Indian software companies have been servicing the entire world, but there is
hardly anyone to service the requirements of these software companies
themselves. Pune-based Compulink belongs to this exclusive league and its
product ProjectByNet caters to precisely to software companies’ complex
project management requirements.

A few will argue that software companies already possess the necessary
expertise. But says Compulink CEO Vishwas Mahajan, "Nothing is further from
the truth. Ask any software company CIO, and he will tell you about the
complexities associated with the offshore remote delivery model, particularly
when it involves multiple clients across geographies in a collaborative
environment." No wonder then that the product is being used by a number of
software companies like MphasiS, HCL Technologies, Accenture, Tata Honeywell,
Persistent, Quinnox and Zensar. Today, it looks like Compulink might have found
its own niche, but it wasn’t so when the company began its operations in 1993.

By 2000, however, realization dawned that services would not take Compulink
much further and it was at the same time that Mahajan spotted the opportunity
for ProjectByNet with the software services sector booming. Following the
application’s success with software exporters, Mahajan turned his attention to
heavy engineering and infrastructure companies who need to manage, plan,
schedule and track their projects. Today it boasts of clients like Tata
Consulting Engineers (TCE), Tata Industries, Sungrace, ABB, Emerson, Barry
Wehmiller and Canon India, even as it carries out two of its old overseas
engagements-a voter database management solution for the Republican Party in
the US and one for the Dubai Port and Customs Authority.

Growth also asks for additional infrastructure investment-operating from a
bungalow (like several Pune companies) with 120 people might not suffice for
long. Compulink is doubling its employee strength to 250 by the end of 2004-05,
and is setting up a new facility at the Hinjewadi IT park.

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