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Horizon Volume 5

  1. 1. The A2Z GROUP Newsletter Volume 05, May 2010 Innovation Interviews The Crux of Growth Meet our Real Heroes and Inspiring Leaders
  2. 2. Message from the Founder & MD It is my privilege and take this opportunity to congratulate all those who have contributed in making the new Horizons a huge success. It gives me immense pleasure to see the A2Z Family communicate through this interactive platform. Effective communication in any organization is important as it creates a mutual understanding between the management and the employees. At A2Z, efforts are being made to streamline the communication process and Intranet will soon be introduced. Our cover story tells you all about this. As you all know, innovation is critical to the A2Z Group and I am sure you will enjoy reading the in-depth story explaining why innovation is the key to a sustainable and competitive business advantage today. While Stop Press and Group Updates will inform you about the new national developments, Global Footprints will update you about our forays in the international market. I am sure you appreciated the Book Review in the last issue. It’s always inspiring to read about the works of some of our eminent leaders. This time, acquaint yourself with N R Narayana Murthy’s A Better India, A Better World. Realizing the impact of leaders on the young generation, Leadership Profiles have been made more intensive, exploring some of the eminent personalities of the A2Z Group. We are also starting Real Heroes, a section featuring the engineers from our sites who bring result to all our projects. I urge you to actively participate and make Horizons an e v e n big g e r s uc c e s s . Yo u c an r e ac h me at horizons@a2zemail.com.
  3. 3. Cover Story Bonding the Organization through Intranet Intranet, as we Intranets are secure and easily Procurement, etc. In addition to all know, is a accessible via the internet. They static documents repository, platform enable employees to access Workflow applications like within the relevant information from any requests for leave, stationery organization location simply by using a web and support from various Mr Navneet Jain where browser. This helps the departments may also be Group CIO employees organization in effective and integrated with intranet to make exchange instant communication. it more useful and effective. It information Intranets help organizations in therefore can act as the single and get insight into latest building knowledge base, saving point of contact/support development. It is a website/ overhead costs and reducing platform for all. portal created for the paperwork. Depending on the business employees, not meant for usage It is also an effective tool for needs of the organization, by the external world. It is storing information related to Intranets differ in their backed by security measures Process Documentation of appearance and content. that restrict unauthorized various departments like Following are some of the access to information available Finance, HR, Information examples frequently sought in the intranet database. Technology, Projects,
  4. 4. Cover Story ? information by employees with problems with Mjooz: The ‘A to Z’ of which may be made hardware, software and A2Z Group comes together available on intranet: networks, various IT policies Vision and Mission ? Appraisal procedures and Mjooz has helped knit the statements organization together and bring a schedules, employee ? Message from top synergy in all its operations. Mjooz policies, expenses forms management listing out is a revolutionary technology which and annual leave requests, priorities of the can convert a SMS into an email and staff discount schemes, vice versa. organization / general new vacancies speech ? Personalized pages ? Latest news about projects, All employees in the A2Z Group have covering employee been provided a set of unique services, new customers personal details, payslips, numbers corresponding to the acquisitions, press appraisals, trainings, various departments in the coverage including movements, etc. organization. A simple SMS sent from pictures and videos Various applications like their mobiles can be escalated in the ? Announcements like new Document Management form of formal requests/complaints recruitment and their System (Scan, Index, Store and through Mjooz by converting them profile, organization into emails. It has made the work life View of important structure changes, training of employees a lot simpler. A documents), ERP, email, chat, schedules, who is who employee when faced with any etc. can also be made ? Telephone / Address difficulty, has 24*7 access to all available through extended directory departments of the organization. He Intranets which truly make ? E-newsletter gets his query resolved within a day. ? Calendars, meeting room one platform for employees to bookings, car bookings communicate fast and Employees also receive important ? Departmental budgets, effectively. news and information from various business plans, annual departments through this unique At A2Z, we plan to introduce reports and organizational mechanism. The change has Intranet at the earliest. performance helped A2Z do away with the old ? Virus alerts, tips on dealing and redundant ways of logging complaints.
