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19th March 2014 – AscendersTech Anniversary

Another year has quickly slipped away and here we are, standing on the threshold of our seventh year of operations. How time flies and brings with it fresh plans, processes and people…

7th  AscendersTech Anniversary

If we had a magic ball that could give us a glimpse of the future and what it holds for us, wouldn’t that be swell? We would be in a better position to budget and work towards the known rather than the unknown. Unfortunately, there is no magic ball; rather there is only the wisdom to gauge situations as they present themselves…wisdom gathered over the years through a myriad of events, job requirements, customers, vendors, staff, deliverables, ups, downs, swings, offerings and the like.


Lessons and learnings? We (meaning each and every Ascender) run the company as our very own company ought to be run. Jobs have to be done, targets have to be met, sales revenues have to roll in, discipline is to be maintained, timings have to be adhered to and customers have to be satisfied. There are many more details but these pretty much sum it all up.

Our Guest of Honour - Dr. Sandhya Kalidas

Our Guest of Honour – Dr. Sandhya Kalidas

The new lines of business introduced the last financial year:

  1. Language Translation along with all its allied services such as interpretation, proofreading, editing, content localization and voice overs, in an effective and efficient delivery model using modern technology and resources at global locations
  2. Web applications (renewed & refreshed) – a dedicated internal team to deliver the goods as per client specifications


Cake cutting ceremony

Cake cutting ceremony


Our new sister concern – APS or Ascend Property Services dealing with the marketing of Real Estate and all its allied services. We have made quite a few inroads in the Real Estate vertical and have officially announced it very recently.

Wishes to come true...

Wishes to come true…

We have seen an influx of new faces as well as some old ones back into the fold and we welcome them all warmly irrespective of gender, experience and qualifications. The outflows have been regretted as always. But as the saying goes, “The show must go on.”










The HRO department remains to be on top of the internal revenue race what with its capable recruiter workforce and strong customer base. The Web Applications department is trailing right behind and may soon overtake the HRO. Ascenders Business Solutions – ABS – is doing very well under capable hands. The operations are as smooth as ever and this year has seen an increase in the revenues based on the efficient handling of our customer’s systems. The Language Services department seems to be gaining momentum but it is a bit too early to tell. The foundation has been laid well and it is forecasted to be a good year.

We wish every Ascender a long and prosperous growth trajectory in the coming years. We also wish you a career that is driven by passion, loyalty, strong job satisfaction and subsequently, a good work-life merge.



March 19, 2013 - The AscendersTech Anniversary

March 19, 2013 – The AscendersTech Anniversary

Today marks the completion of 5 years. The journey has been a happy, exciting, emotionally charged and sometimes heartbreaking one. In other words it’s been one big rollercoaster ride!

There have been moments when the adrenaline kept pumping till you thought your head was going to burst! Then there have been moments when you twiddled your thumbs waiting for the next bomb to explode.

There have been surprises, pleasant interludes and rude shocks. Staunch loyalties have been tested and there has also been blatant treachery.

Believe me, after AscendersTech, life just hasn’t been the same…

Our Quality systems are in place what with a recertification of the ISO9001:2008 Standards. It is interesting to note that our BPO sister concern Ascenders Business Solutions has also been judged up to the mark in Quality procedures and has been certified too.

Our memberships have only expanded the last year. Along with NASSCOM, ESC, ERA, TASMIA, eWIT and Tie, we have also been awarded a prestigious membership in ISF – Indian Staffing Federation and the IACC (Indo American Chamber of Commerce).

It is also a matter of pride to mention that we have been awarded the Times Group Award namely The Pathfinders 2013 – the Top Ten Entrepreneurs in Tamil Nadu.

Apart from Indonesia, we have also put our foot into the US and have stretched our HRO as well as Technology expertise there.

In the technology front, we have diversified significantly with the new caption Enhancing ROI from ERP in terms of servicing all major global ERPs such as SAP, PeopleSoft and Oracle apart from our home grown strength – Microsoft Dynamics Axapta ERP & CRM where we have the wherewithal to successfully complete the End to End life cycle of implementation and beyond.

