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Bosco Malapatti: An Entrepreneur Who Fought All Odds to Touch the Sky

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Thursday, February 2, 2017
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An entrepreneur always searches for an oppurtunity in any circumstance he is thrown into, responds to it and makes it a success. Bosco Malapatti (Founder & Chairman, Atum IT Services India Pvt Ltd) is such who finds opportunity in every situation, hard work coupled with conviction and discipline, creates oppurtunities not only for himself but also for others.

For a long time, Indian IT services industry has been dominated by few big players and very few attempts have been made to disrupt the market owing to its high chances of failure. But the odds of success didn't dither Bosco from making an attempt to pursue something that he knew so well and felt it was time to disrupt the way things were done with a conviction to change the status quo. With a unique go to market strategy of SAP application maintenance services (AMS), Bosco ventured Atum IT in 2010 unlocking the value of SAP software and solutions. With outstanding capabilities in industrial verticals, technical strengths, flexible service delivery and usage based billing model, the company has become a strategic AMS partner for several Fortune 1000 companies worldwide.

Humble Beginnings

Born in a rural agricultural family, Bosco did his early schooling in his village School, Don Bosco High School, Pannur, in the regional lanuage. When he was in the 9th grade his father pulled him out of school to till their land with their tractor as the driver had quit. He felt he was given an important responsibility and took it up for 2 years, and tilled not just their own lands but earned extra money tilling others land as well. The tractor changed hands and he was asked to go back to school. Bosco put his heart and mind not only to his studies, but also learned to play hockey, leading the hockey teams in school and college. He defied all odds and passed out with distinction. This important characteristic of Bosco, belief in himself with discipline, perseverance, hardwork and passion has been steadfast all through his life.

He says, "My parents both agriculturists knew only farming, but they were gracious enough to understand the importance of education and gave me freedom to follow my dreams". Debuting in a pharmaceutical company, Bosco held significant key positions in the IT services space startring at TATA Burroughs (now TCS) and played a key role in setting up their Banglore operations and worked through the value chain at ITC Infotech, Intergraph, Birlasoft and eventually as COO for Intelligroup managing operations for India & MENA region.

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