  5. 5. Group Updates A2Z Maintenance & Engineering Services Private Limited becomes a Public Ltd Company A2Z Maintenance & Engineering Services Private Limited has recently been converted into a Public Limited Company. Its name is changed to A2Z Maintenance & Engineering Services Limited and a fresh Certificate of Incorporation, consequent upon the change of name dated 26th March, 2010 has been issued by the Registrar of Companies, NCT of Delhi & Haryana. It must be noted that all future correspondences should be done with this new name - 'A2Z Maintenance & Engineering Services Limited'. The registrations, tenders, office stationery, letter heads, seals, etc. will hence forth reflect New Entity's Name. Conservation, a state of mind Worldwide, more than 300 million metric tons of paper and paperboard is produced every year. We are perennially complaining about the depleting green cover of the Earth but what are we doing to ensure a greener tomorrow? Bring in a CHANGE Use paper judiciously. Take printouts if you really need to. Recycle paper. Use your discretion while using paper napkins. A2Z Scholarship Program The A2Z Group, since its inception, Number of Scholarships has achieved great heights and has 5 for Class X crossed many milestones. This 5 for Class XII growth would not be possible without the inexpressible hard Procedure to apply for Scholarship: work and integrity of all the Mr Rajesh Send your applications on a plain paper employees of the A2Z Family. In its mentioning the following details, along with the Kataria Head HR & endeavour to recognize the efforts necessary documents: Insurance of its employees' children in 1. Employee name & Staff ID academics, the management has rkataria@a2zemail.com 2. Name of the child 09650877555. consented to award Scholarship to 3. Name & address of the school Top 5 scorers in Class X & XII. The scholarship will be awarded on 4. Education Board the following criteria: 5. Class passed 6. Aggregate percentage Eligibility 7. Attested copy of certificate & mark sheet 90% & above aggregate in Class X or XII for the academic year 2009-2010 The employees are requested to send the above Duration of Scholarship: mentioned details to Head HR by June 15, 2010. 1 Year Management's decision in awarding the scholarship will be final and binding to all applicants.
  6. 6. Welcome on Board The A2Z Group Infrastructure Ms Kohli comes with experience of 12 years Dr Vatsa brings with him in teaching and 6 years in the insurance experience of 19 years in the sector. An entrepreneur, Ms Kohli is MA areas of Business Economics, B Ed and a Diploma holder in D eve l o p m e nt , B u s i n e s s Business Management. She was Director, Administration and Project Advatech Implex Pvt. Ltd. She comes with a Coordination. An MBA and Ms Vandana Kohli vast knowledge in developing and Dr Kaushlendra PhD, his last assignment was Head CSR- A2Z Group maintaining public relations and enhancing Pandey Vatsa with Shri Lakshmi Cotsyn CSR practices. Assistant VP Ltd. Prior to that, he has Business Development worked with companies like An Information Technology Professional BIPS Systems, Orient Craft from NIIT, Mr Jain brings with him 23 years and JMIC at senior levels. He of experience in leadership roles. He has will report to Mr Rajneesh worked in pharmaceuticals, FMCG, Mehra and will be based at healthcare, consumer electronics and retail HO, Gurgaon. sectors. His last assignment was with Mr Navneet Jain Continental Engines as Group CIO. He has Group CIO worked with companies like VLCC Health CNCS Care, Punj Group, and Honda Motorcycles at senior levels. He will report to Mr Amit Mittal Mr Deshpande comes with and will be based at HO, Gurgaon. experience of 17 years and has held important positions Mr Singh comes with very rich experience of in the hospitality sector. He 34 years in the field of engineering, design was actively involved in and construction of EHV transmission line operations in facility up to 765 kV. He retired as chief engineer Mr Anand management services. He from the central electrical authority. Deshpande has been associated with our Mr Karnail Singh Regional Head team since March, 2010. Operations (West) Sr VP Transmission A Successful Leadership Meet A leadership meet, with the agenda of introducing Details of group new businesses and leaders to the members of the companies Mr Anand A2Z Group leadership team and different functions ?Deshande Regulations and was held on April 16 & 17, 2010. Insights and plans policies related to to find ways to resolve the prevailing grid locks and the industry and to make the A2Z Group a leader in its respective economies. fields were discussed at the meet. The issues Mr Arjun Khanna and Mr Arnab Roy from Zeus covered were: ? Risk factors, both internal and external Consulting also participated at the meet. ? Business and Industry details ? Company history ? Details of management
