On a sunny Monday afternoon in early Feb 2020, my boss and I were having a casual chat on ‘work-life balance’ and we instantly decided that it was time for a ‘break”. We quickly nailed-down on Goa as the best place to go on a quick vacation and enjoy the sandy beaches.
As we were getting nearer to the travel day, the news about corona virus was circulating. We just ignored and started planning for the trip. But just two days before the travel, my boss called me and said that we need to cancel our trip due to the virus prevalent. I thought he was too paranoid as at that time there was not even one positive case in India.
By mid-March, the global scene had changed drastically with the Covid-19 epidemic hitting hard and there was lot of confusion and chaos everywhere. The foresightedness of our CEO needs special mention as even before most companies were trying to understand the situation, we were already implementing strict “social distancing” and “personal hygiene” regimes in our office.
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We quickly put some procedural protocols in place for remote working, educated our resources on the do’s and don’ts and just prayed that this model is productive enough for our business continuity. By end of April, our teams had adapted so well to the “new normal” that the top management sees the possibility, of allowing up to 50% of staff to work remotely which would reduce up to 20% on costs like facility charges including real estate, maintenance of office space and other infrastructure related overheads.
However, we need to be cautious in our approach and weigh-down the advantages and disadvantages of telecommuting. 1xbet egypt A young IT workforce in India still needs lot of mentoring, learning and sharing for their career growths. Only time will tell how the Indian IT companies would accept the ‘new normal’ and if this becomes an integral part of our operating models.
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Our Management team has exceptional international and industry experience having delivered hundreds of successful Projects around the world. Their knowledge of commercial needs, combined with in-depth industry and technological expertise, ensures that we can provide innovative solutions to add real value to our Clients’ businesses.
Chairman & Founder
Srinivas has spent his whole career designing and developing software, systems and applications. He founded Osmosys in 2004 and has gone onto expand the business around the world through his unceasing focus to design brilliant IT solutions that deliver value for his Clients. The year 2019 marks the opening of Osmosys UK to serve and support the growing Client base in Europe. Srinivas is also the innovator behind most of our products and enjoys building new solutions to the betterment of various services.
Chief Operating Officer
Dinesh is a senior consulting leader with more than 20 years of experience in delivery management, practice management, consulting, service delivery and solution sales in large, mid-size and start-up organizations with focus on client relations and value-adds. He is a Thought Leader focused towards building and retaining high-performing cross-technology teams, practice areas with proven record of influencing change within People, Process and Technology.
Director of Operations
Nick has over 20 years of experience working in global multinationals, running his own consulting company and in start-ups. He has held senior leadership roles in US, European and British financial services companies, as well as in consulting, technology and manufacturing firms, where he had global responsibilities for sales, relationship management, strategy, business development, product management and operations.
Director of Technology
Mark is an accomplished Microsoft MSC Consultant and D365 Digital Architect, with extensive experience in Digital Transformation consultancy, and overseeing its successful implementation and delivery to improve business outcomes. He is well versed in providing leading edge technological solutions across a number of industries, including financial services, governmental organisations and not-for-profits, as well as top global branded commercial corporates.
Madhavi holds an Engineering degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Osmania University in India. She worked with Tata Consultancy Services, AT & T – New Jersey and Sierra Atlantic before co-founding Osmosys in 2004. Her experience includes database design and administration of Oracle and SQL Server databases. She has handled medium / large scale applications for clients in India and US in technologies like Oracle forms, PHP and Cake PHP.