One memorable year for our CTO


Yesterday(31/01/2013) it was a day to remember for two reasons… First it happens to be my dads birthday and second our COGZIDEL CTO Sam alies Mr.SwamiNathan completes his first year…

It all looks as if it happened yesterday…. After a month long meetings with coffees Sam reported to service surprisingly… Yes I call it a surprise because he asked for a year to complete his notice….

If he stood by his word he must have reported only yesterday….

I think he must have got his dream run in this year… We planned a lot of things and visions like;

– Make it a 250 members company in a year…
– Strengthen our products portfolio…
– Build a Business Analyst team…
– Strengthen the cold-calling team…
– Add a service line called Testing…
– Implement measurable process…

Those were core agenda for first year… We started with a bang and start looked good… But to our surprise there were lots of undercurrents, myths, resistance and acceptance for change… Infact we haven’t accomplished any of the above listed things….

But we had a great run as we complimented each other, we broke myths, overcame criticism, shared grievances, lived a life of poor, walked long, we learned to unlearned and we did a lot….

Inspite of all odds we ran with hope and energy… Finally there started the light at the end of the tunnel… We started taking control over the situation and slowly we are able to implement things which we wanted to implement last year…

Overall it was enjoyable year and I wish and thank Swami for all the support…. I wish him good luck for the years to come….

Few good words about leadership


I see a leader should be a good visionary, operations guy and he/she should be a great sales guy (sell his ideas and products) to both internal customers (employees) and external customers. He should assemble a good team that would bring ideas/innovations and other attributes to the table for a successful enterprise. I would look upto my CTO/CIO for taking lead on putting blue print for the enterprise for the next 5 years and bank upon them to advise me.I should be able to see value in their ideas and make decision/calculated risk for the future.

If you look in the history President Lincoln had a great team and some who were more capable than him and used their capabilities for a successful presidency.

President Obama took a leaf out of Lincoln and formed a great cabinet team and relies on them to advise him on the economic recovery etc..

Leader should know what the enterprise needs and know fully well his/her strengths and weaknesses. He/she should bring in people to shore up on his weak areas and if he/she finds strong candidates in his strong areas too he/she should not hesitate to add them to his team.

He should empower his people, stand behind them and hold them accountable.

Venky Chennapragada
Business Unit Head at AT&T, GBS India