Welcome to the first edition of TechSphere!!!
Techsphere is not a technology newsletter, it won’t contain
our technology strategy , our change agenda, our performance
on objectives etc .It is going to be full of tit-bits around us in
ITG, some key achievements, celebrations, birthdays, Rewards,
a poem or two, a quiz to pick your brain etc . Hope you find it
fun and interesting.
This is your magazine !!! Please feel free to give any feedback anytime to me, Dawna or Neha. We would love
to hear from you . You may also write your articles in this, and we will include them as appropriate.
As committed in the townhall, We will publish this once a month (around 10 ) till the end of 2009 and then
take your feedback on whether we should continue this..
Happy reading !!!!
Yash Pal ( Paul ) Syngal
ITG Benefits Technology Leader
Sanjay joins us from Fidelity International Limited (FIL), where he was heading the
Global Delivery for Institutional Pension Business. As part of his 20+ years of illustrious
career, Sanjay has managed P&L Responsibilities, successfully ran Global IT Delivery
Centers across various geographical locations, managed large client accounts in Sales
& Marketing and headed the Global Learning Delivery for one of the largest Learning
Organizations in the world.
He is an avid traveler and likes to hit the highway given half a chance. He likes to build
movies collection - both Hindi and English and in his free time when he is not driving
you can catch him watching movies. He is married for 21 years now and has two
daughters 16 & 12.
ITG Consulting Leader and Group Manager GRS Product
Manish has a diverse career graph spanning around 18 years of rich cross functional
experience in the areas of IT Service Delivery, IT Consulting, Client Servicing, Quality
Consulting and Resource Management.He graduated in 1991 and has a Bachelors
degree in Physics. In addition he holds a Masters degree in Computers.
Manish joins us from Fidelity and has previously worked in companies like Headstrong, XANSA (earlier known as IIS Infotech), Softek
and client profile include some of the big names in financial industry like BoA, PNC, Fannie Mae, SSB, Nomura etc.
He has sound knowledge of ISO and CMM frameworks. Was part of SEPG group in previous organizations and has been an ATM
(Assessment Team Member) in Headstrong’s journey in achieving SW-CMM Level 5. IIS Infotech was first IT company in India to
receive ISO certification.
During his spare time he loves to explore new places and play sports (Golf is the new addiction. Cricket and football or soccer are the
Group Manager Non GRS Product
Rajdeep has a work experience of more than 14 years in IT Service Delivery and IT
Consulting. He has domain experience in Property and Casualty Insurance (General
Insurance) and on Mutual Funds. He completed Masters in Computer Applications in
1994 after graduating in 1991 with Physics as major. Certified as Project Management
Professional (PMI-PMP), INS from AICPCU (American Institute Chartered Property and
Casualty Underwriters) and AMFI (Association of Mutual Funds in India)
He has spent close to 3 years at Fidelity and was responsible for managing projects for Asia Pacific geographies. Helped setup of
Fidelity Dalian (China) software delivery centre.
He has Sound knowledge of ISO, CMM and P-CMM processes and was instrumental in getting these certification for CSC in India and
has handled large “distributed” teams spread across various locations.
Management Services Group (MSG)
A new group has been formed enhancing the responsibilities of (formerly) Resource Management Group.
The resource management group was formed in March 2008 to initiate and implement the processes for
resource movements across teams/practices, streamline resource need generation and fulfillment, track
forecasting, utilizations & team allocations and streamlining third party contractor’s governess. This group has
come a long way in one year and now along with their current responsibilities they will also be responsible for
• Business Analysis
• Metrics and Reports Seating planning &
• Corporate Presentations at ITG level .
This group is being renamed as the quot;Management Services Group (MSG)quot; and will be headed by Pankaj
Gupta based at Gurgaon Cyber Park Office and reporting into Yash Pal (Paul) Syngal.
GRS Release Name : R1.3.3
This release was focused to develop the translation work for Tier-1. The team had to deliver 74 work items
spanning across survey management, data collection and data auditing, In addition to the above list
additional 9 work items (SM-3, DC-5, DX-1) were also delivered due to addition in the scope.
The team delivered the entire scope items along with the additional scope within the release time. The team
not only delivered the Tier-1 translations & GUI work items but also delivered Tier-2 translation as well.
The R1.3.3 was released on 10 Jan’09 as per plan
Mumbai offshore team has been supporting Docent and
SumTotal applications since last 4 years. We started with 2
clients and were supporting 8 clients in shared pool with the
team of 8 Associates prior to the transition. HCL were
supporting 3 clients and were also responsible for
development for all clients.