  7. 7. Stop Press We TE CRE a2z Infrastructure MA care. AT Private Limited LI I C NG CLEANER Business report card CNCS grows by leaps a2z Infrastructure has been making steady progress in all its projects. The and bounds 4 SPVs have now been officially CNCS has grown as a company formulated. Agreements for Aligarh proving its mettle to one and all, Mr Rupesh and Meerut have been signed on establishing a firm footprint in Sharma April 5, 2010 and that for Varanasi on Nitu Mishra Senior Business the Western region of the Business Development April 21, 2010. The operations at Development country. The quality process Executive CNCS Manager Patna have already become delivery has ensured a continuing profitable. An official from the relationship with the existing British High Commission during his visit to Patna clients which has prospered and grown in a was given a demonstration of vehicle tracking great way. Apart from the existing set of clients, system using GPS at the commissioner's office and CNCS has acquired several fresh contracts in a video on C&T operations was also displayed. He the recent times. was highly impressed by the same. Kanpur Project ? The production of phosphate rich organic manure has commenced in addition to the production of vermicompost, organic compost and RDF ? Marketing arrangements have been finalized with leading fertilizer companies such as IPL (Indian Potash Limited) and KRIBHCO (Krishak Bharti Co-operative limited). A fully functional modern laboratory has been set up. ? A training program with 10 managers and 40 supervisors was conducted for the first time. They were given exposure on subjects such as HR management, Waste Management (both C&T and P&D), Cost Analysis, MIS, Computer Application, and the impact of the projects on our environment. New Business a2z Infraservices Pvt Ltd is delighted to announce its new clients, won over recently. Muzzafarnagar U.N.Mehta Institute of Cardiology & Research The civil work is on the verge of completion and Centre, Pantaloons Retail, ITC limited, Apollo after the installation of machines and electrical Hospital, VVF Ltd, Voith Hydro Ltd, Mercure connections the project will be at its full swing. Hotel, Tata Nano. As always, the company will live up to its clients expectations at all times.
  8. 8. Stop Press a2z Powercom Private Limited D12 project: A2Z MES adds another feather to its cap a2z Powertech, after its inception in September, 2009 has facilitated A2Z MES in conception and commissioning of the Effective Metering Project under MPPKVCL Jabalpur utility. The Project has commenced from Sep, 2009 and is being considered as a prestigious project by the utility. The Projects has been funded by ADB. A one of its kind, project initiated by any power utility, it focuses on the reduction of AT&C losses in actual demonstrated manner. Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with A2Z Maintenance and Engineering Services Ltd, the parent company of A2Z Group, for adding 45 MW of renewable power to the state grid from their three cogeneration power projects being set up by the company in the Cooperative Sugar Mills at Morinda, Nakodar and Fazilka in Punjab. Announcing the news, PEDA Chief Executive Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu, informed that the MoU was signed by Mr Balour Singh, Director, PEDA and Mr Amit Mittal, CMD, A2Z Maintenance and Engineering Services Ltd. April proved to be a great month for Powercom projects as the dreams turned into reality. Bhoomi Poojan was performed at Fazilka, Nakodar and Morinda Projects and this marked the commencement of civil work at all the three projects in Punjab.
  9. 9. The Art of Appraisal Big Boss: This year your performance was good, Kumar: Last year that process gave me 'excellent '. excellent and outstanding. So, your rating is “average”. This year just 'average'? Why is this process pushing Kumar: What? How come 'average'? me up and down every year? Big boss: Because .. err.. uhhh … you lack domain Big boss: That's a complicated process. You don't want knowledge . to hear about it. Kumar: But last year you said I am a domain expert Kumar: I'll try to understand, go ahead. and you put me in this project as a domain consultant. Big boss: Well, we gather in a large room , write down Big Boss: Oh is it? Well. In that case, I think your the names of sub ordinates in bits of paper, and throw domain knowledge has eroded this year. them up in the air. Whichever lands on the floor gets 'average' whichever lands on table gets 'good', Kumar: What??? whichever we manage to catch gets 'excellent' and Big boss: Yes, I didn't see you sharing knowledge on whichever gets stuck on the ceiling gets 'outstanding'. purchasing domain. Kumar: (eyes popping out) What? Ridiculous! So who Kumar: Why would I? Because I am not in purchasing , gets poor rating? I am in manufacturing. Big boss: Those are the ones we forget to write down. Big boss: This is what I don't like about you. You give Kumar: What the hell! And how can paper bits stick on excuses for everything. the ceiling for 'outstanding'? Kumar: huh? *confused* Big boss: Oh no, now you have started questioning our Big boss: Next, you need to improve your 20 years old organizational process! communication skills. Kumar: *faints* Kumar: Like what? I am the one who trained the team on “Business Communication”. You sat in the audience and took notes, you remember? Big boss : Oh is it? Err… well I mean, you need to improve your Social Pragmatic Affirmative Communication. Kumar: Huh? What the hell is that? *confused* Big boss: See! That's why you need to learn about it. Kumar:*head spinning* Big boss: Next, you need to sharpen your recruiting skills. All the guys you recruited left within 2 months. Kumar: Well, not my mistake, you told them you will sit beside them and review their code, and most resigned the next day itself. Couple of them even attempted suicide. Big boss: *stunned* (recovers from shock) Err…. Anyway, I tried to give you a better rating, but our Normalisation Process gave you only 'average'.
