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By Flatmerge
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About

What Is Flatmerge?

The core of Flatmerge is an API (Application Programming Interface) that accepts data, then analyzes and transforms it to popular formats so it can be shared with anyone or any app of your choice. Because Flatmerge exposes your data as popular standard protocols, it becomes easy to share with other users and apps. For example, it took only a few hours of development time to create an Excel data sharing app, because Flatmerge exposes data in a way that Excel can understand. With Flatmerge, it may be possible to share any data with any app.

How Flatmerge Works
How Flatmerge Works

Some Common Uses

  • Organizations can use the service to upload sales data and Flatmerge is used as a staging area so it can be consolidated.
  • Excel-to-application sharing, for example, users could enter data and then see it used in web-based/cloud-based reporting applications
  • Excel-to-Excel sharing, for scenarios like planning and budgeting applications
  • Get past the barrier of emailing copies of files. Share your source data with anyone!
  • Share interesting queries with your friends. For example, what are are the popular baby names?

What Flatmerge Is Now

Currently in the beginning stages (alpha) of development, Flatmerge already has many features implemented, but it is rough around the edges and lacks some important features. Successful funding will move it out of the alpha stage by helping pay for development costs for new features, bug fixes, and cloud hosting costs. This roadmap lists the next steps.

Flatmerge already has hundreds of excited users and a handful of apps.

"At last, the Excel 2013 app I’ve really been waiting for!"- Christopher Webb SQL Server MVP, consultant (http://www.crossjoin.co.uk)

Try it! You will surely find some creative uses:

Who created Flatmerge and why?

Flatmerge was created by an independent developer with the vision of making it easy to share data across apps. After being accepted into the Microsoft BizSpark program, this vision has become reality. This program gives startups access to development software in the MSDN and $150 in Windows Azure credits for 3 years. Flatmerge took more than a year to develop and is close to a beta release.

Risks and challenges

The major risk for the Flatmerge project is a sudden rapid rise in it's usage that results in unsustainable cloud service costs.

If funded, backers in the $10-$1,000 range will be given storage space and bandwidth for sharing their data. If their data becomes very popular, cloud costs will increase. There is a chance that this cost increase will be too much to sustain. On the other hand, this may be a good thing, because non-owners who use the data might want to do some sharing of their own. From there, we can build a revenue model based on payment for sharing, subscriptions, or advertising.

Reaching the $20,000 Kickstarter goal will put Flatmerge in a position to grow and scale with user demands.

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    You'll get 10Mb of Flatmerge storage space for 3 months (the first 5Mb is free for everyone). Your name will also be listed on the Flatmerge web site.

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    You'll get 200Mb of Flatmerge storage space for 6 months. You will also and some good support! If you have problems or questions, we will help you within 24 hours.

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    You'll get 1Gb of Flatmerge storage space for 6 months. You will also get great support, and special attention for your requested features. At this pledge amount, we know you are really wanting to use Flatmerge to help you get your work done. We will help!

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    We will install your own Flatmerge in the cloud or on site. If your data is very private or requires high scalability and reliability, this is for you. Of course, you will also get good support and high priority of customized feature requests.

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Funding period

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