CXO Leadership Series || Mr. Bhuvaneswar Naik, Global Head Career and Talent Management – SAP

November 7, 2015 Leave a comment

IMG_7375Tapmi played host to Mr. Bhuvaneswar Naik, Global Head Career and Talent Management from SAP who was present to deliver the CXO leadership lecture. From the word go, Mr.Bhuvaneswar Naik had high energy levels and seamlessly connected to the students. The speaker won over the audience by speaking about the local culture and adding humour to draw in everyone’s attention.

The topic of the lecture was “Leading between the fences”. It spoke of leading in times of turbulence, uncertainty and insecurity. Mr. Naik told the story of how SAP was able to succeed despite facing some tough times.

The speaker spoke candidly about issues that bothered the organization and how by sticking to certain core principles, they were able to tide over the difficult times. He shared with the students the ten principles, if adhered to, will not only benefit organizations but also be useful for us in our individual capacities.

The ten principles were as follows:

  1. What is your mission?

Every organization as well as every individual should be clear of the mission to be accomplished which acts as a compass to give one a sense of direction

  1. Turning Anger into Strength

Anger when used in the wrong way leads to havoc, but when is channelized positively can be a source of great strength

  1. Surround yourself with positive people

Optimism, and pessimism are both contagious

  1. Ensure Air- Cover

The top management should trust your decisions. In other words, build credibility

  1. Culture of Transparency

Create a culture of openness

  1. Engagement and happiness of employees are two different things

Engaging employees is pivotal to organizational success

  1. Create a sense of loyalty

Loyalty to the team, to the company and to the superiors and subordinates

  1. Removing bottlenecks

Bottlenecks stop you from achieving the desired potential. It is something that is holding you back from being the best you can be. So it’s essential to first identify them. Once identified, it is important to eliminate them

  1. Need to Act

The noblest of all intentions would mean nothing if there is no effort to act on it. It is important to act and act fast or risk losing to competition

  1. Believe in Human Spirit

At the end of the day, organizations are run by people. So the belief in the human spirit should never wane.

The lecture ended with some interesting questions posed by the students to Mr. Naik. The students had a very good learning experience, thanks to the speaker.

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SCOPE 2015 – Valedictory

November 3, 2015 Leave a comment


SCOPE, the two-day Operations Conclave came to a successful end on 1st November 2015, with a positive remark by Mr. Narayanan Kutty, Senior Director – DHL, who said that it was, “Great to know that the core industry term supply chain has now come into the textbooks of TAPMI”.
SCOPE conducted six Guest Lectures, two Panel Discussions and four competitions: Battle of States, Animus, Ops Quiz and Canvas. The Operations Forum also conducted the Ops Diaries sessions, where students with experience in the operations field shared their experiences with the organization, job role and challenges faced and overcome.

The details about the events and its winners are as follows:

Animus – The case study competition
First Position: Team Ops Apex – Nikhil Lohiya, Supriya Sood
Second Position: The OPS Gods – Yashaswee Sinha, Amrita Sosa

Canvas – Digital Poster Making
First Position: Team Colossus – Achintya Venkatesh, Sidhant Khadanga
Second Position: Teamm Canvatography – Ashutosh Agarwal, Aparajita Paul

Battle of States
First Position: Maharashtra – Ashay Veerkar, Garima Singhal, Chandan
Second Position: West Bengal – Moumitta Dutta, Arnesh Majumdar and Avisek Sarkar

Ops Quiz
First Position: Anirudh Vasudevan and Ashwarrth R
Second Position: Ankit Arora and Avinash Singh

Ops Diaries
First Position: Ravi Teja Palanki
Second Position: Niladri Chakraborthy

SCOPE 2015 felicitated Mr. Nayak for his encouragement and support after which Prof. Animesh Bahadur officially declared it closed for the year 2015.

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SCOPE 2015, Day 2: Socius – Make in India: A head start for building an export ecosystem

November 1, 2015 Leave a comment


Excerpts from the discussion:

Mr. Narayanankutty, Senior Director DHL

Mr. Narayanankutty started on a positive note that India has come a long way in terms of export in many sectors such as pharmaceuticals, Information Technology, textile etc. than what it used to be. However, the export growth in textile has dipped due to Bangladesh, which is exporting at cheaper rate. The main problem, though, is not the cheaper rates, but the residual waste that arises due to lack of skilled labors, manufacturing capacities, regulations, policies and ineffective core supply chain.

He emphasized that the need of the hour is reducing the bottleneck in supply chain, and the main factors which are hindering the smooth flow of supply chain are lack of political will and time consuming regulatory norms. He was optimistic that these bottlenecks would be reduced as the current government is more focused on ‘Make in India’ campaign. However, Mr. Narayanankutty believed that government should move away from supply chain control and should pass it on to some private conglomerate. The government should handle infrastructure projects through PPP model with more private control. He concluded by saying that the export growth in one sector not only generates employment in that particular sector, but also generates employment in the overall eco-system.