A transition plan was worked out to transfer the vendor work
to offshore. Within short span of three months transition was
completed. During transition many process documents were
created for the support and development activities which were
missing. The challenge during the transition was to get this
knowledge transfer along with the current client support
activities, which included on call support to the clients.
To deliver the project we were expected to add 7 new resources to the team. Hiring resources at short notice was a
challenge, coincidently CDS collocation project was in process, due to which we could absorb some of the rolled off
resources and hire few. As these new resources were going to join in phased manner the existing team members
had to stretch their regular hours to meet the transition deadline. Finally, transition was completed on schedule, and
the team is currently supporting 10 clients with 15 associates from offshore and performing all development activities.
This transition resulted in rolling of 9 offshore, 2 onshore contractors and 1 onshore associate which resulted in
saving of $660,000 annually.
GTO Success Story 2008/9
Hewitt Leadership decided to outsource its Internal IT Helpdesk (CSC) in early 2008 and 15th Jan’09 was fixed as
the last date of transition.
The total affected population in Nov’08 was 47 associates (excluding associates who managed to secure a job for
themselves outside Hewitt).
Sidharth Malik volunteered to lead a project to redeploy these associates and followed a massive drive of
coordination between Resource Management, HR, Recruitment, Functional leaders etc. and everyone did their bit
to ensure that these Internal IT helpdesk associates are accommodated within Open opportunities available in
Hewitt as per their skill, experience, qualification and expertise.
As a result out of 47 associates 37 associates were redeployed within Hewitt.
Out of the 9 left - 4 got a job as on date and efforts are still on for the rest 5 to help them find a job.
The Associate Connection
3 Tier Award 5 year Award
3 Tier Award
“Service Recognition Award”
3 Tier Award 5 Year completion Award
Shivani Gulati - 68724
Nidhi Benjwal - 68742 Atin Agarwal -45734
Kaushik Khanna - 68743 Bala G- 45601
Akanksha Agrawal - 68749
Deepak Bhasin- 45597
Kavitha A - 68752
Kareena Jhangiani- 53269
Hanumanlu CH - 68753
S Arul Murugan- 45602
Kenath Vasudevan - 68754
Jyoti Nair - 68757 Shahul Shaji- 45775
Yash Sharma - 68842
Chandrasekaran S- 45773
Ravi Kumar Agastya - 68846
Narasimhan R – 45769
Anshula Nagpal - 68850
Anita Pidikiti – 45190
Suneetha N - 68851
Venu V - 68852 Vasudevan V – 45726
Deepa Mehra - 69064
Swaminathan T- 45774
Alok Singh - 69066
KVDM Somayajulu – 46139
Shalini Sawhney - 69126
Swati Chadha - 69127
Hemanta Sahoo - 69128
Navneet Gupta - 69211
Manisha Shah - 69212
Deepti Mahalwal - 69215
Manish Arya - 69217
Vinod Kumar - 69218
Divya Prakash Aneja – 69221
Birth Dates Name Associate Birth Dates Name Associate
Nishit Lal 0109201 Priya Nagarajan 79401
Ritesh Jindal 62032
1 February Jatin Sachani 82386
K S Sudhakshinah 74584 Hemant Wani 0109847
Kunal Bharti 58263 Manoj Kumar 0110170
Anand Babu S 66634 Sudhakar Kumar 60736
Saket Shah 73506 Prarthana Shiva 67599
Kamalpreet Kaur 0103536 Balaji Srinivasan K 70630
Ajit Kumar 49290 Sujith Erikandath 73127
Karthick Krishnan 68669 Dawna Chongtham 59489
3 February 16 February
Amita Mehta 0103528 Deepalakshmi Suresh 62273
Sumit Saini 0103866 Kartar Bidhuri 73314
Kenath Vasudevan 68754 S Karthikeyan 64922
4 February Mihir Sharanam 81496 Yashwant Chavan 73125
5 February Ankur Khushu 0103414 Geet Bhatia 80975
Dimple Tom 0109729 Neel Parimi 81615
6 February Subash Chanda 67149 18 February Hemmu Dhunna 82497
Eti Hasija 92117 Sivakumar S 61276
7 February Vivek Longjam 79073 Sumeet Srivastava 72547
Naman Mehrotra 109141 Parag Goel 77666
8 February Gargie Sharma 0103077 Anshul Mattoo 92632
Archana Verma 48732 Hitesh Williamson 54249
Amit Kumar Malik 60277 Praveen Gupta 58553
Sangeeta Chaw la 70256 Shweta Singh 70440
Biplab Chakraborty 71478 Sachin Agrawal 55873
Gourav Girdhar 83866 Senthil Kumar 67844
Sapandeep Singh 0109891 Deepak Sharma 70301
Nilesh Kumbhar 55550 Tanushree Gupta 80706
Santosh Banerjee 57093 Sherry Gupta 77444
Nupur Wadhwa 69644 Manish Singh 82380
Shashank Pundir 73689 Vikas Arora 0103870
Harshvardhan Rana 79370 23 February Mahalakshmi 72350
Ashok Sharma 0103851 Manish Mehra 110158
