Original interview published here.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Suman Prasad.

Suman, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I had been a head developer for an E-commerce company until 2002. I saw many flaws with using .NET programming to make their storefronts. There was always issues with bugs, especially when promoting between development and production environments. I decided to create my own development platform called EASYProcess, which is a drag and drop canvas that can create complex enterprise portals. Because it’s visual, developers can spend time thinking of solutions to business problems instead of finding coding language problems. I started K-Rise Systems in 2005 with this platform and all of our solutions are based on it.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
For the first ten years, we focused on custom development. However, that wasn’t easy to explain and people were confused about what we did as we had many products. Then, about three years ago we focused on being the best JD Edwards E-commerce & Payment solution out there and we’ve doubled our employees both in 2016 and again in 2017.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the K-Rise Systems story. Tell us more about the business.
We create E-commerce storefronts that integrate with a company’s ERP. We focus specifically on JD Edwards users. There’s a handful of 3rd party vendors like ourselves that have E-commerce & Payment solutions. However, our biggest differentiator is the development platform, EASYProcess. Because it’s drag and drop we can do projects faster, saving time and money. We also don’t run into roadblocks when it comes to building custom features. This is what won us big accounts like ServiceMaster and Christie’s.

Who else deserves credit? Have you had mentors, supporters, cheerleaders, advocates, clients or teammates that have played a big role in your success or the success of the business? If so – who are they and what role did they plan / how did they help. Obviously all past and present employees that helped continue to innovate our products. One of our first employees, Kent Johnson, helped our company grow by hiring great employees and setting strategic company road maps. Another stand-out employee is Doug Palaske, the current Director of Sales. He brings 30 years of sales experience and it shows based off our success. And of course, thanks to our first customers who saw our potential when we were a new company, and have stuck with us for 10 years now.

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