Our Story – The Inception of i2Space

user/ August 2, 2014/ General/ 0 comments

An idea can transform the world and rewrite the existing rules.

i2SpaceStory_thumb.jpgWay back in 2011 Bhargava Vangapally’s world transformed after a fate call on Skype with one  of his childhood buddy while he was working on-site in London for one of the top tier-1 Indian IT MNCs. Listening to his friend’s woes about extremely high budgetary requirement for a custom software development, Bhargava apprehended that a vast B2B opportunity is awaiting in automating bookings in Indian Travel Hospitality sector.

He convened a meeting with like minded friends, who were deft professionals, and set out to build budget friendly custom solutions for travel domain. Thus, i2space was incepted in Hyderabad. The solution devised was an integration of various partner APIs for booking bus, flights, hotels and was gradually enhanced with a few more services in demand like cabs and holiday bookings. All was well, until i2space realized that a client specific code-base and database model that chases bugs for every solution is not feasible in the long run.

Thus, a customizable travel product named eTravos with multiple services on the cloud SaaS platform was formulated.  A dedicated & motivated team of  professionals with relevant technology and domain expertise worked on cutting-edge Microsoft technologies. eTravos is not only multi-tenant so as to be pocket-friendly but also scalable and allows rich custom configuration. eTravos is a first-of-its-kind one stop standard and robust product that can be a real plug-and-play solution across all travel related services like bus, flight (LLC & GDS), hotel (domestic and international), cabs and package bookings which addresses both B2B and B2C segments, a maintenance nightmare, to be frank!

The problem mentioned above needed an immediate solution and that lead to the genesis of a product named eTravos. “With eTravos you can launch your own travel portal, with 7+ services, with the custom look and feel you want;  i.e. launch your own travel brand within 15 minutes!”, says Bhargava. Apart from the regular feature like real-time Bookings, Cancellations, Balance Management; eTravos also supports supports the regular feature of an online application like notification via email, SMS, balance tracking in addition to secure and flexible payment options using payment gateways.

The flagship product, eTravos, is already serving 142 travel clients along with 2700 agents that are doing a high volume of business turnover on a daily basis. “eTravos is a product that can be shared with thousands of customers &, yet, every one of them will feel as if they are using their own custom portal,” says Bhargava Vangapally, Founder & Director, i2space Web Technologies.

Going forward, the company envisions enhancing eTravos – their flagship product – with a few more services in Hospitality segment with their own inventory where the same booking engine (and Web API) that has been used for eTravos will be used. i2Space contemplates to devise a booking engine for amusement/theme parks, banquet halls, hotel & resort chain whilst going for some advanced Analytics using Big Data solutions for the benefit of their clients. Further, as our client base is growing on a daily basis, i2Space has every intention to move to the Cloud IaaS.

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