If you have ever attended Microsoft training in the past or worked with sample content while working within Microsoft systems, you are probably familiar with ‘Northwind Traders’, or “Contoso’. They have others of these ‘example’ or ‘fictional’ companies in fact (Volcano Coffee, World Wide Importers and Blue Yonder Airplines comes to mind).
We wanted one too
We wanted (needed) one of our own here at Regroove, for demo’ing the power of Microsoft Teams, SharePoint and Navo. So, we just made one up, complete with an Office 365 subscription, virtual desktops, public website, logos and a complete brand. We called it Pear (get it, Apple?), because we are cheeky that way.
Now our demo’s flow beautifully. We have a fun, fictitious company that we can use to show the power of productivity, working out loud, the capabilities of navigating a different company organization with the amazing capabilities of Navo (particularly the unique SharePoint Mega Menu, etc.), all without exposing our own internal workings or sensitive internal systems. Freedom of expression for our story telling, isolated demos for security, the works. #amazing. #smitten.
At Pear Inc. we make really expensive consumer electronics that are shiny and slippery.pearadiddle.com
Established in May 2019, Pear Inc. was created as a fictitious company to be used in demos and presentations for itgroove. Much like Microsoft’s Contoso or Northwind Traders, Pear is a tease at Apple. The domain name, pearadiddle.com is because other variations were ridiculously expensive and a “paradiddle” is a very popular drum rudiment and was a fun play on words.
What It Looks Like
We are actually circling back to the Pear colour scheme in the next few weeks as the colour of a pear doesn’t necessarily demo well (greeny/yellow) so the environment will no doubt change a bit but I’m sharing what we have today because I feel like talking about it today. 🙂
Meet the (Fictitious) people of Pear
I love a good fake name and I went with some of the classics for the employees of this non-existent company.
- CEO: Adam Baum
- CFO: Patty O’Furniture
- Accounts Receivable
- Mel Function
- Anne Teak
- Accounts Payable
- Ray Bann
- Accounts Receivable
- Head of Sales: Al Fresco
- CTO: Barb Dwyer
- Director of Product Development: Brock Lee