Monthly Archive:: February 2009

Beware excessive hubris

The UK government formed a cross-party parliamentary committee last week while we were all enjoying the hospitality at the NASSCOM NILF. This new committee has been charged with developing an improved trade relationship with India. Given the present and (particularly) future importance of the Indian economy that seems like a sensible strategy. more

A trip down memory lane…see you next year!!!

When we  took the flight early last week for Mumbai, the only thought that was lurking in our minds was, whether this year too, we would  exceed expectations. After all, it was the year of “mother of all recessions” , as Mr Narayana Murthy would remark much later. As we boarded the flight with trepidation, there was also a sense of relief. Finally we would get to see workdays somewhere in the vicinity of less than 18 grueling hours and re connect with family members who had given up on us. However, little did we realize how wrong we would be and the void it would leave in our lives, when it was all over more

The NASSCOM India Leadership Forum, 2009 – in Perspective

I’m back home in Chennai, after 3 days of time well spent at the NASSCOM India leadership forum, 2009, and I must admit that it has brought some cheer to the gloom that prevails. The speakers for the event were top class, and some of the most reputed and sought after business leaders. In these times, its important to induce optimism and pave new avenues for business; and events like these play an important role in salvaging the confidence lost. The message sent to the world was loud and clear, that Indian IT hasn’t lot its sheen (despite the recent chinks in the armour), and is resurgent. more

Managing in Turbulent Times: by CK Prahalad

What a fitting event to end to the whole program. It was a great one by CK. To be honest he was not at his best, I have heard him before (@ Interops last year) – I guess all that travel and jetlag and also the anxiety of catching the return flight in couple of hours from them didn’t help either I guess. Nevertheless was really good one and very informative. Let me summarize the points I got in the ensuing paragraphs. more

Lessons from the Leadership Forum

Three intense days of interaction, listening, participating and networking. What was the outcome beyond the value derived from the various well thought out sessions? We are all clearly that much richer in terms of perspective, understanding of the current financial crisis and when it may end, the opportunities before us and the people we met. What else? If anything, it is very clear that participation is key to unlocking the true potential of an organization such as NASSCOM. The more we take part in the process, the more we contribute to our own empowerment, and that of others. That’s what an industry association is all about. more

Who says the Indian IT/Tech industry is boring? Check out these music/dance videos…

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. This adage is true for the Indian IT & tech industry as well. The team at NASSCOM works SO HARD all the year around giving the industry a purposeful direction and keeping it a torch bearer for the Indian economy. The economic downturn, Satyam saga etc notwithstanding, surely those guys deserve a break sometimes. more