“…Do benchmark, be benchmark…”
– Mr. Haragopal Mangipudi, Global Head, Infosys Finnacle
Mr. Haragopal Mangipudi, Global Head, Infosys Finnacle delivered a talk in the third session of Horizons – the Annual Speakers Conclave of IIM Kozhikode. Mr Mangipudi started the session by highlighting the vast talent pool of 2.3 million ‘ready to leverage’ software engineers serving multiple global companies, present in India. He pointed out that out of the 1.1 billion people in India, half are under 19 and this technology savvy generation is an opportunity that we need to leverage on, to make the ‘Made in India’ concept, a global success. He pointed out the need of having a superlative productive workforce, one similar to Israel who is 100 times more effective than the Indian counterparts. He also said that ‘Cloud Computing’ is one area that is currently providing and will provide an immense opportunity in the coming years, for the banking and technology sector.
He said that a good idea and constant funding, along with customers are necessary but not sufficient for success. He then gave the students an interesting insight into the necessary requirements of running a successful organization. He said that business architecture is essential to translate the idea into something tangible along with a good brand. He said, “If you don’t talk the walk, you’re gone”. He also focused on customer centricity, saying, “We can’t look good unless our customer looks good”. He emphasized on delivery strengths, ecosystem and employees and funding as the other essentials for success. “Product is a long term commitment”, is what he said.
Mr. Prashant Govil, Managing Consultant, Technology Consulting, Accenture was the second speaker of the day. Being an alumnus of IIM- Kozhikode, he started the speech with pleasant memories of the institute. He spoke on the evolution of technology in the last 20 years. He pointed out the role of MIISO Soup (Microsoft, Intel, IBM, SAP and Oracle) in shaping the technology in the last two decades. He also highlighted that the ‘100 million mark’ has become the new benchmark for companies’ achieving growth thanks to technology as an enabler. He also highlighted the growing outsourcing in services industry and how organizations and individuals need to evolve with time. The career advice of this alumnus to the 13th & 14th batch of IIMK was received with a deafening applause.