The new face of AscendersTech has seen a drastic makeover – our incursion into the other ERP sectors has brought in a fresh outlook and an entirely new business model. Already we have acquired an exemplary customer from the US for whom we are supporting in terms of oracle Apps; our Oracle journey has fruitfully begun. We have a team of Oracle professionals on board working with their US counterparts on a complicated project that keeps them fully occupied.

In the same manner, AscendersTech has been eyeing the SAP & PeopleSoft market with similar offerings – the most prominent being ROI from ERP. Soon we will be in the midst of a lot of traction in this territory as well.

We have also bravely marched into the product space with two budding and brilliant tools namely the Ascend Edifice and the Ascend HRO.

Ascend Edifice is a product that caters to the Residential Building Industry especially looking after the residents and their issues mainly in the Facility Management segment. Ascend Edifice would bring all the residents together on a common platform in order to facilitate a comfortable community atmosphere.

Ascend HRO is a product meant for the corporates and consultancies with regard to their recruitment activities. AscendersTech has implemented it internally and we are finding it an extremely beneficial tool.

Both products are built on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM foundation and have without a doubt been exhibiting its XRM features at every stage of the development cycle. The team behind the two products is a young and vibrant lot who deserve a hearty applause for their tireless work.

The recruitment team as well as the technology team is steadily growing not just in size but also in terms of quality output. Our clientele is also growing proportionately as our Business Development team never rests till they hit their targets. The tiny yet lively support team strives to bring in the best amenities and facilities to the rest of us and we are indebted to them for making the most creative use of their limited resources.

We expect the sixth year to be filled with wonders; we wait enthusiastically for inspiration that we know will come from within as we witness the best of Ascenders bloom under duress and spread their wings into new horizons.

Team Ascenders, it’s time for a new beginning.

As there has been an exodus, there will always be an influx; let’s welcome both the old and the new this year, hoping to learn from both.

It's going to be the Best Year ever!

It’s going to be the Best Year ever!



Today marks the start of our fifth year in existence!

The feeling is exhilarating and I’m sure that the small bunch of old faithfuls in our organisation feels the same way. The newcomers have an edge for sure as they have had the luxury of a process in place whereas the old timers went through the rigmarole of settling down in a seemingly chaotic environment and were actually instrumental directly or indirectly in the making of a process based organisation. They have traveled with us in the long and bumpy road and during this journey, have forged close, emotional relationships that will see us till the end destination.  The journey which we had started out with stars in our eyes on March 19th, 2008 still continues and the exuberance with which we began has not diminished over the years!

We wished to become a conglomerate and it is with pride that I announce to one and all, that the first steps towards this goal have already been initiated. In the course of the FY 2012 – 13, we would announce it in more detail.

Our memberships such as NASSCOM, ESC, ERA, TASMIA, TiE still hold us in good stead. Our previous Associate Membership with NASSCOM has been upgraded to a regular membership wherein which we are now entitled to voting rights and various other privileges.

The last year found us shifting base to the reputed NSIC Software Technology Park as we direly needed more space.  This expansion has led to our esteemed membership with STPI. In a bid to accommodate the laudable aspects of inclusivity and diversity, we have also become a corporate member of eWIT (Empowering Women in IT). One of our most prestigious achievements last year was being bestowed with the NASSCOM Emerge 50 Award. This was possible due to the focused and innovative efforts of the AscendersTech team.

Last year saw us expand our technology base as well, in terms of creating new practices, or more specifically, Centers of Excellence in Dynamics Axapta CRM and EPM apart from our existent ERP practice. To make sure that all practices and projects run seamlessly and smoothly, we have also established the much needed Project Management Office and it is doing its job efficiently. The Delivery team has been inducted into the PMO style of delegation and work and we are proud to declare that projects can and will be delivered on time and with the expected quality outputs thanks to the untiring efforts of the PMO.

In this regard, we would like to announce that from 1st April 2012, our Finance Team would be working on the Dynamics Axapta Finance Module thus making our internal Axapta implementation a grand success. We also foresee, in quick succession, the implementation of the dynamics Axapta HR Module.