  10. 10. Kudos to our Team in Gujarat We bagged our first job from BHEL for Construction ( Civil Works ) of 220 KV Switch yard at GPPC's 700 MW Power Plant in village Kovaya, Taluka Ruajua, Dist Amreli, Gujarat. This is the first project for the company in Gujarat and is proving to be quite challenging. Firstly, because of its remote location (9 hours by bus from Mr Atul Ahmedabad). Secondly, due to the three-tier supervision by BHEL, Rajeev Kumar Chetan Modasia Vashishta Tata Consulting Engineers & GPPC Officials, and Thirdly, due to the Srivastava VP Projects nuisance created by the local anti social elements. The project work started in June, 09 while India was reeling under drought conditions , we, in Pipavav faced 46% excess rains that added to our difficulties. Our team, headed by Mr Rajeev Kumar Srivastava, Mr Ankit Dixit and Mr Chetan Modasia, played a crucial role in getting the work completed. Ankit Dixit As on date, major parts of the project including complete foundation work, earth mat, drainage , CLF and roads etc. have been completed. We are confident of completing the project much before the deadline of July, 2010. Management Quotient Bringing out the best in your people Consider a vice president of else has much to offer”. These flaunting their own IQs and product development who, leaders – we call them more about fostering a culture despite having more than “diminishers”- underutilize of intelligence in their 4,000 top-notch software people and leave creativity and organizations. Under the engineers on staff, admits that talent on the table. leadership of these he listens to only a couple of “multipliers”, employees don't people at development At the other extreme are the feel just smarter, they meetings, claiming “no one leaders who care less about become smarter. The five types of Multipliers and Diminishers What Millennials Want Millennial is referred to youth or the young generation people. Diminishers Multipliers From their boss From their company To learn The Empire Builder: The Talent Magnet: Attracts talented people and Will help me Will develop my Technical skills Hoards resources and navigate my skills for the future in my area of underutilizes talent uses them to their highest career path expertise potential The Tyrant: Creates a tense The Liberator: Creates an Will give me Has strong values Self- environment that suppresses intense environment that straight feedback management requires people's best and personal people's thinking and productivity capabilities thinking and work The Know – it –All: Gives The Challenger: Defines an Will mentor and Offers customizable Leadership directives that demonstrate opportunity that causes coach me option in my how much he or she knows people to stretch their benefits/reward thinking and behaviors package The Decision Maker: Makes The Debate Maker: Drives Will sponsor me Allow me to blend Industry or centralized, abrupt decisions sound decisions by for formal work with the rest functional development of my life knowledge that confuse the cultivating rigorous debate programs organization among team members The Micro-manager: Drives The investor: Gives other Is comfortable Offers a clean Creativity and result through his or her people ownership of results with flexible career path innovation personal involvement and invests in their success schedules strategies Harvard Business Review; May, 2010
  11. 11. Real Heroes From the Field Here, we met our Real Heroes, the engineers from our sites who deliver results to all our projects. Jharkand is in the midst of an internal that. We have also faced destruction from the turmoil and extremism is a real challenge twister. facing the state. In such a scenario, getting Despite the odds, the project is now on the any work done here poses multiple verge of completion because of real heroes problems as danger lurks everywhere. like Mr Joydeb Majumdar, who has worked The main purpose of the Lohardaga Project hard and fearlessly, for days and nights. Mr Joydeb is to provide electricity to the people living Mr Majumdar communicated with Naxalists, Majumdar below the poverty line. People like Mr AGM Project and was the one who went and met them and Joydeb Majumdar are risking their lives for negotiated with them for saving the life of bringing electricity and hope to such people. Mr K P Tripathi and Mr Vikas Jha. He The A2Z Group took the pledge to complete educated farmers about the benefits of the the project in such a critical area. project by distributing pamphlets. A2Z's The problems we faced during the project initiative was unstoppable and now, two were not normal. Kidnapping of employees, substations are at the stage of completion. extortion, threats