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#LeaderTalk: In Conversation with Mr. Karan Yaramada, CEO of Jade Global

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How did a trusted Digital Transformation Partner fare during the crisis? To find out we got an opportunity to speak to Jade Global’s CEO and he shared some valuable insights. Please share your thoughts on how you are managing productivity and employee morale during this crisis? It’s the most extraordinary situation we have entered in recent history. A catastrophe and a humanitarian crisis of this magnitude has overwhelmed mankind and crippled global supply chains. The lockdown in March in India was an unexpected move, and if we hadn’t prepared in advance, we would have been in a heap of trouble in ensuring BCP for some of the mission-critical processes that we handle for our clients. In the Bay Area, where we have our HQ, we went into lockdown by the 15th of March – at the time when Stay A...

#LeaderTalk: In Conversation with Mr. S. Swaminathan, Chief Executive Officer of Hansa Cequity

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Hansa Cequity is a data analytics and a martech firm, that “helps businesses acquire customers intelligently, retain them optimally, and manage them profitably.” Simply put – they build customer’s equity through data-driven insights. How are they faring during the crisis and looking at it from a broader standpoint too – that of the SME sector – we had their CEO, Mr. S. Swaminathan speak to us over virtual coffee. It was indeed a very candid conversation. Please read on and see why: 1. What are some of the specific tech interventions at your end during lockdown to ensure that employee morale remained high and productivity too? When people are working in a distributed environment, as is the case in the WFH model, the challenge is about sustaining the level of collaboration that has been esta...

#LeaderTalk: In Conversation With GlobalLogic Leaders

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We were fortunate to catch up with two leaders from Globallogic: Mr. Nitesh Banga, Chief Operating Officer & Mr. Sumit Sood, Sr. Vice President & Head APAC. They shared their experience of what COVID has taught, and as Mr. Banga says, “You can never manage a crisis; you can only grow out of it. Continuing to manage will only result in the bottom getting un-hinged.” Read on for great insights. 1. Please share your thoughts on how you are managing productivity and employee morale during this crisis? Nitesh Banga: The impact of COVID has been different across the world. Given our global presence, we saw it coming quite early, and by March 17th, as a company we decided to go into lockdown. GlobalLogic, as you know, is a Digital Product Engineering company which is differentiated from I...

Leading In The Post-Pandemic World: My Trepidations, Experiences and Takeaways

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Till about a quarter back, many leaders had a long list of woes — growing complexity of business, increased competition, slowing sales, credit crisis, GST, digital disruption, policy changes, global markets and rising global trade barriers.  Overnight, the onslaught of Covid-19 completely changed leadership menu of worries, and the only worry and focus is to survive, followed by evolving in the midst of the crisis to grow into the future. The pandemic is truly a test of leadership at all levels. The viral contagion is ravaging economies, people and livelihoods. Globally, governments and leaders are gasping for an effective coping strategy. This extraordinary situation has placed some uncommon question like never before to the leaders around the world. This global pandemic has compelled nat...

#LeaderTalk: In Conversation with Mr. Argha Bose, Head – Cyber Security Practice & Risk Business, Tata Advanced Systems Limited

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This is a very different angle to leadership and business as we see often. It is clear that with greatly enhanced connectivity and remote working requirements, the focus on cybersecurity will be at an altogether different level. We were fortunate to catch up with Mr. Argha Bose over a virtual luncheon session, and he was kind enough to share his insights. Please read on, to find out how the future is going to look like: Please share your thoughts on how you are managing productivity and employee morale during this crisis. As you know, we are into cybersecurity and at this point, it is one of the most critical areas in which companies always need to remain vigilant . Ours is primarily a people-driven business that requires a very high level of skills and capacity to deliver. At TASL Cyber S...

#LeaderTalk: In Conversation with Mr.Kumar Bachchan Co-founder and COO, Niveshan Technologies India Pvt. Ltd.

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1. You’ve had a phenomenal run so far – 2.5 times growth in Year 2 itself. Please tell us what worked well and things you may have wanted to turn out better. A deep-down on your strategy, please. Today’s market is very tough and differently competitive, even before COVID. There are too many players, new players keep emerging, and existing players going out of business. The good news is, technology-led disruptions are changing stakeholder’s requirements & expectations with changing times; the market is growing and expanding. New solutions are emerging. In such a scenario, FOCUS is among the single most differentiators. Market opportunities look quite lucrative with lots of pull factors. One of the major factors with Focus at top of the agenda, is ‘art of saying NO’ or being ‘selective’....

#LeaderTalk: In Conversation with Mr. Sudhir Tiwari, Managing Director, Thoughtworks India

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Please share your thoughts on how you are managing productivity and employee morale during this crisis?  On Productivity  That’s an interesting one. Since we are a global company and have offices in China and Italy, we could foresee that a lockdown in India was looming large. Given the situation we are currently in, our productivity has been good as before but, we don’t yet know what the long-term implications are likely to be. We have adopted the Agile way of working since 2001; our teams are fairly self-organized with a bottoms-up approach to getting things done. Even earlier, communicating with the teams has never been a challenge, however, over the last few weeks, frequency of communication has gone up substantially. With the restrictions on physical movements, we’ve been leveraging di...

The new timeline is – BC( Before Corona) and AC ( After Corona) says Achyuta Ghosh, Head, Research NASSCOM

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Here are 7 key things that I learnt from the session by Mr. Achyuta Ghosh on “Can COVID-19 accelerate the enterprise digital transformation?” on 7th May 2020. COVID19- Once in a lifetime event Years down the line, when we will look back to this decade, we’ll remember it as the era of COVID-19. It has been over 4 months since the epidemic started to spread, and still, 80% of the world remains under lockdown, 4.5 million people have contracted the disease, and over 300,000 have died due to it. It has been an economic disaster of unhead proportions too- millions have lost jobs, world GDP is expected to significantly contract his year, consumer and enterprise economics is severely impacted. This is especially critical as the world, and Indian tech industry in particular, is coming off a great ...

EdTech Product- Parent Investment in Child’s Learning says Pushpa Thantry, Senior Programme Manager, Akshara Foundation

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What led to the formation of Akshara Foundation? Can you throw light on some of its ongoing projects? Akshara Foundation was established as a Public Charitable Trust in March 2000. Ashok Kamath, a former corporate head, is our chairman and managing trustee. The Foundation was started with a firm belief that every child has a right to quality education. A beginning was made in 2003 by starting independent balwadis for which women were trained as ‘edupreneurs.’ Being Bangalore-based, the Foundation launched its Remedial Reading Programme titled Oduve Nanu (This translates as ‘I will Read’ in Kannada) in 2004. Ever since we began, our focus has been on primary education, covering grade I to V. Our journey began through a partnership with the Government of Karnataka (GoK). Oduve Nanu was imple...

TechVoice: Rajiv Mody of SASKEN On Reinventing The Wheel, Strengthening Core Capabilities & Standing Tall As A Product Behemoth

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The world is going through challenging times. Industries are forced to revisit their product and marketing strategies, as we have to embrace a ‘new normal’. What better than to weigh in on the views by one of Indian IT’s doyens – Rajiv Mody, CEO of SASKEN Technologies. He has built a legacy for the Indian IT industry, establishing a foothold as one of the country’s leading product entities and charting new paths in areas like automotive, 5G, satcom, and telecom. Read on to know the success of SASKEN Technologies. SASKEN has weathered many storms in the world of IT & communications – what is your single biggest learning through it all? At every point in Sasken’s journey, we have held the belief that adversity and challenges present opportunities. I wo...

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