At Microsoft, six Indians take major decisions
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At Microsoft, six Indians take major decisions

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 29 October 2009, 02:28 Hrs   |    12 Comments
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At Microsoft, six Indians take major decisions
New Delhi: As the launch of Windows 7 drew the whole world's attention, one thing went unnoticed. The emergence of Indian executives in Microsoft, who now don't just have a foot in the door of technology, they have prised open the Gates, and literally have the keys to most of the doors at MS office.

Indeed, a quick roll call of the Microsoft global management team will reveal a distinct Indian trail. Indians run some of the key businesses within Microsoft, with at least half-a-dozen of them among the top 25 out of the company's 95,000-strong workforce.

The tenets of Microsoft are being defined by the likes of S Somasegar of Chennai, Amit Mittal of Mumbai, Amitabh Srivastava from Kanpur, Gurdeep Singh Pall from Chandigarh, Satya Nadella of Hyderabad and Anoop Gupta of Delhi. Along with a few others, they run everything from cloud computing, unified communications to new software development initiatives at the software behemoth.

As part of the crack team, they report directly to the top four in the Microsoft management hierarchy. These Indian techies hold over 100 patents, have written key research papers in technical journals and are now driving the company to its next growth path.

Microsoft is not the only one witnessing a large number of Indian executives in the organization. Several global technology companies have at least one or two Indians in the top management. Quite a shift, considering that not too far back Indian code writers were dismissed merely as 'tech coolies' doing the low-end tech jobs. Ravi Ventakesan, Chairman, Microsoft India said, "There's a sea change on how Indians are seen. They are moving up in sync with contributions they have made to technology and business." In Bangalore, Anshuman Das, Co-founder and Managing Partner of CareerNet, a technology-focussed head-hunting firm reckons that 20 percent of senior vice-presidents and above in several multinational technology companies could be Indians, up from almost zilch a few years back.

"This will pick up as Indians have now proven themselves. Many Indians from the 1988-1994 batch of IITs and other engineering institutes are in senior positions now," added Das.

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1: Its true that india is shining but not indians.Sad story of india growth story and six indians contributing to US economy.

Posted by:Gokul - 29 Oct, 2009
Are you for real? Since when did you start thinking so much about US economy. Look at the attitude in indian office. Would these people have got the recognition they needed if they had worked in india? There are thousands more of such people wallowing in india.

All we know in our country is to have our own babugiri work even in our private firms. People are interested to rise by anything but merit and work. Even more, if a capable subordinate works for a complaesent higher one, then he is doomed. Why would a smart and capable young man want to work in an environment that promotes anything but productivity?

And Like true cynical indians, instead of appreciating such people , we start picking up the issue of brain drain. how many indians have come back and settled and then left again in disgust ? DO we have answers for that ? I guess not.

SO we might as well take a deep look within and then start thinking who is contributing to which economy. Let the intelligent and capable shine. it doesnt matter where or for whom. They are there because they deserve to be and more so because we dint recognize their capability and provide resources to utilize it.
Nithin Replied to: Gokul - 29 Oct, 2009
I'm neither criticizing those 6 Indians nor neglecting their talent but the key point is if they ware in India and worked for India, couldn't they grow up to this much level? We have much to progress in terms of technology and work environment but doesn't India deserve these talent?(which actually grown in India! huh!)
Tejas Shah Replied to: Nithin - 09 Nov, 2009
Hmm i am not criticizing the Six indians.
"India is shining but not indians" this referring to 27 percent of indians living below poverty line.Many of us who criticize here about politicians dont bother to go to polling booth to cast their vote because we are busy.
gokul Replied to: Nithin - 30 Oct, 2009
Indians occupy high positions in many fields in USA and other developed countries especially in the field of IT.

We often criticise those who hold high positions abroad contributing to brain drain.

Brain drain has been a matter of much concern to the developing countries. People trained at high cost in developing countries are drained away by advanced countries where they contribute to their growth at a time when they are desperately needed for the same purpose at home. Before trying to halt brain drain, it is good to understand the psychology of our scientists abroad. It is not that the Indians abroad do not want to come back to our country. In fact quite a few with a brilliant record have returned with special skills and experience which have been put to good use. But some come back and also left disillusioned. They say it is not the lack of comfort or salaries that drive them away but it is the environment lacking in the required degree of flexibility freedom flow of thought that suffocates them. There is also lack of proper system for ready recognition and rewarding of merit. What is called for then is a change in our approach a change in our vertical, hierarchical system of management and a change in environment that would permit bringing the best of our men.

In a democratic system, control of mobility is not acceptable. Further, for a young scientist going abroad means a period of adventure and expanding his horizon which, in turn, has its own advantage. In countries like Japan, the scientists do go abroad but come back because the conditions at home are made conducive to their quick return. It is here we have to look into. Relationship between human resources and behavior of economies may be moulded by social system and the pattern of education.

Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore (AP)

Posted by:Dr.A.Jagadeesh - 29 Oct, 2009
I totally agree with u. :)
Navaneeth Replied to: Dr.A.Jagadeesh - 29 Oct, 2009
7: We are proud of our technical brain and indeed IT has given a great recognizan to Indian talent globally.
Now we are no more back office collies but indeed a leader and self atarters.Keep up the good work in microsoft and in other companies.Congratulations we are proud of you.
Posted by:Ajit - 28 Oct, 2009
8: That’s all ok what is said above but end of the day they r working for some other Nation not India. If these people do the same thing for India living in India then all of you know what could be the out come. Yes I also agree that this is great that so many Indians are working that’s really great but the 1st comment is more important I think.
Posted by:Raghavendra - 28 Oct, 2009
OK my dear sir, America and India started their way in pretty much the same fashion. Out from the colonial rule. Yet take a look at the condition 50 years after independance. They were much ahead than us in the race. Its the attitude that matters.

Leave IT leave all the other fields. Look at a traffic signal in the US and in India. Youll understand why people prefer to move out. The point is about public attitude. The point is about recognition and quality of work. If you work for a project from the Indian govt , the process takes ages...right from approval to inception. YOu might as well have retired by that time. IN other countries, the conception to inception is at a lightning speed. And apprecitation for a quality inception is even higher.

WHy would i work for a nation that doesnt appreciate what im doing. The highest medal of honour in the country can be rigged , so why bother about the normal ones. Simple theory...merit goes where there is credit...period.

So In this 21st Century of "Mera Bharat Mahan" ,given a choice , id move out at the drop of a pin. Cause this nation and its people can only sit and crib and criticise another persons success, never sit and appreciate or emulate such acts.
Nithin Replied to: Raghavendra - 29 Oct, 2009
why don't you just say congratulations instead of posting a crib. We will never get anybody to do great work for us, because we don't know how to just purely appreciate. Every achievement is cause for one more crib.
Usha Replied to: Raghavendra - 28 Oct, 2009
11: Great,But DIL mange more.!
Posted by:uday - 28 Oct, 2009
12: Yes, this is the potential of Indians !
Posted by:Ratul - 28 Oct, 2009