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Infimonk

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Digital Transformation Solutions

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PREFACE

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The Monk who earned his Ferrari

It was a long night. Our comrade wasn’t getting any sleep and he kept thinking about life’s biggest unanswered questions. Why ? What ? How ?

The questions bothered him a lot and no matter how much he thought, imagination always seemed to stumble upon a dead end.

Hence , he decided to do what many great mortals have done in the past - take action. So while he began taking steps , he wasn’t sure whether he was going in the right direction. In fact , he wasn’t even sure as to how he would get there.

So he began seeking knowledge. He took help from others, shared his views with them. While some disagreed , others got so curious that they decided to join the search with our comrade.

The comrade was a simple man but had a great gift of perspective. While he listened to problems of others, he was able to offer them really good perspectives which often lead to an amicable solution. Word spread to different villages and he started being referred to as “The Monk”.

Little did he know that this was the beginning of a journey, which some modern experts refer to as the learning curve, and some older thoughts refer to as the path to Enlightenment.

The Monk realised very soon that it was others and their stories which helped himself build that deep insight into perspective. Synergy is key and better results can be achieved only when we combine our forces with others.

The Monk also made a few mistakes on his path. There would be times when he would come across people with problems that lead him to those dead ends again. While he made half hearted attempts to satiate their need for an amicable perspective , he soon realised that it wasn’t helping. The objective should be the solution, not who finds the solution. He went back to his first value - Synergy is key. Problems that he couldn’t solve were often solved by his fellow Monks. Our Monk has started shaping his rituals - A Real Denial is better than a false commitment.

Often a times , the Monk would come across people that were convinced on a perspective they had and would just want reassurance. While the Monk did encourage the ones he agreed with , he did not shy away from expressing his disagreement over the ones he truly did not agree with. The Monk had a very clear perspective, he wanted to solve problems, not help them sweep it under the rug. The Monk had developed another set of vows - Long Term Value is greater than deliverables.

While navigating with other problems of the brotherhood, the Monk had not forgotten his original questions. Why ? What ? How ?

He kept thinking about them , trying to jump over those dead ends. The Monks outfit had grown in size and so had the bills. He once came across a visitor who had a very unique story. While in between the session , the visitor suddenly exclaimed that the session was pointless and that he wasn’t willing to hold up his end of the bargain. The Monk had already invested a significant bit of time and really wanted to solve the visitors problem. He calmed the visitor down and told him that there was no need for the visitor to hold up his end of the bargain, but he insisted that the visitor continue the extended session. Seeing the commitment The Monk had for the problem, the visitor decided to continue and eventually left a satisfied customer.

While the incident seems quite simple, something far more complex had been answered with the same. When the Monk was insisting that the visitor should continue discussing the problem, the Monk had realised the answers to his question. His decision marked the realisation that it’s not about the End, it’s always been about the path.

His love for solving problems , offering people perspectives was far more greater than any of the nuances covering the arrangement.He made a choice , a choice to increase exposure of his investment despite having hopes of no return, simply because the pride in solving that problem was of far greater value. Nirvana doesn’t lie at the end , it’s all along the road.

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Our Vision

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The Millennial Dream

Putting an emotion into words becomes a tad bit difficult at times. Time and again , we have sat down to pen down something we have always felt and shared but individually never arrived at finding the apt words to communicate to others. Hence we started creating a vision board and started filling it up with creatives - whether it was an expression , a picture , an audio clip or a movie, each and every thing that came close to representing the vision of the company.

One of the highlights of the mood board is that clip of Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones wherein he elucidates - Death ! Death is so boring and pointless, Life , on the other hand is full of opportunities. We had realised at the very beginning it self, while we enjoyed seeing projects delivered to the end , what we really enjoyed was the beginning and the implementation of the projects. Mind you, the beginning does seem fascinating from the perspective of registering a new sale, but in our industry, no sale is closed till the final delivery is made and any outstandings collected. A New Sale is always treated as a prospect , a delivered project is the one registered as sale. Hence proven , that it really isn’t the commercials that has been driving us. It is something else.

“Nature is a tinkerer, not an inventor.”

In this short journey of ours , we have created a number of new things - Some Successfully Executed Projects, a number Of failed Products , new techniques to solve old problems , new perspectives and KPI’s and sometimes something completely unexpected like conducting the Worlds First Public Poll on Blockchain. We can proudly say , we’ve navigated our learning curve well and learnt more from our failiures than our successes.