of getting killed, The project will be completed by end of opposition from local farmers and not just July 2010. FMS has two main departments: Technical challenging task, to say the least. and Housekeeping. The technical division is Some of the clients are - Hindustan Times, providing services for equipments like Hindware and Fosco Engineering Works. generators, air conditioners (air handling A2Z's key strengths in this business are good units), fire fighting, transformers, high team coordination and good support from voltage distribution etc. The Housekeeping the management. division is providing housekeeping and Mr Ved Pal The management tries to solve all problems State Manager cleaning services. Facility Management with mutual coordination. Deployment of Services The A2Z Group uses systematized approach manpower in remote locations, training in planning, procuring, installing and them frequently, ensuring customer maintaining the spare parts of equipments satisfaction through constant feedbacks are for providing excellent services to clients. few of the challenges which are efficiently Our Security services are currently managed by strong planning and processes. operative in area of 1150000 sq ft. and are handling around 55 different clients. It's a
  12. 12. An IBS Hyderabad pass out, Mr Anand has experts. Technically very sound and worked for companies like B P Energy and innovative, the team is providing solutions for British Petroleum. He has the experience of waste management. working with government organizations and The biggest challenge in the Patna project was the Income Tax department as well. His that of liasoning. A number of players were recommendations made Tropicana achieve not able to execute the project because they the number one position in the Indian fresh were not equipped to communicate effectively Mr Abhishek Anand juice market. He joined the A2Z Group in with the government officials. But the A2Z Operations Manager, October 2009 inspired by his noble thought of Patna Group didn't encounter any problems because wanting to contribute to the development of of its communication strategy. First, we Bihar. created a communication platform, and then Mr Anand is responsible for the planning, approached all the officials with it and today, strategic management and levelling of the the project is in full swing. Patna Project. He is directly dealing with The concept of Green Field Area has a lot of Patna government. A2Z's key strength in potential because it is a virgin territory and Patna is its good relations with the clients. presence of private players in this area is very This has been possible because of the efforts limited. The scope of business opportunities in of a hardworking and collaborative team of solid and liquid waste management is huge. Mr Pandey is working on a project with The biggest challenge in this task was Madhya Pradesh Paschim Kshetra Vidyut managing the highly dispersed terrain that Vitran Company Ltd (MPPKVVCL) for meter made the integration of the system data acquisition, development of IT cumbersome. The A2Z team solved the infrastructure and erection. Mr Pandey is problem with strategic resource planning and working with a team of 35 qualified IT implementation. Because of decentralized engineers and till date they have installed architecture of the system, managing and Mr Mohit Pandey Senior Manager, 8000 modems, operative in 16 circles. Also, monitoring data was difficult. But the A2Z Powertech they are providing ERM (Enterprise Resource team solved this problem with effective Management) solutions to clients for project management. Our key strengths in MECOMS, SAP and Oracle. His last this business: providing cost effective and assignment was with HCL technologies. flexible solutions. Mr Bhindar has been associated with the A2Z operations for the 33 MW Cogen Plant and was Group for the last one year. He is the Project promoted to the post of Assitant General in-charge for the Powercom projects in Manager for his exemplary work. Mr Bhindar Punjab. Mr Bhindar comes with rich holds a long association with Rana Sugars experience of more than 17 years in Project where he had been responsible for the Management. He has handled several power erection and commissioning works of the Mr S S Bhindar plant projects at Bajaj Hindustan. He has Sugar Plant. Project Manager, handled erection and commissioning works Mr Bhindar describes his journey with A2Z as a2z Powercom while he was posted at Muzaffarnagar and highly challenging and is very enthusiastic Amritsar. He has also been associated with about the three upcoming projects at Nakodar, AB Sugar Ltd. where he had undertaken Morinda and Fazilka in the state of Punjab.
