“Market to grow at a very fast pace as the cloud acceptance is now at its peak”- Shobhit Elhance, Vice President, Applane

4th June 2013 | By Mouseworld Now Correspondent |

Applane-Vice-President-Shobhit-ElhanceAfter Mr. Shobhit Elhance took over as Vice President, Applane, there has been notable traction in business. In an exclusive interview to Mouseworld Now, Mr. Shobhit Elhance reveals his business priorities, plans and much more. Here are the edited excepts…

 

Given that business as well as educational institutions are increasingly adopting the cloud technology, how do you see the prospects of Applane in India?

Ans: The cloud market is yet to grow in India as organizations are not using Cloud beyond Google Mail and Website hosting. Organizations have now started understanding the cloud as an option as they can adopt cloud solutions without committing a lot of money which on premise software demands. Applane is probably the first solution which is actually on cloud and provides features of a cloud viz. pay as you go, 99% uptime guarantee, online dedicated support, security, stability and scalability to increase users on the run. It is not hosted on dedicated servers as most “cloud” providers do.

So Applane is at a unique position to grow from here and we are getting a lot of interest from Indian as well as International prospects for our products.

Would you please tell us more about Applane software suite? How does it function? What is unique about it?

Ans: Applane has two main products – Applane for Education and Applane for Business. Applane for Education is a complete software suite to handle any educational institutes management requirements. It contains indvidual applications for every function schools needs, whether it is Examination and Evaluation, Fee, Hostel, Attendance, Lesson Planning etc. This makes sure that the teachers and administration are able to collaborate easily, reducing the need of paper reports and increases efficiency of teachers and administrators multifold.

Same way Applane for Business provides applications which take care of entire organization’s business functions whether it is Sale, Marketing, Support, HRM, Financial or Books Management, Order to Cash or Procure to Pay etc. Real time reports and dashboards makes sure that everyone is able to look at key metrics for themselves. The focus brought such increases the efficiency of a company as a whole. Also employees are able to prioritize easily and most effectively.

Applane, despite so many features and applications, is very user friendly and can be implemented very fast. Also attendance devices, websites and 3rd party software may integrate with it in a seamless manner. Right now no cloud software provides the same functionality which makes Applane unique for its clients.

Five years down the road, where would you like to see your organization?

Ans: We expect the market to grow at a very fast pace as the cloud acceptance is now at its peak. We get requests from remote Govt as well as Private schools to provide more information. In 5 years, we expect that 25% of SME / Schools will be using Applane for their benefit.

Would you please reflect upon your clientele base?

Ans: In education segment, we have top-notch schools like KR Mangalam, Universal School and Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya. In business segment, we have service clients like Navigant, Darcl, Daffodil etc.

Please shed some light on your overseas operations and clients?

Ans: We  have some overseas prestigious clients as well like Global Indian International School, Thailand. Also we are planning to expand in Middle East and South East Asia

Any other product diversification from Applane? 

Ans: Not yet. We are very busy with Applane clients and prospects at this moment. May be we will add some more segments in 2015.

 

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