While a lot of things looked good on paper , nature had different plans - sometimes the business plan developed faults , while other times changes in the statutory framework spilled havoc on our plans. While we’ve had our shares of highs and lows , two things that have only increased with time are -

  • The passion to understand new projects , the nuances of their implementation , and tackling the resistance to its implementation !!
  • An In depth knowledge of the number of ways that won’t work !!

We suddenly realised that that our USP started shifting from having an ever dynamic tech team to us having skin in the game. Be it the first project we undertook or the latest one we have closed, we are not shy of being vocal about our take on the problem solution matrix proposed by the client.

We are proud of every project we undertake and are not satisfied till the product is developed to the tune we would like had we been clients for the same solution.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
J. George Bernard Shaw
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Portfolio

Corporate Projects

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Custom Business Software

Products

Deep Tech Research

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Landing that Government Job

We must first take a moment to acknowledge that massive amalgamation of Political and Administrative Machinery that has been successfully running the World’s Largest Democracy- India , a country boasting of a billion plus citizens.

In India we have over 21 major languages with over 720 dialects . This is one of the best representations of the diversity of our country.

With such a massive population and such great diversity, also stems the spectrum of expectations and perceptions we citizens have about our country and the Government.

We had drawn up our own set of assumptions and expectations before we set on path to executing our first project with the Government. While some of our assumptions turned out to be true , there were a few pleasant surprises as well:

Open Door Policy: To our surprise, the Government and it’s officials were very easy to reach out to. We have all had those desperate experiences of cold calling to reach out to potential clients , potential investors, journalists; for that matter , even potential mentors. We were aware of the success ratio of such cold channels and had assumed that an attempt to do that with the Government would conclude in an even lesser success ratio. To our surprise , we were proved wrong on more than one occasion. A Brief introduction to the team and the solution we offered on a LinkedIn Chat landed us with a meeting with the Decision Maker the very same day.

Audit and Compliance : While the Government liked what we claimed and was willing to trust us for our word, it has its own verification mechanism. We were asked to get our offering ready and come in to their offices for an internal audit and compliance check. Once they were satisfied with the offering and the way it had been developed, then began the quiz. They wanted to make sure that we were the right people for the job. The Government sure takes it a notch forward when it comes to audit and compliance compared to commercial enterprises. We hit all the checkboxes and got the job.

The Government Cares :We were aware of the fact ,that the projects executed with the Government cannot be termed as one of our greatest fiscal successes; and so was the Government. The Government was proud of us and still wanted to see us succeed. It might have been restricted in commercial capacity, but it did way more than make up for it by nominating our participation into various international events like the Global Blockchain Congress and the MSME Conclave.

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Media & Press

While we believe that it's the number of attempts that matter and failures are more important than perceived, We have been blessed with our fair share of victories and love and attention from those that matter the most. Each of this attempts were glorious feats for the team at the moment, only to realise that the hustle must go on. Here is to learning from past failures and getting a little less uncertain with bigger successes.

Awards & Recognitions

Winner of Nascomm NIPP Blockchain Challenge.

Product :Vasant - Refinancing using Collateralised Land Ownership Tokens

Conducted the Worlds First Public Poll on Blockchain with the Government of West Bengal

Product : Litmus- E Voting on Blockchain

Runners Up at the Global Blockchain Congress

Product :Benefits - Smart Incentives using Blockchain

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Offering

While there are somethings that you can put a price on , there are a few things which only Time can evaluate well.

A few things that have became unsaid offerings over these years include -

1. Being A Good Listener.

2. Offering A Different Perspective to Yours.

3. Respect for Commitments.

4. Cutting to the Chase

5. A Well Tested Process

Services

Mobile and Web Applications

Personalised Business Software

Tech Partnerships ( for Startups only)

Deep Tech Research

Dedicated Hiring

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Technology Principles & Capabilities

The best way to define what technology for us would be to define it as a way tool/process/phenomena which helps us to give a form to our creativity.

Technology is a medium through which we convert ideas to products and solutions and how it feels ,how it looks and how secure it is, is equally significant to how it functions from the end user’s point of view.

State of the art :Technology is evolving in real-time,every professional associated with the industry is innovating at his own level and contributing to the evolution and that is what makes it exciting.The capability of writing the future ,owning it keeps us driven to upskill and reskill ourselves with the latest technology entities/trends/innovations.

