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Dear Readers, Season’s Greetings! Well, it's that time of the year when we look back at the past 12 months and feel nostalgic. In our year-end special issue, we have laid-out highlights of the past 12 months through pictures. The pictures shall help you relive the moments that made 2011 a special year, not merely for the company, but for its 2-lakh + employees. This month's Cover Story is a Christmas gift for all of you. TCS, Siruseri has won the Best International Office Architecture of the Year at the International Property Awards in London, which is the world’s most prestigious property competition. What has made the victory even sweeter is the fact that the Siruseri campus has eliminated regional heats winners from Arabia, Europe, Africa, and America, to emerge victorious. Also, the Cover Story introduces you to the salient features of the building that make it truly impressive. In another special coverage, we have a feature on the grand finale of IT Wiz. The finals concluded a journey which began with over 14,700 high-school students competing for the regional titles across 12 cities during 2011. Read the story to find out the ultimate winners of the biggest school quiz in India. TCS Summit 2011 Australia and New Zealand focused on emerging business trends and exploring new opportunities for growth despite global economic challenges. This year’s TCS Summit for Australia and New Zealand continued the tradition of gathering together a broad range of senior level executives, distinguished speakers and influential business leaders. You’d not like to miss the exclusive coverage of the summit in the inside pages. In yet another feature, we have a detailed coverage of Sangam, an event at which the TCS top brass expounded strategies to face global challenges. We have all their thoughts covered in our Special Focus section. In our regular feature – A day in the life of - TCS Vice President and Company Secretary, S. Mukhopadhyay, talks about his average day at work. The special issue concludes with the Lounge section that includes the BMW X1 drive, must-use Android multimedia apps, Ashok Poojary’s definition of Wellness and a travelogue on Karnala Fort. The Editorial Team email@example.com
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an architectural marvel that inspires more than awe Lead Story 14 IT Wiz surpasses expectations A detailed report on the fiercely fought TCS IT Wiz grand finale in Chennai 32 The year in pictures We allow you to relive moments from the year gone by Special Focus 18 At Sangam. the TCS top brass presented strategies to tackle global challenges 44 News Bulletin A confluence of Minds A quick round-up of the events in and around TCS Lounge 52 54 Gear View BMW X1 reviewed ANZ Summit 2011 26 Action Down Under The focus of the summit was on emerging business trends and exploring new opportunities for growth SANGAM Meeting of Minds Multimedia apps for your Android smartphone Machinehead A day in the life of 28 Suprakash Mukhopadhyay This TCS Vice President and Company Secretary believes that no other company can match the speed at which TCS works 56 58 Wellness Ashok Poojary's Wellness mantra Backpackers Trek to Karnala Fort .contents Cover Story 06 Siruseri campus wins the world's Best Office Architecture of the Year trophy The TCS Siruseri campus is receiving global recognition because of its innovative and spectacular design 10 Curvaceous! We explore the Siruseri campus.
The awards cover residential as well as commercial categories with regional heats for Arabia.000 employees. Ravindra J. Innovation TCS has always been very innovative in creating world class facilities for its associates. Not to anyone’s surprise. Judging is carried out through a meticulous process involving a panel of over 60 experts covering every aspect of the property business. culminating in an annual grand finale. While congratulating the team and the architects for the award conferred on the Siruseri campus architecture. “It is no doubt a great piece of architecture. No wonder then that TCS’ campus at Siruseri has won the Best Office Architecture Trophy for the year 2011 at the International Property Awards held in London. The highest scoring entries from each category in every region are then reevaluated to establish the winners at the international level. which is leading to an increased and well deserved global recognition. The sprawling campus is spread over 70 acres. designed to accommodate more than 25. But to do it in India required a company which was willing to take this up in spite of its complexity and cost. by bringing different creative ideas from different architects not only from India but also reputed architects from outside India. This is evident by looking at the various facilities TCS has created in 6 | @TCS . A detailed report Vice-President (Centre). and a construction consortium which brought it into existence. the biggest software development facility of TCS. Europe. All of us can be proud of our part in this achievement”. it’s not the mammoth size of the campus that has attracted eyeballs but the sheer innovation and design that has made the butterfly-like structure the talk of the world. Africa. the International Property Awards in association with Bloomberg Television and Google is the world’s most prestigious property competition. But. Shah. a team which steadfastly stood by its design concept. Siruseri TCS' Siruseri facility is in the spotlight not just owing to its enormous size but primarily on account of its innovative and spectacular design. Mahalingam said. TCS’ Siruseri campus has been adjudged best commercial building (architecture) in the world for the year 2011. the Americas and Asia-Pacific.COVER STORY And the world’s best architecture of the year is… TCS. CFO. Established 17 years ago. receiving the award on behalf of TCS at the ceremony in London T CS’ Siruseri campus is straight out of a sci-fi movie.
A distinctive and cohesive layout for such a large innovative campus. care has been taken to introduce a lot of energy saving mechanisms as our commitment to the green movement. However.” said Vice-President. To win against them. the Siruseri campus stands apart in many ways not only against our facilities in India and overseas but also when compared to the other commercial infrastructure facilities across the globe. As one of the biggest IT facilities in India. increase their productivity. who accepted the award on the behalf of TCS at a ceremony in London. In its journey towards this global recognition. the facility promotes collaboration. a large amphitheatre. now recognised as the Best Office Architecture in the World. The other features of this campus include well designed energy efficient features. dual source of power supply from dedicated 110 KV sub-station. is something we all can cherish for a long time to come. the second phase has been awarded a platinum certification. full back up power generation. A three level auditorium structure. Ravindra J. efficient electro mechanical systems. the highest in this category. The built forms are dynamic with façade and skyline interest. Clearer rationale for the campus programme and the design decisions would have helped the entry. day light harvesting.000 associates and well designed elegant interiors with high comfort ambiance work spaces. “The Siruseri facility. and at the same time enjoy being there. Shah.000 seating capacityand an artistically designed inverted cone library structure are added features for continuous learning and development. a club house supporting indoor and outdoor recreation extend the uniqueness of this campus. A lot of attention has been given for creating functionally rich infrastructure for our associates to apply their creative mind. the Siruseri facility was first awarded as the Best Office Architecture in India and won the regional accolades as the Best in Asia Pacific. This automatically qualified it to represent the region at an international level competing against the best entries from the other six regions. An excellent development in a high quality number of entries . A considerable achievement in innovative sustainable technologies in a difficult environment. perhaps the biggest. Additionally. energy conversation through 100 per cent recycling. intelligent building management system. with a capacity for about 24.A jury member talking about the Siruseri building The award-winning structure of the Siruseri campus @TCS | 7 . showcase TCS’ capabilities and innovation to our customers. is not the only strong feature of this facility. While the first phase of Siruseri was awarded a gold rated campus by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) for its green features. creativity and innovation.different centres in India as well as overseas. which included creations from some of the top architects of the world. A large training centre with about 2. which not many facilities in India can boast of.
a large rain water harvesting pond with a capacity of 25 MLD of water, extensive water bodies and landscaping. All these have added to the attraction of the campus “This sums up a lot in terms of what the state-of-the-art building like Siruseri conveys. It is all about TCS, its commitment, its passion, its thrust for creativity and innovation, whether it is in information technology or any other field such as infrastructure for creating best facilities for its employees. It is a statement to its existing and potential clients that TCS stands tall along with its peers in the global platform. The pride of being associated with such a facility is felt not only by TCS employees but also to all its customers. Customers rest assured that best of the facilities are made available from where they are being serviced and that brings a lot of satisfaction to them and to their standing among their own stakeholders,” added Shah. It is clear that through facilities like Siruseri, TCS is conveying to its employees that as they expect the best from all its employees, in return they provide the best possible environment to them so as to foster and promote creativity, innovation, high productivity at the same time ensure their well being. In short, facilities like Siruseri underline what TCS stands for, leadership, innovation,
is already a world leader in Information Technology, however this is another feather in its cap, indirectly connects to the business TCS is in, as it provides best of facilities in the world to its employees, who are the real assets of TCS and emphasises its leadership position. It is a fact that India is a growth story and future of the world economy. At the same time it is acknowledged that TCS has been part of this growth story. Achieving this award and the distinction conferred strengthens TCS as a catalyst in its continued efforts to further this India Growth story on the world stage. Reactions It is amazing to see the varied reactions from one and all when they visit the campus for the first time, whether it is a client, a TCSer or a guest. Nobody is prepared to witness this magnificent and impressive campus and for the shock they are going to get. Sometimes, it is difficult to describe in words the shock and the expressions on the face of many of the visitors seeing it for the first time. “A very important and high ranking dignitary who visited this place, just kept looking at the roof top, standing in front of the engineering building gaping and totally unaware of the sight he himself was presenting,” recollected Shah. Amazing, out of the world, impressive, not seen anything like this anywhere in the world, fantastic – the reactions, though varied convey the thought that they have seen something extraordinary. This award confirms everyone’s feelings in no uncertain terms. All the clients regardless of new or the ones already being served from here want to be part of this place and grow here only. The TCSers’ working here enjoy the facility very much and must feel the pride to be here and become others' envy. By Anoop Chugh firstname.lastname@example.org
achievement, passion, efficiency, agility, commitment, integrity and excellence. The Award Today achieving this award at an international level, certifying the distinction reached, brings world’s attention on TCS and on this facility, which underscores fulfillment of this vision. It is a proud moment for each and every TCSer. “When the architects Carlos Ott and Carlos Ponce De Leon from Uruguay were asked to submit an concept architecture, the brief to them from the management was clear. We want a world class state-of-the-art facility which will become a brand statement for TCS,” added Shah. Achieving this distinction means a lot. It is feeling of being on top of the world. TCS
The Siruseri facility, now recognised as the Best for Office Architecture in the World, is not the only strong feature of this facility. A lot of attention has been given for creating functionally rich infrastructure for our associates to apply their creative minds, increase their productivity, showcase TCS’ capabilities and innovation to our customers, and at the same time enjoy being there
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The TCS Siruseri campus is a world unto itself. Elegantly built it is a thoughtprovoking architectural marvel that inspires more than awe midday drive through the Old Mahabalipuram Road can be a dusty affair. The sun beating down mercilessly, reflecting off the roofs of speeding vehicles as roadside shops open half heartedly, braving the dryness of the Chennai winter. As you approach Siruseri though, you gradually notice the aridity being replaced by state-of-the-art buildings and swanky IT parks, lush green lawns and broad parkways. IT parks however, in all their grandeur, somehow manage to look the same all over the country. Much like airport runways. So the sceptic in you gives a dismissive eye while acknowledging the progress of modern India. But then you take a sudden right turn and see it. Like the stone mountain of William Wordsworth’s Stolen Boat, arises a structure straight out of the townships of the world of George Jetson. You watch flabbergasted as it draws closer and wonder if you have found some sort of a port key to transport you to another planet. For in front of your eyes stand massive structures of steel, made as if they are blooming out like flowers to the world. And they are separated by a gigantic concave of steel rods, like a spaceship that is ready to take flight. By the time you enter the gate that proudly says Tata Consultancy Services, you realise that you have been gaping all this while.
