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'Kompkin', Not Just A PC

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DQC Bureau
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Pune-based SumConcepts Technologies, the makers of Kompkin have appointed

around 25 channel partners for its educational PC in Maharashtra alone. In the

future, the company has extensive expansion plans to tap partners across the

country

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To begin with, this is not about a Dell or an HP or an Acer and the other

desktop PC brands that you place before your customer, the moment he approaches

you for buying one. This is an educational PC with a difference. Meant for new

age kids, Kompkin has around 300 extensive applications, more than 17,000

e-books, encyclopedia, scientifically designed module on career guidance and

skill-set development. In addition Kompkin also offers 150 educational games,

researched and recommended by psychologists to hone skill-sets like creativity,

analytical capabilities and reasoning in a child.

Designed with an intention to tap the education segment and hence the new age

students, Kompkin is an innovative PC that on the one hand allows a student to

browse the web, download, chat, use spreadsheets, word processor etc and on the

other hand access a bouquet of applications to enhance their general knowledge

and awareness. In a nutshell it works like any other conventional PC but offers

a gamut of applications.

So while Kompkin, the brain child of Pune-based IT Company, SumConcepts

Technologies and Europe-based Technologies UK, is a unique product in itself, is

the PC really worth buying? Or rather if the question is rephrased a little,

will the concept really work, since most of the students today don't access all

the applications? Are schools really looking forward to this PC? While the

makers of Kompkin are convinced that the PC is a unique concept in itself, DQ

Channels took a closer look at the business propositions and value the product

stands to offer.

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The idea behind Kompkin



The brain child of, Biren Dharamsi and Chetan Khona, directors at

SumConcepts Technologies, Kompkin came into existence when they realized that

technology needs to be friends with children and not an alien. They pictured

children to be winners, successful people, good citizens and leaders of

tomorrow.

Shared Biren Dharamsi, "India sold close to 26 lakh PCs in households in year

08-09. But there is nothing for parents and kids who are the biggest buyers of

such products."

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Being an IT professional and having vast exposure and pan continent contacts,

it was Chetan who took an initiative of shaping the concept with his colleagues

in India and Europe. The functional rich team now consists of teachers, doctors,

career counselors, psychologists and IT professionals from various backgrounds.

"Going forward, SumConcepts has wonderful ideas and big dreams for Kompkin.

Soon, Kompkin will be seen in new formats and concepts and the company is

planning to roll out Kompkin laptops by the end of December. Presently there are

three variants of the Kompkin desktop PC available in the market. WhileChamp the

PC without monitor is available at Rs 17000, Genius is available at Rs 22000 and

Wizard with a 19 inch LCD monitor is valued at Rs 27000.

Opportunity for the channel



In order to distribute the PC, SumConcepts is looking at partnering with

educational institutes aside to adopting the channel route. The vendor has

already appointed as many as 25 dealers across Maharashtra and will be

appointing another 25 by end of December. While Pune-based CyberNet IT has

already partnered with the company, some of the other dealers appointed by them

include Mainframe Computers in Aurangabad, Sujhata Computers in Pune, AceMind in

Satara and Aditya Computers in Kolhapur among others. The company is also

targeting schools and educational institutes for the desktop PC. Some 25-30

schools within Pune have already partnered with Kompkin.

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"We have started from Maharashtra and will gradually advance to other parts

of the country once we have created enough awareness around Kompkin. We do not

require to partner with system integrators at the moment since our computer is a

pre-loaded machine and very user friendly. However when we go in for bulk sale,

we will have to look at partnering with them as well. We are in the process of

appointing dealers right now. The margins to these dealers will be at par with

the hardware industry. Besides, a lot of promotions at the school level has also

taken place and the company is working closely with media to generate awareness

about the product. We are also participating in events and exhibitions in major

cities to increase product awareness," added Dharamsi.

Are Schools evaluating Kompkin?



While there is no doubt about the fact that the product is unique in every

sense, the big question that arises is that are schools really going to buy it,

since most of the times, students do not make use of all of the applications?

Medha Pundit, Principal, SPM English Secondary School, Pune, noted, "We have

attended the presentation and are impressed with the desktop PC. While it has

some very useful applications, there are a few limitations to it as well. During

the presentation we were looking for specific author and his compositions and

poems, which we could not find through Kompkin. While it may not be as good as

Internet which allows us to garner any and every information, it has some other

features like attractive visuals to generate interest amongst students, that

makes the PC all the more interesting and useful for them. Schools that are

looking to set up new computer labs can definitely look at availing Kompkin.

Since we already have over 30 desktops as part of our computer lab that are

fully upgraded we are not looking at installing Kompkin right now. However, in

future if we were to look at expanding our computer lab, we will surely go for

Kompkin since the PC is attractive both in terms of applications and price

point."

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Tough Competition



When questioned about stiff competition from established and leading players

in the industry, Dharamsi pointed out, "The way we are looking at positioning

Kompkin in the educational segment is different from the way the leading players

are doing it. We want to convey the message that this PC supports various

applications and tools that can assist students in terms of enhancing their

knowledge.While the competition is offering only the hardware coupled with

software we have an edge over them since we have bundled the PC with various

applications that can prove beneficial in terms of enhancing the reasoning and

analytical skills of students. SumConcepts has even partnered with Redington to

look into the service issues, the software and free upgrade for the users will

be provided by the us."

Channel Speaks



Sharing his opinion on the unique educational PC, Aurangabad-based Sanjay

Agarwal of Mainframe Computer who has been appointed as one of the partner by

SumConcepts stated, "We found this concept of an educational PC to be unique and

hence have partnered with the company to further it in Aurangabad and

surrounding locations. We will shortly hold a dealer meet to inform and create

awareness amongst our reseller partners. We are expecting to distribute around

75-100 units of Kompkin PC on a monthly basis."

"The concept is very nice and so far I have never come across a desktop PC

that has such applications pre loaded on it,"noted Naresh Lalwani, CEO of Pune-based

Cyber Net IT.

Lalwani further pointed that the only way to further Kompkin is to market it

well. "Our target customer for Kompkin are the school going students. Hence we

have tied up with some agencies who hold programs for school teachers and

principals on a regular basis. Accordingly we have given presentations in some

13-14 leading schools in Pune and the response has been overwhelming so far."

Puja Sharma



Poojas@cybermedia.co.in

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