We have changed our style of Operations stressing on the need to be a lean, trim and strong organisation. The new concept of Account Managers especially in the HRO Division has been introduced and has shown tremendous result in terms of Client Relationship Management and as a consequence, we hope to see profitability as well. We can boast of following the best practices in Recruitment especially where process and speed are concerned. The HRO organisation is by far, the leanest and meanest, as far as business is concerned. The sourcing team has been established with a view to reduce dependencies on commercial portals, strengthen Social Recruiting skills, save time and create elite and specialized skills in Recruitment. We are in the process of establishing a well-oiled and professional Recruitment Mechanism and every Ascenders recruiter is essentially a part of it.

An aggressive Sales team is in place with very focused business goals. We have also for the first time in AscendersTech history, introduced an Inside Sales Team and we are in the process of reaping our investments. The need for each and every Ascender to be a Sales person in his / her own right cannot be stressed enough. It is also in this context that we wholeheartedly reiterate that AscendersTech is a Sales driven Organisation. Our new branding, given the present circumstances, lays claim to this fact.

Our support teams especially HR, Admin, Finance and IT have all been well established and further fortified with the help of experienced stalwarts in the industry.

We have come a long way under the capable leadership of our beloved CEO Dr. Thiru. Our flagship Ascenders Technologies Private Limited has been recognized across states crossing even national boundaries not just for our efficient delivery but also because of each and every Ascender’s realization and acceptance that the our priority is ascending our Customer’s priorities!

Team Ascenders, I give out the call for renewed vigour from you all to continue our exciting journey of Business Excellence as a part of the Ascenders family. Let us together chart out the route to our destiny and always be a part of the celebration that is ASCENDERSTECH!


Seating Arrangements

Last Saturday saw the Ascenders assembled in the Office terrace once again.

Getting ready

It was a special occasion in which the Ascenders received their prizes that they had so painstakingly won at the Annual Day celebrations. The Smile Box was also opened up for the judges to read out and decide on the best compliment and the most complimented person.

The day started with a simple breakfast in the open and so, the atmosphere turned out to be more like a picnic more than anything else. On this very informal note, the Ascenders had their prize distribution ceremony (if it could be called that).

One of the many prizes

The judges were two brilliant young men – Mr. Vinoth Kumar John Peter and Mr. Shankar Raman Ramachandran.

Vinoth Kumar John Peter

Shankar Raman Ramachandran

They distributed the prizes and awards.

Murali Krishnan is 'A Manager Extraordinaire'

The Winning Tennikoit Team - Maria Suresh & Angeline Priya

Winning Team - 10 Thillalangadis

Winning Team for the Treasure Hunt - Navakusavas

Opening the Smile Box... and fishing for Compliments!

After that, they patiently read out all the compliments posted by the Ascenders to their fellow Ascenders.  As they read out the compliments, they also shortlisted the really impressive ones and finally narrowed down the winning compliment from Mary Sylvia paid to none other than her team lead, Bersin.

Reading the Compliments aloud

Nice to listen to Compliments

Priceless Moments...

The Best Compliment from Mary Sylvia to Bersin

The Ascenders in rapt attention

Special recognitions were due to Sadia for the care and effort she put into buying and organizing gifts for all the events; Deva was honoured for the zeal and enthusiasm demonstrated when he chose to be present for the Annual Day Celebrations in spite of domestic issues.

Anitha Sampath was recognized for her speedy and very effective manner in which she organized the various transport routes for the Ascenders mega event of the year.

Britto was given a prize for executing his exceptionally unique role in Latent Talent. His unquestioning acceptance of his role (a wild animal jumping into the pool!) demonstrated his fiery team spirit.

Tulsi was given two awards: one for being the most enthusiastic participant in the Annual Day Celebrations and another for his brilliant and tireless efforts in making the event a grand success.

Gayathiri was recognized as the ultimate Loudmouth of the event as her screams and whoops were heard way above everyone else’s during the entire event.

Revathi was also rewarded for her Herculean efforts in coordinating and organizing the Annual Day Celebrations.

The guests had a few words to say about AscendersTech and the further growth of AscendersTech in general. The day had begun on a nice and pleasant note and also wound up with a lot of positive vibes. It was a fun Saturday forum as usual.

Prizes Galore!


On 9th July, 2011, AscendersTech started off on its trip to ‘Laughing Waters’ a farmhouse on the East Coast Road to celebrate our third annual day in style. At 6:30 am, the Ascenders all gathered at the office at Parsn Manere.

