The Business Today SME Roundtable in Bangalore - a precursor to the BT Best SME Awards - saw a rousing debate on how cloud and Saas technologies were helping small companies scale their businesses without the attendant high costs, and how this is helping them get on to a more level playing field with bigger companies. Of course, not everyone agreed, which is why this was such an engaging discussion.
Vivek Kulkarni, Founder & Chairman, Brickwork India, explains why he feels small companies can use technologies like cloud and SaaS to compete with their bigger couterparts.
Rajesh Jagtiani, CEO, Think7 Business Systems, says that while we have no issues sending financial documents on email, which is on the cloud, we have problems uploading them on cloud servers.
Aravind Melligeri, Chairman & CEO, Aequs elaborates on how cloud solutions can help small companies cut down on their costs of computing, and help them to go global in a cost-effective way.
Anant R. Koppar, Chairman & CEO, KTwo Technology Solutions says SMEs are usually influenced by friends and relatives on their choice of software and systems, but they should also explore what is available on the cloud.
Bharat Goenka, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Tally Solutions says cloud or no cloud is not the issue; the issue is whether you have ubiquitous connectivity. Connectivity will become the most important leveller.
India Today Editor-in-Chief Aroon Purie, Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad and Senior President of Retail and Business Banking at Yes Bank Pralay Mondal present awards to the Best SMEs of 2013.
India Today Editor-in-chief Aroon Purie delivers keynote address in the Best SMEs 2013 award function and tells how small and medium enterprises are going to play a vital role in putting the nation's economic growth on a brighter side.
J M Garg, Vigilance Commissioner of CVC addresses the gathering at Best SMEs 2013 award function where he throws light on the underutilized sector of the economy and how nation can reach the expected GDP growth rate and generate more employment.
Josey Puliyenthuruthel, managing editor of Business Today tells about the long drawn process carried out by Yes Bank and Business Today to select the Best SMEs in the country and other organizations who were associated with this survey.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, union minister of Law and Justice and Communications and Information Technology shares his experience on changing Indian economy, working of new government and much more in his address at Best SMEs 2013 Award ceremony.
Pralay Mondal, Senior President, Retail and Business Banking, Yes Bank praises the new government efforts in economic growth and speaks on different economic aspects at the Best SMEs 2013 Award function.
With its focus on agriculture, iConcept Software Services, says Managing Director Ajay Kumar Kalavaia, aims to create an enterprise level market in intelligent solutions and provide tailor-made solutions to agriculture enterprises.
The first company in world to convert paint sludge into usable paints and primers, Maharani Paints, says Chairman Baldev Raj Bhatia, aims to take the company's turnover in the range of Rs 225-250 crore over the next 3 years.
One of the foremost companies to turn waste into resourceful raw materials, Monarch Catalyst's most recent effort is that of environmental effectiveness. The company plans to optimise its electricity usage by bringign it down by at least 25 per cent, says Director Krishnan Muthukumar.
The New Delhi Centre for Sight, which became a specialised eye care centre in 2001-02, aims to become the largest opthalmology centre in India and abroad by 2020. Chairman and Medical Director Dr Mahipal S Sachdev says the super-speciality eye care centre has close to 50 outlets in the country.
One of the major contributors in making Quattro Global Services' business worth $20 billion, CMD Raman Roy says Quattro wants to be the company which brings offshore capabilities, manage services alongwith platforms to the mid-market, which lacks the technology needed to leverage offshore components.
With its customer-centric approach, Eskay Speciality Chemicals, the family-run business of four generations has reached new heights. Ketan L Shah, the company's director aims to keep the legacy going with product innovation and focus on customers.
Vidya Herbs founder and MD K Shyam Prasad says the company is targeting Rs 200 crore turnover in this fiscal and Rs 1,000 crore turnover in five years.
VAV Life Sciences CMD Arun Kedia says the company is looking to expand its presence globally in the phospholipids market and also take their applications to the common man.
Tuareg Marketing CEO Jitendra Chauhan says the company uses technology and R&D facilities of Spanish company Taurus. The firm expects to clock turnover of Rs 100 crore in December 2014.
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