  13. 13. Leadership Profiles Meet the Leaders We realize the impacts leaders can have on the young generation. Here, we explore more about three eminent personalities of the A2Z Group. Success = Dedication & Perseverance Mr Mehta highly commends the book “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” and describes it Mr Mehta is Vice President, as a must read for everyone. He summerises the Finance, A2Z Group. He has more book in three key learnings : than three decades of experience 1. Live in a day tight compartment in the field of Banking and Finance. 2. Every yesterday was Today and every He has pursued his education from Tomorrow will be Today Meerut and holds a Bachelor's 3. Whenever one faces tough times one must Mr Subhash Mehta Degree in Science and is a post think of the worst possible situation and then V P Finance graduate in Economics. He had an try to improve the situation. Doing so illustrious career at Union Bank of whatever small gains one would achieve one India where he served for 34 years. would gain maximum satisfaction as one was prepared for the worst situation A family man Mr Mehta is blessed with 3 children. While his eldest daughter is married, his elder son is an Of Life and Power advocate and owns a law firm. His youner son is Mr Anil Sharma has been pursuing Engineering in Computer Science from appointed as Executive Director, Manipal University. He describes his mother and a2z Powertech. He comes with his elder brother as his pillars of strength from over two decades of rich whom he has imbibed the virtues of patience and experience in Power Sector. He perseverance. hails from a middle class family Mr Anil Sharma Executive Director and has spent his formative Life beyond work years in the city of Calcutta. He A self confessed workaholic, he loves to come to did his schooling from Calcutta office even on Sundays and holidays. Even when and pursued his Bachelors of Technology in he is not working, he engages himself in different Electrical from Rural Engineering College, activities. He enjoys watching news channels and Kurukshetra. He has, to his credit, several financial channels and is particularly fond of professional courses which he attended at following the share market. He advises making various training programmes at BHEL, NTPC sound investments in long term financial and NPTI. instruments. His most cherished moment was when he built his own home at a young age of 27. Despite being a workaholic, he strikes perfect Professional journey After his graduation, he joined erstwhile Haryana balance between work and social life and never State Electricity Board now known as DHBVN fails to fulfill his personal commitments. since 1993. At the time of joining, his assignment was to operate 210 MW Thermal Power Plant at Success mantra Panipat. He remained as Thermal Operation His success mantra is to work hard with dedication Engineer till August, 1996. After which, he was and perseverance and not desire for result. "One assigned to work on the distribution and retail must be focused to attain goals," he says. supply business activities in the Distribution Wing of DHBVN. During the tenure of working with Life at A2Z DHBVN from August, 1996 to October, 2007; he He joined A2Z on September 1, 2006 as GM Finance was posted in different activity centers which & HR. He describes his journey so far as exciting include hard core operations, and challenging.
  14. 14. metering and protection, construction, material December, 1994. He has twenty years of management, vigilance, planning and design cell experience in Accounts, Finance, Audit, Taxation, in the capacity of Executive Engineer. Secretarial Matters, Public Issues (IPOs) & Fund Management with different companies and Later on, he quit DHBVN in November 2007 and consultancy organizations. entered the corporate world by joining a2z Powertech as Executive Director for developing His last assignment was with a listed 100% businesses in areas of IT application in power Export Oriented Unit (R Systems International sector, substation automation, DMS, distribution Ltd., a listed software development and BPO franchisees etc. company) where he was working as CFO India/Vice President (Finance) & Company He recalls his seniors and professional colleagues Secretary (Compliance Officer) heading Finance, at DHBVN, as some of the most significant people Accounts and Secretarial Department. He has who played a major role in his professional life, also worked with Ernst and Young. together with his family and friends. A family man When not at work A working life partner and a school going son He relishes spending time with family and completes his family, who he considers have friends. He shares a passion for sports especially played a very significant role in shaping up his cricket, swimming, TT and badminton. He is also life. A proud father, Mr Sardana believes the birth fond of soft music and long drives. He gives credit of his son to be the most cherished moment of his to his wife for balancing his work and social life. life. Life at A2Z Life beyond work He joined A2Z on Feb 18, 2008 and the journey so Mr Sardana believes that in today's day and age, far has been very exciting and challenging. His maintaining a healthy work life balance is an art most cherished moment was when he, along with and can be achieved only with consistent efforts. his team, was awarded the first IT related project He is an apt example that all work and no play lead for AMR application by MPPKVCL, Jabalpur. you to nowhere. An avid cricket lover, he loves to play cricket in his leisure time. He can also be a Success mantra couch potato off and on. He loves to be break off in Success to him is all about being a true between his hectic work life to recharge his professional and exhibiting zeal, dedication and energy for the battles ahead. sincerity towards work. Success mantra Success, according to Mr Sardana, is an Focus on Actions, Results will follow accomplishment of the goals set by an individual. He believes in doing the work consistently and Mr Nand Sardana has been focusing on action rather than the results, which appointed as Senior Vice President – follow automatically. Finance for the A2Z Group. He hails from a humble background with a Life at A2Z small but a close knit family. Born He joined A2Z as Senior Vice President Finance. and brought up in Delhi, Mr Mr Nand He believes the journey so far has been very Sardana Sardana completed his graduation challenging and satisfactory. Sr V P Finance (BSc. H) from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College of the Delhi University. “Never stop or get disheartened, continue the Subsequently, he passed Chartered Accountancy efforts and you will get success,” his mantra for in November, 1989 and Company Secretary in life.
