Interview with Mr. Kumaril Patel, Founder of Sapphire Software Solutions



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Parul Saxena

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Last updated: May 31, 2021

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, education technology is the new buzzing trend. The world has adapted to online learning as assessments, quizzes, training, and learning experiences are delivered online. Most academic and training institutions are leveraging the power of sophisticated cloud-based technologies to streamline educational processes and bring about transparency in operations.

Today, we are fortunate to have interviewed Mr.Kumaril Patel, Founder of Sapphire Software Solutions. He talks candidly about how he developed Vidyalaya to conduct virtual classes and integrated the solution for schools in just fifteen days. A leading school management software, Sapphire provides top-notch functionality, and Mr. Kumaril throws light on his journey, mission, and long-term vision for his product.

Interview with Mr.Kumaril Patel, Founder of Sapphire Software Solutions

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

A warm welcome from SoftwareSuggest, Mr. Kumaril Patel. What is your success mantra? Something you have followed that has helped you in your journey.

My Success mantra is “I Can Find an Excuse or I Can Find a Way.” We have two choices in every crisis: continue pushing or quit. Most of the time, if we want to keep walking, we will tackle whatever challenge stands in our way. However, if we continue to make explanations for our sufferings, we can find ourselves giving up.

How has Sapphire Software Solutions equipped itself to deal with the Covid-19 situation better?

When this dreadful pandemic started and everything was shut. Our team started working from home, and we still were providing services to our clients with whatever they needed even after the working hours. We never left our customers stranded in the middle of nowhere. Also, as the situation was getting worse, the schools were completely shut, and the education of students was suffering.

At that point, Vidyalaya came up with a solution and created Virtual Classroom, a platform to conduct classes online, which needed an hour. Our team did a wonderful job and made the integration working for schools within 15 days. Well, not just Virtual classroom, Vidyalaya provides many features like E-exam, online payment, online admissions, and convert schools into Virtual School.

Our readers are keen to know what prompted you to create Vidyalaya School Management Software? Tell us about your journey so far.

We started our journey in a small town of Gujarat in Palanpur city, i.e., Banaskantha, more than two decades ago in the year 2000. As part of the computer literacy campaign, we were in contact with some schools and noticed that all the data was managed manually on papers and excels. To help schools manage their administrative task easily, we started to develop the desktop version of the software.

By visiting multiple times to government, granted, or private schools, we started our journey with some ten schools in Palanpur. At that time, the internet connection was not popular or available for everybody, so we had to visit the school for any service or support they needed. There were many challenges that we faced at the initial stages, but we never lost our hopes.

It’s been 20+ years now, and Vidyalaya has evolved so much so far with the help of our clients by sharing their requirements and inputs. From desktop version to cloud-based Web solution, Vidyalaya offers 35+ modules and 8+ integrated plugins with it and has more than 1300 satisfied clients too.

Being a No:1 School Management Software of India, How Vidyalaya separates from its competitors?

There are so many software providers available right now, but what makes Vidyalaya different from them is the experience, the service & support and the flexibility user gets to use the software. Our team gets out of their zone too to provide the proper services that the client needs.

And of course, with so many features in the software, Vidyalaya gives the freedom and flexibility to the school so that they can continue managing their data according to their conditions. We make sure schools get 100% ROI, and for that, our team is working dedicatedly with the schools and make sure that schools are taking complete benefits from the software.

Also, we have a dedicated team who work on enhancing the product on a regular basis and provide updates in the software to the clients frequently, which keeps us ahead of our competitors.

Where do you see Vidyalaya School Management Software 5 years down the lane?

With time and technology, our team is working on including all new trends in the software. We’re also planning to introduce AI tools in the software to help schools more productively. The team has already started working dedicatedly for it. Also, we’ve achieved success in most of the states and cities of India, so it’s time to go global now. And we believe, five years down the lane, Vidyalaya will be as successful globally as it is in India now.

Which features are most valuable in Vidyalaya School Management Software?

Vidyalaya offers more than 35 modules and 8+ integrated plugins with the software so that schools can manage their complete administrative work effortlessly. And we can proudly say that Vidyalaya has the capability to take a school completely online with its prominent features like Virtual Classroom, Online Exam, Fees Management with Online Payment, Mobile App, Online Admissions, and Online Software.

Are there any ideological principles that your organization follows to maintain the brand value?

We believe in customer sovereignty, transparency, integrity, passion with excellence, and teamwork. To be ethical, sincere, and open in all our transactions, trust and transparency are at the core of this responsibility. We strive to contribute our best to our customers while evoking others to do the same. We closely work with our customers to deliver better solutions with added value.

What is your advice to young entrepreneurs?

Find your passion as people who are enthusiastic about what they do create the most competitive startups. Challenge yourself because you only motivate yourself the most. Take the risk as you never know what the outcome of your efforts would be. Don’t give up, be persistent with your work, and success would come in your way. Be a planner; know what you’re working on right now and how it will look down the lane.

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