22 Jan 2019 / Abbas Ali

Story So Far…

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The Start

The year was 2012 and I was happily working for a web development company. I had been at this job for more than 8 years and it never came to my mind to go and start my own company. Then in May 2012 one of my close friend put the idea in my mind and encouraged me to quit my job and start my own company. That is when Ranium was first conceptualised. This same friend gave me the loan for the initial setup. I tendered my resignation at the previous employer and set 2nd July 2012 as the date to start the operations.

The first tough task was to find the right people who would join this company which didn’t exist yet. I knew a couple of programmers who were between the jobs and asked them if they would like to join and luckily they agreed (on a much lower salary than their last jobs). They were Rita Gaherwar and Pallavi Dighe. At the same time we got our first project and we were all set to begin on a challenging journey.

Back then, CakePHP was our framework of choice (and we still use it in a lot of projects) and we used it to deliver our first successful project. Other technologies that we used for our first project were jQuery, and Bootstrap. Soon after finishing our first project we got a new client from the reference of our first client. This meant that we did a good job and delivered a quality first project!

By the end of 2012, we were a team of 6 programmers and had delivered around 3 projects.

2014-2017

This was the period when we took up Laravel as our framework of choice to build enterprise level web applications. We also started getting our hands dirty with Magento and built high quality eCommerce applications. Some of the challenging projects that we completed in this period were:

  • xTxt – A call centre platform built using CakePHP and NodeJS
  • Eve’s online store – An enterprise level eCommerce store built using Magento and Laravel
  • ULukGud – One stop place for wellness and beauty. Built their web as well as mobile apps for iOS and Android.

During this period we constantly grew from 6 employees to 20 and had worked for over 20 different clients/companies. In May 2015, we incorporated our firm to a Private Limited Company which was a landmark for us. We also got enrolled with employee benefit schemes like Employee Provident Fund.

In September 2014 we started working on one of the biggest and most challenging project, https://www.evesleep.co.uk. We helped this startup grow from just the founders to a public limited company with a team of 200+ employees in 2 years. We scaled the eCommerce store, with backend built in Magento 2 and frontend in Laravel, to handle thousands of concurrent users.

Some of the technologies that we worked on during this period included:

  • Laravel
  • CakePHP
  • Magento
  • NodeJS
  • Asterisk VoIP Platform
  • Java (Android app development)
  • Objective C and Swift (iOS app development)
  • Ionic (Hybrid app development)
  • VueJS
  • WordPress
  • And many more…

Present (2018-2019)

At this point we were growing and our office space allowed only a maximum of 20 workstations. It was time we moved to a bigger and better office. On the occasion of 6th anniversary of Ranium, we moved to a new, modern, bigger and better office. This boosted everyone’s morale as it was a clear sign that Ranium was growing and so were the employees.

By the end of 2018, we had served around 50 clients with more than 50% clients being those with whom we have been working for more than 4 years. In our 6 years of existence, we haven’t had a single client who was dissatisfied with our work.

In 2018 we picked up some new capabilities and expertise notably Python programming. We also on-boarded employees for new roles like Quality Assurance Engineer, UI/UX Designer, Business Development and Customer Relations Manager and Digital Marketing executive.

Future – 2019+

Ranium is picking up new technologies and expanding its services. We have begun working on Blockchains, Cryptocurrencies, Machine Learning, and various other futuristic technologies. We intend to build a good portfolio for all these technologies in 2019 and beyond!

A BIG Thank You to everyone who supported Ranium in its success story – the employees, clients, friends and family.

Abbas Ali

Abbas Ali

CEO / CTO

A mechanical engineer by education, Abbas turned to software development just after finishing his studies. He has over 15 years of experience in building the base for high-growth profitable organizations and brings with him a deep understanding of web development and project management. He is a Certified Scrum Master.

He is the core team member of Coppermine Photo Gallery and has also authored the popular Sphinx Search book published by Packt Publishing, UK.

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