“Nothing about its architecture is actually straight. member of the administration team of Siruseri. it has already grabbed eyeballs across the world as being one of the finest specimens of postmodern architecture in recent times. ft. six on each side. and what’s more. Built on the model of South Indian temples. 000. power backup and the @TCS | 11 . not the massiveness of the Siruseri campus that enthrals you. the campus is well equipped with its own substation (110 kv).” says Percival Brooks. And in order to support such a large number. is not just all about extravagance and comfort. “If you take into account the security and the ground staff along with the employees. Similarly. but quite plainly the magnificence. From the walls. once the place is complete. each building houses around 3500 to 4000 people. and actually find truth in the sentence. the ‘Central Spine. are products of step architecture.” says Percival. 000 sq. over a built up area of 5.’ a 314 mt concave structure which is equivalent to three football fields and bisects the 12 buildings of General Service Blocks. plans are already on to house a few more.100. The total number of seats in the entire structure reads a staggering 23. however. to the railings to even the design of the granite floors are all curves. the world renowned Uruguayan architect. the space reduces as one goes up. but even for the untrained eye. so once you are shown around the campus.The arc in architecture It is. You find it hard to believe of course. The eccentric sun shades on the roof tops curve like the ones in a football stadium. we would have around 30. there is an omnipresence of art in the way it has been built. in other words. Designed by Carlos Ponce De Leon..000 people moving in and out of the campus at any given time. Complete and competent The six engineering blocks. The entire campus. you notice that everything from the shape of the passageways to the designs of the staircases has a much defined arc in all of them. is a gigantic curve. you gape again.
The drop in the temperature within the campus is something which is impossible not to notice with a soothing gust of air blowing at all times to give a pleasant feel even at the height of a South Indian summer. a TCSer on the campus. employees would find very few reasons to miss the hustle and bustle of city life. With the soon to be finished recreational zone which will have an Olympic size swimming pool. The architecture of the engineering blocks is such that they encourage a regular flow of wind. gardening etc. Being at least 30 kms away from the city. “just to look around and see such amazing structures makes us feel very proud. With more than an acre dedicated for rain water harvesting for sanitation.” Her friends echo her sentiments as they flock together to have lunch in one of the cafeterias." most proficient security arrangements. basketball. “To work at a place like this is something both fortunate and pleasurable.” says Senior Manager.COVER STORY "A lot of our employees have started relocating to Siruseri with very good reasons. Sure enough.. ATM centres and every other basic amenity one needs to make life easy. gymnasium. they have 16 floors of cafeterias to choose from. the problem of transporting the employees to and from the campus is taken care of by more than 150 buses that run every day. would miraculously cease to surprise you. Just for the information. “A lot of our employees have started relocating to Siruseri with very good reasons. “Siruseri is fast becoming a thriving IT hub and soon there will be every facility one needs to lead a comfortable lifestyle. the campus has already won accolades and awards as a green building. The campus has a pharmacy. it would dwarf the mighty Qutub Minar and would house conference halls and other offices. construction is still on to build one of the tallest towers of the country. At the very end of the campus." 12 | @TCS . tennis courts and cricket pitches. Facing it would be an eight floor library in the shape of an inverted cone and "To work at a place like this is something both fortunate and pleasurable.” says Naveen. With a height of 136 meters.” says Smeetha. there is already a mall and a few modern housing complexes by L&T and Hiranandani around the area. which by now. Naveen Kumar.
Once the entire construction is complete. The best moments are perhaps when clients from abroad come and watch the campus in absolute awe. “Sometimes.900 TR— one of the largest air conditioning systems in the country with many energy conservation features Sewage treatment plant of capacity 1.000 Cum of piles constructed: 10.a sprawling Learning and Development centre.com Trivia Total quantity of steel used: Rebars of 36. not for one moment does the campus lose out on eloquence. the roof top gardens and sound of the water from the fountains make for an experience that makes Siruseri a treat for the eyes and mind.25 MLD Curvature of the building. that as far as tributes are concerned. The Siruseri campus is in a way a perfect example of Tata’s eternal legacy. the shadowed lanes inside the campus arching through a continuous breeze and cosy seating areas at regular intervals that promise endless conversations make it precious.000 MT as against Eiffel Tower’s 7000 MT Amount of concrete used: 285.000 MT and structural steel of 12. Carlos replied that they signify the endlessness of Tata. we find passersby. who do not belong to this building. all the individual structures together would form one large butterfly! The palm trees and the lush green lawns. needless to say it would be something that would change the landscape of the region forever.000 MT Total structural steel used is 12. This is equal to 22 providing power for 50.000 Km – Equivalent to the distance between Chennai and Nagpur IBMS Cables of 3. and if one looks at the entire campus from a bird’s eye view. By Neelanjan Dasgupta neelanjan. The six engineering blocks are each shaped like six butterflies.” says Percival. of being a perfect blend of infrastructural progress and an environment that stimulates personal growth and mental calm. there couldn’t have been one more befitting. Each floor's area: 58. almost finding it difficult to believe what they are seeing. everything falls in a perfect rhythm.dasgupta@tcs. JINDAL and MSL Electrical cables used 1. circular shape. From the ashen walls to the muted white of the steel of the Central Spine. These unique custom made materials are procured specifically to meet our structural requirements from TATA Steel. standing and staring at the campus. Even with its intimidating scale. the structure gives that uncanny feeling of belonging.787 No. sloped columns and core area concrete walls were the biggest challenges in construction @TCS | 13 .000 sq feet MVA TNEB power.000 km used – Equivalent to the distance between Srinagar and Kanyakumari Networking cables: Around 850 Km—Equivalent to the ?distance between Chennai and Vizag conditioning capacity of Air 9.000 houses MVA back up DG 20 Pipes used in the central spine are of a special grade generally used for oil or gas transportation. taking a moment. A perfect blend Even in the midst of its massiveness. When once asked about the idea behind the curves of the structure. If the fact that it has taken more steel to build the Siruseri campus than it has to build the Eiffel Tower is something that makes it unique. You take a look now and realise.
” said CEO & MD N. who can collaborate under pressure as well as compete under the spotlight. T “All the young winners of TCS IT Wiz 2011 are the emerging generation. “Events like quizzing are important to create well-rounded global individuals. the finals always promise to The participants strike a pose with Chandra after the quiz 14 | @TCS . And not just him. Chandra at the event. And when one sees a standard nine student stand and explain the reason with the same confidence with which he would probably name the members of the Justice League. The fact that he took time out of his busy schedule to give encouragement to these young Turks emphasised the importance of grooming the youngsters of the nation.LEAD STORY IT Wiz Surpassing expectations The grand finale of the TCS IT Wiz in Chennai proved to be a fiercely challenging competition in which some of the most intelligent young minds from India displayed remarkable poise and determination in their pursuit of scientific knowledge hat Steve Jobs wore turtlenecks is a well-known fact. would very easily steal your heart with their intelligence. but all those bright students who attended and participated in the grand finale of the TCS IT Wiz at Chennai this December. you cannot help but be in absolute awe. He. The national quest for science and technology knowledge displayed by students across India has been remarkable throughout the competition and validates our belief that India’s talent pipeline in this area is only growing. however.” He also spent some quality time with all the contestants as they got the opportunity to have supper with him after the event. started wearing them for a reason. Fairness: an integral part The fact that the biggest school quiz of India has been consistently raising the standard of quizzing in the country is well known. knowledge and wisdom. who can propel India’s future growth and prosperity. and therefore.
Srinivas and Aditthya Ramakrishnan with Chandra and Giri RUNNERS-UP Prateek I. the inimitable Giri ‘Pikbrain’ Balasubramanium made it a point that the contestant chose the questions so that there was no chance of any partiality. so Gokul T. the format of the quiz underwent a change. Shamala Padmanabhan. feel proud that the future of India is in such bright hands. it surpasses the expectations to give the audience something to remember.” Neutrality has always been an integral part of the TCS IT Wiz. this time we have even done away with the system of carrying points in the final round. “In order to maintain the neutral nature. In every round. and Arul Prakash with Chandra and Giri @TCS | 15 . “We wanted to make all the students get a feel of the final. “The fact that they are on stage throughout the contest would give them a much better sense of achievement than holding a semi-final round before a final. Unlike the previous edition.WINNERS be a high class affair. and most of all. This time though.” said GM Corporate Communications. there was no semi-final before the final round as all the 12 teams battled it out with the team with the lowest points being disqualified with every passing round. What is extraordinary is perhaps the fact that each time.
who has been leading the venture ever since its inception. given that you are prepared enough. I simply ask questions. from Loyola School in Jamshedpur. “he is beyond words. no mean feat.LEAD STORY that the teams do not have any unnecessary advantage. The man himself. is needless to say. Shamala. This year. The students also made it a point to commend their schools for encouraging co-curricular activities like quizzing and the fact that preparing for the quiz taught them discipline and a lot of patience.” said Pranshu from Lucknow Public School. but also something to learn from. “He is undoubtedly the best quizmaster of India. preparing and studying with fierce concentration.” “It is without doubt the best quiz in the country. emphasised the importance of team work and effective communication behind the successful running of such a large scale event. but also they provide a lot of encouragement for others to follow in their schoolmates’ footsteps.” the other managed to stutter. one could see students peering into their Galaxy Tabs that they won after winning the zonal finals.” she said. the key As one came out to the lobby of the Taj Coromandel.” he said. quite extraordinarily. “It’s wonderful to see TCS doing so much to encourage these young minds.” said one. Preparation. “The best part about the TCS IT Wiz for me is the fact that it is so fair. No one.” said he with the characteristic smile on his face. “winning a contest like this is all about preparation. His views were echoed by almost all the contestants. monitoring the entire show. all the contestants loved this aspect. Suffice to say. were absolutely delighted by the hospitality.” said Shamala. for as Giri says.” he said. In the midst of IT Wiz would remain incomplete without a tribute to its charismatic quizmaster Giri. out of this world. “Not only are they taking care of us so well. with the quiz going international at Dubai. A simple mistake can lead to a lot of serious issues and we cannot afford that. as well as the teachers and parents who accompanied them for the final. who is ably supported by a team of 12 coordinators located at various TCS locations across India. a teacher. “This is something that our students look forward to for the entire year. the otherwise witty and articulate students struggled to find any words to describe him. as usual. “What do you have to say about Pikbrain?” When faced with this question. Known as Pikbrain to everyone. And sure enough.” said a parent. was as usual an epitome of modesty. he was. he said. As students. 16 | @TCS .” said Anirban Kundu. however. that he is the spirit which has almost become synonymous with the legacy of IT wiz. a symbol of strength as well as inspiration for all the contestants. they made it a point to make use of all the facilities that TCS provided in order to do their research.” said Anisha Rajan. “The students make me look good. She went on to emphasise that the fairness of the IT Wiz is something that is not only commendable. “It keeps getting more challenging and makes us go that extra mile. Making it possible When you have more than 1000 schools competing from locations across India. The team’s effort bore fruit as the contestants. “One has to be extremely careful about everything and always be aware of all the communications that go through as well as the logistics. He is just. the coordination became that much more complicated. in this format of quizzing has any sort of advantage as it gives an equal chance for every team to win.
