Tags: ‘India’

Is there a secret to the recent success of Indian CEOs appointed to the helm of some of the leading companies in the world?

by Susanne Mueller Zantop and Waseem Hussain Think of Satya Nadella (Microsoft), Sanjay Mehrotra (SanDisk), Rajeev Suri (Nokia), Shantanu Narayen (Adobe), and most recently Sundar Pichai (Google) – what do they have that others don’t have? Is this an accidental clustering in the tech sector or is there a deeper meaning? We looked at the […] Read more

Aug, 24, 2015

 

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Meditate on a new mindset for India

by Waseem Hussain ITOSDA council member Waseem Hussain explains why understanding Indian culture is essential for successful outsourcing in India – and offers some hints. For a long time, India and innovation have been an unhappy couple. The country is famous for spiritual guidance, corrupt leadership, holy cows and slum dwellers who seem happy to […] Read more

Jul, 07, 2015

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India’s IT Diaspora: No homesick Blues

by Waseem Hussain There are 500,000 unfilled jobs in the IT sector in India. To fill the gap, its government wants many in diaspora in the Silicon Valley and elsewhere in the west to return home. But they aren’t. Every now and then The Economist news magazine publishes a special report on India. In a […] Read more

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How deadlines can kill your outsourcing deal in India

by Waseem Hussain Business relationships that focus on transaction only inevitably lead to a fixation on time and material. But India has a culturally based notion for creativity, which is the source of innovation. Clients in the west should not waste this opportunity that India has at offer. The audience at the Nordic IT Sourcing […] Read more

May, 01, 2015

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India: Where innovation is magic

by Waseem Hussain India and innovation have been an unhappy couple for a long time. Now game changers are reinventing India’s IT industry with innovation and professionalism. Last week Hanover, Germany was the epicenter of the world’s IT industry when CeBit opened its doors. Among the many hosted lunches and cocktails ICTswitzerland‘s event was — […] Read more

Mar, 26, 2015

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7 Key Success Factors for Your IT Project in India

by Waseem Hussain While outsourcing to India is a good idea, one needs to address the inevitable additional workload with preemptive measures. Here’s how better business analysis, narrative use cases and cross-cultural competence that is specific to India can help you succeed. Managing an IT project in India rarely comes easy. I’ve observed that project […] Read more

Feb, 09, 2015

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Why India Loves Scrum

by Waseem Hussain India’s culture of erratic change perfectly matches the West’s lust for scrum. Anybody who has been to India knows how it feels to be in the midst of a real scrum. Rush and density seem to be part of Indian lifestyle. Whether you are at an airport, box office, tea stall, in […] Read more

Jan, 09, 2015

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Why Your Team in India Won’t Say ‘No’

by Waseem Hussain Your software engineer in India loves to say yes but hates to say no. So much it can bring you to the brink of despair! So what is the remedy for India’s “yes culture”? Last Thursday, I ran into the head of software development of a multinational engineering conglomerate based in Switzerland. […] Read more

Dec, 04, 2014

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Different Worlds, Different Ways

by Waseem Hussain It is autumn 2013; we are in the Indian city of Pune. Twenty Indian project managers, business analysts and software engineers have gathered in a training room. They want to learn how they can successfully bring the cooperation with a customer whose team is distributed across Germany and the United States back […] Read more

Jul, 15, 2014

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Who leads whom?

by Waseem Hussain Who leads whom? That is the question facing the visitor in India. At the airport, he gets into a taxi and and soon, the cabby starts asking questions. “Where are you from? Is this your first time in India? Which hotel should I take you to?” And later in this inescapable conversation, […] Read more

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