The team at BlueHive looks a lot like our customers’ teams for a reason.
Founder Brian Cook is an aviation and aerospace operations professional, with a passion for keeping expensive assets operating in a safe, efficient and effective manner through the use of innovative workflow technology. His 28 years of experience involved engineering design, manufacturing, maintenance and operations of highly complex aircraft systems, also known as product and service lifecycle management. In other words, he was an integral part of teams just like yours, and he was often saddled with implementations of clunky operations management systems and compliance software that did not meet the needs of the aerospace community.
BlueHive was born of frustration with available workflow technology.
When he founded his own services business with a focus on improving current MRO tools and WBS software, Brian finally was able to do something about his frustration through the creation of a better cloud ERP workflow technology that, simply put, just works. Research revealed there was a good reason he was never satisfied with any of the systems he was required to use at prior jobs… the ideal system simply didn’t exist. So, Brian’s team developed a PC-based ERP software product which met the requirements for both their business objectives and their own regulatory obligations.
With his own personal services business success, Brian soon found his clients asking how they could get their hands on this workflow technology to use in their own operations. At that point the business plan for BlueHive took off in a new direction, including harnessing the power of the Force.com platform.
BlueHive and Force.com
In 2010, BlueHive partnered with the leader in cloud-computing, SalesForce.com. The company then spent three years and in excess of $1 million to develop BlueHive on the Salesforce/Force.com platform. As a last step prior to launch, BlueHive successfully underwent a final technical and security review through the Salesforce security review process.
The original brainstorming whiteboard included:
Make users happy (because current products don’t):
Program Managers happy – PM capability and data
Engineers happy – engineering drawing and configuration mgmt
CEO happy – real time business performance data
Manufacturers happy – real time WBS and Earned Value Management
CFO happy – fast ROI, real time cost of ops
Mechanic happy – it just works, easy to use MRO something
Quality happy – authorized, qualified people doing the work
IT happy – latest technology