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Best SMEs in India 2015

Best SMEs in India 2015

Can technology help small companies compete better with their bigger counterparts?

Aug 11, 2015

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.

Cloud technologies in favour of small companies: Vivek Kulkarni of Brickwork India

Aug 10, 2015

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 of Think7 Business Systems on issues in uploading financial documents on cloud servers

Aug 10, 2015

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.

Cloud solutions can help small companies go global: Aravind Melligeri of Aequs

Aug 10, 2015

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.

SMEs don't do much strategisation on what they need: Anant R. Koppar of KTwo Technology Solutions

Aug 10, 2015

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.

Connectivity is more important issue than cloud servers: Bharat Goenka of Tally Solutions

Aug 10, 2015

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.


Ready for takeoff: Cochin International Airport has weathered the recent macroeconomic headwinds

Cochin Airport has raised the bar for others

Oct 02, 2015

In the recent past, the dip in air travel post the global economic meltdown in 2008 and severe financial crisis afflicting most airlines had affected airports across the country but CIAL navigated the lean period without taking a big knock.

Thrust on innovation: Newgen's Diwakar Nigam. (Photo: Vivan Mehra)

Newgen Software enables people work together

Oct 02, 2015

Around 70 per cent of its revenues come from outside India, the US topping the list of foreign clients with 29 per cent, followed by West Asia at 28 per cent.

Anand Ladsariya: Betting big on China. (Photo: Rachit Goswami)

Chinese demand drives growth at Everest Flavours

Oct 02, 2015

Everest Flavours exports 95-99% of its products, with demand from China - driven by the country's focus on food crops since 2008 - acting as a driving force.

Riding to glory: SEL CEO Narayanan Ramanathan. (Photo: Nilotpal Baruah)

San Engineering has adapted to tough time

Oct 02, 2015

In the past four years, its revenues have grown by 250 per cent and were $30 million in 2014/15, says Narayanan Ramanathan, Chief Executive of San Engineering and Locomotive.

Ramping up: Srikanth Chakkilam, Executive Director (left) and C.V. Subramanyam, Chairman, MD. (Photo: A. Prabhakar Rao)

Cigniti aims to increase revenue to $300 million

Oct 01, 2015

Cigniti Technologies' revenue in 2014/15 stood at $63 million. The odds are in its founder CV Subramanyam's favour. The company has expanded at a rapid pace over the past few years.

Serving it hot: Rossell India's Chirinjiv Bedi. (Photo: Anindya Saha)

Rossell India's net profit has risen 20.4% in 3 yrs

Sep 30, 2015

Rossell India, which has the lion's share of its revenues coming from tea, has dealt with the twin blows at its plantations in Assam, but still says it will not stop acquisitions in the state.

Going global: NFPIL Chairman Nitin Shah. (Photo: S Kumar)

NFPIL plans to become a billion-dollar co by 2020

Sep 30, 2015

Nitin Fire Protection Industries plans to achieve the target by growing organically and also by acquiring companies in the Gulf, Europe and Africa.

Deepak Arora: Betting on service quality. Photo: Shekhar Ghosh

Jullundur Motor's growth has defied the slowdown

Sep 28, 2015

Despite the challenges, the 88-year-old company has expanded revenue by 10.5 per cent a year, on an average, for the past three years, helped by its diverse portfolio and pan-India reach.

Core competence: Forace MD Vikas Garg at the Haridwar plant. (Photo: Shekhar Ghosh)

Forace drives revenue growth via innovations

Sep 28, 2015

A fourth of Forace's revenues come from its innovations, which are propelled by a specialised R&D team. It has developed a solid resin technology for use in the shell process in foundries, which is more efficient than the traditional liquid resin technology used in India.

Serving an ace: Rajesh Batra, CMD, Cravatex. (Photo: Rachit Goswami)

How Cravatex turned into a Rs 100 crore company

Sep 27, 2015

The major chunk of Cravatex's business comes from Fila, the 1911-founded Italian sportswear brand that is now owned by Yoon-Soo Yoon, who was once its Korean licensee.

Leaving his imprint: Control Print's Basant Kabra. (Photo: Rachit Goswami)

Control Print aims to garner 25% mkt in 5 years

Sep 27, 2015

Established in 1991, Control Print has made admirable strides in the coding and marking industry. The company has a wide range of customers, including Holcim, ACC, UltraTech Cement, Unilever, Emami, and Tata Steel.

Sprouting success: Ajeet Seeds MD Sameer Mulay at the Aurangabad factory. (Photo: Rachit Goswami)

Ajeet Seeds aspires to be a Rs 1K-cr firm in 3 yrs

Sep 25, 2015

One of the largest producers of cotton seeds, including hybrid variants, the firm caters to 15 Indian states. And, innovation has been key to its success.

Against all odds: Achal Bakeri

Symphony has scripted a dream turnaround

Sep 25, 2015

Symphony has a 50 per cent share (40 per cent in volume terms) of the domestic organised market, followed by Kenstar (35 per cent), Bajaj Electricals (15 per cent) and Usha.

Aakanksha Bhargava: Lending a helping hand. (Photo: Vivan Mehra)

Shifting to a new city? Call PM Relocations

Sep 25, 2015

Nearly 55 per cent of PMR's business comes from global operations. The tenure of a typical contract varies from one year to 10 years. However, some engagements are for the long term. The relationship with Bharti Airtel, for instance, is 21 years old.

In good health: HSCC India's Gyanesh Pandey. (Photo: Vivan Mehra)

Health Care's Hidden Jewel: HSCC

Sep 19, 2015

State-run HSCC has managed to successfully crack a sector primarily dominated by private players.