Techlogix has won numerous prestigious IT contracts across
the globe and implemented many hi-end software works to put Pakistan on the
world map for a differently pleasant reason altogether. It has achieved all this
in a short span of just four years since it was founded by a group of MIT
graduates in 1996. With marketing and support offices in the Silicon Valley on
the West Coast and Boston on the East Coast USA, Techlogix has a development
centre in Lahore.
Salman Akhtar, is the co-chief Executive Officer and a
founder who manages Techlogix's Silicon Valley office in San Jose is
instrumental in architecting the company's dot.com engagements. He has also
focused on architecting System Integration and Client/Server projects he
previously worked at IBM T. J. Watson Research Laboratory. He received his BS
and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.
Kewan Qadre Khawaja, is the co-chief Executive Officer and
Founder. He manages the company's development offices in Lahore. He has led the
development and engineering of the eTransformation engagements. Previously, he
worked at Cambridge Technology Group and as a Research Associate at MIT. Mr.
Khawaja received his MS in Information Systems from MIT.
Khurram Afridi, is a Ph.D and is the chief operating officer
who manages the Boston office and heads the eTransformation services. He
received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Caltech, and his MS and
PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. Mr. Afridi
is the first non-European to have won the BMW Scientific Award for his
outstanding doctoral research.
Techlogix specialises in the development of quality software
to sell and supply chain management solutions on the web and envisages it as the
first phase of its e-commerce strategy. It develops software in the areas of
enterprise-wide client/server database applications, cutting edge web-intranet
technologies and object-oriented components architectures. It evaluates latest
technologies and provide consultancy services to its clients choices about
architecture and technology as per their specific needs. Techlogix Automotive, a
business unit, specialises in developing software for the auto industry
including engineering analysis, business decisions, data visualisation and wire
harness design. It also designs and implements algorithms for the sensory,
control and navigation needs of the automobile. Techlogix holds the intellectual
property rights for the following three hi-end programmes it has developed.
'Maestro', is being used by an MIT-led consortium of
automotive companies to design advanced electrical components and systems. It is
an automotive electrical system design tool based upon proprietary technology
licensed from MIT. It make the user provide the functional description of the
system and comes back with a finished cost optimised design based on its
knowledge base of design rules, calculated component stresses, and user-defined
constraints. The technology on which Maestro is based won the BMW Scientific
Award for 1999. It has cut the lead-time for designing an automotive electrical
system from months to hours. The programme is being used by such auto giants as
Daimler Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, BMW, Renault, Motorola, Volvo, Toyota,
Honda, Eaton, Siemens, and many others.
Another product 'Jazba', is a web based designed tool.
Launched at Comdex 1998, Jazba is focused on simplifying the development of text
and web based catalogs and managing the text and image data associated with such
publications. It was the first product to include support for Digital scripting,
a technology for automating digital cameras.
Techlogix has developed entity recognition software for use
by Eaton Corporation in automotive applications for building the next generation
of 'smart' airbags. It holds the intellectual rights for applications of this
particular software outside the fields of industrial control, vehicular control
and power distribution and control.
One of Techlogix's success story is the development of a B2B
e-Commerce software for the Kaman Industrial Technologies, one of the largest
industrial distributors in North America. KIT Direct project based on the
Informix i.Sell technology. With operations in 190 locations in 36 states of the
US and British Columbia, Canada, the software has helped Kaman industries to
focused $ 1 billion business on three primary markets — Aerospace, Industrial
and Music distribution. The site enables KIT Customers to purchase products
online, browse product catalogs, search for products, and check the status of
placed orders, through the Internet, using a Web browser. The project has been
designed to allow maximum transactions of 5000 a day with an online KIT product
catalog of 1.4 million parts.
Techlogix has also developed Enhanced Digital License
Workstation for over-the-counter issue of digital driver's license for the state
of Illinois and New Mexico, USA. Its client also include such global business
leaders as American Express Bank, ABN AMRO Bank, Citibank, Bosch, Eaton
Corporation, Government of Guam, MIT and many other blue-chip multinationals.
Techlogix expects to earn a revenue of $ 3 million this year
of which the one-third will come into the country as registered exports and
since its inception its turnover has grown in excess of 60 per cent per annum.
The company specialises in two primary areas — click-and-mortar
transformations and dot.coms. The first represents the migration of traditional
'old economy' firms to the Internet. The communication and network ubiquity
provided by the Internet allows Techlogix to realise business process
improvements or the creation of new web business for its clients. One of
Techlogix's recent project was the transition of one of the largest industrial
distribitors in the US, the Kaman Industrial Technologies, to the web.
Secondly, Techlogix also develops technology for early stage
dot.coms and has acquired equity positions in five such ventures over the past
year. One of its success story is the development of 'worldwalla.com,' a premier
multi-lingual website in the world offering e-mail exchange in as many as 35
Using world-class methodologies and a number of leading tools
and e-business components, Techlogix build and deploy scalable and extensible
Internet architectures for transaction intensive and mission critical
applications. It has experience in web technologies such as Java beans, Java
Servlets and Application Server Pages and has developed a wide range of Window
applications using new wave technologies. Years of experience has helped
Techlogix to gain project experience across multiple architectures, working with
technologies such as WAP applications, Internet/Intranet and object-oriented
Techlogix uses the latest technology to deliver what it
promises within the specified cost and time frame. Each eTransformation
engagement is executed in 3 to 4 phases, with each phase lasting between 2 to 3
months. Each phase is separately scoped, cost and delivered. With the delivery
of each phase, the customer has a production-ready system that can be deployed
immediately, with measurable ROI for the money invested in that phase of the
All projects are delivered within fixed cost and fixed time.
