Afrozaar - tomorrow’s innovation today
Afrozaar was founded in 2010 by a team of enterprise software engineers, where our first project was the architecture and development of a digital newsstand for Africa’s largest online media company, Media24.
We appreciated everything that digital publishing exposed us to such as customer profiles, subscription management, content creation, e-commerce transactions, analytics, performance, security, social and store integrations, cloud storage complemented by powerful search algorithms, and so embarked on a dedicated publishing development roadmap in collaboration with numerous media groups and news wire agencies.
After five years of innovation, the Baobab Suite of products and services has proven its capability and value across numerous and varying types of publishing environments, one of which was being a proud digital partner to Telegraph Media Group where we built their iPad, Kindle Fire and Android apps and also distributed their daily edition successfully without any hiccups for over 3.5 years, up until September 2015.
We had a great year in 2015, and termed it “the year of no fear”, due to the collective decision to increase team size and invest in product and platform robustness. The team’s output and quality was realised in new implementations of Baobab Modules such as digital first editorial, social broadcaster, customer profile, subscription management, entitlement and web modules across publishing groups, and in founding a cloud specialist start-up, Acacia Cloud Solutions.
Below are some of the awesome and exciting programmes we steered and delivered in 2015:
• Launched BETA version of our new mobile journalism app, aptly named “The Reporter”, which has a very exciting roadmap ahead that has been influenced by a number of pilot runs.
• Transitioned Africa’s largest print newspaper group, Independent Media, with over twenty traditional print newspapers now represented digitally on My Independent mobile apps.
• Became digital technology partner to a new global newswire and syndication service, African News Agency – ANA.
• Played a key role in the complete overhaul of Ireland’s Sunday Business Post’s new digital editorial, web, apps and subscription management platforms and processes.
“I’m looking forward to 2016 being a year to meet new publishing groups and networks of any size to help us trial and pilot our Baobab Suite of products. It’s going to be an exciting year in the digital content world, one that will require flexibility and robustness in how editorial platforms integrate for redistribution”, Rich Cheary (CEO)
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