Thoughts from Ben: 2013 Was an Incredible Year for Zaloni

January 1, 2014 Ben Sharma

After the ball drops in New York and the chorus of Auld Lang Syne has been sung, most people promptly turn their attention to the coming year, and make resolutions they may or may not be able to keep. I believe that understanding where we’ve been and what we’ve accomplished in the old year, guides the direction we will be taking in the new one. And I’m pleased to announce that Zaloni did indeed meet and exceed our goals for 2013.

2013 was a transition year for us, as we shifted the focus of our business from exclusively delivering one-off Professional Services, to developing and delivering productized solutions, beginning with the launch of our flagship product, Bedrock. With that in mind, our foremost goal was to create the Bedrock Management Platform™, our foundation for building and deploying Hadoop production applications. We not only launched Bedrock, we were way ahead of the curve in utilizing the Hadoop 2.x update. And to date, Bedrock has been highly successful and well received by our customers.

In 2013 we also wanted to increase our engagement with Fortune 100 customers in different verticals. To that end, during 2013 we added multiple new Fortune 100 companies, including American Express, UnitedHealth Group and GE Capital. We also expanded delivery internationally, adding new customers in LATAM and APAC.

Another of our goals was to increase Zaloni’s reach by building channel partnerships with Tier 1 vendors, and in 2013 we added a new, strategic partnership with IBM. Our relationship with IBM includes an OEM agreement; we now offer Zaloni’s data management platform Bedrock together with IBM InfoSphere BigInsights to deliver a first-of-its-kind comprehensive data management platform for Hadoop. This is exciting news for Zaloni on many fronts. In addition to the partnership with IBM, we solidified our partnership with EMC/Pivotal, and further developed our relationships with Horton, EMC and NetApp. 

As part of our on-going efforts to develop the strongest team possible, we formed a Strategic Advisory Board, and added Vic Mahadevan as the inaugural member. The Advisory Board will work with Zaloni Senior Management to provide guidance and support on strategic initiatives as the company accelerates business growth, expands its services, and increases market share

When it came to company growth, we definitely met our goal of increasing revenue by 80 to 100%. Since 2012 Zaloni’s revenue has doubled and we’ve increased our staff by 54%. We’ve also built out and operationalized a new facility in our India Development Center, and we’ve grown our headquarters in RTP substantially.

2013 was an amazing year of growth for Zaloni. How do we follow up such an amazing year? In the next weeks I will share with you the many things we intend to accomplish in 2014.

About the Author

Ben Sharma

Ben Sharma, is CEO and co-founder of Zaloni. He is a passionate technologist with experience in business development, solutions architecture, and service delivery of big data, analytics and enterprise infrastructure solutions. Having previously worked in management positions for NetApp, Fujitsu and others, Ben’s expertise ranges from business development to production deployment in a wide array of technologies including Hadoop, HBase, databases, virtualization and storage. Ben is the co-author of Java in Telecommunications and holds two patents. He received his MS in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas.

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