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The Smart Techie was renamed Siliconindia India Edition starting Feb 2012 to continue the nearly two decade track record of excellence of our US edition.

August - 2006 - issue > My Toughest Challenge

Our 12 Quarter Plan

Ganesh Natrajan
Tuesday, August 1, 2006
Ganesh Natrajan
The most interesting challenge I have faced in my career is when I took over as CEO of Zensar Technologies Ltd in March 2001.

The Background
Zensar had come through the growth years of the 90s as a small player in IT services with a reputation for good work in onsite staffing but very little credentials in successful offshore business.

The Problem
The period 2000-01 had proved to be one of the most tumultuous for the Indian Software industry. Zensar with its recent successes in this area had hired over three hundred professionals in expectation of business and in
the first quarter of 2001 was faced with over four hundred of its staff unutilized “on the bench.” Compounding the visible symptoms was the fact that the abrupt departure of the previous CEO with half the management team had left an atmosphere of little motivation and impending doom in the organization!

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