Finding the resources to develop, maintain, or customize computer software can be a difficult task for many companies. Whether the project being addressed doesn't justify hiring a full-time employee or a professional with the appropriate qualifications simply isn't readily available, the problem remains the same: The work must be done and someone needs to do it. In these cases, many organizations turn to companies that specialize in providing such services on a contractual basis. Among the options for companies who are looking to have such projects undertaken using outside resources is Conifer Information Technologies Inc. at 5976 W. Las Positas Blvd.
"We offer software consulting and development services," says Mohan R. Bhumireddy, president of Conifer IT. "In the area of software consulting, we have expert software professionals on staff. We offer onsite services for companies who need software managers, architects, designers, and engineers onsite on a contract consulting basis. Our employees can work at the customer's facility for as long as is necessary. We have expertise in technologies that include the C, C++, Java, J2EE, Struts, XML, Visual Basic, .NET, C#, approaches to software programming; Web Application Servers; embedded programming, where software is designed to be resident in a specific device; and computer networking. We also have proficiency in products such as those from Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, PeopleSoft, SAP, Siebel, and many others. We can provide the necessary skill sets to help our customers address a wide variety of software and hardware applications."
In addition to consulting, Conifer IT undertakes outsourced projects for its clients. If a company doesn't have the time, resources, or personnel to address a software development endeavor, Conifer IT will work on the project in its own facilities in Pleasanton or its offshore development center in Bangalore, India, using its own expert staff. The company takes care of developing and testing of the contracted application, and can then implement it at the client's site if necessary. As an additional service, the company sells and installs computer processor and memory upgrades.
Conifer IT was founded in 2000 and Hacienda has been its corporate headquarters since January 2004. "We like the Pleasanton area very much," Bhumireddy says. "It's quiet, clean, pleasant, and gives us easy access to the Bay Area, East Bay, Silicon Valley, and just about anywhere else our clients are located. Most of our employees who serve our clients in San Francisco just ride over on BART, getting on the train here at Hacienda." Conifer IT has around 40 employees working in the U.S., 35 in India, and one in New Zealand, with plans to expand services to Europe and the U.K. in the near future. In addition to its Pleasanton facility, Conifer has U.S. offices in, Sioux Falls SD, and Portland ME. The company intends to add in the area of 20 new employees this year. Conifer IT's total sales for 2004 amounted to an impressive $5 million. This year, the company projects that number to increase to approximately $7 million.
Conifer IT's customers include The First American Corporation, PayPal, Hitachi Data Systems, nVision, Ingenico, Job Flash, James Futurex, Keane, Spherion, Sabertooth Systems, and UFCW to name just a few. This impressive roster of clients - as well as Conifer IT's success - is explained by Bhumireddy in very simple terms. "We provide quality services and receive excellent references from our clients," he says. "They can rely on us to share their workload. Our first priority is to satisfy our clients with our outstanding services and reasonable prices, whether it's in development or consulting."
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