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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Mr.Aslam Khan (President & CEO - Octaware Technologies) to chair the judging committee of Stevie IBA Award 2013 for IT/Product Management category.

Dear Friends,

We are delighted to share this wonderful news with you!

Syrely we have not forgotten the wonderful award we won, last year, the Silver Stevie IBA award in 2012 for the Most Innovative company in year 2012, Now scoring a double whammy we have the news that Mr.Aslam Khan (President & CEO - Octaware Technologies) has been elected to chair the judging committee of Stevie IBA Award 2013 for IT/Product Management category. This is a very privileged position wherein Mr.Aslam Khan would be one of the persons in whose hands lie the fate of hundreds of technology companies who would be vying for the Stevies Award this year and we am sure he is going to do great justice to his role.

Stevie Award committee published his profile with brief interview and distributed to 25000 subscribers worldwide in a newsletter.

The same can be viewed below:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

An interesting article on 'TEAMWORK'

With Janmashtami (Dahi Handi) recently gone by, what we witnessed was a show of good team work, just as the people were holding each other supporting each other to get their fellow team member on top.....Something to ingrain from the experiences.....

The person on top would not have reached there had it not been the support of the team members down below.....and the people below could not have achieved their objective had they not helped a person capable enough to move up!!!!
Further if we look deeper into the pyramid formation, the person who reaches the top may be climbing from just one side of the pyramid with the support of team members from that side, but that does not mean that the other members are ineffective or defunct, infact just because the other members in the formation are providing that strong support and forming a sturdy chain, hence the person on that side is effectively able to support the other person moving up.

If we look at this through a corporate angle:
Some departments may seem to be directly contributing to the company bottom line (such as the Sales or the production department) but it needs to be understood that had it not been with coordination of other departments such as admin, Finance, HR, etc., the entire organization objective of transacting business would not have been achieved.

At a Team Level:
Speaking about this at a much compact level of working in Teams, if the Team supervisor or Project manager addresses, interacts or coordinates with a specific member or members in the team to relay his directives, it does not mean that only this the only important person contributing to the project and the other members in the team are redundant, infact the entire team is responsible for the outcome of the project to make (or for that matter break) it.

Hence drawing parallels, just as one loose joint/ link at any level of the pyramid can break the entire chain or may even bring down the whole pyramid so also one disconnected member may affect the morale of the entire team and adversely influence the project/ task outcome.

So everyone has an important role to play whether at the bottom or in the middle or on the top, so let us realize our own worth in the chain of humanity and so also appreciate the presence of others in there...

I we look at it as a societal thought……then  let us all join hands together, help each other, try to support each other and try to bring/ raise our fellow beings on top...
it wud be so nice to see humanity rising a notch above!!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mr. S. S. Alam, Ex-Group Director, International Foodstuffs Company joins Octaware’s Advisory board.

Mr. Alam who till recently was working as Group Director with International Foodstuffs Company, a USD 4 Billion Global Conglomerate  operating in 42 countries, with Corp. office in UAE will be joining the Advisory Board with immediate effect.

Mr. S.S. Alam, product of the most reputed institutes in Asia -did his engineering from I.I.T Kharagpur (1974) and M.B.A. from I.I.M. Ahmedabad (1976) respectively. He has worked for over 35 years in the industry in various senior roles in India and abroad. His expertise has been largely in HR, plus Overall Business Strategy formulation, ERP implementation (SAP and Oracle) for all functions/ business verticals, Strategizing Business Turnaround, Performance improvement technologies, Balanced Score Card, Change Management, Business Process redesigns, Competency Development, and overall General management.

For further details kindly visit:   Press release for Mr.S.S. Alams appointment as below:

Friday, September 7, 2012

Annoying Public Speaking Habits

Here are some annoying public speaking habits. They can be deal breakers, so avoid these annoying habits at all costs!

  • Voice Trailing Off – Many speakers let their voices trail off at the end of every sentence. The audience can hear the first part of their sentence, but they have no idea what pearls of wisdom might be lost in the whispers at the end.
  • Looking Down – Sometimes this speaker will deliver complete sentences inaudibly while looking down — obviously not interested at that moment in engaging the audience.
  • Mumbling – Mumbling is not cool. Inexperienced speakers will often speak at conversation level, not giving any thought or consideration to the people in the back of the room. Recently, I sat in on a panel discussion at a workshop. The panelists chose to sit instead of stand to address the standing-room-only crowd, which I thought was rude. And one man, whenever it was his turn to speak, would rest his elbows on the table and fold his hands in front of his mouth during the entire time that he was speaking.
  • Reading – Some speakers are not good readers. If you are not skilled at reading something out loud, don’t do it while speaking. Especially avoid doing this secretly. In other words, if you plan to deliver your speech by reading all or part of it, and you do not have good out loud reading skills, forget it.
  • Not keeping everyone involved - Inexperienced or thoughtless speakers leave members of the audience out. When an audience member asks a question, it is rarely heard in the back of the room. I’ve seen many expert speakers respond to the question by engaging in a one-on-one conversation with this person while the rest of the audience is left wondering. Speakers, I urge you to repeat the question so everyone is on the same page. And then respond to the question so that everyone in the room can hear it.
  • Sitting Down – Some speakers choose to sit down on the job. In a very small, intimate group or when the audience is sitting in a circle of chairs or on the floor, for example, speaking while seated is generally okay. But if you have a room containing six rows of chairs or more, you really should express respect for those in the back of the room by standing so that you can be seen as well as heard.
  • Filler Words – Even some professional speakers still use too many filler words. It takes practice, but you can rid your vocabulary (especially while speaking in public) of those filler words like, uh, ah, er. Also avoid connecting sentences by overusing “and.”
  • Overshooting Time Allotment – Many speakers have trouble staying within the time allotment. Most programs or presentations are carefully organized. Each segment is designed to fit into a specific time slot. I’ve seen speakers completely disregard their time constraints and foul up the entire evening’s program. Not cool.
“Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes
-Shared by Shahnawaz

