Juan Nicolás Cedano did not set out to be a businessman; he just wanted to help Colombian schools benefit from technology. When he launched Con Saber Humano (with human knowledge) in 2008 he outfitted his small development team with Intel® Core™ i5 processor- based workstations. By taking advantage of software optimization assistance, he was able to not only access valuable local market opportunities but increase the visibility of the company’s application, Saberes. Hosting Saberes on Intel® Xeon® processor-based servers meant that Con Saber Humano could participate in the Intel Learning Series Alliance and include its solutions in Intel educational offerings throughout the region.
Help Colombian Schools be Technology-Smart
Cedano was studying web development at university when his schoolteacher cousin asked if he could create a web application that she could use for document sharing and testing. He did a quick review of existing eLearning applications and found that most were aimed at higher education and were far too complex for the elementary level— especially in Colombia.
“Few schools in our country have invested in computers or Internet access,” Cedano says.
“Colombian schools needed technology tools that were far simpler.”
So Cedano set out to fill the gap—and at the same time, counter the perception among his countrymen that software developed in Colombia took a long time and was inferior to that developed elsewhere. “Colombians tend to trust products made in other countries,” Cedano says. “But we were out to change that perception. I wanted to show the world that we could make very high-quality software in our corner of the world and do it in months, not years.”
Right Tools, Right Partners
However, Cedano knew that he would need help. He enrolled in the Intel Learning Series
Alliance, which brings together vendors to deliver to K-12 classrooms integrated technology solutions optimized for Intel classmate PCs. By joining the Intel Learning
Series Alliance, Con Saber Humano could reuse existing educational content and find local hardware, integration, and support partners.
Cedano then outfitted his six developers with Intel Core i5 processor-based workstations to give them plenty of processing power to drive their Ruby on Rails* open source web framework and NetBeans* IDE integrated development environment. “NetBeans consumed a great deal of processor power and RAM, and our developers needed very high-performance machines,” Cedano says. “There were only six of us, so we had to be very effective and productive.”
Development Time Reduced by 30 Percent
To boost both its development and marketing capabilities, Con Saber Humano joined the Intel Software
Partner Program in 2011 and quickly achieved Premier Elite Software Partner status. The Intel Software Partner Program provides software companies and individuals with resources to help develop, optimize, and market applications running on Intel platforms and technologies.
Through the Intel Software Partner Program, Con Saber Humano received performance analyzers to analyze and tune its code. “We had to grow our development team and work very fast,” Cedano says. “We needed to work as efficiently as possible and needed all the help we could get. By using Intel Core i5 processor-based workstations and optimization help from the Intel
Software Partner Program, we reduced our development time by 30 percent.”