All set to go...

With the usual Ascenders hullaballoo, the entire troupe fitted in three vans made their way to the lovely farmhouse beside the sea.

'Laughing Waters' - Our hangout for the day

The event managers (Mr. Muralikrishnan & team) were waiting for us along with steaming breakfast and coffee. As soon as the luggage was disposed off, the Ascenders had their fill of breakfast buffet style.

Dr. Thiru introducing our Event Managers - Eddie & Murali just before the Ice-breaker

As the event managers began to get their events rolling, we decided to finish with a little bit of business first so that it would be fun and games all the way after that. The new Leave Policy was presented to the company, tweaked and enhanced.

Maria Suresh introducing our Sr. Recruiter Imran Ansari from our Mumbai Office

Incentives Announcement for the next Quarter - GOLD!

The workforce were reassured that from this year onwards, there were more paid holidays than ever; new special leaves were introduced; in general, the entire Leave policy was more employee friendly than before.

The new Leave Policy in brief...

Immediately after the presentation, it was a continuous riot! The entire company had already been divided into 5 teams and preparations for this day had commenced more than a week before. Mailers were doing the rounds and colorful posters had been put up in both wings.

The events to come...

A smile box for compliments too, had been doing the rounds between the two wings and the onsite locations where a chunk of the Ascenders workforce were deployed.

The team captains introduced themselves with their nick names for the day (Dharamadi Dharmalingam , Tondiarpettai Dhandasoru, Adyar Azhagi, Soapu- Seepu-Kannaadi and Harry Potter Vaayaa)  their vice- captains and their teams (Teams too had peculiar names such as 10 Thillalangadis, Jalabala Junks, Nava Kusavaas, Red Hot Oompaloompas and Adainagappa Pathu Peru.The real day @ Laughing Waters started with a Treasure Hunt which had all the teams in a mad scramble to figure out their clues and search for the next one until they finally found the treasure!

In between events, AscendersTech took the opportunity to recognize performers by awarding certificates.

Dhanashekhar - The Brand Amabassador of the Year

Anitha Sampath - The Rising Star Recruiter of the Year!

Anitha - The Most Loyal Employee!

Nirmal – Outstanding Performer of the Year!

We had various team events such as The Longest Line wherein which everyone literally fell over themselves in a frenzy to create the longest human cum material line!

Most events had representative members playing/ fighting to win points for their respective teams! For example Face Off had one guinea pig from each team to add to their scores by submitting their faces for a makeover!

Before and After

Grinning Girlies of AscendersTech(An Equal Opportunities Employer)

The Girlies going Gaga!

As the weather grew warmer and more humid despite the sea breeze, the Ascenders found themselves shifting to cooler locations within the perimeter.

Lunch is served

The day saw the Ascenders involved in a lot of heavy-duty team work, creative thinking and last minute preparations and modifications. There was a satisfying sense of fulfillment as people brought their heads together to plan, scheme, strategize, nominate and finally execute.

Balloon fight coming up!

Bless you, Boss...

Men in Black are wipe out balloons!

Brothers- in- arms ...for the disaster that followed

A nice set of orderly people...till all hell broke loose!

Noushath: Do I finish him off quickly or slowly & painfully? Dhana: waaah...I want my mummy!

As teams vied with each other amidst friendly jibes and teasing, games unfurled themselves and every member present had a role to play with the sole purpose of bringing points and laurels to their respective teams.

In AscendersTech, everyone toes the line!

In the evening during the much needed tea-break, our Guest of Honour, Mr. Jayaramakrishnan (popularly known as JRK), made his entrance. JRK enthralled the workforce with his hallmark witty conversation and gyaan before awarding the best performers with the traditional AscendersTech  Gold Medals.

Introducing our guest JRK

Bersin was recognized as the Star Recruiter of the Year and Praveen Kumar as Manager Par Excellence.

Bersin - Star Recruiter of the Year

Praveen Kumar - Manager par Excellence

Birthday Celebrations

As the evening drew to a close, other games such as Kadhai Vuttings, Latent Talent and events such as the Birthday Celebrations took place.

