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As the very theme suggests the ERA Annual Convention dealt with ‘Engaging the Unemployed Talent’ was a concentrated effort to bring together some of India’s best minds to provoke thought on one of the biggest paradoxes of our country. On the one hand, we are in no dearth of ’employable youth’. But this fact remains mere ‘data’ because in reality, the said youth are not always the ideal choice of the organizations and businesses which desire to engage and utilize educated/ skilled youth.


The ERA Annual Convention brochure


The sole objective of this convention is the uplift of this vast section of society whose amazing talent and prowess (usually unrecognized because of factors such as amateur soft skills) can be tapped and exploited to benefit themselves, the corporates and subsequently the nation as a whole.

It was envisaged that through this convention, the leaders on the dais and those in the audience would be positively sensitized to the plight of the youth and would step up to the daunting task that they are faced with!

The youth of India need to be empowered with all the required knowledge and skills to realize India’s potential to become a superpower; else the same youth might well  be reduced to a potent tool in the hands of misguiding, degenerative forces that work against the interests of a progressive, developing India!

The ERA Annual Convention, in other words, was a call to all the leaders to join forces and do their bit towards nurturing the future generations and, in the process, fortify our country with the power of youth with all its magnificent capabilities. We as ERA members realize that it is high time for us facilitate the entry of our talented resource pool so that they carve out their own niches as responsible sons and daughters of the nation.


The AscendersTech stall - Dynamics CRM for Sale!!!

Business Development Executives prowled the floor outside the auditorium and scanned the crowds for potential business deals.

The Convention Guide

The AscendersTech Kit Bag for the ERA event

AscendersTech Business Development Team


The Inaugural Session was comprised of the Welcome Address given by our CEO, Dr. Thiru who also happens to be the Convenor – ERA Chennai Chapter as well as the Chairman of the Annual Convention.


Dr.Thiru welcoming our guests and dignitaries


The Inaugural of the ERA 8th Annual Convention


Dignitaries such as Mr. Veerendra Mathur, the Chairman of ERA, Mr. K. Purushothaman, Regional Director, NASSCOM, Captain Suresh Bhardwaj, Vice Chancellor, AMET University graced the occasion and Mr. Ayaz Mohammad, the Co Convenor of the ERA Chennai Chapter presented the concluding remarks.

After the tea break, the convention got rolling with the serious business of knowledge sharing ses sions. The very first session of the day was on ‘Harnessing Talent – Our March towards the Lead’. This interesting session was chaired by none other than the renowned Mr. K. Pandiarajan, the Chairman of Ma Foi Randstad and also, one of the founding members of ERA. His panel consisted of Mr. Santosh K. Misra IAS, Director, Employment & Training and also the MD, Overseas Manpower Corporation. Another leading personality on the panel was Ms. J. Sabita the AVP – HR of Steria India.

The eminent panelists of the first session do the honours for ERA


The panelists along with the ERA (& NASSCOM) bigwigs


The discussion has begun

An ERA CSR activity took place to the delight of all the ERA members and the guests for the day. A whopping amount of nearly two lakhs had been collected at the spur of the moment last year during the Annual Sports Meet when we had announced the auction of all the sports items bought for the purpose. The fun and frolic that we had experienced then can be recollected via This spontaneous and jocular activity had culminated in this magnificent gesture. Ms. Shanta of the Cancer Society was present to receive the cheque which was handed over by our founding member Mr. K. Pandiarajan.

The ERA CSR Activity for the Cancer Society-1.82 Lakhs recd by Ms. Shanta

The second session of the day was of relevance to the entire Recruitment and HR community : ‘Compensation – A 3D Approach’. This session was chaired by the talented and witty speaker, Mr. David Nallathambi, the Senior VP & Head HR of Scope International. His panel consisted of Mr. Narayan Kumar, Specialist – Compensation, Motorola and Mr. Saurabh Nigam, VP – HR, Beroe Inc.

Saurabh, David & Narayan Kumar discussing Compensation

Post lunch did not see the audience yawning as we had a set of absolutely brilliant speakers all ready to take us to the next level with their topic ‘New Age Leaders – Key Focus Areas’. The team was chaired by Mr. K. Jayaramakrishnan, VP – Global Alliance, TCS. He had the audience in splits as he seriously laid down the ground rules about unwittingly nodding off during his session. He led his panel into a smooth discussion sprinkled with his comments and witticisms. The panel consisted of Mr. Subhomoy Sengupta, Group Director – Microsoft Business Solutions, Mr. Ranjith Sivasankaran, Head HR, KLA Tencor and Mr. Krishna Prasad, GM – India, Head – Chennai, UST Global.