  15. 15. Innovation Key to Sustainable, Competitive Advantage A genius idea alone has a zero-value. What makes it priceless is the quality of follow-through and the speed of execution around the genius What is innovation? idea. Daily ripples of excellence becomes a Here are a few examples tsunami if success. Robin Sharma ? Some years back, a soap manufacturing unit at Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) was facing a 'Innovation' is the new buzz word in today's problem. They had an automated soap packaging business world. Companies use this word to line and some of the soap wrappers escaped justify just about everything. without the product. This was of serious concern for the management as those empty covers were But the question is: Do the companies use it in attracting a bad image on the brand. Experts right way? In simple terms, Innovation is the deliberated and concluded that they should process that transforms ideas into new business install an X-ray soap scanner on that automated values. Innovation is different from invention. line. It called for an investment of a few million While Invention is the creation of new ideas, dollars. One day they were about to place its implementing those ideas into business order, a worker came up with an idea. He practices is innovation. suggested the installation of a high speed fan instead of an X-ray scanner. The fan would blow the empty boxes out of the line and ensure no Companies need Innovation for empty soap wrappers. Simple and innovative! attaining sustainable advantage as this is the best way to stay ahead of competition. If a company wants to retain and increase its customer base, constant innovation is the key. Innovation helps in creating flexible and more adaptive business processes with changing ? Colgate is another case in study. The company's business environments. management was worried about its decreasing sales. The quality measures were fine, sales and distribution channels had no problems and Innovation enables faster and accurate actions expenditure on advertisement, promotional and allows companies to better anticipate activities were high. So, what was the problem? A disruptions in day-to-day business operations clerk suggested a way to increase sales. An that help in taking proactive and quick measures increase in the diameter of the toothpaste's to improve results. Some of the business giants mouth. With this, more paste would come out of like GM got bankrupt and the biggest reason for the tube and will lead to an increase in the sales that was that they failed to innovate and adapt. of the toothpaste, he suggested. How unique and effective!
  16. 16. It is not necessary that only research experts and the business models that is 'Public Private think tanks can be innovative. A middle level Patnership'. A2Z is using unique solutions like employee or a machine operator can also be an installing the biggest HVDS in Punjab. Another innovator because he is the one who knows the example of A2Z's unique approach is its practice process, and he is a part of it. One just needs to of identifying Waste as a valuable Resource for think out of the box. the future. Waste Management is one of the biggest challenges for India and and our We, at the A2Z Group, are aiming to sustain our organisation has taken a definite Leadership innovation edge. We are seeing the best results in position. A2Z's Field Innovations In-house designed Transformer mounting Mechanism using Tractor hoist In-house designed Augurs and saw-toothed Spiral Augurs Special in-house designed vacuum cleaner Mr Sujoy Kr Mitra Deputy Manager, Corporate Development
  17. 17. EHV Transmission Line Construction and Checking At present, the highest rating of will be connected with another line( 765 kV S/C transmission line available in India Khurja-Agra line), being constructed by M/s EMCO is 765 kV. Efforts are being made by for POWERGRID. The total time period to complete Power Grid Corporation of India 130 KM Meerut-Agra (Khurja) line is 22 months as Ltd. to go up to 1200 kV in the near per order but A2Z has planned to complete it, 2 future. months ahead of the schedule. Mr R Ranjan Project President The first EHV transmission line for The walkover survey has been done in record time A2Z in the category of 765 kV, of 3 days and within 2 days, the reports were awarded by Power Grid submitted to POWERGRID indicating 3 routes. Corporation of India Ltd., is under construction. After detailed presentation made by A2Z to This is S/C line having Quad ACSR Bersimis Engineering Dept. of POWERGRID, Regional Head conductor, total length of 130 KM(approx.), from Office at Katwaria Sarai, New Delhi and Meerut to Khurja passing through wind zone - 4 POWERGRID site office , the final most suitable (47 meters/sec) having normal span of 400 mts., line route was approved by POWERGRID. The height of tower around 45 meters and the weight detail survey and check survey work are already of tower without extension varies from 23 in full swing and expected to finish by June/ July MT(type–A) to 47 MT (type–D).The maximum ’10 against the schedule i.e. Sep’10 for detail extension allowable in this line is up to 25 meters survey and Nov’10 for check survey. and due to extension the increase in the weight of These days, the survey of EHV transmission lines Tower will be 7 to 8 MT (approx.). is being made by Modern techniques. Total value of this contract is Rs 99.68 Cr excluding Fundamentals of survey of EHV transmission lines cost of Conductor and Insulators which will be by modern techniques. supplied by POWERGRID. At Khurja end, this line
