-- Dell, UTVi and Endeavor India Name 10 of India's Most Innovative Small Businesses as Part of 2009 Dell Small Business Excellence Award
-- Finalists Compete to Win $50,000 in Dell Technology, Consulting Time with Michael Dell
Dell, UTVi and Endeavor India today announced the 10 India finalists for the first ever Indian leg of the annual Dell Small Business Excellence Award¹.
-- Selected by an esteemed panel of judges from over 5000 applications, finalists receive a Dell business-class laptop and go on to compete for the national award. Announced in October, the national winner will receive consulting time with Michael Dell and $25,000 in Dell technology.
-- Once named, 13 national winners from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States will be considered for the 2009 global Dell Small Business Excellence Award worth $50,000 in Dell technology and services and benefits from global partners International Council for Small Business and Endeavor. The global winner will be announced in fall 2009.
The India 2009 Dell Small Business Excellence Award finalists include:
-- Ace Brain Systems and Software Ltd, Pune, Maharashtra, is an IT Solutions provider that has used IT innovatively to improve profitability, growth as well as acquire new customers. The company has invested in systems like ABSM/CRM (Ace Brain Support Monitor), an in-house developed application to monitor and resolve customer complaints in 357 locations across states. Some of the benefits of the application are monitoring customer complaints, automated service call assignment to engineers, resolving number of visits to close call, tracking the spares received from principal company and time calculations for the same.
-- Array Consulting Pvt. Ltd, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh is an educational consulting company that has used the web to transform the education consulting business and reach the masses. In order to avoid any form of counseling bias and meet varying client needs, the company has created a searchable database of all the courses that are on offer through the institutions represented by it. This has further been web-enabled through their website, with transactional ability, to complete the entire admission process including visa and payments electronically without being constrained about any location in India.
-- Cerulean Information Technology Pvt Ltd, Bangalore, Karnataka, is an E-Learning and Training solutions company. Automation of the business processes have helped them improve operational efficiency and thereby attract more customers using their lower costs' base. The firm has automated systems built into their own process management system which includes various modules like Training, Accounting, Budget, Process Management, Productivity, Recruitment, Administration and Task Tracking System. This helps them improve their productivity, maintain automation at all levels within the company and reduce their operating costs.
-- Drishti, Mumbai, Maharashtra, is into Alternative Healing Therapy. Use of IT systems has enabled Drishti to design effective therapy services, monitor their clients and deliver them to a larger section of population quickly at a fraction of cost. Systems and technologies are judiciously employed in order to provide high levels of efficiency. The indigenously developed SMIP (System for Management of Individualized Programs) web based system is used for case management of therapies.
-- Ekgaon, New Delhi, is an IT services provider for Rural India. It designs and develops technology and information systems to address the varying needs of developing communities. The company has a history of creating innovative interface designs for semi-literate population through image capture, numeric and audio output. It considers itself a pioneer in Mobile Rural accounting and Mobile Tracking of transactions for small rural financial organizations.
-- GreenMangoOnline Marketing Services Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh is an online marketing company. By providing an online marketing platform, GreenMangoOnline has extended the business reach of small business owners and at the same time convenience to end users. It is bridging the gap between low-income offline small business owners and the middle class online professionals by building a multi-access model that leverages IT (SMS, internet, phone) and in-person contact to connect the very small entrepreneurs like carpenters, tailors and bike mechanics with their customers.
-- Indian Wildlife Club, Gurgaon, Haryana, an Online Community of Practice, has leveraged latest technologies and a fresh approach to spread the message of conservation and environment education. The portal enables users to share their knowledge through articles in e-zines, Blogs, discussion groups and documentaries, submit multi-media trip reports, and share their observations on interesting places/ideas, and also browse and place orders for photographs and calendars, from the online repository.
-- Komli Media, Mumbai, Maharashtra, is a Digital Advertising and Technology company that uses IT applications innovatively to manage business operations thereby enabling Komli Media to offer innovative products and keep the operating costs to a minimum. The company has installed a central database where the entire team shares their knowledge and learning. Komli uses applications like Skype for chatting with teams in different locations as well as for video chatting and VoIP calls to clients based outside of India. The marketing team uses social networking applications like Facebook and Twitter to share news and product updates from Komli.
-- Media Magic Retail Private Ltd, Nagpur, Maharashtra is a Mobile Content Distribution Company which has created an innovative medium for mobile content distribution ensuring customer convenience and anti-piracy, by effective use of IT systems. The company's products include pre-loaded memory cards with compilation & assortment of various utilities like games, music, animations, video songs, wallpapers etc as well as kiosks and terminals to disseminate mobile content.
-- Sankhya Infotech Ltd, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh is an E-learning and training solutions company. Sankhya's IT solutions address the corporations' challenges on knowledge creation and dissemination, continuous improvement in training and high ROI. Sankhya created an innovative suite of technology products branded as SILICON™ ATHENA that helps organizations define corporate objectives and translates them into specific training needs. ATHENA helps developing cognitive and motor skills of an individual through judicious selection of visual, auditory or kinesthetic medium for education and training.
Global 2009 Small Business Excellence Award Value
-- $50,000 in technology and services from Dell;
-- Featured in an entrepreneurs summit;
-- Lifetime membership to the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), and
-- Engagement with Endeavor's network of business leaders and high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging markets worldwide.
India 2009 Dell Small Business Excellence Award Value
-- $25,000 in Dell products and services;
-- Day of best-practice sharing with Dell executives, including Chairman and CEO Michael Dell
-- "In today's competitive era, these businesses are proof that smart IT investments can not only pay off for the business itself, but for their customers as well. This year's finalists are applying technology in new, innovative ways--often for the first time in their industries--to evolve and raise standards pertaining to business efficacy and customer satisfaction. These 10 stalwarts are pioneers and strong examples for all our customers of the positive impact IT can have on business success and customer satisfaction." – Ravi Bharadwaj, General Manager - SMB, Dell India
-- "India is teeming with stories of entrepreneurs who have innovated, persevered and taken their businesses to new heights--within the country and internationally. The 10 finalists this year embody the same spirit and vision showcased by renowned business leaders in India. Winners in their own right, it is gratifying to see such examples of great leadership and innovation in India." – Satyanarayanan R, Founder and Chairman, Career Launcher
-- "Our country, without a doubt, has a high innovation quotient. The interest and response garnered by the Dell Small Business Excellence Awards is a testimony to the fact that Indian entrepreneurs are viewing IT as a business enabler, and not just a support function. The awards will provide an impetus and recognition to millions of small businesses in India--who are constantly putting technology to innovative use and making a difference." - Mini Menon, Senior Editor and Head of News Features, UTVi
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