Ajay Agarwal , Executive Vice President - Cloud at Adrenalin eSystems Limited tells us about Human Resource Management Systems on the Cloud, Adrenalin's partnership strategies and the future of HR.
Why is the Cloud so important for an enterprise?
Automation is important for an enterprise. However cost of automation and the skill-sets required for managing that is always a deterrent for adoption.
This is where Cloud Solutions come in handy and becomes important. It is something like a ‘ready-to-eat’ food that is available. You only have to heat it and have it – no cooking science involved. Adoption of Cloud-based solution is like that. Enterprises need not have to spend elaborate time in exploring technology, fitment to environment, etc. for choosing this – they just need to validate with their business process.
Enterprise can concentrate on their core business and let technology experts deliver results. They just need to pay-for-usage.
What are the challenges to the Cloud adoption in India?
Challenges are only in the mind.
Today we have come a long way from where we were 10 years ago. There is stable and almost secure connectivity. Adoption of internet and web is not taken for granted. Familiarity is high. Mobile networks are widely used.
While remote parts of the country may not have internet connectivity directly, it is serviced otherwise through mobile networks (SMS, etc.), which can be effectively used for Cloud-based solutions.
What has changed in the decision making process of an enterprise?
The way business applications will have to be looked at has changed (is changing). Enterprises do not look at it purely from ROI in rupee terms, but more in terms of business benefit terms.
Many things today are falling into hygiene factors – a must to have – from what used to be computed on business yield calculations.
There were times few years back, when you needed to buy a Desktop in an enterprise, a yield justification had to be provided for payback of the capital expenditure. Now no one questions the need for a desktop for an Employee, it almost is made available on the day he joins the company.
Business applications are getting there. Enterprises are challenged every day to usher in efficiency of their workforce – they expect more to be done, by less or same workforce. So the key is in enabling them with tools and techniques that will help them focus more on Work related activity – or possibly help them complete their task more efficiently.
Added to this is the concept of ‘work-life-balance’. There is no denying that the Employee is also a human being and has his own needs that has to be addressed.
The employee needs to be engaged with the Enterprise, he needs to be aligned to it.
All these factors are taking centre stage in the decision making process of an Enterprise.
How is Adrenalin different?
Adrenalin recognizes the importance of Employee in an Enterprise. It recognizes that every Employee wants to positively contribute to the business, at the same time he has his personal needs.
Adrenalin is a single product, single domain company, focussed only in HR and Employee. Our undivided focus on HR has enabled us to provide for each and every nuance of this department so thoroughly.
Recognizing that different industry needs are different, Adrenalin has a solution specifically for that. Adrenalin also believes that technology should not be a deterrent for small companies and thus offers an Enterprise Class Application on the Cloud and on Mobile.
Workforce mobility is a given in today’s business. Adrenalin is sensitive to this and enables full functionality on mobile, thereby enabling the Employee to be connected to the Enterprise and vice-versa.
Adrenalin also recognized that need for social interaction among Employees in an Enterprise, be it sharing knowledge or extending help. Adrenalin’s Jonction serves this need as well.
Adrenalin helps Enterprise with sufficient analytics and reports to take meaningful decisions.
Adrenalin’s Go To Market Strategy
Small businesses are the under-serviced businesses in India with good technology. The reach to them has always been a challenge. Adrenalin’s outreach program is intended to handle this gap. Going with the spread of IT vendors across India, Adrenalin intent is to partner with them for growth.
These IT Vendors would greatly benefit in carrying an Enterprise Class product to their under-serviced customers and provide great value to them in their business function. By enabling partners in our offerings, Adrenalin looks for a win-win relationship.
IT partners are quickly gaining prominence with the way the Cloud is growing. Partners will soon start building their own eco-system of products on the Cloud, which they will sell to enterprises. We are looking at having about 500 partners by next year, which puts us in over 70 cities.
With dedicated support team, Adrenalin commits a promising future to these IT Vendors when it comes to offering Adrenalin-on-the-Cloud.
Adrenalin's Investment in the Cloud
As the future of enterprises is definitely in the Cloud, we do see ourselves contributing considerably to its growth.
Our intent is always to bring Enterprise Product at an affordable price to the customer at large. We assure high-security and availability. Keeping highly interactive and simple User Interface, we aim for higher adoption rate. And in this regard, our investment will continue to be in expanding the Cloud-reach, technology innovation and data security.