Business

Tabillo promises a single interface for all small-business web app needs

Ontario-based Tabillo wants to make it easier for small and medium-sized businesses to create customized, database-driven applications on a budget.

“With Tabillo anyone can turn their static Excel spreadsheets into dynamic and collaborative business apps in minutes without programming skills,” said founder and chief executive Sanjeev Arora (pictured).

Tabillo presented its web-based business app solution today at DEMO Spring 2012 in Santa Clara, Calif.

The goal, Arora said, is to unify processes that currently take place across multiple web-based applications. For instance, employees might store files in several different cloud storage services, work on documents in Google Docs and in Microsoft Office, and collaborate via email and instant messaging.

With Tabillo, people can instead build their own business apps, manage multiple files, collaborate, and share information, all within a single application.

“We are on a journey to help build knowledge and not just web folders,” said Arora. “Tabillo matters because simpler file sharing  makes it harder to find your content as it grows and businesses must use minimum structure (metadata) to their information for cloud collaboration.”

The company competes with other web-based database services, such as Podio, Zoho Creator, and Intuit QuickBase. It also competes with online collaboration tools such as BaseCamp.

Tabillo, based in Oakville, Ontario, has just one employee and has not raised outside funding yet. Arora, the founder of a SharePoint consulting firm called Quasar Apps, hit upon the idea when he realized that many of his small-business customers were using multiple cloud apps but didn’t have the budget or the internal resources to create more customized, unified solutions.

The company is currently in closed beta testing with about 75 users. It will be available to Microsoft Small Business Server Essential 2011 customers as an “add-in” app.

Tabillo is one of 80 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2012 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley. After we make our selections, the chosen companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

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Photo and screenshots courtesy Tabillo.


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