Fast yet Robust :The modern user is spoilt for choice with multiple options for a similar service.It is very important to have significant USPs but providing a seamless user experience is still the most fundamental trait to win a customer.We ensure the technology stacks we utilise offer the benefits of speed ,robustness ,scalability and security.

Optimal Automation :The ability to automate repetitive processes and leveraging reusability of code goes a long way in making products robust and cost-effective.We use the latest tools and utilities to ensure that crucial manhours are utilised for significant tasks by automating repetitive workflows and ensuring optimal reusability of code.

Best Practices :The processes that we employ are designed to inculcate a sense of ownership towards the products we work on.The ownership instills a responsibility of making sure that every piece of code we write adheres to the best practices .

R&D-Deeptech :The perpetual motivation for excelling at what we do is propelled by the fact that we work on technologies which have the abilities to disrupt.The opportunity to conduct extensive R & D in deep technologies help us to continually evolve ourselves as a company and remain competitive and best-in-class.

Data Security: The commitment towards building highly secure applications and solutions transcends into ensuring that the codebase and related confidential data are protected.We deploy best-in-class data security and data leak protection practices and tools to safeguard confidential data.

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Process & Methodology

One important realisation that we had very early in our journey is that our success and failure depends heavily on the processes that our organization runs on . We strive to ensure maximum adherence to our processes and design our processes with minimal dependency on manual interventions.Primarily ,all our processes are inspired by the following methodologies.

Agile : Agile is a project management process which is mainly used in software development, where demands and solutions evolve through the collaborative effort of self-organizing and cross-functional teams and their customers.We practice agile as it helps the team evolve it's understanding of the project along with it is development phase. This system allows external collaborators (Someone from client side) to put in their inputs during the process of development. Managing tasks more efficiently, adhering to timelines & self growth in long term projects which extend for more than 6-8 weeks are few of the key reasons that we at Infimonk use agile as our preferred project management methodology.

Objectives & Key Results(OKRs) :Objective & Key results is a highly effective management methodology which involves goal setting and then working towards them to achieve the defined results.We use OKRs intensively at various points in our project delivery journey.OKRs are a very efficient way to analyse the scope of a project and it plays a crucial role in defining deliverable which helps us to provide a seamless experience to our clients.OKRs have proven to be really affecting and we use them for streamlining our internal operations as well.

Business Playbooks : :Business Playbooks are like manuals which define how and a bit of why we do a particular activity. The constant innovation,excitement and exuberance sometimes lead us into an indecisive situation and the playbooks help us to navigate through these situations and get us back on track.The playbooks have helped us to become more efficient and robust as an organisation and our ever-expanding library of playbooks help our freshly recruited team members to imbibe our processes and culture successfully.Playbooks are the reason why our customers receive the same delightful experience no matter which team member they interact with.

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Our Secret Sauce

We had realised very early that if we had to set ourselves apart in this every dynamic service industry, we would need to have our own USP that sets us apart - our culture.

The biggest asset that we had was our team and our practices.The same machinery that is responsible for managing the entire supply chain of the business. It only made sense that we differentiate our offering from others by making our team and it’s culture one of our core USP’s.

Amongst all the other checklists to be part of the team , the following are key :

Ownership : Our team members all treat their work with as much commitment as they would have; had it been their own business. Whether it’s the way we interact with our client or the way we keep our work stations, each team member enjoys both autonomy and Credit.

Diverse : We make sure that our team members are both reshuffled and given different roles. The use of Mentor- Mentee Structures help team members keep expanding their existing skill set while revising the rest.

Learning how to Learn :While learning was slightly more difficult in yesteryear’s , the internet has revolutionised this. With the kind of content and platforms available today, you can learn almost anything you want to. Our team members are proactive and have cracked the problem of incomplete learning.

While we have seen our culture evolve with changing times, we have found that these three factors have always remained constant.

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that what started as qualities of the founding team has taken form of a tradition of sorts at Infimonk today.

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Oh ! Calcutta

“You are the sum of 5 people closest to you.”

Now if we assume the above to be true , try and imagine the impact a city has on the personality of a company. Each city is known for its unique culture, traditions and history. It’s a constantly evolving invisible cloud which both takes shape from and influences in shaping the personality of its residents.

Kolkata (formerly Calcutta ) has its own unique history. Starting out as trading post for the East India Company , it served as India’s Capital under the British Raj for more than a century. This had a tremendous impact on the post modern culture of Kolkata, giving roots to traits like grand colonial architecture and art galleries. This combined with the indigenous flavours of cultural festivals , exquisite craftsmanship and love for literature has resulted in building up what is today truly an International City, with very deep and visible connections with its roots.

