“The “P” in “PM” is as much as about People Management as it is about Project Management” – Cornelius Fichtner
Celoxis is a leading global player in the web-based project management software space. This India-based company has experienced explosive double-digit year-on-year growth and significant customer wins and continues soaring growth in the market. Talking about the company’s history in a flash, the late 90s, when Nikhil and Ravindra, Co-founders, were working together in the US realized that the changing expectations of users and imminent dynamism at workplaces would soon make Microsoft Project and Excel, the de-facto tools for project management (then), insufficient to manage future projects and teams.
The duo came back to India and established Celoxis Technologies in 2001. It was the era of SaaS and browser-based software. But, they were quick to predict that On-Premise would also stay as a necessary element of business operations. They launched Celoxis version 1.0 as a web-based software that supported SaaS and On-Premise deployment models. Celoxis has been among the first movers in several areas and has proved itself successful. Celoxis is the:
Organically growing, Celoxis has been profitable from its first year itself. With the highest team adoption in the marketplace, Celoxis serves the project management needs of more than 2,300 companies globally, with over 112,000 active users. Celoxis has been consistently among the top 3 global enterprise project management platforms as ranked by independent software platforms like Capterra, Reviews.com and G2 Crowd.
Integrated project management platform
On a mission to solve customers’ challenges, every feature in Celoxis is aimed specifically at solving their pain points. These challenges are not just restricted to the software capabilities, but also on the user experience. These two aspects are the driving forces behind the product strategy and vision. Celoxis is an “all-in-one” platform for today’s business and project activities. It is an integrated online platform for all stakeholders. Portfolio managers and executives can perform regular analysis and assessment of portfolio metrics in terms of budgets, risks and returns over a period of time. Project managers can build robust and real-world schedules to accommodate distributed teams across time zones. Team members can work and collaborate on diverse activities such as tasks, bugs, change requests, help desk tickets, all within the same tool. This eliminates the need for having multiple specialized tools, which often lead to loss of productivity, data duplication and reporting nightmares. Celoxis also natively integrates with Salesforce.com and QuickBooks Online to provide “end-to-end” management of projects.
Vast client territory and big logos
Celoxis is an ideal project software platform for medium to large businesses and global companies, across industries that seek to effectively manage projects and resources, standardize and automate processes and improve visibility and accountability among various stakeholders. Celoxis has been the only project management platform of choice to the major brands like HBO, Bombardier, University of Washington, Del Monte Products, Delhivery, The Supreme Court of Ohio, KPMG, LG, Whirlpool, Toronto General Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, The Cheesecake Factory, Virgin Care, Singapore Post and Bank Mandiri.
Plotting the future
The company wants to prioritize and accelerate areas that are critical to its future success. Its prime focus is to continue delivering innovative capabilities that solve customer problems and provide value beyond measure. This is coupled with other areas such as investing in product education programs and hardware infrastructure while keeping their overheads low, so that they can continue to offer a great enterprise-class product at a fantastic price. The key challenge, however, while looking into the future is Expectation Management, especially with SaaS products, where switching costs of software is typically low.
Meet the Master Duo
Ravindra Wankar and Nikhil Daddikar, Co-founders: Ravindra holds a Degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Mumbai. He is a complete foodie and has a love of all things electronic. Nikhil Daddikar is a Computer Science Graduate from IIT Bombay. He is very passionate in composing haiku poems and is a life hacker at heart. Being established entrepreneurs, both Nikhil and Ravindra have over two decades of experience in project management solutions. They are sharp to identify whether a trend is a fleeting one and not blindly jump onto the bandwagon. They are completely involved in all facets of the business, right from product road-map and development to sales and support operations. They are fine tuned with the real customers and are quick to redress their pain points and challenges, not just with the product but with the overall Celoxis experience. Their passion for project management, keeping things reasonable and commitment to innovation is what keeps them fueled.
The happy customers
“More than controlling, what Celoxis brings is collaboration.” – A world leader in digital security
“Celoxis was significant reason we were able to squeeze 4800 hours of work into 48 hour time span and end up with a great project. The entire event planning, tracking & management was done using Celoxis. The live Gantt chart posted on the website helped our fans follow the progress of the project in real time.”– Scott Payton, owner, Route 2 Media