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Virender Aggarwal’s next mission: ERP on steroids

Zafar Anjum | Oct. 19, 2012
After taking Satyam and HCL technologies to great heights in the Asia Pacific region, Indian IT industry veteran Virender Aggarwal is on a new mission: to globalise a breakout Indian company, Ramco Systems.

Aggarwal said that the on-cloud offering will allow companies to grow their business without worrying about infrastructure resources or incurring any capital expenses. "We have a compelling payment model: pay as you use and there is no upfront licence cost," he said. "Our cloud implementation fee is much lower compared to others and we provide free updates."

The reason why they chose Amazon is that Amazon has presence almost everywhere in the world. "Our cloud runs from India, US and Singapore," he said.

Aggarwal said that Ramco's ERP on cloud is not only cheaper than other service providers, it was also unique because its "engine is not heavy" and it can "run off an iPad". "There is no other product that runs on an iPad," he said.

He said that Ramco's ERP on cloud model is already tried and tested in India and has been quite successful at the home turf. Ramco started offering cloud ERP four years ago in India and today has 3,000 SMB customers in the country. "We are now focusing more on larger companies," he said.

Global focus, more partnerships

After joining Ramco, Aggarwal is not only globalising the business, he is also going in for a partnership model which is new for the company. The company has forged partnerships with Dell, NIIT, TCS and Infosys, and it is in negotiation with some more companies in the region for partnerships.

The company is making steady progress in its globalisation effort. Apart from having offices in Singapore and the US, the company is opening offices in the UK, Australia and Switzerland. It is setting up operations in Melbourne to launch its ERP on Cloud, Analytics, Government and Enterprise Asset Management Solution in Australia and New Zealand, focusing on the medium to large enterprises and state governments. In October, the company announced that it has forged a partnership with an Indonesian IT systems integrator Multipolar Technology as part of its efforts to expand in the Asia Pacific region.

Looking at Aggarwal's track record, it can be safely predicted that Ramco Systems is in for a great ride under his leadership.


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