The people in Calcutta are hardworking, satisfied and Proud. They and are not reluctant in expressing their opinions and have an appreciation for even the smallest things in life. You will never find a group of people enjoying a hot cup of tea like you see in every nook and corner of this beautiful city also called the city of Joy.

Kolkata has definitely had its share of impact on Infimonk, some deeper than the others.

The cultural inheritance for art and literature helps us think outside the box while developing new solutions to old problems.

We have an excellent sense of taste thereby making sure that all products are designed to serve its user in the most efficient manner.

While Mumbai and Delhi takes up top spots for trade and business , Kolkata being the third metropolitan has obvious cost advantages when compared to its peers. This of course translates into better delivery at the cost of lesser resources.

While we have absorbed a fair share of Kolkata into Infimonk, we now hope to play an equitable role in shaping up this beautiful city’s history.

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Bricks and Paint

If you’ve been lucky enough to have the experience of starting your own business, you would know that it’s almost like any other video game throwing up challenges at random intervals and your ability to strategise and take action.

While we had how overcome the challenge of Why ? - because we love the journey of creation , and What - creating solutions to business problems; what was still left to be answered was How ? Now most of us assume that how is the easiest but this is where things start getting real. How ? Is basically the sum of all decisions you take while running a business on a day to day basis; also referred to as operating decisions.

It’s impossible to account for all the decisions in the beginning. Thus we defined four underlying principles which would help guide the decision making as and when it comes up. This in turn has also had a significant impact on our Infrastructure :

Staying Lean and Fit - We go by it while marking every decision be it related to making sure all our team members can wear different hats, to making sure we make the best use of technology to optimise productivity.

Taking advantage of discounts - The most significant consequence of this principle is the decision to set up shop at Kolkata. We all know how average cost for an IT professional in the States is twice of that which is paid in India. Lucky , for us that Kolkata has its own cost advantages making costs in the US 3x of that in Kolkata.

Discipline is better than cure - While a lot can go wrong in tech, there are something’s that can be stopped only if we comply to a well defined process. Making use of the right software’s and tools help us protect all our data and be prepared for exigency.

Quality is key : This we believe lies at the very core of our pursuit , whether it comes to design, product or quality of life of our team members. From the Resources available at the infrastructure to the policies and practices, and every element has been curated for the same has been done to resonate with this underlying principle.

P.S. We also have a tea corner at our office !!

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The Next Revolution

While the excitement and the passion attached to the above words remains the same, what has changed over the years is its form. We aren’t referring to a political movement or stealing headlines from the National News Broadcaster. In fact what we are referring to is the beautiful story of Innovation of Technology.

Technology has been both a revolution and an instrument to revolution, as we continue our pursuit towards Utopia. So much so that developers today are always trying to improve on their existing infrastructure, pushing newer technologies, some which have gone on to cannibalise their outdated predecessors. While some new technologies have garnered massive commercial applications, there are many which might have failed to serve their immediate purpose, but have become the base for future revolutions in technology.

We have always been very passionate about creating new things. Thus , accepting and contributing our bit to new technology becomes a fundamental responsibility. At Infimonk, we have always put aside time to understand and implement modern day technologies which we feel can bring about the next technological revolution-

Blockchain - It is essentially a record keeping mechanism which eliminates the need to trust a third party for proof. Estimated to grow to over 55 Billion US dollars , the market for Blockchain technology has seen evolution from CrptoCurrency to Govt and to finally commercial application.

We’ve had a fair share of contribution towards the advancement of the technology in our own little way. Having won the first ever Nasscom NIPP Blockchain in 2018, we then went onto conduct the Worlds First Public Polls on Blockchain along with the local government. Currently , we are focusing are efforts on integrating blockchain with everyday use applications like ERPs and other business Software.

Digital Twins - “Quite simply, a digital twin is a virtual model of a process, product or service. This pairing of the virtual and physical worlds allows analysis of data and monitoring of systems to head off problems before they even occur, prevent downtime, develop new opportunities and even plan for the future by using simulations.”- Forbes.

While we have completed our secondary research on the subject and ore prototype ready, we are currently looking to test out our learning by collaborating with partners from relevant fields. Fancy seeing your product , process or service take a digital form ? Hit out to us now.

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