Mr. Rohit Sarma, Manager, Supply Chain Consulting, Chainalytics

Mr. Rohit Sarma spoke about the importance of ‘Make in India’ campaign and how it would help the government to reduce trade deficit while also acting as an employment generation catalyst. However, he was against the idea of reducing import, as the export oriented economies do suffer in a long run due to lack of domestic demand.

In his view, India should not only focus on promoting export in service sector, but also in new sectors such as space, defense and agriculture products. He was more focused on the agriculture products as he put forward a fact that half of India’s population depends on it. On the other hand, he also emphasized the need of an improved basic infrastructure like roads and railways which could be key elements in reducing cost while also improving turnaround time. Lastly, he supported the idea of having a multi-model support system to improve the efficiency of supply chain, as core supply chain is not that efficient.

 Mr. Y. J. Rao – Senior Consultant

Mr. Y. J. Rao pointed out that there is a huge market potential for manufacture of generics. He stated that as far as intellectual property is concerned, India has an edge over most of the other countries and Indian companies are more reliable as far as supply is considered. He was of the opinion that only by looking at these aspects there is a lot of scope for exports, should India go for bulk manufacturing. The agrochemicals business also has a huge potential, he said.

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SCOPE 2015, Day 2: Wordsworth – “Infrastructure is one of the major bottlenecks in today’s supply chain management.” – Mr. Narayanan Kutty Karayangal, Senior Director, DHL

November 1, 2015 Leave a comment


Mr. Narayanan began his speech by giving a brief idea about the process of supply chain management. He said it is a complex and tedious process which involves sourcing, procuring, manufacturing, packing and transporting goods from one place of business to another. It basically means getting the right things at the right place at the right time.

He then discussed about infrastructure, emphasizing it as one of the major bottlenecks in today’s supply chain management. Some of the issues he touched upon regarding this were the condition of roads in India, lack of appropriate facilities for loading and unloading at the factories etc. He also discussed about the industry trends like creation of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in India, terms of purchase and sale and so on.

Mr. Narayanan explained how finance plays an important role in the management of supply chain ranging from the viability of material cost to optimization of raw material cost. He also explained the importance of interacting with the customers to work out a detailed standard procedure of the supply chain. To conclude, he shared some of his personal experiences with the students as a senior manager at DHL along with a round of interactive question and answer session.

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SCOPE 2015, Day 1: Socius – Making ”Make in India” a Reality: Revive, Compete and Lead

November 1, 2015 Leave a comment


Excerpts from the discussion:

Mr. Pramod Sant, Vice President – Head of Import Export and Export Control & Customs, Siemens Ltd

Mr. Pramod Sant talked about the global outlook of Indians and how they are making their presence felt across the globe in all fields. He took the example of Indian diaspora being successful in foreign nations despite odds stacked against them. He said that the changes in manufacturing sector should take place from the grassroots. Any company which is successful in India can be successful worldwide. The complexities and challenges faced by manufacturing companies in India are multi-fold. The onus is on the government to change this and make the manufacturing sector of our country truly competitive with the rest of the world.

Mr. V. Raju, Vice President – 3PL & Contract Logistics, Adani Logistics Ltd.

Mr. Raju talked about innovation and its impact on the manufacturing sector in India. He opined that there should be an approach towards thinking innovatively. He said that the motive of Make in India campaign is not only to make foreign companies to invest in India, but also to produce quality products in India. He compared Indian economy with that of other developed economies and said that developed economies don’t support time delays in investment decisions. India will have to emulate such policy decisions to allow quicker and efficient decision making there by helping the manufacturing sector to grow.

Mr. Sathish S.V., Assistant Vice President – Buying and Merchandising, Spar Hypermarket

Mr. Sathish talked about the importance of business perception and its link to the success of any manufacturing industry. There is this general perception among Indians that the products being manufactured outside of India are of higher quality than the ones being manufactured in India. In order to sustain in the long run, companies need to constantly reinvent itself and go for brand relaunches. He further agreed to the points raised by Mr. Sudesh about lack of storage and transportation network in the perishable commodities sector. Logistics plays an important role in the success of any manufacturing sector and hence has a key role for successful implementation of Make in India campaign, he said.

Mr. Venkatramanan Krishnamurthy, CEO, Wefaculty

Mr. Venkatramanan made the discussion livelier by taking anecdotes from his work life. He talked about the transformation achieved by the Singaporean government to change it from a developing nation to developed nation in a short span of time. Unless we root out the teeming inefficiencies from our system, India will never be able to achieve its true growth potential, he said. He pointed out that the contribution of manufacturing sector to GDP of India is very low compared to other industrialized nations. Hence India has got a long distance to go before being called a manufacturing power house. According to him, government should concentrate on developing industry clusters and improving the ease of doing business in India. He added that the change in taxation policies, implementing GST are all positive steps in this direction.

