The Teknowledge Chronicles

By | June 20, 2014
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We publish news, views and updates about the latest happenings from the world of mobile technology. At times, we venture into computer software-related topics as well. Our weekly newsletter – AppBoard Tuesday – already has close to 150 subscribers (and counting), and we even have a monthly, more general, newsletter (Infowatch). Our mobile app development services have received unanimous appreciation, from Indian and foreign clients alike. Most of our apps are featured at the online stores, and several of them have won/been nominated for prestigious awards. It’s only fair that we should give a more formal, detailed introduction of Teknowledge to our new readers, right? That will be what this post is precisely all about.

Note: You will find that we have presented all the details of our company in Wikipedia-style. It has been done deliberately, to give you a flow of the Teknowledge timeline. You will find press-releases, and links to our social media pages at the bottom.

So, here goes:

Teknowledge Software (also referred to as Teknowledge Mobile Studio or Teks Mobile) is an Indian mobile application development company. Its registered office is at Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Street, Kolkata, West Bengal. Teknowledge develops iOS, Android and Blackberry apps for third-party clients as well as in-house. Currently, the company has an employee strength of 65, including app developers, content editors, testers, UI/UX designers and HR personnel.

The company was founded by Mr. Hussain Fakhruddin in 2006. He continues to serve as the CEO of Teknowledge. The first office of the company was at Netaji Subhash Road (near Tea Board) in Kolkata. The office space at Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road was taken in 2011. Till 2008, Teknowledge was only into iPhone app development. The business portfolio of the company expanded rapidly from 2009.

Teknowledge Software currently has a portfolio of 559 mobile apps. Its most successful application is Story Time For Kids, a mobile storytelling app for children. The company boasts of a shade more than 80% success rate (in terms of download figures and revenues) in its app development processes. The iOS department of Teknowledge is its single largest source of revenues.

In 2014, Teknowledge Software launched a book publication wing, named Story Time. Till date, 8 kids’ storybooks, in paperback/hardcover format has been brought out. A limited period sale on eBay yielded enthusiastic response from buyers. Teknowledge has plans to continue its app development business simultaneously with book publications in future.

Of the total clientele of Teknowledge Software, nearly 48% are from European and North American countries (particularly the United States] and the United Kingdom). Since 2012, the popularity of the company’s products has witnessed a spurt in Australia and New Zealand too.

History

2006-2010

Teknowledge Software started its commercial operations as a sole proprietorship company under Mr. Hussain Fakhruddin, in August 2006. At the time, the total number of employees was only 12. In November, the company released its first set of apps, which were chiefly used for testing. By the third quarter of 2007, Teknowledge had started offering iPhone app development services. Within eight months, the company had released 50 apps. Most of them were successful.

From 2008, Teknowledge included Android application development in its portfolio of services. Separate iOS and Android departments were formed. In January 2010, the 100th mobile app was released at Apple iTunes. The employee strength had increased to 44 by that time.

2011-2013

From August 2011, mobile applications of Teknowledge Software started getting prominence at the online stores. I Can Write and Free Your Mind Hypnosis were two apps which got featured in ITunes. By the end of the year, the app portfolio of the company had crossed 200. 2012 was a landmark year in the history of Teknowledge, with the launch of its uniformly well-received Story Time For Kids application. Sachinism and Cinderella Sticker Book apps, released this year, also won rave reviews. The company released over 150 iOS and Android apps in 2013, along with a slightly lower number of Blackberry applications. By mid-2013, the company had started making waves in the international market as a specialist agency for cross-platform mobile app development.

Teknowledge Software released its 500th mobile app in December 2013. From January 2014, the company initiated work on a new project – creating Hindi and French versions of Story Time For Kids. Three months later, the first set of printed kids’ storybooks were published.

Types Of Apps

Teknowledge Software operated as an iPhone app developer company till mid-2008. Since then, it has started working on all other leading mobile platforms, including Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone. Buyers need to apply for a free quote, following which app concepts are developed and the coding is started. Most of the apps developed by the company have separate versions for the different platforms.

The biggest chunk of Teknowledge Software’s annual operating income accrues from the downloads of iPhone apps. Android apps are fairly popular too, while the Blackberry and Windows platforms are yet to pick up momentum. All iOS apps created by the developers of Teknowledge are optimized for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Apart from promoting existing applications, Teknowledge has been accepting custom mobile app development projects from third-party clients since 2009. Recently, its FitTube application (client: Amanda Smith, Australia) was launched, and it garnered highly positive reviews.

Recruitment & Training

Teknowledge Software recruits new employees via campus drives as well as job portal and print advertisements. Since 2012, the company has recruited 12 new iOS developers, 9 Android developers, 6 PHP developers and 3 graphics/UI/UX designers. All the other employees have been with the company from the start.

Theoretical as well as hands-on training sessions are organized for each new recruit at Teknowledge. The company follows a stringent HR and quality assessment policy. A new employee remains on probation for the first three months, following which his/her job is confirmed or terminated. Dummy projects are assigned to new recruits during the probation period. Since the turn of the decade, Teknowledge has had a 2% attrition rate.

Teams & Contests

All the employees at Teknowledge Software are divided into four separate teams/houses. The house names are Speedy Spawns, Deadly Demons, Dynamic Dudes, Spark Plugs. Regular contests, like Art Beat, Loud Speaker, Game On and Treasure Hunt, are organized on a weekly basis at the company. During the company’s quarterly off-site visits, outdoor games and contests are also organized between the house-members.

Awards & Recognitions

Till date, 344 mobile apps created by Teknowledge Software have been featured at either iTunes or Google Play Store, or both. The Cinderella Sticker app is among the best-performing ones of the company. The recently launched FitTube app has broken into the top-100 list at the online store in Australia, within days of its released.

The most well-received Teks app is Story Time For Kids. In 2012, it received the Adobe Award for the best designs. The app has also been shortlisted (results pending) for the mBillionth South Asia 2014 award. In all, Story Time For Kids has won 7 professional awards.

References

1. http://prwire.com.au/pr/44387/story-time-for-kids-wows-toddlers-across-australia

2. http://prwire.com.au/pr/44387/story-time-for-kids-wows-toddlers-across-australia

3. http://www.teks.co.in/site/aboutus.php

4. http://pressexposure.com/Canton_Fair_iPhone_Application-117369.html

5. http://pressbox.co.uk/Technology/Teknowledge_Software_Announces_Monthly_Market_Surveys_1458808.html

6. http://www.marketpressrelease.com/Teknowledge-Consolidates-Its-Position-As-The-Top-Mobile-Apps-Company-in-Kolkata-1387535360.html

7. http://www.storytimeforkids.info/app/

8. http://www.i-newswire.com/teknowledge-consolidates-its-position/254686

 

External Links

1. http://www.i-newswire.com/teknowledge-consolidates-its-position/254686

2. http://www.pinterest.com/teksstudio/

3. http://www.slideshare.net/teks27/edit_my_uploads

4.https://plus.google.com/b/117870561765273665103/117870561765273665103

5. https://www.facebook.com/TeknowledgeMobileStudio

6. https://twitter.com/Teknowledge_S

 

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Hussain Fakhruddin is the founder/CEO of Teknowledge mobile apps company. He heads a large team of app developers, and has overseen the creation of nearly 600 applications. Apart from app development, his interests include reading, traveling and online blogging.
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