Nitin Khurana 48969 Saravanakumar Sethu 45181
11 February Sharad Chandra 59157 Rambabu Chagarlamudi 84203
Gosikan Govindaraj 72328 Geetika Saxena 0103577
Manoj Arora 0104642 Natarajan Nallaperumal 67200
Rajdeep Mahida 0110152 Ragesh Karammal 0104263
Sameer Sawardekar 53741 Priyanka Verma 0109927
Ranjan Ahuja 63460 Lalit Balodi 51896
Neyhee Sharma 76217 Megha Bhayje 57576
Ravikumar P 80209 Sumesh Sharma 67596
Ankur Srivastava 72323 Ashw ini Kulshrestha 83307
13 February Suruchi Budhiraja 96241 Priyanka Gupta 0103671
Aasheema Rajesh 50045 Sachin Joshi 61043
14 February Siddharth Saraya 70852 Gursharan Singh 79324
Namesh Sharma 73511 Himanshu Singhal 83435
Vishal Katira 0103874
I want to go outside my bounds **********Best Friend***********
I want to go beyond my sound
I want to reach at unreachable place
You are here in my heart,
I want to fulfill my entire dream
We will always be together,
never apart, friends forever.
Yet I’m alone
But I‘ve my passion
Yet I’m tired In good or bad, in glory days,
But none my hope Happy or sad, forever always.
I have to go
The sun may always shine upon us,
I have to go
coz our friendship won't end,
Coz my heart never listens “NO”
So here I make a promise to you my best friend,
No compromise with any dreams
that I'll always be there for you and hope YOU will
When everyone get what he actually wants be there.....
And one who tried getting success in last For ME too!!
Then I’m ready for each mistake
Then I’m ready for each lose
I want to go outside my bounds
I want to go beyond my sound
What if I not get succeeds?
What if I not get proper place?
I’ll never get regret in last
As I did something for my hope
I am here for only positivism
Negativity can’t break my heart
Defeat sounds me next try
Deviation looks like new way
Sad times in
I’ll work till defeats turns in success
Write your one.
d times in St
And each mistake gives new thought Goo
While each muscle and each cell aw
Not crying only for sole thought
I want to go outside my bounds
I want to go beyond my sound
Coz my heart never listens “NO”
No Compromise with any dreams
Shailendra Kumar Gupta
IMPOSSIBE / “I””M””POSSIBLE”
Here I am going to ask few questions with you tell me without taking more than two seconds.
Can Iron float on water?
Can water swim in air?
Can a man alive who jumped from
100 feet tall tower.
In first shot answers are “NO” and it’s not a shocking response for me. Generally what think is totally depend on what we really observe? There is
nothing perfect and nor useless.
A ship can float on water and an aero plane can fly in sky. Its hard to move both even a single inch yet they can run in great speed. So all depends
on correct analysis, inputs, outputs, observations, evaluations.
Water can also swim in air but for this you have to create zero gravity situations. So it’s not things are impossible only if you think it is impossible. When
you have to work on some thing you have to exactly work on correct points only. Once you are done with all these points you will get required
output. Failure is nothing we get from outside but we become part of it when we stop fighting against are challenges.
And in the last if iron ship can swim on depthless sea then why we can’t. If water can float in air then why we can’t. We have to go for
correct solutions and I’m in process to search to all these points. After all we can’t simply accept failure.
Shailendra Kumar Gupta (a0103482)
Q. 1) CAN YOU NAME THE BIGGEST NUMBER THAT CAN BE WRITTEN WITH FOUR 1s
Q. 2) Two neighbors were quarrelling over an egg laid by Peacock.The First neighbor claimed that the egg on the ground
that the peacock belonged to him.The second neighbor claimed it on the ground that the egg was laid in his garden.
In your opinion who is the owner of the egg..
Q. 3) POOR BUNNY:
Bunny lives on the 8th floor of a multi-storied building in South Delhi. When he gets into the elevator on the ground floor,
he presses the button for the fifth floor. From fifth floor he walks the rest of the way up to his apartment. But while leaving
his apartment, he takes the elevator all the way down to the ground floor.
Why this puzzling behavior?
Q. 4) A worker fell of a 25 feet ladder and landed on a hard surface. But he was not hurt. Why not?
Send in your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hurry with your answers !!!!
Prizes to be won for the first 3 associates with maximum correct answers…
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