Srijan Technologies: Helping Businesses Excel Using Drupal
Date: Tuesday , January 26, 2016
Drupal is one of the world\'s leading open source content management platforms. Drupal also helps large global enterprises build e-Commerce/CRM systems and extend existing proprietary applications. Backed by one of the largest open source communities in the world, Drupal provides the digital experiences crucial for the 21st century.
Srijan Technologies\' expertise is in Drupal. Founded in 2002, Srijan is now the largest Drupal company in Asia. The company has over 160 employees spread across five offices in India, and one in the United States. Among Srijan\'s employees are many who are recognized as mentors, speakers and leaders for various initiatives related to Drupal.
Product Development using Rapid Prototyping
Companies look for development teams that not only have great expertise in technologies, but teams that fully understand the client\'s business and then bring their online business perspective into play, to develop products that are right for the target users. This means that the development team has to also create value by engaging in debates and discussions on what features should be developed.
One of the key areas in which companies seek out Srijan\'s services is for outsourced product development. This is because a Minimum Viable Product approach using lean thinking and Agile processes becomes key to ensure that the right product is developed, as against a product being developed right. Today, all of Srijan\'s projects are on Agile, and the company has evolved mature processes that enable it to deliver the most complex projects to great customer satisfaction.
Srijan has been engaged in product development with several companies, enabling them to launch products early, test viability, raise funding, find paying customers, or pivot the product. These clients find it immensely valuable to have an Agile team that lets them figure out the product viability very early on, instead of taking the waterfall approach and finding out many months later. Srijan\'s Rapid Prototyping approach helps companies build prototypes in just six weeks.
Another key area that Srijan is focused on is to help large global enterprises solve critical problems within their IT software setups. Srijan is now helping companies engaged in consumer packaged goods, air ticketing, office stationery, travel and tourism, etc. Srijan works in the Agile model to develop applications that simplify or improve existing workflows related to enterprise software such as CRM, e-commerce, ERP, HR management systems, PIM, POS, etc.
The Journey of Asia\'s Largest Drupal Company
Srijan Technologies was founded in 2002, as an offshore web application development consultancy. In order to overcome project overruns about six years ago, Rahul Dewan, CEO of Srijan, set out to transform the company by adopting lean thinking and Agile processes.
Today, Srijan has a wide-range of clients across the world, from large enterprises to product start-ups, from worldwide NGOs to large media houses, and from marketing portals for travel to global travel companies. Among its clients are Cleartrip, AskMe, OnCorps, OPEN, TUI, Vogue, Zoho and many others.
Srijan has always strived to answer the universal requirement of enterprises finding expert Drupal teams that can be engaged with on a continuous basis, for consulting as well as development. While Srijan has been engaged in developing products and applications for its customers, the company has also built its own products or platforms that are now being used in various media houses and enterprises.
For example, TRRYBE is a Drupal distribution for video libraries, being used by HR teams in enterprises to streamline training content. This is great for mobile consumption and improves reader engagement. Srijan has also released SARUS, an SEO-friendly continuous scroll framework that helps media websites serve their content as a single scroll.
The Way Ahead for Srijan
Srijan is keen on diversifying its portfolio in e-Commerce, retail, PCM (product catalogue management) or Product Information Management. For this, Srijan has partnered with a French company called Akeneo. As one of the highest open-source contributors in the industry, Srijan wishes to continue building high-visibility projects and bringing open-source to enterprises.
Rahul believes that the software industry in India needs to develop empowered engineering teams with people who are able to discuss business angles to a product, as well as the technical ones. And for that, companies have to enable work cultures that encourage debate and discussion. While Srijan has been doing just that, it is time for more companies to come forward and create work cultures that empower their people to create value for the clients.