Sriram Rajaram shares his experiences and how he sees Cigniti in the future.

Cigniti's President and Head of Corporate Strategy, Sriram Rajaram shares his experiences and lessons learnt from his first job, insights from his career so far and how he sees Cigniti in the future.
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Hyderabad, India ( March 20, 2013 - My First Job: I started my career waiting on tables as a Restaurant Captain in 1990 after completing my Hotel Management.

My Experience: After starting out in the hotel industry, I moved to a HR consulting firm as an intern and worked my way up. In 1995, I got a lucky break into the then nascent IT industry. Over the next 18 years, I was fortunate to have been a part of four different start-ups in the IT services and software products space. I was able to use my experience to reposition Cigniti Technologies Limited from a small IT services firm in 2008 to India's largest independent Software Testing Services Company in 2012. Today, I head strategy and corporate development at Cigniti. We hope to become the World's Largest Independent Software Testing Services Company in the next four years.

Things I learnt: Passion makes you work hard. Thinking differently makes you stand out from the rest of the crowd. Having courage of convictions makes you follow your dreams.

Skills I acquired: Software architecture, Marketing, Hiring, Business planning, Financial management, Training and Project management are some of the important skills I have acquired over the 23 years of my career.

My manager's teaching: Asokan Pichai was my first guru in IT. He inspired me to think creatively and break away from the norm. I am generally the guy in the room who thinks differently and this has helped me a lot.

My Journey so far: I have constantly been on a steep learning curve and I am fortunate to be pushed to learn and do something new. The exposure has given me a bird's eye view of what makes businesses successful.

Turning point in my career: I joined First Computers in 1995. It was a serendipitous moment. My passion for knowledge made me realise that the IT industry was the place I wanted to be.

My most crucial step: My most crucial assignment was repositioning Cigniti Technologies Limited.
Mr. Subramanyam and Srikanth Chakkilam wanted someone to strategise, plan and put a team together to make Cigniti one of the leaders in the IT space. In 2008, when we articulated our goal of becoming India's largest Independent Software Testing Services Company within 4 years and the world's largest within 8 years, many people laughed at us. But we had the courage to chase our convictions. By attracting the best talent to Cigniti, we achieved our first goal by 2012.

My advice: Think big and focus on achievements. If you are passionate, you can succeed even if you do not have the right qualifications. Unleash your creativity at work to make your ideas stand out from the rest of the crowd.

Where I see myself five years from here: I hope to see the vision of making Cigniti Technologies Limited come true. I hope to spend more time in mentoring startups and share my experience of working in multiple startups. I will indulge in my passion for teaching by inspiring school and college students to realise their potential.


Tag Words: cigniti technologies, testing, quality assurance, software testing, indpendent testing
Categories: Software

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