The discussion on New Age Leaders

Tea was followed by Sponsors Time which had our prime sponsors Talent Now showcasing their product to a captivated audience. ‘Working smart’ is their mantra.

Devang expounding on the virtues of Talent Now

The final session for the Annual Convention had Mr. Sivakumar, CEO of the ICT Academy of Tamilnadu chairing the panel who discussed ‘Current Trends in Freshers’ Recruitment’. The panel consisted of Capt. Bhardwaj, VC of AMET University, Ms. Shyamala Nagasundaram, Head HR, Logica Pvt. Ltd., and Mr. Raj Prabhakar, the CEO of FYMC. It was a fun filled session as each speaker had a unique brand of humour that had the audience begging for more.

The 8th Annual Convention was followed by the 5th Leadership Summit that very same evening and was termed by general consensus, the highlight of the entire two day mega affair.

Lighting the Lamp

The session was titled ‘Encouraging Entrepreneurs in Recruitment and HR Industry’. It was chaired by none other than the inimitable, one and only, Arun Jain, Founder Chairman & CEO of Polaris. The panel was an equally illustrious group made up of Dr. Sandhya Shekhar, CEO of IIT Madras Research Park, Mr. Murugavel Janakiraman, CEO of Click Jobs and Mr. B. Ravishankar, Sr. VP – HR of HCL Technologies. There were amazing analogies created spontaneously, a well thought of presentation with facts and figures and brilliant speeches that sparkled with gems of wisdom and experience.

Arun Jain begins the discussion

The next day was a semi casual affair marking the 6th CEO Conclave. The inaugural session had Mr. Veerendra Mathur announcing the Satish Doshi Best Chapter Award. Mr. Kannan and Mr. John Quadros of Sampoorna Computers read out the touching message of Mrs. Rajul Doshi.

Auspicious Beginning

The inaugural address was made by Shri K. Srinivasan, the Addl. Central PF Commissioner from the Government of India. The key note address was delivered by the MD of ELCOT, the vibrant and energetic Dr. Santosh Babu who managed, within a span of few minutes, to share his dream and vision of a sophisticated and poverty- free rural India.

The ERA Convenor in Serious Discussion with the MD of ELCOT

The Inaugural Committee (CEO Conclave)

The ERA Chennai Chapter Secretary, Mr. Alexander A. Kumar delivered the vote of thanks.

People, especially the organizers were in a relaxed mood and the audience was brimming with the enthusiasm of unfettered learning. And the CEO Conclave was just that: a learning marathon that had only the best instructors giving their audience (dominated by the recruiting fraternity) their money’s worth.

Prakash doing the honours for Dr. John Alexander

Sudha Sastri recieving her due

Mr. Hari Cherukuri after his amazing session on Head Hunting

John Quadros - the witty speaker per se

Sudarshan appreciating Rohin for his excellent session

Mr. Varghese felicitating Mr. Sounderajan

The talented Viral Vora of Talent Now being felicitated by Ayaz




The Satish Doshi Award

 The entire two day mega event of the year was smartly summed up by the Chairman of ERA, Mr. Veerendra Mathur. People disbursed with the sense of having achieved a lifetime award!

And then….


19th March saw the start of the fourth year of operations for Ascenders Technologies. It was a loud and noisy affair wherein which all our ERA fraternity got together to celebrate our remarkable milestone right after the CEO Conclave.

The Celebration of yet another year!


Got the cake...

and ate it too!!!

The Icing on the Cake...

ERA honouring Dr.Thiru for his magnificent contribution as Convention Chairman



The excitement at NILF 2011 is truly infectious. Our CEO Dr. Thiru is having a whale of a time as he has been moving back and forth from the various concepts and activities that NASSCOM has so thoughtfully and professionally laid out for the delegates.

Dr. Thiru @ NILF 2011

According to constant updates from Dr. Thiru, there have been over 30 delegations for the NASSCOM Leadership Forum this year; there are seven country connects distributed across the three days of the annual NASSCOM mega event. The world class Leadership and Industry keynotes apart, there are unconferencing events such as Idea Incubator, Leader2Leader Forum, Master Classes, Roundtables etc.

With Professors Philip and Maria, University of Scotland

NASSCOM certainly knows how to mix business with pleasure. There had been two evenings planned in tune to this tempting and

With Mr. Purushottaman, Regional Director, NASSCOM & Mr. Pramod the ERA Associate Director

potent combination. The Global Leadership Awards was a dazzling event and the Entertainment evening had everyone tapping away and swaying to the Indian dances showcased with its riotous music.

