A time for TCS

Pune: The subject was Tata Consultancy Services, the students were 80 executives from a wide spectrum of Indian industry, and the classroom was the Tata Research Development and Design Centre (TRDDC) in Pune.

The upshot was a daylong learning process whose objective was to familiarise the visitors with the TCS saga, from the organisation's modest beginnings to how it has grown to become Asia's largest software enterprise.

TCS was the 'live case study' that capped off a six-day 'strategic leadership-training programme' organised by the All-India Management Association and conducted by faculty from the Harvard Business School at the Tata Management Training Centre, Pune, between 6 and 11 January 2003.

The final day of the event, which attracted talent from across the managerial hierarchy, gave TCS the opportunity to showcase the vision, skills, reach and business acumen that have made it a byword for excellence in the IT universe.

The day began with the 'trainees' being divided into groups of 10 and taken through a multimedia exhibition by TCS ambassadors. The exhibition recounted and explained the organisation's evolution and the integral part it played in India's rise to the status of global software superpower.

Various facets of the TCS story were brought alive: its path-breaking products and technological capabilities, its partnerships with academia and business leaders, and how it had sown the seeds of the country's IT industry and determined and defined the direction it took.