This limits the time to market and price risk of the customer as Techlogix is
able to provide a top-quality engineering resources that can be augmented
readily. The most significant success factor that differentiates Techlogix from
the rest is its development processes. This is the key intellectual property
that has been developed by Techlogix over the past three years, in perfecting
its onshore/offshore development process.
Techlogix follows three phases of click-and-mortar
eTransformations- B2B and B2C: This first wave of eCommerce is taking basic
Selling Chain Management (the purchase of catalog items) to the web. The trend
of integration with back-end ERP systems, both Selling Chain and Supply Chain
Management are generating more value — business customer can purchase via a
Purchase Order, Suppliers can update their catalogs directly). As the level of
integration with existing back-end functions increases, this type of
eTransformation is becoming a more complex Systems Integration task.
Consolidation, the next phase consolidates of the value added by the Internet
takes place. This is typically focused on front-office applications like
Customer Relationship Management and Knowledge Management. And finally the
Reinvention, when the value provided by the network ubiquity of the Internet is
fully realized, enterprise processes will help transition towards real-time.
While conceptually dynamic pricing models already exist in online marketplaces,
without a real-time financial system, it is impossible for an enterprise to cost
itself within the time window appropriately. Over the longer term, ERP and
backend systems will be re-invented to fully leverage real-time operations and
Techlogix believes in offering value added application
management as it feels in e-business, building and deploying applications is
only the beginning. Further, as transaction volumes increase and sophisticated
functionalities are added, it is fundamentally essential to maintain and enhance
the application for optimal results. Techlogix offers application management
services that maximize end-to-end application performance through workload
balancing, recovery management and response time monitoring.
Techlogix's 'Development Methodology' for developing custom
software is centred to address such key issues as understanding the client
requirements, planning a product to fulfil the requirements, managing changes in
requirements and specifications and finally delivering a quality product on time
and within budget. It follows a pipelined approach to achieve these objectives.
This approach formalizes its commitment to incorporate client input at later
stages of the project without compromising on the quality of the end product. A
key component of our development methodology is the Requirements and
Specifications Change Management Process.
This allows Techlogix to ensure the quality of its softwares
which requires the covering of all the bases. At Techlogix, this process is
overseen by a dedicated quality team, which works independent of the development
teams. Techlogix is in the process of achieving the ISO 9001 certification.
Techlogix has developed and deployed numerous e-commerce and
Web-based projects for highly reputed organizations. The works include
www.wordwalla.com for eGlyphs Inc. Wordwalla is unique, as it offers a
multilingual e-mail service to its users. Users can compose and receive messages
in as many as twenty-eight languages. Moreover, there are built-in customized
features to move checked messages to their respective folders, for example, a
Toolbar to allow access to commonly used features. Wordwalla reduces e-mail
access costs and simplifies e-mail management for small and medium sized
It has also developed on-line agent licensing for Mass Mutual
Life Investments Services, Inc. The Direct Licensing System is an application,
which is designed to reduce the administrative load for agent licensing. Based
on the Informix i.Sell Technology, this site enables an easier and more
convenient method for agents to renew their licenses and keep their information
up to date. Supporting the application is the MMLISI Direct Licensing database,
which holds the internal data.
Another project is Whiteflash.com, an on-line diamond &
jewelry boutique for Whiteflash. The site is a C2B Web application for the sale
of "hearts and arrows" diamonds and handcrafted gold jewelry. The
purpose of the site was to allow existing and new customers to evaluate and
purchase diamond and jewelry items online. In addition, this would allow
whiteflash.com to command global presence.
Techlogix's dedicated team of 70 e-business architects and
technical experts is instrumental to develop high-quality e-business solutions.
Its solutions are not only developed by technology experts, but also by
experienced, multidisciplinary professionals, who have an in-depth knowledge of
the client's domain.
Internet and Intranet connectivity between its US offices and
offshore development facility allows it to follow a 24-hour development
schedule. By employing effective in-house communication infrastructure its
clients are not exposed to the burdens of managing global software development
logistics. The integration between the client site and offshore team includes a
well-integrated communications infrastructure, enabling mainframe and server
connectivity between offshore and client locations. Techlogix has LAN
connectivity in all its offices and the network operating systems currently used
are MS Windows NT and UNIX. Development support tools such as source control,
bug tracking and project management techniques are also being applied.
Techlogix has built long lasting relationships with its
partners, whose technologies and services complement its innovative eSolutions.
The array of partnerships allows Techlogix to offer both customers and suppliers
fully integrated, end-to-end e-commerce solutions and services.
Its collaboration with Informix Inc. as a Transactive Content
Integrator (TCI) - using proprietary tools such as iSell technology has
broadened its skills horizon for developing eBusiness applications.
ViiSAGE Technology, a leading provider of biometric
identification systems formed an alliance with Techlogix to execute projects
requiring facial recognition capabilities. http://www.viisage.com/partner.htm
Techlogix has an agreement with IBM to become a San Francisco
Licensee Partner to enable it to utilize the IBM San Francisco technology, which
is the largest Java development project in the world aiming to produce a set of
reusable object frameworks.