Straight Up Startup…Featuring Phil Vickman, Marketing Director Of Promet Source

Phil Vickman is the Marketing Director of Promet Source, which helps startups deploy, maintain and support high-value web and mobile applications through the use of open source technology tools. Promet differentiates itself by providing a superior customer experience throughout all facets of the development process, including design, software engineering, project management and quality assurance.

He holds an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His professional career spans as District Manager with ASAP Software and a Partner Development Manager at Sun Microsystems.  He founded a growing online business from scratch, Fat Tone Guitars, a multi-channel marketer of electric guitars, amps and effects pedals for musicians.

An entrepreneur, brand developer and channel management professional, Phil Vickman took the time to talk to the Rackspace Startup Program about what’s involved in architecting, developing and deploying sites for startups. What follows are Phil’s thoughts on being a Drupal web application and website development company and its partnership with Rackspace.

How do startups benefit from the Promet Source expertise?
Startups benefit from working with Promet via fast deployment of web applications and complete 24×7 application support. Promet utilizes the Agile Development approach, which allows startups to quickly prioritize features and functionality prior to deployment.

What business wins has Promet Source achieved?
Promet has developed and deployed the C2ES Geaux Green, Third Party Trust and the Grinnell College websites on the Rackspace Cloud. The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) is a non-profit organization working together for the environment and the economy; Third Party Trust is a Chicago based B2B site that is a social site for corporate security professionals, focused on streamlining the security governance and risk management processes between enterprise organizations and their service providers; and Grinnell College is a private, coed, liberal arts college founded in 1846 in Grinnell, Iowa.

How does Promet Source help grow startups?
We provide fast, flexible and affordable development options for our startup clients. By partnering with Rackspace, we offer the best option for rapid development, secure and flexible management and operations, along with the easiest and most comprehensive scalability options.

With Third Party Trust, and with Grinnell, Promet and the client jointly created their workflow. Promet worked with the client to help them identify their Minimum Viable Product (MVP) on launch; and their future releases. We were able to help them prioritize their budget, to get the most out of each product release.

What best practices does Promet Source incorporate into your customers’ sites?
Promet utilizes numerous Drupal CMS deployment best practices. We must engage in both short and long term site planning with our customers. Promet must understand the customers’ content types and end user characteristics in order to plan a responsive web design solution for the startup. With Third Party Trust, Promet, along with the client, incorporates best practices of separate development, staging and production environments, and code review and use of GIT.

How has a partnership with Rackspace benefitted both Promet Source and the startups you work with?
Our partnership with Rackspace gives Promet the ability to offer [an amazing] hosting platform to our customers. We can provide best of breed solutions for the full array of needs facing a startup: speed of development, ease and flexibility in feature rollout, secure and automated management, scalable, pay for what you need hosting and support for the entire stack.

What straight up business advice would give to a startup?
Think about your startup’s growth prospects, business capabilities, end users, content type and budget to build a site before architecting, developing and deploying a scalable site for your business.

The Rackspace Startup Program thanks our favorite Drupalganger, Phil Vickman, for taking the time out of his busy schedule to enlighten us on how Promet Source is a Drupal web application and website development company that offers expert services and support for startup sites deployed on the Rackspace Cloud. For more insight on hosting your startup on the Rackspace Cloud platform backed by Fanatical Support™, contact the Space Cowboys today.

John McKenna loves startups and is a Space Cowboy with the Rackspace Startup Program. He also crafts customer stories and produces really cool videos for the Customer Reference Program. John enjoys telling stories through his writings…and loves the beach, the ranch, his dog Blue and most of all his three beautiful daughters.


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