The Kolkata-based XMLstar India has become the first company in India to
offer an Intranet service that catersÂ to comprehensive office
From sharing documents to scheduling meetings or tasks, creating and sharing
databases to maintaining employee expense sheets, the Intranet offered by
XMLstar provides all the tools for collaboration among employees/dealers/any
group of people who need to share information to increase productivity.
"The best part of the Intranet is that there is no investment in terms
of hardware or software and only an Internet connection is required for people
to log into their own Intranet and start collaborating," Supratim Sen, CEO
and MD, XMLstar India said in an interview.
All this is available at an incredible low cost of Rs 500 per user per month.
Besides, through this Intranet, Web based audio and video conferencing can also
XMLstar, with locations in the US and India, is a global technology company
focused on XML software solutions, IT consulting projects and globalization
"The company's core members have more than 15 years of full-time
experience in high-technology behemoths such as Microsoft and Oracle," Sen
"The Office Collaboration Suite (OCS) provides a comprehensive and ideal
solution for small businesses as well as groups inside larger organizations and
associated business partners, that need to organize information, share files and
documents, coordinate and enable efficient collaboration, all in a secure,
browser-based environment," Sen said.
He said that in this Web collaboration service, users are equipped with a
simple and effective way to gain the benefits of an Intranet without having to
invest in additional hardware or software and are allowed the full freedom of
complete customization. Securely share documents, calendars, databases and other
information with your company, team or remote project office anywhere, anytime.
OCS provides a private, secure online presence to organize and readily access
information, manage documents, share dated events and schedules, enable
efficient co-ordination, all in a familiar, browser-based environment.
Authorized users outside your company like remote users, suppliers, partners,
clients can also use it to collaborate, communicate and share business critical
information with you.
OCS has following features:
1.Document manager to share documents with anyone you authorize
2.Online calendar and Group Scheduling to schedule meetings and share calendars
3.Task manager to manage and delegate action items and project tasks.
4.Discussion Forums to conduct discussions on everything from product ideas to
5. E-mail accounts to conveniently send and receive e-mail right from your
6. Administration tools to customize your site's look and feel and set access
7. Database manager to provide access to Web databases, or build your own
8. Contact directories to maintain contact directories of all your employees,
suppliers and customers.
9. Opinion polls to conduct opinion polls among your employees
10. Expense reports to standardize your travel and expense management with
expense reports application
11. Announcements to post announcements and share web links among all your
12. The new Web and audio conferencing to host Web and audio conferences of any
size whenever you need to - without leaving your office
All important business information resides in a central repository. With the
online Intranet service, there's no hardware or software to buy, install or
"Flexible monthly or annual pricing plans provide predictable costs.
Compelling new applications and features will be added to your service
automatically, at no extra cost," Sen said.
All enhancements are backed up with extensive testing and customer feedback.
Asked about his choice of Kolkata as his company's base, Sen said,
"The city is definitely going to be the destination for IT and ITES
companies worldwide and we had predicted this a long time back."
"The low level of attrition that is so crucial to a skill-set driven
technology company is the prime factor. This is backed by a high availability of
Sen felt Kolkata offered a very unique feature in terms of skill-set
availability. "There are hundreds of people with little formal education
(BE, etc) but have tremendous experience and skill-sets. Thus, when companies
like us who look for value in terms of experience in a particular technology,
there is no dearth of prospective employees."
But what about the strikes and deterrent work culture? "The 'bandh'
culture is a definite setback. Lack of space and availability of space in Sector
V, Saltlec. Various people are occupying modules at the STPs but are not using
them and are trying to make money by renting these units out at a high premium-thus
defeating the very purpose of setting up these STPs," Sen said.
These guys should be thrown out and serious units should be given those
spaces, He felt.
The XMLstar India chief regretted that even after a year and a half, we are
yet to get a space allocated by WEBEL at the SDF building.
He, however, praised the West Bengal government in wooing the big IT players.
"But, they should keep in the back of their mind that Bangalore/Hyderabad
and even Silicon Valley grew by the strength of the small units that flourished
there and not the big players alone.
"There has to be an effort on the part of the government to promote
small IT/ITES units if it wants a long term growth," Sen said.
XMLstar India Pvt Ltd
XMLstar India Pvt Ltd
XMLstar LLC, US has set up XMLstar India Pvt Ltd as the Asia-Pacific regional
headquarter in Kolkata and have elaborate expansion plans in APAC countries. The
focus will be to provide world-class technology solutions at affordable costs,
without compromising on the quality of the deliverables.
The focus of the APAC headquarter in Kolkata is two-fold:
1. Deliver outsourced software development work and BPO jobs for parent US
2. Target the domestic markets in these countries with its software and service
At present, XMLstar India has about 20 developers working out of its Salt
Lake facility. It has its corporate office located in central Kolkata.
XMLstar India's current IT Software and Project Services include Customized
Integrated Enterprise Solution (ERP), Document Management System, Student
Management System (SMS)
Web-portal based office collaboration suite (Intranets), integrated mines
management system comprehensive language service, housing complex management
system, transaction and BPO service, hospital/nursing home management system,
complete e-governance solution; Web-portal based office collaboration suite
- Skill Matrix
- Development Platform
- Programming Language
- Java, PL/SQL, SQL, C, C++, MS VBA
- Front End Tools
- Oracle Developer 2000, 6i / MS Visual Basic, VB .Net
- Back - End
- Oracle RDBMS v 7.x, v 8.x, v 9.x / MS SQL Server 7.x, 2K
- Web Technologies
- HTML/XML/JSP/ASP, ASP .Net
- Case Tools
- Designer 2000, 6i / Power Designer
- Clear Case
- Project Methodology
- Oracle CDM / MS VSS
- MS Project
- Operating Systems
- Windows NT / Windows 2000 Advanced Server / Win 9x
- SCO Unix
- RISC UNIX - Digital, IBM AIX, SUN SOLARIS etc.
- Other Services
- Consultancy Services
- BPO Services
- System Support Services/ITES