Shibabrata Mondal of Wizergos tells us about how they democratize the way enterprise applications are built.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Shibabrata Mondal: We are doing okay. The long lockdowns and working from home and schooling from home for a year have taken their toll. But, we are hanging in and hoping 2021 will be a better year for all of us.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded Wizergos.
Shibabrata Mondal: I have worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years. I have worked in large enterprises like Cisco and Wipro and also as an early employee of a startup. Most of my work has been in building deep technology solutions and also building high-performance teams. I started Wizergos along with a co-worker with the goal to change the way enterprises build software.
How does Wizergos innovate?
Shibabrata Mondal: The Wizergos solution is a low code platform to build enterprise applications. When we look at the next generation of enterprise applications that will be built, we feel a lot of these applications will be customer-facing but deep applications that will take a customer request and deliver the end outcome for the customer through intelligent automation and decision making and also deep integrations. Also, we believe most of these applications would be suited for conversation flows based interaction rather than standard forms-based interactions. So, on the technical side, we innovated intelligent AI-based decision flows, smart workflow engines, natural language understanding and have granted patents. We also believe that innovation is a collaborative process, so we work with our clients to find the right innovative solutions for their problems. This way, each of our interactions with our clients enriches our platform.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Shibabrata Mondal: Coronavirus caused a deep impact on our business. Internally, we are a growing team, and it’s really hard for new hires, especially junior employees, to get up to speed while working remotely. Also, while working from home helps somewhat with efficiency, innovation suffers. Innovative ideas pop up in serendipitous, unplanned discussions in the hallways and over coffee breaks. That is what we are missing.
On the business side, initially, there was a down period when it all started last year. This we can say was due to the uncertainty; everyone was in a wait and see mode. Once people realized this is going to stay for long, new projects started coming up. Now many digital projects are accelerated because of the new normal.
What specific tools, software, and management skills are you using to navigate this crisis?
Shibabrata Mondal: We use google suite. Regular checkpoints, daily virtual standup meetings.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Shibabrata Mondal: There are many new companies in this space. The big tech companies like Oracle, Microsoft, SAP are also coming into this space. We think each platform will come with its own strengths and weaknesses, and each platform will focus on different use cases. We are focused on solving practical problems for our clients and building and enriching the platform on an ongoing basis. We also believe that in this space, providing the best technology and the best service go to market with innovative business models and partnerships will help us.
Your final thoughts?
Shibabrata Mondal: I think as the Covid menace dies down, enterprises will start investing in digital solutions more aggressively, and low code platforms will play a big role in businesses that are agile and innovating rapidly.