When you blog, you don’t write a code or buy software to create one. You simply join a blogging platform which is already there and start writing.

But when you require software applications for HR functions or ERP (enterprise-wide resource planning), why do you need to pay through your nose for expensive licences to acquire such applications?

Satish Garimella, who founded the start-up called Telidos, asks enterprises this question.

He says he has the answer that, he argues, is likely to question the very fundamentals of IT services firms. You don’t require IT developers in hundreds and body-shop them to carry out a simple application and spend a fortune on licences from SAP, Oracle or Microsoft.

“We have built a horizontal platform that lets you build applications for virtually any vertical. You can build metadata-driven user interface at any complexity with no or minimal coding. You can assemble your apps in building-block fashion using our visual tools and library of components,” Garimella says.

Time, cost savings

He contended that companies buy licences of ERP applications at a huge cost but really don’t use them to full their potential.

“It involves huge expenditure to deploy and maintain the applications. With our platform, we can reduce cost (of acquiring the licence and deployment) by 50 per cent, development time by 70 per cent and time-to-market by 50 per cent,” he said.

Those who are starting afresh on building IT infrastructure can directly deploy this platform.

Those who have built infrastructure based on legacy (existing ERP and other solutions) systems can also use this.

Srini Raju, Chairman of private equity firm Peepul Capital, had tested this platform using which he got an application done for the Sri City special economic zone. “We could build the application within a week.

They would have taken a few weeks to build the same,” Garimella told Business Line on the sidelines of TiE-ISB Connect-2012.

The Telidos promoters spent $0.5 million on developing and testing the platform.

The company is planning to rope in developers to develop solutions based on the platform and sell and serve their customers.

“We are looking at building an ecosystem,” he said.

kurmanath.kanchi@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on November 25, 2012)
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