Fastrack watches and personalised coffee mugs each. from different parts.700 high-school students competing for the regional titles across 12 cities during 2011. the winner or the runner-up really did not matter. and a very bright team at that. and Arul Prakash from St Paul’s English School. who started late in the contest but picked up at an alarming rate. and soon enough. different nationalities. while the Runners-up Prateek and Arul walked away with an iPhone each. is one of the biggest successes of the TCS IT Wiz. Bhubaneshwar. they didn’t bat a single eyelid. recent inventions. And even as the teams competed in being the first to identify acronyms. Hyderabad. By Neelanjan Dasgupta neelanjan. When asked what the best part of the IT Wiz was. No matter how much you prepare for the event. perhaps. Chennai. consistently retaining their lead. they attributed everything to a good understanding and combining well. The finals concluded a journey which began with over 14. Not only does it help students get hungry for a neverending quest for knowledge.com @TCS | 17 . to emerge as the winners. Coimbatore. different cultures. accolades and an evening with Chandra. but also it helps them make more friends. Besides the winners. Kolkata. What mattered was the camaraderie between all the students belonging to different corners of India acting like a team. gaming techniques and business logos. Delhi. round after round. Chennai comprising Gokul T. Srinivas and Aditthya Ramakrishnan stayed calm. The spirit “No matter how much you prepare for the event. at the end of the day. this is one quiz that will always manage to surprise you. That. Fastrack watches and personalised coffee mugs . “The prizes!” Fair enough. proudly brandishing the winners’ trophy. the team from SBOA School and Junior College. Kochi. their innocence doesn't lose its way. Lucknow. The top winning teams from each city qualified for the National finals.such wisdom. The team who showed a bit of class and the importance of being humble by asking their teacher to come on stage while receiving the award from Chandra. Bangalore. “The format of the quiz is such that it gets tougher with every round. Bangalore. the winners also took home an Apple MacBook Pro each.” said Arul. all the 12 finalists received a DVD player. Both teams also received Blue ray DVD players. Asked about the strategy they used during the quiz. Mumbai and Pune. What was heartening to see was.all from TCS. The runners-up also shared their excitement. The contest The National Finals comprised of 12 teams that won the regional rounds held in Ahmedabad. complimented each other for knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses.” said a victorious Gokul. and hopefully. Giving them a very close fight were Prateek I. this is one quiz that will always manage to surprise you Apart from the trophy.dasgupta@tcs.
a fortune-teller. an eminent thought leader and a longstanding advisor to TCS. Pradipta Bagchi. a powerhouse delivery centre that can accommodate nearly 25. the CTO. the VP and Global Head of HR. divided into three groups for the occasion. VP – Corporate Communications. pre-organised for demos on some exciting topics that TCS has been working on. the conclave attracted dignitaries from academia and was chaired by our own senior management -the VC. to discuss and bring back summaries of their talks on the subject. with a warm welcome lunch from Taj Vivanta in Pune. Day two was highlighted by an audio-visual on the emerging Sahyadri Park Campus in Pune. ushered the guests and led them through the events of the occasion. two-day event just drew to a close earlier this month and if you were in on it. there was high tea and visits to various stalls. the CFO. This was followed by some enlightening group discussions between the guests. the event had all the makings of a resounding success. the VP of Corporate Communications. luminaries from the education field. Beginning 5th December. some bright stars to accompany the mood – there was a Hindustani Classical recital by Sanjeev Abhyankar. Post lunch. the CEO. As the day advanced into the evening. Global Head for Talent 18 | @TCS . you came away with oodles of insight and thoughts to ponder over. and staff A confluence of Minds Sangam was an event at which the TCS top brass expounded strategies to face global challenges and held group discussions. and even a magician to enthral the distinguished guests and their families. the ISU Head for Manufacturing domain. all melded with a healthy dose of entertainment A spectacular.000 TCSers at its peak. To give you a glimpse. the VP of Small and Medium Businesses.special focus SANGAM Meeting of Minds TCS senior management. Disruptive Technologies in Education. congratulations. The night brought out a shining moon and with it.
CIOs. To tell you the truth. New Opportunities Bringing forth his experience from meeting with hundreds of CEOs. anytime access is becoming the norm of the day. I can tell you one thing for sure – you haven’t seen anything yet! Beginning the proceedings. but. the dipping Eurozone on the global economic horizon. the downgrading of the US rating as a bankable economy. 1. social media are making CEO Chandra addressing the audience @TCS | 19 .SANGAM Meeting of Minds Vice Chairman S Ramadorai and CEO Chandra in a discussion Hindustani Classical recital by Sanjeev Abhyankar Organising staff at the occasion Acquistion. to draw the event to a memorable finale. signifying anywhere. this was just as far as the ‘event’ was concerned. K Ganesan. CEO Chandra set a sombre yet challenging tone by giving some background on the global scenario – about the continuing economic crisis and downgrading of the US rating as a bankable national economy. tablets and other hi-tech innovations that have been recently taking over the world – about the uncertain business environment where organisations are still expected to deliver results – and how TCS was wading in such waters in an extremely disciplined manner and focussing on capital allocation. to deliver innovatively. as an eye-witness. Rich content. the issues of inflation and default risks being faced by emerging countries. followed by a sumptuous lunch. Delivery Partners and industry thought leaders Chandra laid out five rules that will pave the way forward. The Consumer is going digital – Mobile computing. New Rules. the large scale destruction caused by the catastrophic tsunami in Japan – about the game-changing solutions in the forms of smartphones. then gave the Vote of Thanks.
to commit to a complete disruption (L-R): TCS SMB Head . to take a close look at strategy. 4.Ananth Krishnan. Predicting behaviour with big data – Working with data through mobile means helps one to respond in real-time. then took centre-stage with a compelling address on Disruptive Innovation. Creating Centres of Excellence Vice Chairman. he gave his perspective on the subject by talking about India’s Gross Employment Ratio. how India has worked in a certain way to this day. especially for the country’s masses that reside in villages. and more affordable. enterprises play catch up. 3. As a Special Advisor to the Indian Prime Minister for the National Skill Development Council. Innovation is now collaborative innovation – Enablers such as Disruptive Innovation. and build on TCS Education spheres. opportunities for personalisation. VP & Global HR Head .Ajoy Mukherjee 20 | @TCS . and Partner Collaboration present us with the biggest of opportunities to play out. for enhancing customer experience are being created even as we speak. Rate of conversions from social media sites are on the rise as content becomes increasingly relevant to the customer. S. non-linear forms of growth. this is a transformational change in the nature of managing businesses. the CEO urged them to synergise on a common platform to look into the future. Emerging Markets are the new frontiers for growth – Companies deriving value from emerging markets are the ones that will eventually grow. scalable. Technological Ubiquity. Disruptive Innovation therefore questions all conventional Vice Chairman S Ramadorai To face India’s presentday challenges.Venguswamy Ramaswamy. The strategy to face such global challenges would involve looking into intellectual property. Ramadorai. helping to reach even the most unreachable customer. the need to rethink the role of education in society is pertinent. At the same time. CTO . 5. Driving operational efficiencies – Social content in ERP data is being increasingly used for real-time information. Answering questions from the dignitaries present. and to respond quickly. and the need to introduce more colleges to make education accessible.special focus SANGAM Meeting of Minds 2.
to make education relevant to the current social context. and universities in the future. And because there will be so many more schools. Overseas. people of several nationalities work in TCS and the average age is only 28 years! With our recruitment and talent management activities having gone up over the years. and the US to be among the top three most influential countries in terms of intellectual capacity and economy. especially in fields like ERP implementation.ours is a healthy mix of Baby Boomers. In India. at least in terms of education reforms. there is ground for cross-fertilisation of ideas. there must be a public-private participation in building the education system of the future. through its 730 workshops. This is indicative from the fact that besides providing existing services of Application Development and Maintenance. Ajoy envisaged TCS to influence indirect employment numbers in IT & BPO to the tune of 30 million by 2020. Schools must think differently. To realise all of this. and in medium. an ideal academia-students-TCS overlap. The Role of Education in Nation Building Influential thought leader. Gen Xers and the Gen Yers. China. Universities need to undergo a rethink and reinvent themselves. Professor Gurumurthy then addressed the audience about the importance of education as a transformational impact on society. influencing career decisionmaking. There aren’t any universities that focus on innovation alone for that matter. in a way that doesn’t kill creativity but encourages it instead.special focus SANGAM Meeting of Minds approaches – what good is eight to nine per cent growth where less than half of the nation’s people with formal education are contributing to its GDP? What good is an education system that does not provide a customised pace of learning. he opined that the “Country Brand” influenced careers to a large extent on a global scale. He therefore urged the Educational Heads to look into emerging fields of IT services as pointers to raise employability skills of future employees coming from campuses. Assurance Services and Infrastructure Solutions. and their work towards a more effective education system . and nearly 4. it brings several objectives into its fold such as peeralumni bonding. There is a need to build technical education institutes that include courses on offbeat subjects. and vocational skills. Drawing a parallel between nation building and career building. ones that teach life-skills. despite domestic economic equilibrium. for learning online. and Mobility. VP & Global Head for HR. and other exciting features such as case studies and contests with prizes. Ajoy spoke about TCS’ Academic Interface Programme for the relevance of the occasion. such an investment can be made in the form of Active Learning – learning that is relevant or benchmarked against high standards. One needs to look at the purpose.000+ universities and colleges in the country. the need for disruption therefore is high. Cloud Computing. he theorised that India would become a top global exporter in the coming years. there are none now. Ajoy exerted the fact that all commitments have been honoured each time. TCS now includes Mobility. it sponsors 4 Research Institutes and has awarded 152 students. Prognosticating India. Enterprise Solutions. we will fall short of teachers. where rate of dropouts is therefore high? What good is an economy where the Gross Employment Ration in the rural areas is far lesser than in the urban lands? There is a need for connectivity. the need to rethink the role of education in society is pertinent. Business Analysis.200 teachers have benefitted through TCS’ academic programmes. in form. 50 Boards of Studies. Big Data and Social Media. a budding online forum. for building such bridges across the 31. the drive. EVP & Head for Global HR. TCS has also sponsored 63 Research Scholarships and PhD programmes in 20 renowned institutes in India. More than 600 students have interned with TCS and close to 150 students have been awarded for their meritorious work. imparting industrial trends. But the enlightening aspect of this programme is Campus Commune. enabling an industryexpert connect. The Vice Chairman exhorted the need for universities to pursue vocational learning. Here’s a quick snippet for 22 | @TCS Educational Heads need to look into emerging fields of IT services as pointers to raise employability skills of future employees coming from campuses. both. Ajoy Mukherjee Effective Education through TCS’ Academic Activities In his interaction with the educationists. has benefitted more than a 100. to commit to a complete disruption. Under the National Knowledge Network. India is largely a ‘changeless’ country since the last 2000 years. He ended with these words. Ajoy Mukherjee brought out aspects of global diversity that makes the environment in TCS an interesting place to work in.000 students till date. and their work towards a more effective education system.” those not in the know . the role of education. “To face India’s present-day challenges. colleges. providing technical updates.
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It sponsors a Research Scholar program with 20 institutions for 63 scholars. at a time when India was accidentally facing globalisation! Goldman Sachs. the CTO shared plans for TCS’ R&D along the lines of fostering innovation. that keeping all these things in mind. for students. to compete like a global brand in a local market. it must make efforts to become relevant in the context of the local economies and not operate in an oasis. a leading global investment banking and securities firm. at a time when the cost of education in India is going up. the bulk of the graduates today in India are the ones who are unemployed! In the 18 to 64 age bracket. papers. the fact that entrepreneurial drive exists even today. Swamy laid out some rules to work in a globalised context. Eminent Thought Leader. you’re not local”. The thought leader concluded that the education system must therefore do more to unearth hidden talent. Venguswamy Ramaswamy introduced himself by saying. He said R&D in the Education Sphere CTO Ananth Krishnan began with a note about TCS’ R&D initiatives and it’s vision for the education system to enhance the nation’s talent base in Computing Sciences.that the country lacks an integrated institution for faculty and students across the board to talk to each other. there exists a low unemployment rate among those who are uneducated – in other words. and faced with several options to choose from now. It is a fortuitous development for a country where 25-year-old youngsters working in IT and IT-enabled industries have rebranded India. just proves that society. TCS SMB Head. it does not bring the following onto a singular platform . provides internships to 72 students.special focus building essentially means building the character of a nation. student exodus is on the rise. and yet. and not in R&D and academic pursuits is a no-no. and particularly India as a country. presents good standards of living.the ability to retain good faculty is a challenge.publishers. has predicted that by 2016. has organised eight visits to its Innovation Labs across the country. India will save nearly USD 2000 billion in annual cash alone. . Mr Gurumurthy asserted that the spirit of India is huge – that atomic power weighs heavier than the power of money – that post the successful nuclear tests carried out in Pokhran in India. Collaboration. “If you’re not global. currently TCS sponsors seven research programmes. Gurumurthy The education system must do more to unearth hidden talent. it must make efforts to become relevant in the context of the local economies and not operate in an oasis Several academicians have condemned Indian growth in history. foreign universities are tapping India’s potential. and that it was urban India’s responsibility to address this gap. Intelligent Infrastructure. become a supply chain for international markets. and has offered seven Lab Sabbaticals and nine Outbound Lab Sabbaticals. granting a platform to present research work and networking. Managing Impact on Environment. distance courses. such as Adaptive Enterprise Analytics. In a country where 40 percent of the GDP comes from the non-corporate sector. Efficiency & Agility. the Pay-As-You-Go system that provides end-to-end services for faculty management. the world tried to put several sanctions on the country. Prof. Asia. we need to commoditise the country outside India. and conferences. it is indeed paradoxical. and an overall business analysis perspective across the several layers of such a system. and Analytics for CIOs. foreign universities. and. that faculty spends more time on governing institutions. He also spoke on several innovation themes on which research and work was being done. workshops. It holds joint seminars. nation 24 | @TCS Education Globalised The SMB Head for TCS. enhancing participation. It also supports 200 PhD students in helping it realise its vision. indentifying real-world problems. Swamy presented several insights in the current education scenario in India – institutions running on idle capacity is a challenge. Venguswamy Ramaswamy . There are gaps in the education supply chain. external courses. In his address to the eminent leaders from the education field. . and not education systems impart the spirit of entrepreneurship. 17 percent of Indians are self employed. He went on to introduce TCS iON. and the global network.
