The PLM way
We, the co-founders of Zilicus, were working together in R&D unit of Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC) that offers CAD, CAM, CAE software along with Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. In this company, we worked with customers from US (Aerospace, mobile, Technology co.), Europe & Japan (Automotive, technology co). We realized how these organizations greatly benefit from PLM kind of solution which significantly reduced Time-To-Market (TTM) of new products (NPD). It was pretty clear that the factors which contributed to success/failure of product launch for these companies have been: collaboration, right resources were provided with right access to correct knowledge i.e.
- Having greater visibility to ground realities improved the decision making process
- Collaboration among team members reduced errors, work duplication, and importantly, members were aware who is doing what, thus it improved productivity
- Operating & business processes have been clearly defined, refined and also aligned with software solutions
We knew, not all things delivered in this world, are new technological products but we have services that small and medium enterprises (SMB) keep managing & delivering. We realized certain gaps in project management tools available in market. At one end, simple To-Do list, Task Management software being pushed to users as Project Management Software, whereas on other hand overly complex enterprise solutions are out of reach of SMBs and of the rest of the software available to users:
- They lacked completeness, simplicity & usefulness of project management features
- The performance of the web-based tools, we used was disappointing (many customers have reported performance issues for existing tools)
- We faced difficulties in figuring out controls to create project/ tasks, issues, documents, reports, navigating within & outside the workspace, etc. in these tools i.e. the usability was far from great
These gap & unavailability of useful, comprehensive, collaborative software made us build ZilicusPM online project management software. Essentially, we started Zilicus with a vision of building SaaS based collaborative software that will empower business users to make precise business decision through collaboration and right access to knowledge.
What distinguishes Zilicus?
Like most entrepreneurs, we are hard-working fellows however we think of users first while creating product and interacting with them. We have given zillion thoughts while building our flagship product ZilicusPM so that it will be complete, useful and simple. Zilicus products provide executive management with clear visibility for the projects; at the same time, team members find ZilicusPM immensely useful & easier to adopt.
The way forward
We have bigger plans. We are going to take ZilicusPM forward and add requirement management capabilities through ZilicusRM. ZilicusRM will be followed by ZilicusALM, the application lifecycle management. We are also planning to launch supplementary solution that will help organizations to comply with SEI - CMMi processes & requirements