With the NASSCOM team


Trust NASSCOM to do things differently; the highlight of the three day NASSCOM bonanza is happening today (yes, the very last day of the NILF 2011). Dr. Thiru will be all ears when Actor- Director Shekhar Kapoor talks about the Indian Jugaad; he will be in rapt attention when Shiv Nadar speaks about inclusivity; Dr. Thiru also plans on witnessing the business discussions which will involve Adil Zainulbhai, Managing Director, India, McKinsey & Company, Antony Leung, Senior MD, Chairman Greater China, The Blackstone Group, Pramod Bhasin, CEO, Genpact will summarize the session with SWOT Analyses of the business models of India and China. A great take away from the NILF indeed. NASSCOM is always ahead of the game as it is their business to be so they will also have Nik Gowing from BBC talking about how Social Media will become the Fifth Estate.

Dr. Thiru with former President of NASSCOM, Mr. Kiran Karnik


With Som Mittal, President, NASSCOM who believes in celebrating "the spirit of Global oneness in general and innovation in the Indian IT sector in particular"

Dr. Thiru has these important things to share with us as soon as he is back with us tomorrow:

  • The overall Drivers for this Decade: The Leadership and Vision sessions at the Forum has made it very clear to AscendersTech that we will be chanting the new mantra i.e. Innovate, Redesign and Reinvent. In keeping with this mantra, AscendersTech has already been on the innovation path thus pushing us further and without any doubt, into the IT leadership list in this decade. The other important take away from the NILF 2011 is the acceptance of cross-generational and globalized workforce. It has been discovered that AscendersTech has been in the right path so far as our plans to enter the cloud computing realm is concerned. It seems cloud computing will also herald the next change in IT outsourcing strategies and BPO solutions need to be scalable, ‘on demand’ and compliant. In other words BPO solutions offered by AscendersTech will from now onwards be on the IT cloud.


  • The strategies that work especially during times of ambiguity and methods of sustenance during adverse conditions; the overview of the global IT-BPO market, transformation in a connected world, leadership in the new global economy, technology being a prime enabler in business transformation within organizations, the emerging business opportunities that can be tapped through the IT-BPO industry, issues related to technology, trends, the IT eco-system and so on.

With Gartner - Account Director, Mr.Rahul Parihar

Dr. Thiru with Stephen Attenborough, CEO of Virgin Galactic & Commercial Director of Virgin Group


The much awaited New Year Bash started at around 10:00 am at The Accord Metropolitan Hotel at T. Nagar. The Ascenders had gathered at the Hall Sapphire to conduct the Town Hall Meeting for the third quarter of last year. We started with the Director welcoming the Ascenders and presenting the Organization Chart of the Company. The finalized and focused Service Offerings of Ascenders Technologies was presented. The Organization hierarchy was explained in brief, stressing on the six levels that it comprised. It was hinted that the various unit heads would drill down their own Organization structures during their own presentations and would help fit all our resources with their different positions into their respective levels. With that formal opening of the last Quarter presentation, the floor was taken up by Mr. Suresh Kumar Radhakrishnan, Business Head taking care of all Sales & Marketing activities of Ascenders Technologies; next, it was Mr. Maria Suresh who is presently heading the Human Resources Outsourcing (HRO) division and is responsible for its Delivery; finally, Mr. Abel Johnny, our Practice Head – Microsoft DAX, who is currently heading the Technology division and taking care of its delivery went on to present their achievements in the last Quarter, their respective targets for the next Quarter and the strategy planned to achieve them. The Ascenders were taken through a detailed presentation by each of the Unit heads.

Our Business Head (watch out folks, he means business!)


Projections that promise...Maria Suresh is confident that team work pays


The able Abel presenting his Modus Operandi

 After the exclusively Ascenders in house session, we were in for a pleasant surprise. We had the privilege of listening to our some of our Customers and our Principals.

Mr. Krishnamurthy - Ex Microsoft Champion & the Ultimate Salesman!

Mr. G. Krishnamurthy, a renowned Partner Account Manager with Microsoft till very recently and currently the CMO with CCH PRO Systems had been invited as a special guest. Mr. Krishnamurthy met the Ascenders and presented a session power packed with motivation. The videos he showed us had the Ascenders glued to our seats but ready to take off on a dynamic pilgrimage to the ultimate Mecca of Life Skills – Achievement. He spoke of his humble beginnings and his adventurous journey to success. He showed us that anyone could reach great heights provided they followed a disciplined methodology. Mr. