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  1. 1. In My Opinion: VC Talk: `50 CIO Insights: siliconindia K.B. Chandrasekhar, Jamcracker Sarath Naru, Ventureast Rama Prasad, Gogo Inc. PUBLISHED FROM BANGALORE Business OF Technology IN THE U.S. & INDIA APRIL - 2013 Company of the Month Bryan Cheung, Co-founder & CEO of Liferay Entrepreneur of the Month Mohan Kumar Sundaram, Founder & CEO Compassites: Reverberating Mahesh Baxi, CEO, Compassites Tech needs with a ' WOW ' Experience siliconindia |1 | April 2013
  2. 2. Cover Story Compassites Reverberating Tech needs with a ‘WOW’ Experience By Vignesh Anantharaj W ith the acceleration of changes in business methodologies, many organizations are struggling to implement technology solutions that reverberate anticipated needs owing to usage of proprietary technologies and the vendors’ development roadmap being out of sync with business requirements. Concurrently, many software projects are stupefied owing to excessive analysis and documentation of needs and options or an extravagant policy towards perfection. Mahesh Baxi, the CEO of Compassites software realized a dire need for pure domain agnostic players with out of the box, yet simplistic thinking capabilities as opposed to traditional and orthodox business methodologies. Compassites, headquartered in Bangalore, with delivery centers in the U.S, Australia, Bangalore and Pune is the latest company with avantgarde solutions and services in Cloud, Big Data Analytics and IT consumerization. Since laying its foundation in 2005, the company has been providing unique preferences to work with open source and open standard technologies, owing to amenability to being configured to specific needs, as well as unmatched skill sets to absorb new elements and create additional capabilities. Co-founded by Naveen Lakkur, Director and V V Ranganathan, Chairman, the company wholly adherers to Voltaire’s, a French historian and philosopher’s aphorism “perfect is the enemy of good”. All throughout its existence, Compassites has had a very pragmatic approach to running projects. Throughout its sound research capabilities and timely deliverables, how does the company stand out Mahesh Baxi,CEO siliconindia |16| April 2013 siliconindia |17| April 2013
  3. 3. with its unique time to market strategy and a strong bias for action owing to its software Web Services agile pedigree. Amazon developers’ Under Windows Azure its CEO, Mahesh Baxi, the company has worked with several Google AppEngine customers around the globe to help IBM Smart Cloud build software Rackspace customHP Cloud solutions. The success can be Cloud Private, Public or Hybrid attributed to nonalignment to certain verticals. i.e. by being truly a business domain agnostic, highly specialized technology company. The agnostic view can be Expertise in Big Data Analytics MongoDB Gearman Hadoop Map Reduce ertise in Cloud Computing Mondrian RabbitMQ Redis Memcache Amazon Web Services Windows Azure Google AppEngine IBM Smart Cloud kspace Solr ElasticSearch HP Cloud core expertise with an elementary Expertise in Consumerization of IT cynosure on custom software solutions. Despite technology manifesting into the heart of theAlfresco company, Compassites always Liferay Magento take a holistic approach Microsoft Sharepoint to solving business Social Engine HTML 5 critical problems for iOS programming OpenX its customers. The best Android development example of this can be of how Compassites helped Authentix, a global leader in authentication and nano tracking solutions for excise tax recovery and c o u n t e r f e i t i n g occurrences. Expertise in Technology Consulting brand protection, curbing the tobacco The solution was such a smuggling menace with the aid of success that Authentix was able to the firm’s in-genuine technology significantly bring down the interAmazon Java solutions. Linux JSON state fraud level and also lead to an Microsoft.Net The American states were bogged Flex Nginx Apache Adobe impressive 40 percent improvement in down due to tobacco smuggling and Alfresco operational efficiency. Compassites Python jQuery PHP Expertise in Consumerization of IT illegal authentication methodologies. has been delivering such high class, mongoDB Tornado My SQL Washington loses nearly $200 million yet simple and in-genuine products ZEND Framework Alfresco a year due to Tobacco tax frauds. To to a host of famous companies Ruby on Rails come up Magentoa solution,Liferay with Authentix such as Graymatics & Zyme in Big Microsoft Sharepoint partnered with Compassites to create Data, iCharts & Seedling in Cloud Social Engine HTML a state of the art authentication5stamp. enablement, Payback & Jiffle in IT iOS Compassites OpenX With the technology, programming consumerization and Authentix & was able to Android development layers Hydratech in technology consulting provide multiple of security with each stamp including to name a few. The core businesses multiple layers of overt, covert and of the clients have varied from retail, explained ivate, Public or Hybrid Cloud in the way the company views big analytics. While the normal IT service provider views big analytics as a serious and impending threat, Baxi views the situation as a challenge presenting unprecedented opportunities. The employees of xpertise in Big Data Analytics believe that the Expertise in Technology Consulting the firm strongly data generated by complex systems Amazon Java possesses tons of knowledge, and can MongoDB Linux JSON Microsoft.Net Gearman Hadoop be leveraged correctly, eventually Nginx Apache Adobe Flex Map Reduce leading to business opportunities, Python jQuery PHP Alfresco Mondrian reductionRabbitMQ and higher positive in costs mongoDB Tornado My SQL Redis Memcache impact for organizations. This has ZEND Framework Solr been the cogitative approach that Ruby on Rails ElasticSearch has led to the company producing more than 24 products and delivering successfully to clients in Australia, US, Middle-East, South America, India and Singapore to name a few. forensic security features. The method was simple; the Contradistinctive Approach stamps were made unusable until the There is a primary focus on solving encrypted code is applied via a digital business critical problems for printer by the stamp application customers using technology as the at the wholesaler’s site to avoid siliconindia |18| April 2013 finances, healthcare, technology and intelligent information subscriptions to extremely secure brand protection & product authentication solutions. The Sui Generis Methodology The way a business critical project is solved by the company is a tried and trusted procedure which solely lies in understanding the customer’s business context and the nature of the problem unlike predefined solutions that are non-compatible with a host of clients. On comprehending the context of the problem in question, the experts work with the customer to define a bold vision of a success story. This is what Compassites terms as the ‘vision splendid’ - in which the client has used technology to transform the business to compete more effectively and profitably. In the case of Authentix, the accomplished “vision splendid” was to bring tax stamps into the digital era by eliminating the need for expensive and vulnerable inventories of printed stamps while providing real-time auditing and immediate cash retrieval. Through such out of the box thinking, the clientele receive the benefit of years of collective skills and experience, without the need to Expertise in Cloud Computing Amazon Web Services Windows Azure Google AppEngine IBM Smart Cloud Rackspace HP Cloud Private, Public or Hybrid Cloud deal with multiple vendors interested more in pushingin Big Data Analytics Expertise a product or selling a license than creating true business values. MongoDB Gearman Hadoop The mission and focus for combining all of the Map Reduce factors positive Mondrian RabbitMQ and the want to grow exponentially Redis is not fueled by theMemcache pressure for Solr quarterly results ElasticSearch or distributing profits to shareholders, but by the strong desire to execute the foremost mission: “To create a WOW experience for all the stakeholders through innovative technology solutions and delivery excellence.” Expertise in CloudFor iCharts, a cloud-based company Computing enabling processing, visualization and Amazon Web Services distribution of big and small data, Compassites provided a solution, Windows Azure which Google AppEngine combined the relevance of IBM Smart Cloud big data with the flexibility offered Rackspace HP Cloudthe cloud. iCharts, with the help by Private, Public or Hybrid Cloud of Compassites Navigators was able to significantly increase processing capacity through Amazon RDS and reduce the infrastructure costs by half. Expertise in Big Data Analytics ‘Navigators’ is what the employees within Compassites are passionately referred to for all the expertise and hard work they bring to the table. Incorporating the Best Business Strategies " from in Cloud Computing Expertiseits competitors? The secret lies The success of the company can be attributed to non-alignment to certain verticals.i.e. by being truly business domain agnostic “A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all” ~ Michael LeBoeuf At Compassites, the customers are viewed as the contrivance of the start and end point. It is a well-known fact that it is difficult for even the most technologically sophisticated organizations to Expertise in Consumerization parties, as it enables a focus fully articulate for both of IT requirements for a software project. on new areas of shared opportunity. This in turn creates considerable In our experience it usually leads to Alfresco innovative and creative solutions, anxiety and uncertainties owing to Liferay Magento Microsoft improved processes, shared savings firms delaying in committing to a Sharepoint and Social Engine final set of requirements before the HTML 5 increased business value.” says Mahesh iOS programming Baxi, CEO of Compassites. project commences. OpenX The leadership realizedAndroid development this and took an approach to software projects The Solutions and Services Arsenal the Navigators within that were designed on the assumption What Compassites do uniquely instead that requirements have change as the only constant factor. To create of spending months creating hefty the maximum Expertise in Technology Consulting flexibility for change, design and business requirements the software was painstakingly and artifacts is, translating business and customer insights and customerdeveloped in an intermittentAmazon fashion. Java Linux JSON Microsoft.Net Adding to this, a dual engagement tested designs into working software Nginx Adobe Flex style in the form Apache of working with prototypes that the customers can Python jQuery PHP Alfresco experience firsthand. both offshore and onshore projects, mongoDB Tornado My SQL As part of custom solutions including a hybrid model provides ZEND Framework and technology focus, Compassites ample advantages over focusing on Ruby on Rails provides neo consulting with respect traditional models. “True partnership facilitates to .Net, Java, RoR, LAMP, PHP and growth and competitive advantage HTML5 to name a few. In the field of IT consumerization, the firm provides strategy consulting and application development, e-Commerce enablement and Mobile application Expertise in Consumerization of IT development platforms. Alfresco, LifeRay and Sharepoint are some Alfresco of the famous content management Liferay Magento platforms deployed by Compassites. Microsoft Sharepoint In the field of big data analytics, Social Engine HTML 5 customers swear by Compassites iOS programming OpenX proactive envision plumbing in Android development structure and unstructured data for actionable reports / charts. The firm specializes in Hadoop, MongoDB, Expertise in Technology Consulting " siliconindia |19| April 2013
  4. 4. The Man behind the Agnostic Approach An avid blogger and technology enthusiast with over 19 years of global IT services experience, Mahesh Baxi has been exceptional in motivating the leaders of tomorrow through his blog www.mahesbaxi. com . He has held many pivotal leadership roles with stints in a host of companies such as Apttus, Vendavo, Nextance and Mahesh Baxi,CEO Challenger Systems for close to twelve years in the San Francisco Bay area. His previous role was the Managing Director of ThoughtWorks India. A B.E. degree holder in Computer Engineering from Gujarat University, he derives his leadership skills from his many business travels across the world. During the course of this story, he had already visited clients in the US and settled new deals in Singapore. However, being the progressive thinker he is, Mahesh is not ‘all work and no play’. He is an avid cyclist, loves to experiment in cooking and indulges as an amateur singer in his free time. A believer in accomplishing missions over sticking to a vague idea of a vision, Mahesh drew from his many experiences of working with various international clients to come up with leadership mantras that he talks about in his absorbing book "New Age Leadership: Practical mantras on leadership". The book is a culmination of Mahesh’s extensive experience and has churned out a host of anecdotes on leadership. The book also features a host of funny, yet thought provoking cartoons to sustain and enthrall readers. Today he continues to inspire future leaders through his thoughts while steering Compassites and its Navigators towards success. siliconindia |20| April 2013 DynamoDB, Custom MapReduce algorithms and also in analytics tools such as Pentaho, Palo and Mondrian. “The company’s iterative ‘test and learn’ approach to solution validation and prototyping allows clients to evaluate options and competing hypotheses using concrete examples as opposed to orthodox theoretical thinking. Expert collaboration with software experts helps to understand even mini technical constraints and to ensure all potential solutions are well grounded in terms of feasibility, timeframe and budget,” says Baxi. Forever Creating a “wow” Experience Moving forward, the foremost goal for Compassites is to grow exponentially in the coming years. With customers in the US, Australia, Latin America, Middle-East, Singapore and India, Compassites passionately strives towards a revenue stream that is balanced between developed economies and developing economies. Both these economies have different business problems, level of innovation and creativity that is required to address the markets. Compassites specializes in solving business critical problems considering all the factors that come along with a dual shore model. In the constant zeal to create a wow experience and delight clients, Compassites looks forward to growth across the globe through physical presence in terms of offices and hiring capable individuals. “Our search for a potential Navigator does not end till the time we find passionate, culturally aligned and ownership driven individuals. In short, we are on a constant look out for thought leaders at all levels as we strongly believe that we should ‘catch them young’ and give the bestgroomed leaders back to society” says Manav Prasad, head of HR at Compassites. While technology is core to the heart, the company today remains focused on solving business critical problems from start-ups to enterprise companies. Hence with the most unique in its class technology adoption levels, complexity of problems and frugality levels around innovation, Compassites promises to turn into the one stop industrial solutions provider in the near future for all things technology. siliconindia |21| April 2013