Mr. Sudesh Nayak, Deputy Manager – Supply & Global Sourcing, Manipal Group

Mr. Sudesh Nayak started off by talking about zero defect delivery. According to him, lack of proper supply chain and infrastructure is hampering the effective implementation of Make in India initiative by the government. He took the example of perishable goods industry. India lacks quality storage and transportation systems. The losses accumulated by the industry players come up to millions of rupees. In order to change this, there needs to be a strong logistical support system. The government must put these fundamental pre-requisites in place to ensure that the manufacturing sector gets a boost in the coming years.

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SCOPE 2015, Day 1: Wordsworth – “Make in India can be beneficial for the agricultural sector.” – Mr. Rohit Sarma, Manager – Supply Chain Consulting, Chainanalytics

October 31, 2015 Leave a comment

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Terming operations as a commonly used term having a very wide scope, Mr. Rohit Sarma told the students of TAPMI that they key to improving anything quantitatively or qualitatively is to take losses in some entities while superseding it with profits in others.

Make in India, he said, can be beneficial for the agricultural sector, in the sense that labourers shifting from agriculture sector to manufacturing sector will bring in technological advancements in agriculture. Mechanization of the agricultural sector due to this shift might actually be beneficial for the sector.

On the issue of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementation, he stressed on how the economy can get a boost of nearly two points if the GST is implemented. The problem of paying taxes in different states would be solved and it will allow manufacturing companies to cut down on costs.

Towards the end of the session he did a SWOT analysis of Make in India. He said that the campaign can be a success because India has abundance of resources and the demography are in favor of the campaign. Coming to the weaknesses though, he pointed out that inadequate skilled labor, lack of transparency and taxation issues are major hindrances.

On the opportunities side, he spoke of the need to push for skill India programs to solve the issue of unskilled labor while also mentioning the aspects of financial inclusion and increase in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) limits. The threats, according to him remain the United States Fed rate hike and the recent Chinese slowdown.

To conclude, he spoke to students about the various career options available in the domain of operations and the necessary skill sets required at each level and position.

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SCOPE 2015 – Inauguration Ceremony

October 31, 2015 Leave a comment

Scope 2015

The inauguration ceremony of SCOPE 2015, the two day long flagship event of the operations forum of TAPMI was held on the 31st of October 2015. It started with an inaugural song and was followed by Director’s welcome message in which he greeted and thanked the industry leaders who had taken out time to interact and engage with the students.
Prof. Dr. Raghunath Rudran then addressed the gathering. He took audience through the journey of TAPMI from its inception to the present times. He then talked about the importance of supply chain and operations management for implementing the Make in India initiative. He ended his brief address by reminding students of the exciting career opportunities awaiting them in the field of operations and supply chain management.

The Chief Guest of the event was Mr. Pramod Sant (Vice President, Siemens Ltd.). He started off by appreciating TAPMI for providing a platform for industry experts to engage with students and academicians. He then went on to talk about the manufacturing sector in India and the importance of adequate infrastructure to increase the manufacturing capabilities of our country. He compared the ease of doing business in India to other nations there by pointing out the glaring operational inefficiencies in our regulatory system. He went on to talk about VUCA world and how students need to develop unique skill sets to be competitive with the global workforce. He ended his speech by asking students to be exceptional leaders by forging a collaborative work environment in the future.

Mr. V. Raju (Vice President, Adani Logistics) delivered the keynote address. Mr. Raju inspired the students by sharing his passion for operations and supply chain management. He wanted the students to inculcate this quality of passion and to strive for excellence in all their endeavors. In order to generate innovative ideas, it is imperative for the leaders to have a passion to attack complex challenges. He reminded the students that the management education is not in textbooks or theories. Mr. Raju stressed on the importance of case study pedagogy in order to challenge students to think innovatively and solve real life problems. He then touched upon the theme of SCOPE 2015, and talked about the importance of logistics and supply chain structure of our country. He further said that the logistical capabilities of our country would be a major determinant in ensuring the success of Make in India initiative by the government.

Prof. Dr. Debmallya Chatterjee then addressed the gathering. He threw light on this year’s theme “Make in India: New Paradigm in India’s Supply Chain”. He said that the theme would be discussed and deliberated in detail during this two day conclave. He ended his address by declaring the event open.

Prof. Dr. Debmallya Chatterjee then addressed the gathering. He threw light on this year’s theme “Make in India: New Paradigm in India’s Supply Chain”. He said that the theme would be discussed and deliberated in detail during this two day conclave. He ended his address by declaring the event open.

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