Known as the LinkedIn for information professionals, Spiceworks has grown from a small but dedicated community into a rapidly expanding enterprise that sees 2,000-plus new members join a day. The key to Spiceworks' growth, according to Nicole Tanzillo, director of premium IT services, is the three functions of its core application that it offers to IT pros for free; a network inventory, a help desk, and a knowledgebase. Now that the application has a large, dedicated following, she says, Spiceworks is ready to take the next step as an organization. They're creating this Spiceworks platform where they're opening up brand-new APIs and a new development kit that are going to allow independent developers, tech brands, even IT pros that want to dabble in it to create custom applications that are going to plug into the Spiceworks platform, says Tanzillo.
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