1. What is Canopus Consulting?

a. Canopus Consulting is a group of world class enterprise software architects who chose to work as freelancers.

2. Is Canopus Consulting a consulting services organization?

a. Yes. The members of Canopus Consulting provide a set of consulting services in the domain enterprise software design and development.

3. What kind of services do the members of Canopus Consulting provide?

a. Canopus Consulting provides software architecture and design related services. We engage with customers on engagements of varying duration and fundamentally assist in improving the quality of software design and development.

4. Does Canopus Consulting take on outsourced software development?

a. No. Our aim is to work with the development teams of existing organizations as architects and technical experts. We do not intend to compete with the same teams in the production of software.

5. How are you different from well known commercial consulting organizations?

a. We are different from commercial consulting organizations in several ways. Our sole aim is to provide the most efficient solutions that serve the requirements of our customers. We have no specific technology alliance nor are we mandated to work with a specific set of providers in the creation of these solutions. We have no board, no targets of number of customers and no targets of organizational profitability. Our approach to consulting works fundamentally towards building enough of a knowledge structure with our customers that they can work independent of us. In this manner when we have finished our function we move on.

6. Who heads Canopus Consulting?

a. Nagaraju Pappu and Satish Sukumar are the co-founders of Canopus Consulting.

7. How do consultants join Canopus Consulting?

a. Currently by invitation or through mutual contacts and references.

8. Where is your office?

a. 1281, 14th Cross, 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, Bangalore 560 038, India

9. Why has such a group been established?

a. There are several reasons, the most compelling being to provide a platform for software architects who yearn to work as freelancers but do not how to do so and to bring together a group of individual experts into what will ultimately become an institute of design.

10. What does the group do for a customer that the individual cannot do?

a. The group brings collaborative expertise and expands on the range of services that an individual consultant can bring to a customer. The model is similar to the legendary Red Adair’s team of fire fighters – experts in their own right who come together if required by a common cause. For instance a technology due diligence assignment can be augmented to include a financial due diligence by bringing in the required expertise

11. Can architecture be built by consultants?

a. Yes. Architects in the course of any software project work as consultants. They have a lot of responsibility but little authority. They work with and orchestrate design across several groups including people who define software requirements, design and development teams, quality teams and management teams. The design of software systems today calls for bringing together several super specialty skills often beyond what is “owned” by a single organization. While the organization needs the super specialists on a project basis, the super specialists need to work across different environments, to train and teach and invest in their own learning. The happy medium for both of these needs to coexist is when an architect works as a consultant with an organization.

12. Will you work full time?

a. Yes though that is determined by the nature and needs of a specific assignment. We work on solving specific problems. Some of these problems such as the development of the enterprise architecture or the development of the technology for a product calls for us to be involved full-time and dedicated to a customer for a length of time. However, even in such assignments there are periods of intense engagement as a contributor and periods when the involvement of the consultant is more as a reviewer. In the later case, it is more productive to engage on a periodic basis rather than having the consultant within the organization on a full time basis.

13. How do you protect the customer’s IP?

a. This is a core part of our integrity as consultants. We bring our own expertise and IP to our customers and fundamentally realize its value. Customer IP is contractually protected through mutual non-disclosure agreements. At times we even enter into non-competing agreements where we do not do similar work for any customer who is a competitor to our customer.

14. When you use OASIS system of design to solve my problems, who owns the IP for the result?

a. The techniques, the models and the methods within OASIS are our IP. The end result of using the OASIS is the design of a software system. The IP for this software system is often owned by our customers based on a mutual agreement between the customer and us

15. Can you do specific research or the evaluation of technology for our needs?

a. Yes we do undertake specific technology research and the development of technology roadmaps for both product and services companies.