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vendor holds the control to the “main switch” i.e. he/she can switch off the application any time if there is a conflict. However, from the customer point of view, this is very dangerous especially for ERPs. We stand out by offering our solution as both SaaS and Open Source. Our product offering is priced at onetenth the price of the competition for a full module product. Our software is built on MySQL, Python and Javascript and our entire latest source code is available at GitHub. We are targeting only SMBs in India and abroad. Last year, we added 95 customers across the world. Also, we have around 30 customers in India — most of which, we converted in the last year. We still believe we are an early stage product and still have a lot of work to do before we get in the big league.

service (BaaS) for BPOs. Available for as low as ` 500 onwards per user per month, it is one of the most inexpensive BI solutions in the world. In less than a year after starting, we have won global BI contracts from mid to large-sized BPOs, contact centers clientele and even stalwarts of the industry like Microsoft, Intel and BlackBerry. We work with a variety of businesses like BPOs, KPOs and LPOs including marketing research companies. In the next 24-48 months, we are targeting to have 50,000 subscribers.

Kantanu Kundu

cloud platform. The platform also offers a ‘Work Apps Store’ that lets employees pick their relevant work applications instantly and a ‘Work App Builder’ supported by an easy-to-learn REST API and component library for instant development of a brand new needbased app. Typically, a brand new app takes somewhere between 1-10 days. We’re currently building a community of cloud app developers, which will build apps from within A2Zapps Cloud platform from any place in the world, and publish to our apps store for customers to grab. A2Zapps plans to sell its end-to-end business solutions to SMEs (less than 100 users) by providing login to every employee in the organization but for medium-sized and large enterprises, we will primarily focus on function/ team specific app(s) such as marketing, sales automation, human capital management etc. Also, as educational institutions are slowly starting to look at cloud-based solutions, we’re also planning to have a separate group within the company to help educational institutions in India with a cloud-based platform for work automation and real-time student collaboration.

CEO, Chairman and Founder, A2ZApps Flagship offering: Cloud-based collaborative Desktop

Rahul Sethi

Founder, BusinessIntelligenze Flagship offering: BI as a service for BPOs The pressure on BPOs to boost revenue, maximize productivity and reduce overhead costs is growing by the day. Business Intelligence (BI) is the panacea to their woes but then enterprise BI solutions are prohibitively expensive to implement. A typical BI implementation costs crores of rupees, making them way out of reach for the small and medium-sized BPOs. We saw an opportunity to bring about a paradigm change in the way BPO reporting and forecasting can be done, by using the SaaS model. We decided to offer dedicated BI-as-a-

Although there are hundreds of players including big names like SAP in India who have been providing ERP or CRM type software to enterprises for a long time, but when it comes to providing a world-class enterprise ‘Cloud platform as a service’ (known as PaaS) with customers’ choice of applications (known as SaaS), I found that there was not a single vendor in Asia. Surprisingly, even today in the North American market, we are the only alternative to Salesforce.com and its Force.com PaaS Platform. We are essentially an enterprise cloud computing company that offers a cloud-based ‘Work Platform’ — which is provided on a monthly subscription model priced between ` 249 to ` 999 per user per month for Indian customers within a single integrated

Sachin Duggal

Founder, nivio Flagship offering: Desktop as a Service We are a California-based cloud startup which has offices in India, U.S., U.K., and Australia. We take your Windows desktop, apps and your data and deliver them from the Internet bubble to any

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