Featured at number 6 in Forbes’ list of “Top 10 New Blockchain Companies to Watch for In 2018”, Buddy, a decentralized development automation platform, looks one of the most promising startups based on blockchain in 2018.
According to the white paper:
The team of Buddy “was founded in 2007 while bootstrapping Springloops, a popular Subversion hosting platform with deployment tools for web developers. The earned know-how, experience and new technology trends eventually led us to inventing Buddy.”
Vision of the company
The vision of the company, according to their white paper is, that they want to build an app store on top of blockchain for developers. This platform would help the developers in such a way that there would be plugins and the developers would be offloaded from everything that can be automated. This automation would give developers a room to be creative. “Buddy puts application development on autopilot and makes building apps scalable, creating a decentralized DevOps Marketplace and Automation GRID that challenges how today’s developers build, test & deploy their apps,” according to icoratings.com.
Services provided by the platform
The problem statement that Buddy wishes to solve for the world is that the time the DevOps tasks demand and the complexity faced by the companies and organizations, is a loss in terms of investment because some companies execute thousands of tests and run builds which take hours to complete. For faster results, they invest heavily in the infrastructure, which in result, makes the systems more complex and requires maintenance. In addition to this, the problem of parallelism faced by companies, to speed up delivery time and avoid unnecessary queues. The streamlining of ideas and configuring the ideas require intense effort and money. Buddy identifies these problems and wishes to provide a viable solution to these.
For the apps designed on blockchain, Buddy advertises that “Blockchain developers can use the service to design automation pipelines with ready-to-go actions: from compiling and tests, to deployments, custom scripts, and dApps monitoring. This process is very easy and resembles building a house of bricks: you pick an element that you need and put it in the desired place, adjusting the configuration as necessary.”
According to the developers of Buddy, “Buddy has over 80 carefully crafted automation actions that help users develop and deploy software. The actions are arranged into pipelines, making building, testing and deploying just a matter of a few clicks—even when it comes to complex applications & multi-cloud workflows.”
To enhance the experience and accessibility, Buddy allows third party developers to add plugins to the platform and use it for their own use and put them up for the use of other developers.
Customer base and partners
The case presented by Buddy is strong enough to emerge as a leading player in the multi-million dollar market. The company shows potential of becoming the hot favorite of developers around the globe.
Buddy has ever since partnered up with leaders of the market like Google, Amazon, Docker, and GitHub.
“We strongly believe in the idea of marketplaces. Buddy is already present in Github, Docker, Microsoft Azure & Google Cloud marketplaces, and with great results.” Simon Szczepankowski, Buddy Co-founder
The customer base and the potential shows that it is estimated to have a market value of $345 billion by the year 2022.
Buddy has already managed to build a customer base of around 7000 developers that use the platform everyday in more than 120 countries. The bigger names in the customers list include, INC. Magazine, CGI.com, ING bank, Hickeys, Docplanner and many more who vouch for the credibility of the platform and the value of the ICO.
Fund raising and ICO
Although the company is already making good profit and is partnered with popular industry names like Google, GitHub and Microsoft, it is raising funds through an ICO to create a better decentralized platform on blockchain with enhanced tools to help the developers. This ICO is pretty popular and highly rated on most of the ICO rating websites.
“Funds raised during Buddy ICO will be used for the development of a Decentralized Application Development and Deployment Platform that features a Private and Shared Automation GRID, DevOps Marketplace, making Buddy open-source and technologies for Blockchain application development: dAppOS, distributed Blockchain-as-a-Service and BlockchainOps.”
They also wish to be the platform where people can learn Blockchain development with free access to the students and teachers.