Kadhai Vuttings

The Grand Finale was none other than the Fashion Show! Everyone had been waiting for the event with baited breaths. Preparations for this event had begun a week before as there were to be two ramp walks per team – one in style and the other in CROSS DRESSING! The outcome was amazing and downright hilarious…

Couples of AscendersTech

Beautiful Babes of AscendersTech

Handsome Hunks of AscendersTech

Hottest babe in Town!

The prizes for the Sports events that took place in June were distributed and the awards for the day will be distributed in the next Saturday Forum at the office premises.

The Ascenderstech Team (Before)

and After...

Dinner was served; people took a late dip in the pool and generally lazed around after a day well spent.


Ascenders Technologies chose to celebrate its 2nd Annual Day at the hills of Yelagiri with its all its splendor.  It was a whole weekend filled with fun and frolic. The Rhythms Resort echoed with the continuous giggles and laughter of the Ascenders family.

The team began its journey from Chennai early in the morning of 29th May. Breakfast was served in the train.

Breakfast was amazing (shocking??)

The Ascenders Bonhomie

A well deserved snooze...zzzzz....

A few rounds of Housie followed. The holiday spirit was high and the van trip from Jolarpettai station up the winding hills of Yelagiri proved to be pleasurable what with the cool winds welcoming us to the top.

The Rhythms Resort by the lake

We received an excellent panoramic view of the lake which happens to be right next to the resort!

After freshening up, we were all geared up to take part in the events planned well in advance for us by our event managers Murali and Suresh, not to forget a little fellow by name Ashwanthe.

Team games, ice breakers, festivities and song and dance followed by the dozen.

Hairdressing contest!

The games were light and had everyone in splits. Team competition was high and fiery. Points were awarded and deducted depending on the rules laid down. Everyone was an enthusiastic participant and made sure he or she gave their best for the team.

Master Praveen

Ramabhadhra in a heady dance

PVR did a Vadivel!

balloon balancing

Mani getting all dolled up for the party!

Smooch, smooch...

Team names were wildly imaginative and downright funny. The teams were Boris Beggars, Chunky Monkey Shaolin Pallikoodam Guyz, Theerpu Thirumugham, Kaipullai and Morrattu Singhanghal.

Chunky Monkey gang in their Pallikoodam (NOTE- Ninja master at work)

Every team made a special appearance with costume, dialogues and all. The ascenders family had a gala time discovering major potential on such short notice.

Theerpu Thirumugham (watch out on Judgement Day!)

The Boris Beggars (They had us begging for mercy!)

Kaipullai - They are recruiting left & right (even blindfolded!)

The Ascenders always do things differently…we wrap up our mummies in toilet paper!

Embalmed and all!

The mummies and the dummies

In the midst of all these festivities, we had the most awaited and anticipated event- the prize giving ceremony which was done with a lot of fanfare and award befitting background music….

Rajat - The Ascenders Role Model

Maria Suresh - Best Ascenders Manager

Bersin - Top Recruiter of the year

Lakshmi - Service par Excellence!

Praveen - The Ascenders Brand Ambassador

Ravi - Innovative Designer

Karthik - The Custodian of the Ascenders' Assets

Abel Johnny - The Best Business Leader of the year

The mega event of the day – Mr. Ascenders!

The 'man' of the year- Mr.Ascenders-Ravi-he begged his way to the top!

The winner of the event -Ravi though skinny, he impressed all the female judges by falling at their feet at the very beginning! Vasanth followed with a brilliant performance of muscle juggling. Suresh scared the judges with his threatening eye movements not to mention his bobbing belly! Senthil impressed with his once-upon-a-time fit body and his perpetual grin. Finally, came the shy Ramesh and managed to do a jig. Anyways, the boys must be appreciated for throwing off their shirts and doing their bit for their teams…

And that night after the events…


The next day saw the Ascenders immersed in cricket followed by boat rides on the lake.


After these cheerful episodes, we assembled in the conference hall again for karaoke and dancing which was followed by group photo sessions.

Our very own Hariharan(s)!

Saritha - The dancing queen!

Dance pe Chance maar le, oh Soniya...

Looking forward (sideways?), together, forever...

After lunch, we took the road down the hill to catch the 4:55 Brindavan Express from Jolarpettai to Chennai.

Country Road, take me home...

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