As lively as the interaction between TCS and the distinguished academia was. sponsor special internships in Core Engineering. Speaking for the occasion. Milind Lakkad. how educationists can help to create the next-generation of employable graduates. and/or. academicians need to deliver as close to the real world as possible. have a continuous dialogue with industry. Ananth Krishnan In the visits to TCS stalls that were organised for the distinguished faculty. K. Mobility. PLM. as a welcome addition to the subject. and Human Capital are not a part of this. IP creation. Embedded Electronics. we would be breeding entrepreneurship today. you can retain some of the same flavour by putting forth your views. Core Manufacturing and Skills Development. and longer term contribution by alumni. Structural Capital. From above. in turn. “If we continue to reap the benefits of today’s need. the entire gamut of activities from the board room to the shop floor requires end-to-end. where several choices can be made. Process Engineering Labs and Systems Engineering Labs. we would be breeding entrepreneurship today . “Are we leveraging engineering skills for the IT CTO. Finding Value in Education CFO Mahalingam exhorted the need for finding relevance in the education sphere. Software Engineering Labs. he said that in a growing organisation like ours. Digital Manufacturing etc. are we relevant tomorrow?” Research to find value in educational spheres must therefore be carried out. and will continue to do so in the future too. Milind Lakkad If we can solve new or emerging engineering problems in the next 24 to 36 months. Milind extrapolated this with examples from the industry – delivering to a major Japanese auto manufacturer. In the same vein he added. what a programmer learns and works with today may not have relevance later. Manufacturing ISU Head. He then declared that IT-enabled automation is what drives the manufacturing plant of today. so what you (educationists) do becomes meaningful. what IT means for manufacturing in TCS. manufacturing to delivery capabilities – this is the kind of work that associates get to do in TCS. providing next-gen infotainment systems for a high-end car manufacturer. strive to evolve specific course curriculum. Academicians must. he hypothesised that the sources of value in an organisation aren’t really revealed in its Balance Sheet. Nevertheless. By Kapil Arora k.arora@tcs. for engineers to succeed holistically in the real world.com @TCS | 25 Role of Education in Manufacturing IT Manufacturing ISU Head. several offerings were showcased in the subjects of SMB iON. link it to the compensation of their graduates. Referring to our content. Another luminary debated that the measure of human capital would be the employment generated by the alumni. CTO Research. Educationists must then link their performance with the market value of the services they are providing.SANGAM Meeting of Minds the said contribution must be measured by the value the graduates add to the economy and not by their compensation. the CFO left them with these thoughts to seriously think about. Sales & Marketing. industry today?” He surmised that if we can solve new or emerging engineering problems in the next 24 to 36 months. salaries. it’ll be thrilling if you’re left with some interesting thoughts on the said topic. The Net Present Value of IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) can thus be linked to job creation. Talking to the gathering. and so on. and identify a common problem where colleges and TCS can work together. They must also inspire graduates to undertake live projects in colleges under expert guidance from TCS. fulfilling environmental compliance for a building materials manufacturer. This point by the CFO was debated by some of the guests present. he asked. Aspects like Customer Capital. spoke about the challenges faced by the manufacturing industry today. Milind elaborated on how TCS engages engineers need to address complexities – by fulfilling IT requirements in Product Development. Milind concluded the session with thoughts from his experience. He voiced that graduation is one of the career crossover points. Basically.
Deborah Hadwen . Australia.A ustralia ith clients from N e w Ze aland Qantas during TCS 26 | @TCS J ames S uring trong d TCS Sum mit ustrali 2011 A a Ne w Zealan d Vish Iyer at TCS Summit 2011 Au an stralia New Zeal d . T From left to right: Client.including the CEO and MD. N. Chandra attended the 5th annual TCS Summit held on December 2nd in Sydney. Chandra.anz summit TCS Summit 2011 Australia and New Zealand The Summit focused on emerging business trends and exploring new opportunities for growth despite global economic challenges Chandra a t TCS Sum mit 2011 A ustralia New Zealand his year’s TCS Summit for Australia and New Zealand continued the tradition of gathering a broad range of senior level executives. Delegates discussed emerging business trends. TCS iscuss Panel d ion duri ng TCS S umm ustrali it 2011 A a Ne w Z ealand Sanjay K u Summit mar from TCS w 2011 . prospects and staff . CEO. critical industry issues and new perspectives focusing on intelligent management concepts and corporate best practices.CEO TCS Australia and New Zealand. TCS. distinguished speakers and influential business leaders. Over 100 key clients.
a key focus for large enterprises is emerging markets.Chandra opened the Summit with a keynote session that covered the Summit theme “The Growth Imperative – New Rules. Our Summits continue to provide a strong platform that assists to improve customer intimacy and thought leadership.Vish Iyer and VP and Head Marketing. Woolworths. Delegates included senior level executives from the likes of Westpac. Deborah commented. This outstanding Summit is the flagship event for our clients and staff. Jaguar Land Rover. Commonwealth . Credit Union Australia. varying from jazz classics to contemporary tracks. a Director of Qantas Airways. predicting consumer decisions with real-time data and analytics is essential to develop new business opportunities.com @TCS | 27 We continue to receive outstanding feedback from our clients regarding the maturity and growth of the TCS Summit. On the client front. TCS VP. Lloyds. PwC Australia. SingTel Optus. Leading academic and author. the TCS Summit provided Chandra and the team with a good platform to share business trends and IT strategies that are affecting our clients’ businesses.We thought James Morrison was a great choice for entertainment!” By Andreea Marin andreea. Firstly. From the shop front to the boardroom. Tata Consultancy Services – Australia and New Zealand. President Growth Markets . . Suncorp. It is a hallmark of Tata events that thoughtful planning goes into these programs. we appreciate the effort that our senior level executive team contributed to this event. was a great end to the Summit.PR Krishnan.” Keynote speakers and panel members included among others. Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Asia Pacific provided a testimonial after the Summit: “Thank you for allowing us to join the team for the Conference last week. Chief Economist and Group Head of Corporate Affairs from AGL also participated in the Summit.” The event concluded with a reception where the guests were entertained by the highly regarded James Morrison jazz band which played a stunning set. CEO. companies must achieve operational efficiency to drive profit with growth. Secondly. joined the discussion and provided an interesting and informative session on strategy. Deborah Hadwen. the rapid rise in mobility is turning into an exciting area for many leading companies. Following.Deborah Hadwen. and reminders of some of key attributes in leadership that were particularly interesting. This session was well received and stirred a lot of interest among delegates. We wish you and the entire team at TCS a most enjoyable Christmas and much success in the new year. President Infrastructure Services . Superpartners. CACU. Wesfarmers Insurance and Cuscal. Lastly. “We continue to receive outstanding feedback from our clients regarding the maturity and growth of the TCS Summit. PS . New Opportunities. President APAC . Superpartners as well as Paul Simshauser. As always. Chief Executive Officer. which is why data management is one of the key areas for TCS clients in the banking. Synergy. Citibank. Thirdly. and a member of the Nomura Australia Limited’s advisory board. AGL. James Strong’s presentation focused on the area of organisational change and people management. TCS has a world-class Global Network Delivery Model that assists clients to enter new markets quickly and efficiently. Bank. It also included also a number of insightful sporting analogies. Pradipta Bagchi commented in the concluding session that he was pleased with the success of the Summit: “Once again. Rhonda and I sincerely appreciated being included. TCS Australia and New Zealand Greg Camm. Chairman of Kathmandu Holdings Limited. Professor Richard Rumelt. telecommunication and the retail industries. Qantas. technology-based innovation is imperative for building a sustainable business and companies will continue to work with TCS’s Co-Innovation Network to drive business growth forward.John Lenzen.Ravi Viswanathan. including a consideration of our important spouses and partners.James Strong. the latter having covered the area of carbon tax in his presentation. We thoroughly enjoyed it and found the likes of James Strong and Richard Rumelt insightful and useful. CEO. Corporate Communications.” Chandra’s speech focused on five specific technology and business trends. was pleased with the level of executive engagement and networking that the Summit provided to the growing TCS business community. speakers and panel members included Chairman of the Board of Directors of Woolworths . the explosion in mobile computing is determining enterprises to play ‘catch up’ with the consumer. This is the flagship event for our clients and staff. His musical range. Telstra. finance. without whose support the long hours of endeavour would be impossible.marin@tcs. Arab Bank Australia. David Blackhall.
cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar had missed a milestone that the country was waiting for close to nine months – his 100th century! And unaware of this ‘near miss’ was TCS Vice President and Company Secretary. besides the then CEO S. About two miles from this TCS leader’s office.. he has never thought of looking beyond the Tatas. From there on. That was 28 | @TCS The working environment within the Tata companies cannot be matched elsewhere. where we had to take care of a lot of things before finally going public.a day in the life of . India’s largest listing. Mukhopadhyay wasn’t frowning. it gave me a belief that I can do any sort of work assigned to me!” Director. When TCS went public in 2004. He also coordinates for internal audit activities. my work profile has changed every three to four years. “I have loved the fact that throughout my career. Besides. Chandra (who was then the Head of Global Sales) and CFO S. making things happen was Suprakash Mukhopadhyay. Yet. Mukhopadhyay has never worked for any other company other than the Tatas. he “didn’t think twice” and accepted the offer. He was a part of Tata Sons when he was handled the responsibility of coordinating for this mega project. “The working environment within the Tata companies cannot be matched elsewhere. having worked closely with CEO N. Tata Sons. Indian cricket fans were stunned into silence. which would give comfort to the company that there will be a certainty of delivery and will also have transparency in the operations. TCS is the best place to be. there is a lot of comfort and bonding that one enjoys within the group. The Initial Public Offering (IPO) project took three years in the making. Suprakash Mukhopadhyay. supporting and helpful also made matters a little easier. does not consider the ‘IPO Story’ as the highlight of his career. He joined Tata Steel in the Jharia Division as an Accounts Officer in 1988.” Interestingly. and it wouldn’t have meant much had he hit his 100th century in this pitch. not many would know that one of the leading men behind the scenes. where despite being a junior in the team. when he did come to know about this. however. The fact that Mukhopadhyay dealt with a TCS team that was spontaneous. who was busy in a meeting. “The fact that I have been able to put a working process in my department.’ also one of the reasons why when he was offered a role as the Company Secretary of TCS in 2008..” Mukhopadhyay’s role in TCS is not limited to that of a Company Secretary. unlike a good majority of the India cricket fans. If these responsibilities seem big enough. his team also manages the governance activities of 50 TCS subsidiaries! And for someone who loves to don different hats. “I’ve been able to build up a solid team. there is a lot of comfort and bonding that one enjoys within the group . “I was able to close the short-fall and improve the yield as far as fund management with respect to employee provident fund was concerned. monitors compliance and governance issues within the company. Ramadorai.” states the leader. This VP. Besides. ‘TCS is speed!’ N ot too far away at the historic Wankhede Cricket Stadium in Mumbai. “This is something that you can proudly tell your grandchildren!” It was during this phase that he developed a strong bonding with TCS.” he says stating the reasons why he decided to stay loyal to India’s largest private sector group. “The three-year ‘IPO journey’ was very exciting. went up to Mukhopadhyay and told him. After its success.” is what he would consider as his prime achievement here. Ishaat Hussain. I’d rather have him achieve this feat in Australia or while chasing a stiff target!” That perhaps best defines Mukhopadhyay – ‘Performing when the going gets tough. he was one of the driving forces behind what was to become the biggest IPO within the TATA Group. One other achievement that he is very proud of is in the area of fund management. “That pitch was too much of a batting paradise. Mahalingam.
