On a cold Saturday morning in January 2003, 84 teams across
the globe pitted against the best in the Satyam Community
to vie for the top position. This was the first-ever Satyam
Problem Solving and Multi-Location Contest in India
participants at their Satyam offices spread across the
globe sat down to a programming challenge set to them
by professors of IIT-Kanpur in India. The teams had to
collaborate to rank problem difficulty, deduce the requirements,
design test beds and then build software solutions using
C, C++ or Java.
contest comprised of eight problems that needed to be
solved within the given span of five-and-a-half hours.
The problems covered a spectrum of subjects like Matrix
theory, numerical methods, combinatorics, graph theory,
optimisation problems, computational geometry, number
theory, dynamic problems and back tracking.
problems were given a domain flavour such as that of insurance
and banking. Satyam Computer Services is practising a
new form of leadership these days. They are morphing their
employees into technology leaders, who can wrap technology
into elegant solutions from knotty business problems.
2002, built along the lines of the competition organised
by Association for Computing Machinery''s (ACM) International
Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), is an attempt to
identify and nurture analytical and abstraction capabilities
of Satyam''s employees (referred to as associates), to
encourage competitive spirit and building tech communities.
the rules of leadership have changed. And given the speed
of change, leaders must be able to build organisations
that understand the demands of the competitive environment
so well that individual managers can execute without constantly
requiring guidance from above. "In the 21st century,
leadership at all levels is the key," says Rajul
Asthana, assistant vice-president, technocrat and leader
of the Satyam Learning Centre (SLC).
one thought underscores the Satyam think-tank''s major
movements in recent months. In 2002, it launched two key
strategic leadership initiatives in Satyam: the Business
Leadership Program and the Technology Leadership Initiative
(TLI). In year 2003, it is accelerating the movement with
building leadership in software architecture, design and
TLI, which is driven with immense zeal by the SLC, is
all about building a supply chain of technocrats
a cadre of world-class tech-savvy people who can innovate
technological solutions for business problems or bet the
company''s technological future. Such persons will play
a major role in Satyam''s services to its clients. Graduates
of this initiative will be the future leads of Satyam''s
working smart is a full-time job and Satyam has realised
that. Through its TLI process it covers the increasing
maturity of its associates. The TLI has multilevel events
such as global programming contests, design leadership
programmes, architecture programmes, vendor-specific programmes
and conferences to tie up all the community of practices.
a rigorous selection process the select audience goes
through a mind-churning set of experiences. Then there
are edifying forums through various workshops on patterns,
architecture, and assessment where mentors drive candidates
through their next maturity level. Grinding assessments
act as elimination rounds to separate candidates on the
basis of maturity and depth of knowledge and expertise.
This select audience shares its knowledge and expertise
through various forums. These forums also serve as avenues
to highlight their competency and demonstrate their work.
span of activities in its year of inception was well received
by the Satyam associates. The Satyam architecture conference
ArchConf 2002 saw about 200 architects from
all over Satyam converge in Bangalore; there were about
five remote paper presenters from Satyam''s offices around
the globe. The Satyam Project Mangers Conference
PMConf 2002 was the meeting point of the leaders
250 project Managers from Satyam offices in India and
abroad, with its share of remote presentations and participation,
made the conference a roaring success. And the Satyam
Problem Solving contents ProSolv 2002 was
a mind-blowing experience for the programmers. Over 250
associates in 84 teams participated simultaneously in
this event, organised by a team of 12 across the hemisphere
from Japan to the UK.
not all the programmes are about technology. Business
orientations for technologists are regular interspersed
programmes that are a must for the budding leaders. Here
the candidates familiarise themselves with business domains,
facets and challenges.
this technology leadership journey, sharing knowledge
is the key. Apart from knowledge-sharing, which happens
regularly through an intranet-based portal called K-Window,
the TLI demonstrates its knowledge through many associate-friendly
ways. The quarterly technical publication, Satyam Technology
Review, launched in January 2003, is one such initiative
that enables associates to showcase their remarkable innovations
during the course of their work.
initiative, a knowledge base of challenging case studies
called The Industry Connect, is under compilation.
These cases will highlight real-life situations where
demanding challenges meet innovative solutions and serve
the previous year Satyam has big plans for its TLI in
2003. In addition to the annual conferences held in 2003,
this year''s blueprint also includes architecture and design
workshops and special vendor days, which are spread throughout
the year. These are but some of the planned events. Among
others, the TLI is involving leading technology vendors
like Microsoft, IBM and Oracle in bringing their industry
practices into Satyam.
the pipeline for the Future of Technology Leadership for
Satyam, going beyond reactive upgrading knowledge, the
TLI plans to have a live plug into technology development,
as it happens. In addition to this, the SLC is planning
to open up resource development centres.