4Cplus & Dot1 to come up with robotic process automation systems

4Cplus & Dot1 at Wan-Ifra 2019

Sanjay Hiranandani, managing partner and chief executive officer of Dot1 Solutions. Photo IPP
Sanjay Hiranandani, managing partner and chief executive officer of Dot1 Solutions. Photo IPP

On 12 April 2019, in a simultaneous announcement at Mumbai and New Delhi, 4Cplus (Internet) Company Limited and Dot1 Solutions Private Limited stated that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement. 4Cplus over the year has established itself as
a software solutions provider to news publishers, digital media companies and roadcasters. 4Cplus has domain expertise in enterprise solutions (ERP), internet applications, technology solutions, and newsroom automation. On the other hand, Dot1 which was incorporated in
2014, delivers more than 50 services and products in management consulting, technology and business transformation outsourcing.

“We’ve also merged with 4Cplus, which is a technology service and management consulting space with a focus on the media industry. So, Dot1’s services and 4Cplus’s products will give us a cutting-edge in a market that really requires innovation all the time and you don’t
necessarily need to be tied-down to players who aren’t flexible. All the solutions and software providers need to understand the flexibility that the media industry requires at
this point,” says Sanjay Hiranandani, managing partner, and chief executive officer of Dot1 Solutions.

4Cplus and Dot1 offer advertising solutions, editorial solutions, including solutions for circulation and subscription. Post-merger, the companies have laid special emphasis on certain mobile-based applications to facilitate sales analysis on-themove, collections on-the-move, and editorial content. “So, it’s not all about enterprise-in solutions
or enterprise-wide solutions but solutions that allow you to extend your enterprise as well. Talking about mainstream print media, I’d say, nothing dies as such. As newer media comes in and as you get information on your fingertips, newspaper organizations from being in their business of providing news, they’re in the business on providing news
on news. Hence, the content has to be extremely important and once everybody understands that and starts focussing on content, you will find that print will have its avenues and ensure that business continues the way it should,” adds Hiranandani.

At Wan-Ifra, 4Cplus and Dot1 focussed on showing its presence to the Indian media community and the Indian market. “I’ve attended a few sessions and they’ve all been
enriching. A major takeaway from this year’s edition is that print media isn’t dying after all. I’ve been attending this event for two decades and its nice to see the same set of people coming year-after-year to discuss the pain points of the industry,” says Hiranandani.

“We will make certain announcements very soon extending our portfolio. Robotic process
automation is in our minds that we will focus on majorly to ensure we provide automation solutions to the industry. We will soon be announcing some news on that front. Post-merger, things have been outstanding. Frankly, it couldn’t have happened at a better time. There is a constant need for innovations and solutions but those have to come at a
palatable price-point. Not everybody who comes from across the globe understands that. It’s extremely important for us to understand that there have to be innovations and solutions that come at a price point and we do believe that we can provide them,” Hiranandani concludes.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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