6% and going down – 3 things you can do Mr. Techie

6% and going down – 3 things you can do Mr. Techie
Pardon my political incorrectness – Mr. or Ms. Techie. I spent some quality time with a senior VP, recently coming out of an IT services major. He has seen his company grow from $300M to several billions over the last decade. “Life was easy, Rajul”, he said. “My client would…

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Magic of the Magic Wand….. Business Skills is all I want!!

Magic of the Magic Wand….. Business Skills is all I want!!
As part of a survey of IT leadership by Heller Research Associates, a CIO and senior IT executive recruiting firm, asked one important question to business people about their IT teams, in different companies. The question was - “If you had a magic wand, what one talent problem would…

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IT Lay-offs: Bright, but different looking, future of the industry I love

IT Lay-offs: Bright, but different looking, future of the industry I love
In my previous company – GlobalLogic (www.globallogic.com), I was directly responsible for hiring the first 1,000 employees. I probably interviewed most of them, and certainly was a part of the decision to hire them in a very direct way. This was my life from the year 2000 to 2006. The…

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When did you last Invest in Y-O-U?

When did you last Invest in Y-O-U?
Ask yourself “When was the last time I invested in Myself?” This Investment could be to: Enroll in a gym to get healthy, Start an ‘eat well’ plan, Learn to play the guitar/keyboard/something, Pick up a professional skill. If the answer is “I DON’T REMEMBER” then today is the day…

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Moving from technical roles to pre-sales roles

Moving from technical roles to pre-sales roles
Experienced mid-career technical professionals often look at pre-sales roles to boost their career growth in business. Here I would provide the basic framework of transitioning from technical roles to pre-sales roles.Nature of pre-sales roles and growth opportunities can vary by company, but here are some generic data points. But first…

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What is a ‘business role’ in an IT firm?

What is a ‘business role’ in an IT firm?
It is very common to see technical folks express a desire to move into a more ‘business role’ within their firms in search of variety/enrichment in job content or better career growth. While this a good goal to pursue one needs to be aware of what these roles are and…

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How can I ‘add more value’ to my organization?

How can I ‘add more value’ to my organization?
The simplest explanation of ‘value add’ is the following mathematical equation Value add of any process = value of output – value of input Let’s understand that with a few examples – if you are a project manager in an IT services firm and you are handed a project scope/Statement…

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What ails thee career?

What ails thee career?
So you think you are a good performer and do your job well with full sincerity and always achieve the best outcome… but still the results are not helping your career? Have you ever thought if there are other factors beyond just getting the right quality deliverables out at the…

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Business Education for working professionals in the Technology industry – Relevance and options

Business Education for working professionals in the Technology industry – Relevance and options
The slowing growth rate in the Indian IT industry has had its share of impact on the capability of the current middle management layer in the industry. The late 1990s and early 2000s saw heady 100% quarter and quarter growth for IT companies leading them to hire fresh engineers at…

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Webinar – Beyond Engineering : Business Roles in IT services

Webinar – Beyond Engineering : Business Roles in IT services
In this webinar, Tapan talked about the different business roles in IT industry that techies can aspire for. He also discussed the key success factors and roadmap for these roles. Key Discussion Points: Macro picture of the IT industry today and how that macro is affecting careers of IT professionals…

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