Hinds, left, managing director of Teleios Systems Ltd and
Kevin Khelawan, the companys director of systems development,
at their office on Maraval Road, Newtown.
Photo: LESTER FORDE
For cross-listed companies like Guardian Holdings and Trinidad
Cement Ltd (TCL), it makes sense to have a company like Teleios
Systems Ltd in its employ.
For the last four years, TCL has released its annual results
throughout the Caribbean in a simultaneous session in a chat
format through Teleios.
chose a format where everyone in the world can participate
in that session, said Ronald Hinds, Teleios managing
director. No investor had undue advantage.
This, coming from a company that software giant Microsoft
Corp has recognised as the first Microsoft-certified independent
software vendor (ISV) in T&T, and the second in the Caribbean.
George Gobin, territory manager of Microsoft West Indies,
said, Teleios has shown that they possess the real world
skills, the right people, knowledge of the technology, and
the ability to develop and maintain great corporate software
applications on our platform. This ranks them highly among
software development companies in our region.
Hinds said Teleios received the certification after Microsoft
successfully tested and verified its MessageCentral Platform
software as supporting Microsofts Windows 2003 Server.
MessageCentral, Hinds said, is the engine for TSTTs
Lingo InfoText and Text2Win services as well as other third
party SMS services.
Hinds, who said Teleios is Greek for perfected,
added that the company is focused on technology solutions,
especially Web solutions.
is now a fairly significant part of our business, said
Hinds, in an interview on Monday at Teleios Maraval
Road, Newtown office.
Among Teleios high-end clients have been TV6s
hit-it-for-six and Coca-Cola proof-of-purchase promotions,
Gayelle The Channel, TCL, Grace, Kennedy and TSTT.
Teleios, for instance, managed for TSTT the peoples
choice award during the Calypso Monarch competition.
have people available at critical times, said Kevin
Khelawan, director of systems development.
For TCL, using appropriate technology to get information simultaneously
out to investors and analysts saves that companys managers
time and money, Hinds said.
Added to which, travelling to a minimum of two territories
for meetings takes three days. The cost of travelling to the
Caribbean, staying at a hotel, ground transport and meals
outweighs using the Internet to release information, Hinds
Hinds said two years ago, Teleios recorded First Caribbean
International Banks (FCIB) annual general meeting, which
included an address by its executives and a question and answer
session. These were placed on FCIBs Web site.
think of ourselves as a solutions provider, Hinds said.
Regarding Coca-Colas proof-of-purchase promotion, Khelawan
said, Its a lot easier for somebody to respond
to the proof-of-purchase promotion that Coca-Cola had than
it is to remember to take it to a box in a supermarket.
Asked what was the cost of messaging, Hinds said, Its
much cheaper than a stamp. We havent used any messaging
that costs as much as a stamp. Appropriate technology very
often costs less.
Teleios was formed eight years ago by Hinds, Khelawan and
Bevil Wooding. Khelawan has a degree in data processing from
Barry University in Miami, and Wooding in computer science
from the UWI. Hinds is self-taught.
The company plans to move its operations from Maraval Road
to Alexandra Street, St Clair by July. Khelawan said they
plan to retain a base at Maraval Road for research purposes.
Hinds said Teleios is always working on at least one project
that is not likely to earn income for years. He started to
talk about a government-related project, but stopped short
of giving details.
working on a range of applications to run on MessageCentral,
Hinds said. Were working on a set of services
that probably wont see the light of day before the beginning
of next year.