” he says. “Success. As he passed his class 10th exams with first division. you’d see a certain Mr. “If anyone ventures out to do something. having had a fairly successful run so far.” he says. When I am assigned a job. where he represents the Tatas and TCS in corporate tournaments. “TCS is speed! No other company (and not just Group companies) can match the speed at which TCS works. “I also reflect and think about the work after I’ve achieved the goal to see if there was something that I could have done better.” He remembers that in his school. In TCS. it did surprise his teachers and other classmates. But from thereon. I do it with utmost tenacity. Suprakash Mukhopadhyay too. As one enters his cabin in the Air India Building in Mumbai. while a young Suprakash was a maestro in the sporting field. you always need to be on your toes and be prepared. our senior management leads from the front. despite hardly studying. Planning also forms an important part of your success. who incidentally was a class topper. He should know. you always need to be on your toes and be prepared Suprakash Mukhopadhyay with his wife Paromita @TCS | 29 . It is hardly surprising then when he reveals that he had thought of cricket as a possible career option in his younger days. which can help you succeed. is 98 per cent do and 2 per cent luck.” he adds as an afterthought.” states Mukhopadhyay. you need to completely understand an assignment. And that two per cent luck is just being in the right place at the right time. which is what I try to achieve. where firstly. He has also been a part of TCS’ soccer-winning teams in corporate tournaments. things will eventually fall in place. this requires complete dedication. And in this. “More than my physical fitness.However. you are greeted by a large framed photograph of a bunch of gentlemen holding aloft a trophy. So. there was no looking back as he stood first in his school and district in Commerce in Class XII and graduated by standing No other company (and not just Group companies) can match the speed at which TCS works. and don’t stop till I have achieved it. In TCS. he was more focused on his on-field exploits. if you just stick to the task despite the roadblocks. hard work and attention to detail. it ensures to keep my mind fresh and is a perfect start to the day. “Of course. he says that he didn’t bother much about academics at all until his eighth grade.” While Mukhopadhyay may not follow a rigorous fitness regimen. “It’s also extremely important to have a trusting work-environment. according to me. inspired him to be serious about his studies. merely being in the Group doesn’t guarantee a successful career.” he mentions.” According to him. On closer inspection of that photograph. He also plays sports like cricket and soccer. He keeps his energy levels high by going for a swim on most weekends at the Taj Wellington Mews Gymkhana in Mumbai. He was the captain of the Tata Sons team in the 7-a-side Corporate Cricket Tournament. they should do so with a strong mindset. till his best friend Subrato Roy. he makes it a point to walk almost every morning. Mukhopadhyay does find certain differences in the working culture in TCS as compared to other Group companies that he has been a part of. “I was rather lucky not to have failed even once.
“has a natural knack of writing and speaking. Yet. “I have strictly told my team that I don’t want to sit in office after 7 pm.. His wife Paromita and daughters Shreemoyee and Shreenandini are the others that complete Mukhopadhyay’s life. Paromita.” so much so that her quality of writing has often surprised her proud dad. the exams had already started. “Whenever I see water. But there’s one very relevant point that this Company Secretary adds. who had said that the youngsters today can take care of themselves. To top all these achievements.” he says. little incidents can play a huge part in shaping up one’s destiny.” he asserts. “Be your own! Don’t try to copy others. To everyone’s surprise. while also reflecting that he himself often struggles to do so. which he did from St. he topped the class in that paper outscoring the class topper by 15 marks! Shreenandini. Suprakash Mukhopadhyay with his daughters Shreemoyee and Shreenandini 30 | @TCS . After ten minutes. and credits them for helping him be relaxed during tough situations.a day in the life of .varghese@tcs. While I am particular that they reach on time. “It helps one’s imaginative power and ability to think in abstract. Mumbai. Xavier’s College in Kolkata. That explains why he chose a cabin that overlooks the vast Arabian Sea alongside the Queen’s Necklace in Marine Drive. Find out what recipe works for you and go do it. Sometimes. for a business management paper. who is a primary school teacher by choice. he went prepared for an accountancy paper. “Besides forests. I feel comfortable and relaxed. Of late.com Be your own! Don’t try to copy others. which she herself is very fond of. a family outing is on the cards twice a year! Recent trips with his family to Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh and Sunderbans in West Bengal are fresh in his memory.” he adds. Suprakash advocates reading more than watching television or movies. Suprakash agrees with Vish Iyer. Patience is the key Suprakash is so fond of his best friends Subrata and Sudeep Bandopadhyay that he calls them his role models. They need to go back and take care of their families. Find out what recipe works for you and go do it. but no one should be seen sitting after office hours. For Mukhopadhyay. And spending quality time with his family is something that Mukhopadhyay himself advocates for his team as well. By Blessen Varghese blessen. that moment can when he was in this twelfth grade. likes to spend time with the children and wants them to pick up art and craft.” this nature-lover says.. Not having read the time-table properly. third in his university in Bachelors of Commerce (B. while Shreemoyee. I also love the sea. in her ninth grade. he also stood first in India in the Cost Accounting exam. takes keen interest in painting. he began writing the paper.Com). Patience is the key!” he says staring at an impatient wave crash against the tetrapods lined up all across the Queen’s Necklace. By the time he realized his folly. and perhaps his own. he’s hooked on to some philosophical and inspirational books. in one of the class tests. in her sixth grade.
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2011. both professionals and amateurs. a typical pleasant Mumbai winter morning greeted thousands of runners. In the fourth year of being an associate sponsor. 32 | @TCS .The year JANUARY Mumbai marathon On 16 January. who had come from different corners of the world to participate in the city’s biggest sporting event. the Mumbai Marathon. TCS’presence could not be missed even among the massive flood of people.
in pictures FEBRUARY Blitz 2011 To celebrate the past year’s success and recommit themselves to an even better new year. Chandrasekaran. The launch of iON Technology enablement of Small & Medium Business (SMB) enterprises across the country took a huge step forward. CEO. over 700 top executives came together at the Hyderabad Convention Centre. N. the first-of. an Indian government cabinet minister and a host of other senior TCS executives across the company and the globe. Ratan Tata. The two-day event took place on 10-11 February and included appearances by the Tata Group Chairman. fully integrated information technology solution for the SMBs. @TCS | 33 .itskind. as TCS launched iON.
TCS finds its TOP 10 Maha inducted to ‘CFO India’ Hall of Fame CFO S. Mahalingam was inducted into the CFO India Hall of Fame in the month of March. And most of those issues are now resolved in a matter of hours. The winners of the Industry Unit driven contests vied to be a part of the prestigious TCS Top 10. The finals took place in the month of March and as expected.The year MARCH mPower TCS launches mPower. The theme of the Top 10 Global Finals was to produce champions with skill-sets most relevant to the company. Maha was bestowed the honour by the CFO India magazine in recognition of his ‘exemplary career as a senior corporate leader and his lifetime contribution to the world of finance. With the introduction of mPower. The best among equals TCSers across the globe were given the opportunity to prove their mettle and come out on top.’ 34 | @TCS . TCSers now have a local channel that fosters an environment of trust and transparency to address people issues at all levels. a platform for employees to voice their concerns and queries that ensures quick and effective responses. it was a high octane affair with teams leapfrogging over each other to be in and out of the Top 10 list.
000 crore on strong demand from companies in the US and Europe. 10. The announcement was made at an award ceremony in New Delhi with an aim to recognise the contributions of those who have built Brand India. 2011. @TCS | 35 . analytics. Chandra was awarded the Business Leader of the year in the second edition of the All India Management Association (AIMA) Managing India Awards 2011 on 20 April.in pictures APRIL $8 bn milestone TCS crossed the $8 billion milestone in annual revenues as its fourth quarter revenues rose to over Rs. social media and sustainability solutions. The country’s biggest software company continues to shape the adoption of next generation technologies by investing in new areas like mobility. Chandra named AIMA business leader of the year CEO N.
KLM. Sharjah. Looking at numbers.largest operating segment with a presence in 21 European countries accounting for about 25 per cent of TCS’global revenues. and Fujairah. The quiz received an overwhelming response from the schools of Dubai. 35 years in Europe TCS completes its 35 years of Europe operations. TCS Europe is now the company’s second. near-shore and European locations. went beyond borders as UAE got a first taste of the high-octane quiz show. Abu Dhabi. AXA. over 35. Dubai.The year MAY IT Wiz debuts in Dubai This is a special year for TCS IT Wiz. Over 450 students participated in the first international edition of the inter-school IT Quiz held at Sheikh Rashid Auditorium. Bekaert. ING. Nokia Siemens Networks and Ferrari from offshore. for the first time. British Airways.000 TCSers work for leading European firms like ABN Amro. 36 | @TCS . Indian High School. The biggest IT-based school level quiz show in India. BT. In terms of business growth.
Many race enthusiasts in the capital city of the southern Indian state of Karnataka were spotted early in the morning flexing their muscles and warming up for an exhilarating day at the Kanteerava Stadium. @TCS | 37 . the starting point for the TCS World 10K.in pictures JUNE TCS World 10K rocks Bangalore 5 June wasn’t the usual laidback Sunday in Bangalore.
38 | @TCS . Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director. Now.The year JULY 2-lakh employees TCS crossed the landmark of 2. Aman Mehta. Director. Dr. Mumbai. Phiroz A. Annual General Meeting At a glittering event held at Birla Matoshree Hall. Mahalingam.000 employees in the month of July. S. Vijay Kelkar. Venkatraman Thyagarajan. Vice-Chairman. the 16th AGM of TCS witnessed scenes of unprecedented jubilation when Chairman Ratan Tata along with the Board of Directors revealed the truly mind-boggling figures from the past year. Director. The dais of the AGM looked almost like a star-studded Broadway show with the presence of heavyweights including Chairman. TCS has more employees than the population of Padova city (Italy) or Hagen city (Germany) or Eindhoven (The Netherlands) to give you a fair idea. Chandrasekaran. Director. Ron Sommer. Director. Director. Dr. S. Vandrevala. further establishing itself as the country’s largest private sector employer. N. Ramadorai. Director. Ratan N. Tata. among other senior management associates.00. Ishaat Hussain. Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.
in pictures AUGUST Amsterdam Marathon tie-up On 26 August. which has showcased various aspects of our organisation for so many years. Internal Social Network The online avatar of TCS’ in-house magazine was officially unveiled in the month of August. It also brought a whole new 'experience' of the magazine. @TCS | 39 . critic and advisor. TCS was appointed as the official technology partner of the Amsterdam Marathon and took the title sponsorship of the event for a five-year period between 2011 and 2015. writer. It changed your role from a passive reader to an active reader. reviewer.
