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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.

Our 12 Quarter Plan

Ganesh Natarajan
Tuesday, August 1, 2006
Ganesh Natarajan
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!

The short term fixes
Extreme disorders often call for surgery and the first steps that had to be taken were focused on washing the red ink out of the organization’s financial status - this was accomplished by eliminating over a hundred mediocre performers and terminating low-margin or loss-making contracts.

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