India sees rise in emergence of cloud-based startups

by Amrita Premrajan, InformationWeek, June 14, 2012

Targeting a fast growing SMB market, Indian startups are offering everything as a service with services ranging from collaboration, enterprise applications to Business Intelligence in the cloud. Here is a first-person account from the founders and leaders of nine such cloud computing startups. Discover the challenges and excitement as these leaders reveal why they zeroed in on the cloud computing model and the opportunities they envisage ahead

Rushabh Mehta, Founder, iWebNotes

Flagship offering: ERP on a SaaS model

The flagship offering of iWebNotes is ERPNext, an Open Source, web-based ERP for small and medium-sized businesses. The idea behind creating iWebNotes is quite interesting. My family business (manufacturing) needed an ERP and after a failed attempt by a vendor, they entrusted me with the opportunity to build one. I used to write software as a hobby. In addition, when I was doing my post-graduation in the U.S., I was exposed to Semantic Web Technologies, which gave interesting ideas on using some concepts for ERP. This helped me to build the product quickly. In my view, the idea of SaaS/cloud is massively oversold. The biggest benefit of SaaS is to the vendor because the 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 one-tenth 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.

About Author

Amrita Premrajan is an IT journalist based in New Delhi with more than four years of experience in reporting on enterprise technology and interviewing CIOs and technology professionals. Currently, she is Senior Correspondent at InformationWeek India. She has a Masters Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar

comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe for Newsletter

Stay connected to the best business technology content every week. Subscribe to our daily newsletter now!

Slide Shows

Upcoming Webcast

How your Next Gen Firewall Should Be?

Cisco invites you to participate in an interesting, informative webinar focused on Cisco’s latest firewall services. This session focuses on enabling you to understand the new capabilities, including Application Visibility and Control (AVC), Intrusion Prevention (IPS), and Web Security Essentials (WSE), to the ASA 5500-X Series demonstrated by Cisco experts. They will take you through the unique traits of Cisco ASA that will help you to be prepared for the advanced challenges. Speakers: Srikanta Prasad, Subject Matter Expert – Security,Cisco Date & Time: November 7, 2014, 3:00pm India Time