The who’s who of IT and the literary world were present at the event to witness the untold story of the pioneer of Information Technology in the words of the man who had led it for a major part. Tata Sons. Ramadorai. Ratan Tata.The year SEPTEMBER 5 FAB Fab 50 Forbes magazine has listed TCS in its Asia’s Fab 50 companies list. The book is a must-read biography on TCS’ long and eventful journey over the past four decades in the words of S. TCS is one among seven Indian companies to make the cut. unveiled The TCS Story by S. Ramadorai’s debut book launch Chairman. our company tops the table in terms of Market Value. 40 | @TCS . 2011. Ramadorai at a glittering ceremony at the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai. In a list that was released on 11 September.
the TCS European summit took place at the luxury hotel.in pictures OCTOBER TCS ranked 7th greenest company TCS has been ranked as the world’s 7th greenest company in Newsweek’s Green Rankings 2011. In addition. 7TH GREENEST COMPANY Europe Summit Around 150 of TCS’ top customers in UK & Europe participated in the largest and most successful ever TCS European Summit from 19-21 October. This year. Florida was the location where more than 400 TCSers and customers gathered from 2-4 October. Conrad Brussels. the capital of Europe. to enjoy the seventh annual customer summit. TCS is the highest ranked Asia-based company and second highest ranked globally in the Information Technology & Services company category. 2011. located in the heart of Brussels in Belgium. @TCS | 41 . 2011. North America Summit Sunny Bonita Springs. The summit is the key annual customer event in North America and this year’s event proved to be a huge success.
assumed administration responsibility for 3.2 billion (Pound 1.2 billion contract with Friends Life. Chandra participated in a discussion about how India is likely to create a talent pool to accelerate economic growth. Phiroz Vandrevala was made MD and VC of the subsidiary. Chandra. The agreement. investments and insurance. Some of the biggest names of India Inc. Chandra co-chairs WEF India The World Economic Forum –India Summit was held in Mumbai for the first time in 26 years from 12 to 14 November at Grand Hyatt Mumbai.2bn contract Diligenta won $ 2.37 billion) over 15 years. a provider of pensions. N. 2012 is worth $2. SABRE Awards TCS' Corporate Communications team won the SABRE Awards in the Media relations category for the Launch of iON (strategic unit for Small and Medium Business) at the first ever Asia-Pacific SABRE Awards held at Singapore. 42 | @TCS . effective 1 March.The year NOVEMBER Diligenta wins $2. Diligenta. This is the second Sabre award won by the team. including CEO and MD. attended the event.2 million policies for Friends Life. Earlier in the year.. earlier this year it had won the Gold SABRE Award in the Executive Leadership category at the North American awards. a leading Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) provider in the UK and a subsidiary of TCS.
Chennai. The awards cover residential as well as commercial categories with regional heats for Arabia. The highest scoring entries from each category in every region are then re-evaluated to establish the winners at the international level.com> @TCS | 43 . Lucknow.in pictures DECEMBER Siruseri wins the Best Architecture of the Year award TCS’ campus at Siruseri has won the Best Architecture Trophy for the year 2011 at the International Property Awards held in London. Mumbai and Pune. Hyderabad. culminating in an annual grand final. Coimbatore. Delhi. The National Finals comprised of 12 teams that won regional rounds held in Ahmedabad. TCS’ Siruseri campus has been adjudged the Best Commercial Building (architecture) in the world for the year 2011. Not to anyone’s surprise. Kochi. the Americas and Asia Pacific. IT Wiz Grand Finale The grand finale of the biggest school quiz of India concluded in Chennai. The finals concluded a journey which began with over 14. Bangalore. Established 17 years ago.700 high-school students competing for the regional titles across 12 cities during 2011. Bhubaneshwar.chugh@tcs. Kolkata. Africa. the International Property Awards in association with Bloomberg Television and Google are the world’s most prestigious property competition. The top winning teams from each city qualified for the National Finals. Judging is carried out through a meticulous process involving a panel of over 60 experts covering every aspect of the property business. Compiled by Anoop Chugh <anoop. Europe.
Assurance Services Unit (ASU).Quality Assurance and Process. every year to an individual for making extraordinary contribution to Indian IT. India on 30 November 2011. there was apprehension about a leadership vacuum being created. Kumaresan N provided insights into the multiple CoEs within ASU . it was inaugurated by Jay Natarajan. The jury felt that TCS’ CEO. Six shortlisted contestants competed in theme based rounds . She elaborated on the significance of testing in everyday life and traversed all through ASU’s journey – from a small team in 2000 to the current independent unit boasting of strong presence across various industry verticals as Banking. Chandra said. India's oldest and largest IT magazine. testing tools and test metrics in the Assurance Quiz. Rajni N. through his able leadership has proved that any such fear is unfounded. Financial Services & Insurance.at a function held in New Delhi. In the context of most of the first generation leaders stepping down. who is regarded as the face of next generation leadership in the Indian IT. Telecom. Manufacturing and Energy Resource & Utilities. Life Sciences & HealthCare. highlighted the importance of a separate horizontal for Assurance supporting all industry verticals. and instill passion for ‘software testing’. Test Delivery Manager Preetha S explained the challenges faced by Sainsbury and how TCS became the client’s Testing partner. Assurance Days introduce the various Centers of Excellence (COEs) under ASU’s domain along with the in-house tools and accelerators for testing. The chief guest Uma Rijhwani. the ASU Global Delivery Head. With over 150 participating associates getting thoroughly informed on ASU . The award is given by Dataquest.” Vignettes of the Assurance Day III in Bangalore on the range of activities undertaken and the verticals and customers engaged. Niche and Performance Testing.000-strong Team TCS that has made this moment possible. Held at Pioneer auditorium in Bangalore on 15th November 2011. ‘Assurance Day’ is an initiative through which ASU brings its leadership teams closer to the associates.its capabilities and the different opportunities that Testing as a primary career offers.news bulletin TCS 360 0 Awards and Recognition Chandra wins IT Person of the Year TCS CEO N. Around TCS Bangalore observes Assurance Day 3 Building a mutually enriching association with associates has always been a prime priority of TCS .Automation.Chandra has been conferred the Dataquest IT Person of the Year award for 2011—one of the most coveted honors in Indian IT . the ASU HR head briefed the audience on ‘Careers in Testing’ and clarified many apprehensions about career paths. Travel Transport & Hospitality. Delivery head for BFS Europe3 accounts. The jury led by Pramod Bhasin of Genpact (and 2010 Dataquest IT person of the year) unanimously decided on Chandra. Retail. Media & Information Systems. Apprising associates 44 | @TCS . On the occasion. the Assurance Day @ Bangalore was a phenomenal success. Hi-Tech. “I am truly honoured and humbled by this award and accept it wholeheartedly not only on my behalf and but also for the 200.
news bulletin Chennai receives Southwest Airlines CTO A year young partnership between Southwest Airlines (SWA) and TCS strengthened with the visit of SWA’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Bob Young. ‘Mind Map’ and ‘Know Your IRC’ at Ahmedabad. he met the TCS senior management team and discussed the IT strategy. initiatives and objectives for the coming years. Dr Fayez paid special attention to each member of the team. a tête-à-tête in Bangalore on ‘The TCS Story’ articulated the story of the organization. at the Offshore Delivery Center in Chennai from 2nd – 6th November. MEA delivery head Lax Venkataraman and Program Director. This was followed by a series of presentations and discussions from Project. undergoing training at the center during IRC Week and they participated with enthusiasm in the celebrations. Zita Magori successfully organized a used book market and BookCrossing campaign. Bridget Reeves. 2011. ‘Bull's Eye’ at Mumbai and ‘Phrase Up’ at Pune tested vocabulary and language. An open house of the PDC library and a raffle was organized. US Western Region. EntSol-MEA delivery manager Brahmananda Patra. ‘Adomania’ at Mumbai and ‘Advertise a Book’ at Pune tested various skills of the associates and their awareness of the organization. EntSol. and Noor Sayyed (BPO). Information Resource Centre Celebrates 7th IRC Week KACST Customer Visits Bhubaneswar ODC The Japanese associates engage in activities at Trivandrum Dr Fayez along with the other delegates The 7th IRC Week was celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm at all the Information Resource Centres across India.’ ‘Attention Plz’ and ‘Guesswat’ and Kolkata had an interesting session on Readings and the ‘Lit List Quiz’ among others. He also set expectations from the TCS Team to be a partner in this journey to make this dream project successful. coordinated the Phoenix Development Center Library IRC Week. Knowledge Officer Budapest GDC. DCH Manoj Panda. Riyadh. Dr Fayez gave a broad picture of KACST which fosters the vision of shifting focus of a natural resource-based economy to a knowledge-based economy for KSA and becoming a global leader in STI by 2025.’ ‘Books Marks’ and ‘Posters. He commemorated the one year anniversary by cutting a cake and also distributing the Certificate of Appreciation to the senior management and high performers of the TCS-SWA team. along with Hysham AbdulNoor Sr. Creativity was exhibited in the events like ‘Collage. Delhi had an engaging week with novel events such as ‘Fundoze.’ While debate and author talks were the attractions in Chennai. Talent Engagement Manger Head. spawning energy in them to go that extra mile to make this . In addition to the regular book exhibitions. many branches came up with new events and ideas to add variety to the celebrations. Programme Sponsor from King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). Chandrakant Inamdar offered a warm welcome to the visitors. Trivandrum had a group of Japanese associates 46 | @TCS Kalinga Park was graced by the visit of Dr Fayez. At TCS Hungary. In his address. Collections from the raffle were donated to the Tata Technologies First Book Virtual Book Drive. IRC Week has now been entrenched firmly in TCS Overseas. BPO and others. Project Manager from AT Kearney. During his visit. subscription drives. Key participants included Entsol-MEA delivery head Suranjan Chatterjee. video screenings and regular competitions.
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IEEE Fellow is a distinction Prof Anand Sivasubramaniam reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation. Starting as the underdogs. and the IT industry. S Ramadorai. IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. TCS surprised all with this win. Kolkata gripped by football fever Members of the team strike a pose with the trophies Football fever consumed TCSers on 17th December 2011.news bulletin alliance a success. Prof. He shares this achievement with the likes of Dr.Tech from IIT Madras in 1989. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE's highly cited publications. The chilly morning found the eight teams warming up in their colourful jerseys eagerly waiting to take on their opponents. National Science Foundation. and a Ph. Remaining undefeated in the whole tournament and TCS beat the likes of Barclays in penalties to clinch the final. This visit highlights the growth of TCS in emerging markets. USA. Sports TCS wins Fusion cup Sivasubramaniam now IEEE Fellow Prof Anand Sivasubramaniam. The first round of knockout matches between Infospace vs Victoria Park and GDC vs Eden1 were battled out simultaneously with . since 1995. TCS Innovation Labs – Chennai has been made the IEEE Fellow effective from 1 Jan. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 1995. technology standards. He has been a Professor at Penn State University. During his stay at Delhi Dr Fayez met iON team and Varun Kapur (MEA IOU Head). He received his B. 2012. KACST is one of the largest offshore leveraged projects from Saudi Arabia being currently executed from Bhubaneswar DC. culminating in the annual event of Momentum 2011 – The TCS Intra Football Tournament at the Bidhannagar Municipality Ground. F C Kohli and Mr. Prof Anand has been awarded the IEEE Fellow for contributions to power management of storage systems and high performance computer systems.D. 48 | @TCS The team in a celebratory mode TCS won the inaugural "Fusion Cup" held on 10-11th of Dec at Jamia Milia Sports Complex.S. Currently KACST pioneers Saudi Arabia’s future scientifically and technologically. and professional and educational activities. It gave a sense of pride to the members of the offshore team to be associated with a project which is considered highly critical and significant by the government of Saudi Arabia. He has spearheaded several projects on power management of computer systems. Anand Sivasubramaniam is a Chief Scientist at Tata Consultancy Services driving R&D on green initiatives. He has published over 160 research papers in highly competitive conferences and journals. He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist. conferences. and has received several awards from the U. Head. Green Datacenters and large scale IT infrastructure management.
