HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! New year brings new excitement.
With two kids and two companies now
behind me, I am having a hard time figuring out which one was more
exciting to bring to life:
the kids or the companies :)
While I grapple with that, I want to
take the time to thank you for visiting us today and tell you about my
latest quest. I am very excited to
announce the launch of Cassini Systems. After toiling away for months,
we have finally gone live today.
We started Cassini Systems with the
single-minded determination to change the de facto, old-school mindset
monolithic and expensive enterprise
In this day and age, buying any
software (and turning it on) should be as easy as buying a book from
Flipkart or Amazon. There are a number of
consumer applications that do make
it so easy. But, not the enterprise software space. Enterprise software
is the 800 pound gorilla
that moves slowly. And we just
couldn't wait for it to catch up because by the time it gets here, the
business world would have moved ahead
further along, carrying the problems
of today with them.
For 17 years I have been developing
enterprise solutions, helping customers, big and small, streamline their
operations. I have seen companies
struggle to implement these large enterprise solutions, spending
millions of dollars, and in
some cases failing to put a solution
in place on their first attempt. Reasons behind these struggles vary,
but at the root
of these problems is just the sheer
size and complexity of implementing these solutions. You need an army of
consultants and IT professionals to
implement and maintain them. For big businesses, these costs
may be nothing more than rounding
errors on their books. But, for small-to-medium businesses these costs
are simply prohibitive. So they
just buy inexpensive half-baked
solutions which fall short of their expectations. Putting an end to
these struggles with
turnkey solutions built with deep
domain knowledge from each industry is what motivated us to start
Enterprise software has been around
for a long time. A number of companies have built numerous solutions for
enterprise a long time ago. But,
with the recent advances in technology, changing business perceptions
and next gen employees,
there is a new trend
in the industry of breaking apart
these bulky solutions and building them from the ground up as vertical
that can be turned on with just a
few mouse clicks.
One company in particular that
caught my attention is ZenPayroll. Payroll solutions have been around
for a very long time.
But, what ZenPayroll has done is
disrupt that space with a more modern solution that customers simply
love. Workday is another
great example of companies
disrupting the old-school type enterprise software. This is a promising
trend that businesses can
benefit a lot from and motivates
companies like Cassini Systems to continue and contribute to this
I recently moved back to India and
have been living here for more than a year now. During this time I have
been trying to
get a pulse on what the businesses
are doing to improve their operations. What I found shocked me.
Businesses in this part
of the world are still using paper
and at best email and believe it or not, WhatsApp for collaboration.
Unlike the US or Europe,
the problem is more serious here
because of the the lack of knowledge of industry best practices that the
western world has
developed and acquired over the
years. They are way behind and have a lot of catching up to do.
Whenever a business runs into a
problem, more people are assigned to deal with that problem for that
moment. Use of IT systems (beyond email)
for collaboration and process
improvements is very rear, unless of course you are one of those large
companies who have deep pockets.
And this is true with other emerging
countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and South Africa. They
would love to adopt IT solutions
to solve their problems. But, the
expensive nature of buying, implementing and maintaining them is simply
beyond their reach.
With Cassini Systems, we want to
change all of that. We are building comprehensive, but affordable
solutions for specific industries.
Our solutions are easy to turn on
and cost you nothing to maintain them. We take care of all the upgrades,
bug fixes and customizations
without any need for hiring and
maintaining a large IT organization, so that you can focus on what is
more important to you: growing your business.
We initially picked six industry
sectors where people and processes are extensively involved to run their
businesses. These sectors are:
logistics/transportation, government, healthcare and biopharma.
Our pricing is very flexible and is
subscription based (monthly or annually), which provides your business
with affordability so that
money saved here can be best
invested on other, more pressing business needs.
We are not just taking the
cookie-cutter approach to this endeavour. Apart from using Cloud and
Mobile, we are bringing newer concepts
like Social and Gamification into
our solutions that bring in all the goodness of these concepts that come
from the consumer space.
We are also looking at
Internet-of-Things, where we can integrate devices with our solutions,
especially in logistics/transportation,
healthcare and manufacturing
sectors. With our solutions customers can efficiently run, grow and
transform their businesses.
We are very excited about the
potential opportunity, but more importantly about the chance to
transform enterprise software as we
know it today and play our part in the disruption movement that is well
Visit us here often. There will be a
lot of exciting announcements and updates from us in the coming weeks
Our team will be writing here
frequently to tell you more about our company, the problems we are
solving and about our solutions.
If you have any questions or
comments please feel free to contact us via email or by phone. We look
forward to hearing from you soon!