  18. 18. The Walkover Survey In this phase, three alternative alignments are distance and angle. Once the line is surveyed, the drawn for the Transmission line keeping in mind profile is prepared using PLS CADD Software. all relevent constraints. These routes are then During survey, tree are counted and forest analysed for minimum forestry, minimum length, proposal is also prepared wherever forest trees considering different types of crossing of line etc. need to be cut. The proposal for various These routes are surveyed using the high statutory clearance is also initiated by the Client resolution GPS Equipment (Global Positioning based on survey feedback. The Survey of India System) for checking the actual situation on the topo sheets(scale 1: 50000) are further updated ground. All the required co-ordinates are with the help of latest satellite images which is collected using the GPS at all Angle Points, being purchased from identified sources. During crossings etc. Once the walkover is completed, detailed survey, fixed marking etc. are made for one final route is chosen as the best route out of all angle points and different crossings to three identified routes. The required topo sheets ascertain the route in the future.(PLS CADD are procured & scanned and geo-referenced in Software prepares the profile and the Tower WGS 84 system. The co-ordinates obtained from Schedules). field are verified with this database. (GPS gives the co-ordinates of the location identified on The Check Survey ground). The check survey is conducted just before the construction of the line. This check survey The Detailed Survey establishes the exact route on the ground. Pegs Once a route is identified as the proposed route, are placed at each tower location. detailed survey is done using the Total Station (The soil investigation is also a parallel activity and GPS. Total Station will give exact which is preferably done during the check survey)
  19. 19. Book Review A Better India, A Better World What will it take for India to bridge the The book is a collection of 38, well- great economic divide? When will the arranged speeches delivered by fruits of development reach the poorest of Narayana Murthy on different occasions. the poor, and wipe the tears from the eyes Murthy, who took the world by storm of every man, woman and child, as with software revolution, spells out his Mahatma Gandhi had dreamt? And how vision on modern India. A country that is should this, our greatest challenge ever, be growing with one of the highest GDP negotiated? growth rates, in the world, with N R Narayana Murthy, the founder and advancements in technology, industry mentor of Infosys and who pioneered, and entrepreneurship. On the flip side, a designed and executed the Global number of people are in the clutches of Delivery Model that has become the hunger, unemployment, illiteracy and cornerstone of India's success in malnutrition. 'What will it take for India information technology ser vices to bridge this great divide?' Through this outsourcing. In his extraordinarily book, the author tries to offer a solution to inspiring and visionary book he shows us a seemingly difficult question. Overall, Author: N R Narayana Murthy the book will be an enjoyable reading if that a society working for the greatest welfare of the greatest number — samasta we consider the context of each speech. Publisher: Penguin Books However, the book falls short on reader's jananam sukhino bhavantu — must focus expectation on offering a comprehensive on two simple things: values and good view to 'bridge the gap between the rich Other details: 320pp, 499 INR leadership. Drawing on the remarkable and the poor' and to lead India and its Infosys story and the lessons learnt from masses to a brighter tomorrow. The book the two decades of post-reform India, has an ability to move our thoughts on Narayana Murthy lays down the ground various subjects concerning our polity. rules that must be followed if future generations are to inherit a truly The thoughts that guide the Infosys progressive nation. employees on accountability and transparency are worth mentioning, and Compiled from Narayana Murthy's they are repeated at several places in the lectures delivered around the world, A Review: A Mohanty book. 1. The softest pillow is a clear Better India: A Better World, is a manifesto VP – SCM & Logistics consciousness. 2. In God we trust, for the youth, the architects of the future, everybody else brings data to the table. 3. and a compelling argument for why a You can disagree with me, as long as you better India holds the key to a are not disagreeable. 4. When in better world. doubt, disclose. A2Z Knits 16000 employees Employees having any queries, issues or problems can get them resolved by sending an SMS to the through www.MJOOZ.com corresponding telephones nos: Received very good response. Keep Sending Department Mobile no. In an effort to provide immediate and direct access to HR Electrical 9560190351 the 14000 employess of the A2Z Group across India, an HR Infrastructure, enterprise communication solution has been Powertech & Powercom 9560190352 developed. The solution provides every employee, having a mobile phone, who may not have the access to HR Infraservices 9560190353 internet or PC or even GPRS, to connect directly to HR Escalation 9560190354 important departments like HR, Finance and even the Finance 9560190355 CMD. A simple SMS will ensureimediate corrective action on all queries, issues, complaints etc within Finance escalation 9560190356 3 days. CMD Cell 9560190357
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