In next three years, we expect to be among the top Digital Engineering companies and expect our headcount to be over 5200 by then from our current 2100 team members – Satish Pala, Indium Software, Full Interview
Indium Software is a leading provider of Digital Engineering solutions providing solutions in Application Engineering, Cloud Engineering, Data and Analytics, DevOps, Digital Assurance and Gaming. Below is a snippet from the a recent interaction between team IT-Voice and Mr. Satish Pala, CTO of Indium Software:
Prateek: How has the pandemic changed the working culture?
Satish Pala: Covid-19 created an unprecedented crisis for businesses and exposed weakness in the systems. Organizations were required to confront multiple challenges – IT, supply chain, human resources, production to name a few. Digital technologies, supported by cloud, happened to be the answer for most of these challenges, and organizations which delayed Digital Transformation initiatives were in a hurry to implement them.
The first wave in April 2020 brought in business uncertainty and an immediate need to get our workforce all remote in a matter of a week. We managed to execute on the remote strategy extremely well and many of our customers were extremely happy that we ensured business continuity plans were effective. The business uncertainty took longer and by July 2020 we started seeing the greenshoots of demand. What we didn’t forecast by October that demand would increase significantly, so we didn’t focus on our talent supply chain enough during that phase and were caught by surprise, a pleasant one. 2021 was all about building scale while continuing to work remotely across most of the company.
The second wave was more focused on health and safety as many employees were impacted and some lost loved ones. Now with travel opening up, some clients asking for onsite teams, meetings etc. we are working through those challenges and ensuring we continue to scale. So I would say the challenges have been different in each phase of the pandemic over the last 2 years.
Prateek: How can small businesses benefit from low code solutions?
Satish Pala: Covid-19 triggered an unprecedented business crisis and Digital transformation agenda was on the rise. Many small businesses which saw excellent business opportunities were unable to allocate the required IT resources required to keep up with this pace. Low code, which was already in the market for a while, got all the required attention of organizations. Today low code is the platform of choice for building custom applications, especially for small organizations. The reason small businesses increasingly opt for Saas products is because of choices, product maturity and low cost arising due to pay per use models.
Given that small organizations do not invest in a large IT team with a variety of skills to support their needs, they either must buy multiple products to accommodate their needs or live with those limitations. Low code breaks these limitations in multiple fronts. Even with semi-skilled IT professionals’ organizations can now build custom workflows, apps, applications on the cloud at a fraction of the cost and time. Low code platforms provide pre-defined functions, templates, wizard-based workflows, customizable UI, forms and roles-based access for enhanced security. Hence low code is a great option to consider for building applications, especially for small organizations.
Prateek: What is the scope of no-code or low code solutions in India?
Satish Pala: India has a great potential for low code adoption. When we recently worked with a large pharma company to build some of their apps, we were impressed on how much they had already experimented with low code. Given the startup ecosystem in India and the amount of funding new low code platforms are attracting from VCs, the outlook is very positive.
Prateek: What will be your plans for growth and expansion in the coming time?
Satish Pala: Indium recently repositioned itself as a digital engineering company, aligning our services to cater to digital needs of our customers, including Application Engineering, Data Analytics, Cloud Engineering, Low code and Digital Assurance. And in next three years we expect our headcount to be over 5200 from the current 2000+ team members. We also expect to have a larger local presence in the US in terms of delivery, technology and sales teams.