Brief scores: League Round: 1. Vijay. Malad. Though the team didn't look well prepared yet. and as the word spread. TCS being the only corporate team participating amongst major clubs and colleges. as TCS participated in open volleyball tournament organized by Dahisar Sports Foundation. 20-25. The newly conceptualized Old Bones team led by veteran Subodh Biswas lost out to Eden2. The final showdown between defending champion Infospace and star studded GDC was exciting with each team unwilling to let go even an inch. Ramesh Krishnan won the men’s singles titles at both Wimbledon and the French Open in 1979. TCS decided to participate in an open volleyball tournament organized by Dalmia College. with limited practice opportunities but an abundance of teamwork and camaraderie has so far impressed one and all and has made its name in the Mumbai volleyball circle. Naveen. 25-21 The TCS Volleyball team. TCS clinches 3rd prize at NJMM Mumbai Volleyball Open It all began with a handful of volleyball enthusiasts coming together to get their old playing days back and gather similar minded individuals who had played the game before. The team realized the importance of sticking to the basics and minimizing mistakes thus picking up good momentum.Defeated Shivaji Club: 25-14. but came back and the thrashed Dalmia College team to clinch the third prize. 25-13 2. He guided our players on the correct way to warm up and played with each player to give individual feedback on what can be done to rise to the next level of performance.Defeated Malad Boys: 25-22. the group soon shaped into a team. @TCS | 49 .Infospace and GDC emerging as winners. Beating one opponent after the other. TCS tennis enthusiasts reported to the Bombay Gymkhana courts and met with Ramesh Krishnan who was ready to play. and who achieved a career high ranking of 23 as a senior player. Setters Aditya Rane and Saif pulled up all their experience providing a variety of moves which were converted by the spikers. TCS surprised one and all by reaching the semi-finals in the first tournament itself. One by one the group's size grew. BIPL qualified against Omega with Nihit Shah scoring the winning goal. who felt that they were playing against a wall that was returning each and every ball with an increasing degree of difficulty. Ramesh is admired for touch. 25-12 3. TCS never let the opponent teams to come back in the match by their continuous attacks and effective defense strengthened by Amit and TCS marched into the semi finals against all odds. we pulled off some great performances to defeat the top teams. Teams which have taken TCS lightly have already paid the price and now come well prepare when they face TCS. TCS has announced its arrival in Mumbai District Volleyball. 23-25 Third Position Match Defeated Dalmiya College: 25-15. no one really expected us to do well. It took some time and a huge effort from the team to taste success once again. TCS lost in the semifinals to title winners Thakur Youth Boys. Semifinals: Lost to Thakur Volleyball Club A: score 15-25. TCSers Nikhil. 25-23 Ramesh Krishnan Coaches TCS Mumbai Tennis enthusiasts TCS tennis team enthusiasts with Ramesh Krishnan (standing 4th from left) TCS Mumbai tennis enthusiasts were fortunate to interact with and learn from the legendary Ramesh Krishnan who was ranked number ? in the world as a junior player. But as our players settled in. anticipation and all round game and runs a tennis academy in Chennai with his illustrious father Ramanathan Krishnan. and was part of the Indian team which reached the final of the Davis Cup in 1987.Defeated NJMM Volleyball Club A (Host team): 25-19. Finally GDC scored the one and only goal snatching the trophy from Infospace. He played short sets of doubles with the TCS players. Ajay and Sandeep were in sublime form and took the initiative of striking powerful blows which never allowed the opponents to settle. reached three Grand Slam quarter-finals in the 1980s.
On this particular occasion we are happy to continue this tradition and to make a difference in the lives of these terminally ill children here in Switzerland as well.000 runners. Regular exercise reduces the risk of contracting diabetes and helps those with the disease manage the side effects. Heinz Gehri commented: “Corporate social responsibility is deeply embedded in our company’s tradition and manifested through sustained activities with respect to CSR across the globe wherever TCS operates. Country Manager Heinz Gehri presented Luginbühl with a cheque which will be used to fund the last wishes and dreams of very sick children. The marathon goes through Brooklyn. and the 2010 New York City Marathon. You could see TCS signage throughout much of the route. and exhilaration. had to conquer that day.’’ . It was in the faces of the runners as they crossed the finish line that illustrated best that sense of relief. and food before heading over to the finish line to cheer the runners on. This is the 26. At the end of the gathering. into Manhattan.com/tcs. JCI has worldwide more than 200000 members worldwide. 3000 of which are based in Switzerland. diabetes afflicts over 220 million people worldwide and nearly 8% of Americans. the nation’s leading non-profit charity fighting diabetes. Whether it was along the race course where sponsor signs framed the route or in the hands of cheering fans clanging TCS cowbells. Community Switzerland lends a hand to terminally ill children The event about to start The 2011 ING NYC Marathon kicked off on Staten Island for its annual run through the five boroughs that comprise New York City. India and many other countries around the world. Looking forward to more initiatives where TCS volunteers can contribute. TCS hosted a hospitality suite at the nearby Pierre Hotel. Words do not do justice to the enormity of the accomplishment and the effort needed to complete the marathon. touches the Bronx and then finishes back in Manhattan’s Central Park. We strive to contribute to the society where we operate. The Junior Chamber International (JCI) is an independent nonprofit organisation.stopdiabetes. in many cases terminally ill – come true. TCS was everywhere. Donations 50 | @TCS Luginbühl with Heinz Gehri The Junior Chamber International (JCI) delegate. The fulfillment of those requests is organized by the Charity Organization Wunderlampe (wonder lamp). a Taj Hotel property. including a number of Team TCS runners. exhaustion. Team TCS runners raised money in support of the American Diabetes Association (ADA). TCS also supported the ING New York City Marathon VIP “Blue Line Lounge” by making available charging stations for spectators’ wireless devices. A major health problem in the US. Queens. Luginbühl visited TCS Switzerland’s office in Zürich and held a presentation about their organization and its charity work.news bulletin TCS Runs the NYC Marathon can still be made by going to the Team TCS ADA web site at www. TCS was proud to be an official sponsor and the official technology partner for the 2011 ING NYC Marathon. innovative and open minded young managers.2 mile route that all 45. This sponsorship builds off of TCS’ participation in the 2010 and 2011 Chicago and Boston Marathons. Members are between 18 and 40 years of age and creative. Customers. Team TCS friends and family stopped by throughout the day to grab some refreshments. a very popular collectible at marathons.
why you should still go ahead and own one. The raised 52 | @TCS . At the front.LOUNGE T A hulky SUV. The leather upholstery. I almost pronounced it a sports car. zoom out a little and you would realise you are admiring a dwarf X3. Looks Attractive to look at. more of a what-were-they-thinking look. Ergonomic design needs no lengthy explanation. But. It lacks the stature and supremacy of a utility vehicle. Though. It made me wonder. Other similarly priced SUVs – the Fortuner. BMW pedigree. and attractive to look at. a three-series resembling dash all add to the feel-good driving experience. Lastly. or the Endeavour. At the first peek. More on performance a little later. On a detailed examination of the rising lateral lines that lend the car a dynamic shape. Something that costs you four times more than a hatch. and can climb a rock-strewn rough terrain without much fuss. short overhangs and a sloping rear windscreen. it attracts eyeballs. or comfort or gadgetry for the X1. the X1 is the benchmark in interior luxury. while the L-shaped taillights in conjunction with the horizontal flow of lines visually broaden the rear. it has been bestowed with titles like quasi-SUV. it's something you sense immediately. The BMW X1 is caught somewhere in-between We drove the cheapest BMW ever to hit the Indian roads to find out if the X1 really fits the true urban SUV tag? If yes. not necessarily adulation. and little in essence. and luxurious? Yes. what’s an urban SUV all about? Something that offers as much space as a hatch would. They are rugged. A luxurious hatch is what the X1 really can be best described as. spacious. Interior With no sheer competition in the wantto-be-soft-roader category from either Mercedes or Audi. After the first glance. Something that guzzles fuel like an SUV. are no match in interior styling. Yes. one would give it a second and a third look. or a pretty hatch. something that is luxurious. or an urban SUV. the distinctively shaped hood and the threeeye look of the headlights talk about the he BMW X1 is truly a modern automobile – high on innovation. the X1 looks like a compact X model. no way an SUV. mini-soft-roader.
the latter is a better performing and proven combination. Early misery. or the 6-Series. It drives you around. the four-cylinder 2. it has to be a stormer on the road. which you’d not bother talking about. BMW at a bargain (Rs 22lakh for i18).0 9. But. By Anoop Chugh anoop.0 225/50 R 17 H 225/50 R 17 H seating position in the X1 compensates for the lower stance of the wannabe-SUV. the rear space isn’t what you’d expect from a half SUV. Out of the two engine options available – 18i (4-cylinder 1. Without a roadbanger of an engine and an all-wheel-drive. the X1 is no roadster.2 1.GEAR VIEW BMW X1 20d Wheels Tyre dimensions Tyre dimensions rear Engine Cylinders/valves Capacity in cc Stroke/bore in mm Max. courtesy outstanding suspension tuning. is as ordinary as driving another fourcylinder engine.2 191 60 0. Ideally. optimal axle load distribution and low centre of gravity. 177bhp. you gain in gadgets – iDrive.505 1. it isn’t generous.chugh@tcs. sans the BMW joy. output in kW (hp) at 1/min Max. bottle holders located in each of the front and rear doors. Performance If it’s a BMW. And. and hence there’s a little compromise on the space. What you lose in space. a centre console on the dashboard. hence a luxurious hatch.32 202 9.3 6. especially when you stack three adults in the back seat.990 550 915/1. 350Nm). 2. it would come at a steep Rs 30-lakh price tag. storage nets on the front seat backrests.600 10. posh interiors. As we found out. sadly it’s no creamy six-cylinder horse pumping machine.8l Petrol. The X1 uses the same underpinnings as that of the 3-Series. Surely.1. Though.7 31.135 4/4 1. Not in a way we know the X5.400 200/3.100 km/h (in s) Acceleration 0 .0l diesel.4 8.0 110 (150)/6.com @TCS | 53 . 150bhp. but a tad expensive. it’s a four-seater. would not fetch you a monster strapped in the hood.120 km/h in 4th/5th gear (in s) Fuel consumption Urban (l/100 km) Extra-urban (l/100 km) Composite (l/100 km) CO2 emissions (g/km) Tank capacity in Iitres 11. The humbler of the two engines – i18.995 90. including a glasses compartment in the driver's side roof liner. After the drive you wonder – where’s the BMW in the X1? Positives: Cheapest BMW.0l diesel engine isn’t the most refined way of converting thermal energy into mechanical energy. earns you respect.0/84.000 m (in s) ToAcceleration 80 . and flexible interiors with a multitude of pockets and trays. design (if you aren't an ardent BMW fan). torque in Nm at 1/min Power-to-weight ratio (EU) in kg/hp Weight in kg Unladen weight Maximum permissible weight Permitted load Permitted axle load front/rear Performance Drag (cw) Top speed (km/h) Acceleration 0 . best-in-class power. Negatives: Lack of space. and up to five attachable cup holders. one ends up only talking about the car’s superior agility and manoeuvrability. 200Nm) and 20d (4-cylinder. but again it beats other full-fledged SUVs at basic torque and bhp numbers.4/12. the rear seat bench can be split 40:20:40. push button start and dynamic traction control. disappointing off-roading ability. You’d not write off the X1 completely. or completely levelled to create more space.
