aren’t constantly recreating the wheel. “We thought, ‘What is the language of data?’ It’s not C#. It’s not Java. It’s not Python. It’s SQL,” said Jim. “Why go through all these middlemen, when you can simply say ‘I want to select this data set,’ and then go get it?”
Using SQL as the main language for the Enzo Unified platform creates enormous advantages. Not only does it open access up to a much broader set of stakeholders and users, but it also allows teams to deploy complicated automations and data management functions in a fraction of the time.
Affordable and Powerful
The innovative design of Enzo also means that it is infinitely more affordable than almost any other solution on the market. Think about it: The cost of an ODBC development license starts in the $7,000 range, and that’s before you hire developers and start the long arduous process of conditioning the data and developing routines.
Enzo Unified can be deployed and delivering results in days, perhaps even hours, depending on the organization and data needs.
“For our own purposes, we wanted to build something that removed the constant battle with how the results are achieved and make that trivial,” says Herve. “We’ve removed the impediments and provided you with nothing but runway so your ideas can take off.”
At Enzo Unified, we think that’s a good place to be when the future of business is in the cloud.