Listening Skill

How to listen:
Listening is an important leadership skill. Through good listening, you can acquire information, identify and clarify issues, make decisions, and resolve conflict.

While listening may seem like it should be easy to do, it can be very difficult, often requiring more mental effort than speaking.  To learn to listen better:

1.       Keep an open mind. Avoid making assumptions and judgments before the speaker finishes.

2.       Maintain eye contact. Give the speaker your full attention.

3.       Watch your body language. Relax. Uncross your arms and legs, and refrain from tapping your fingers or making other nervous gestures. Instead, lean toward the speaker and nod and smile when appropriate.

4.       Listen for key ideas and full understanding. Seek out and remember the speaker’s main ideas and points. For example, if the speaker is relaying the reasons why a major project is being delayed, listen carefully for each specific reason.

5.       Rephrase what the speaker is saying. Show the speaker you understand what he is saying and allow him to clarify if you are missing the point. For example, say something like, “If I understand correctly, the main reason for the delay is the design change.”

6.       Ask questions. Confirm your understanding and get more information: “Why was the previous design inadequate?” “How much will the design changes cost?”

7.       Evaluate. When the speaker is finished, think carefully about what he said before you respond.
- Shahnawaz

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Mr. Krishna Gopal on Octaware’s Advisory Board

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Octaware organizes guest interaction with Prof. Ranjan Das, Professor – Strategy Management – IIM Calcutta.

Octaware Technologies had organized a guest interaction with Prof. Ranjan Das at its Mumbai Development Center on 14th December, 2011. Prof.Das is a celebrated professor of Strategy Management at IIM-Calcutta and has his own specialist MBA training program in Strategy Management.

Prof. Das was in Mumbai on a visit for some high profile meetings and leveraging the personal contacts of Mr.Aslam Khan, President Octaware Technologies, an interactive session was arranged for the staff at the Octaware Development Center in Mumbai. It is very rare that one gets to interact with such a sought after personality and share their experiences and organizing such a session was an enriching experience for the Octaware staff which was well appreciated by all of them.

(Professor Ranjan Das interacting with the Octaware Mumbai Team)

Prof. Das who is a Master of Strategy shared his ideas about how he envisages an organizational environment, where each and every person thinks like an entrepreneur. Where the employees do not behave just as performers but are thinkers as well. He shared various examples of corporates such as Microsoft and back home of the IPL Team ‘Kolkata Knight Riders’ as to demonstrate how clear the leaders are there in their vision and how well it is translated across the team. He emphasized upon the fact that in order to out-perform in today’s competitive environment just being a good performer is not enough until and unless you start thinking like a Business person, that’s when one start thinking about how one can influence the revenue stream of the organization and usher in positive growth not only for himself but the organization as well. That’s when one can come up with ideas on how to optimize the process, increase productivity and explore new channels of growth within oneself, within the department, within the organization and with the customers.

Prof.Das said that investment in education is the smartest investment ever and it sure will give greater returns in the long run. Even if a person is involved in the technical field as an employee, he will surely grow someday to manage a team as such he needs to learn the art of Management. Further as suggested that every employee needs to start thinking like an entrepreneur, as a business person as such he needs to equip himself/ herself with adequate business education and that’s where a Post-graduation in Business Management helps fill that lacuna and helps develop an employee as a wholesome manager.

(Octaware Team members listening to Prof.Das with rapt attention)

As an insight, Prof. Das himself runs his own academy of Management studies going by the name of “TSA” = The Strategy Academy and his vision is to create 1 lakh MBA’s atleast from his own institute. And he has engrossed himself wholeheartedly to achieve that mission of his. The success of his vision can be gauged from the fact that even participants from overseas are enrolled in his management programs.
This is a first of its kind concept (for MBA) started by Prof.Das inorder to implement his vision. The USP of his institute is the “Fixed Time – Anywhere” concept of learning which is very advantageous for those executives who wish to do an MBA but have the paucity of time to go to a dedicated MBA class. They can log-in from anywhere to connect to the live –online sessions by expert professors from IIMs and much acclaimed Universities, twice a week. (260 hours), These are 2 Years programs (MBA/ PGDBM) for such professionals.

(Prof. Ranjan Das with the Octaware senior Management Team)

Prof. Das also runs a lateral program as MBA in Strategy Management which is an extensive one year program developed specially for MBA’s with min. of 5 years work experience who are somewhere at a mid-management level where they would be starting to implement strategies. This is a one-of-its-kind program which is not available in India not even in the IIMs. But Prof. Das wants to bring his profound vision and extensive experience for the masses to take advantage and develop a ‘cut-above-the-rest’

As they say “Be The Best, Have A Cut Above The Rest