However. Pause and Play! n the previous generations. But if you 54 | @TCS I Equip your Android smartphone with exciting multimedia apps that can instantly transform your experience are simply dumping your multimedia onto your phone and using default applications. this . you can sync your music wirelessly through a Wi-Fi network! Also. Inc. This tends to eat into your battery power.) : For years. walkmans made portable music a possibility. now that you have invested in an Android phone. you can use the equaliser to tweak the sound so you can hear the music the way you like to. you our pho y ing out are miss se of niver on the u apps ltimedia mu ndroid on the A market Android Multimedia Apps: Rewind. Winamp gives you access to artist bios and discographies and also lets you stream music from over a thousand internet radio stations using SHOUTcast. you could carry your entire collection. Also. you can probably do the same with your phone. The UI itself is light and breezy and pleasing to the eye. you have access at least 8 GB of space for your music or movies. But with the advent of MP3 players. Winamp has been one of the more popular music players on PCs because of its visually exciting skins. playlist options and also because it would hang a lot less than the clunky Windows Media Player. With some high-capacity MP3 players.LOUNGE e simply f you ar I g your dumpin dia onto multime ne. Winamp for Android has a number of cool options. along with giving you a simple UI to organise your music and make playlists.thousands of songs with you! Well. you are missing out on the universe of multimedia apps on the Android market that can change the way you use and consume your media on your phone! Winamp (By Nullsoft. there was no longer a need to lug tapes or CDs around. especially if you are using Wi-Fi. Also. Winamp is not without its downsides. And forget a portable DVD player. One of the coolest things about this app is if you have Winamp installed on your computer as well. you can watch as many movies or videos as you want on your phone! Be it through the internal memory or through your SD card.
Inc.MACHINEHEAD discover new music from your Shazam Friends and Shazam Tag Chart. Shazam is the perfect solution to your particular predicament. you are limited by only the first 40 seconds of app cannot play videos and has issues with some audio file formats but those seem to have been fixed with the latest updates. By Ashwini Mishra ashwini3. With this app.): Tired of the usual default ringtones? Well. as you can share tags of the music you identify on Facebook and Twitter and also the song. we conclude this issue on multimedia apps in the Android market. we look forward to feedback and suggestions from you. But then. This video player can play any format you throw at it and if you can’t play it. you can just hold your phone up to the music being played and you can get all the information about the song and also view the lyrics. you can now load up your Android smartphone into a multimedia powerhouse that it has the potential to be! As always. we will come back to gaming with an article on some of the greatest games on the Android market. MX Video Player (By MX Technologies) : Depending on which Android phone you might be using. you can always set any of your favourite songs as your ring tone.m@tcs. It is here that an app like MX Video Player really comes into handy. you can now load up your Android smartphone into the multimedia powerhouse that it has the potential to be @TCS | 55 . You can save a 30 second sample of the track and listen to it again and again! You can even buy the song from Amazon and download it on to your phone through this app. Ringtone Maker (By MOBILE17. Shazam even has a social element to it. Shazam (By Shazam Entertainment Limited) : Ever heard a song when you can’t remember the name or the lyrics but it’s right at the tip of your tongue? Or heard a track you really liked but you didn’t know the name or the artist or anything and you kept humming it to your friends for weeks hoping one of them could tell you which song it was? Well. We got a few e-mails suggesting some interesting apps after last month’s article. there will be certain video formats you can play while other video formats are not supported. The clarity of videos on this app is one of the key features since it plays DivX files without you needing to compress them down to MP4 or 3gp formats. A number of Android phones support 3gp and MP4 formats but do not support formats like AVI and DivX. with this app you can choose which part of the song or sound clip you would like to play as your ringtone. Keep those mails coming! In the next issue. you are prompted to download the MX Video Player codecs. which can often just be a really slow introduction before your song of the moment hits its crescendo.com Hopefully. Hopefully. Well. You can use this as your ringtone or for specific contacts or even as an alarm clock! With that.
we forget to focus on the critical aspect of ourselves – our own body. it becomes much easier for members of such a group to play games. 32. the Thane Half Marathon. Let us all take cues from Ashok’s lifestyle that’s peppered with sports. The effort that Ashok put in for this—he has completed 35. some of them even doing ultra marathons. that of scoring more and more runs in answer! In good times and otherwise. instead of the usual Half Marathon. he has won several titles in activities as varied as kabaddi. the only way to stay fit is to assign priority to sports and other fitness activities. So. In living a sedentary lifestyle. and run regularly.com 56 | @TCS . “it’s the spirit of togetherness that exists in the group and inspires us to run”.LOUNGE Changing Strides Ashok Poojary attributes his success to his mantra of giving equal priority to both sports and work “I started with the Copenhagen Walkathon in the year 2004. In fact. Then. and volleyball when in school. So. Danish Krone was given to charity. but his attitude. and begin with a deep breath! By Kapil Arora k. all the members have registered for the Half Marathons. whether we begin these earlier in the day or get them prescribed by the doctor later in life is entirely our choice. it was lawn tennis and badminton that absorbed his passion. in the long run. passion. Ashok has benefited the most from such groups. For every kilometre that you walked. A large part of Ashok’s life is not about his involvement with sports. I put as much dedication to sports as I do for my work.” says Ashok Poojary.” Ashok’s sporting joy comes from following tennis and cricket. Ashok turns to the cricketing God for inspiration. What’s more. he finds. People from these groups. run marathons across the country. Ashok has always been an active protégé of sports. Ashok likes to mix things up often.arora@tcs.” Probe him about his role model and he is quick to mention Sachin Tendulkar—whether Sachin has been in form or not. “In my module. how does Ashok manage to run a hectic lifestyle of work and games at the same time? Wellness. he will be changing strides to gear up for the Full Marathon instead. set ourselves fitness goals for 2012. He has even encouraged his teammates to take an enthusiastic part in the Wellness sessions organised by his ISU and in marathon events. Being associated with several running groups has given him the courage to take things to the next level – that of covering larger running distances. he says. and devotion to the game. kho-Kho. For the simple reason of being fit. whether there are rounds of retirement talk around him or not— the man never loses sight of his objective. he has not just participated in the Mumbai Half Marathon for the last two years. one must engage in some form of physical activity or the other. they fail to realise that investing time in themselves would have eventually provided them with invaluable returns. comes from GE ISU’s Wellness Programme that kicked off with a “Watch Your Heart Beat” campaign in February this year. The inspiration. post graduation. It was for raising funds for charity. both. exercise. he has gone ahead and registered for the Jaipur and Mangalore Full Marathons for 2012 already! Ashok believes that fitness agendas work well in groups. if people with shared interests. The constant source of Ashok’s energy comes from being associated with some kind of sports all the time—a stress reliever for someone who works in a high-pressure environment such as in production support projects—so engaging himself in physical activities like outdoor games. no matter the form and least of all the outcome. in sports and in studies. whether there are fitness issues concerning him or not. running and cycling. I walked 10 kilometres. give him the much-needed adrenaline rush that’s good enough to sustain the pressures that come with a “typical Indian IT lifestyle. Sachin is indeed “matchless. “For me. as an epitome of strength. a TCSer who reflects his generous motive behind running. and the Mangalore Half Marathon this year. he and his doctor wife get busy with honing the skills of their 8-year-old son. After all. But this is recent.” he asserts. Such persistent support makes him play life on the front foot. come together. he says. and 25 km as practice runs—has boosted his confidence further. Not one to be happy about his past laurels or current form.” he says with pride. having experienced the gains from such investments by reaping dividends in his corporate avatar. and while at home. Ashok feels immensely positive about how this inclination translates into achieving goals at work. but he has also signed up for three cyclothons in Mumbai recently! For 2012.” While people find it difficult to balance their personal and professional lives and not find time for their favourite sport. is a lot about “We.
whether we begin these earlier in the day or get them prescribed by the doctor later in life is entirely our choice @TCS | 57 .WELLNESS One must engage in some form of physical activity or the other.
5 hours. We had to make our way through a really dense jungle full of thorny bushes. I took it as just another simple routine trek in dry conditions.LOUNGE Vertical limit For this TCSer. no rains to protect my camera from. but also the different people that I meet on treks. Every trek that I go to gives me something new to talk. who have participated in various treks. We played Dumb Charades in the bus. and my courage and strength increase manifold. It seemed like a relief but the best was yet to come. I feel alive. I would like to thank all the members and volunteers of TCS Adventure Club and all the TCS associates. “Ascend to the top. like always. scaling a summit is all about quelling one's greatest fears and thereby accomplishing goals I just completed a year with TCS. No matter how tired and exhausted I am after every trek. take pictures and descend back to the base”. I was proved wrong. And the best part was that I could see a new crowd this time. No waterfalls. The humidity was taking its toll on us. rocks and thick woods for almost 1. It really gave me a sense of strength and courage to conquer all my fears and achieve my ambitions. When we were planning a trek to Karnala. After a few minutes. I am just surprised by how much nature has to offer. As we started from Pune. I feel fresh. For this. We could hear the birds chirping and some of us could even spot a few birds. 1st October was the date when I became an ASE from an ASE-Trainee. But overcoming difficulties is what treks are meant to be. the spirits were high. There is no end to it. I feel fearless. 58 | @TCS . It isn’t only about nature. we had a briefing and started the ascent. This led to dehydration and our stock of water seemed to diminish every minute. But as usual. Now came the hardest part. After reaching the base. think and write about. There were many first-timers. And there was no better way to mark it than by conquering a fort. We spotted giant spiders and rich flora around. something we had never done before on any treks. no streams to cross. We stopped at some points to catch our breath but continued walking through bushes. it initially didn’t appeal much to me. And what appealed the most to me was that this crowd was by far the most energetic crowd that I had ever seen. Being in close proximity to Mumbai. after which we reached a flat terrain. etc. Karnala is hot and humid.
We completed the descent in less than 1. the sad part was that the smog had made sure that we couldn’t see much. Nevertheless. My friends are often amused by how frequently I go on treks. I entered one such water reservoir and filled up the bottles of all the people. we could see a dense jungle thousands of feet below. We had a small stop for a tea break and snacks. It seemed as if nature was welcoming us with a “Thumbs Up!” And then began the actual climb. This water looked exceptionally clean and soothingly cold. bottlenecks were formed due to the tricky terrain. There was not much to explore though. when we reached the base of the fort. However. However. By the time we were back in the bus. I expected most people to relax in the bus since they were obviously tired and exhausted. The problem here was that at some points. Like many other forts. This is what gives you the strength to fight your difficulties and conquer your fears. the fort came into our view. less time consuming and less tiring. danced and yelled so loud that many of us were left with a sore throat. the choice is yours. Such zeal is unmatchable. But after having our food. we found ourselves relaxed. Do you want to sit in the dark and enjoy the light? Or do you want to get out in the light.5 hours. the next problem was that we had exhausted our stock of water. This is why I go on treks. all of them agred to join in. I really feel sorry for them. Once we made it through these bottlenecks.BACKPACKERS suddenly. Once back at the ground. it was around 5:30 pm. This is what brings out the best in you. In the end. Karnala also has water reservoirs that get filled up with rain water. we were ready to explore the fort. After that. this is not a regular fort. Since our water problem was solved. We started playing Antakshri. out of nowhere. Both a movie ticket and a trek costs you the same. we were running late and decided to begin the descent. they have never experienced life. we freshened up with the tap water available and had a look at the birds kept in captivity for display. Sadly. we just lay on the ground. The sun was at its peak and the trees were nowhere to be seen. we didn’t give up. Now I wonder where this energy comes from. It looks exactly like a thumb that is pulled up. when I asked them if they had any energy left to play some games. After such a tedious climb. Though exhausted by now. the descent was smooth. Though I have been on more difficult treks before. However. It was so hot by now that my body seemed like it was radiating heat and my eyes had started itching. It was steep at some points. and see all the darkness go away? The choice is yours… By Aniket Santani @TCS | 59 . I too felt completely worn out. We went up to the end of the fort and wherever we set our eyes. And mind you.
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from education to health. From government to citizen services. is tremendous on the growth of the country and the prosperity of the people.An excerpt from Chandra's acceptance speech on receiving the DQ IT Man of the Year award 64 | @TCS . the impact technology can have. .If the global opportunity is enormous in size. as we all know. the opportunity at home is also enormous in terms of the impact we can have on the growth and development of India. from urban planning to smart cities.
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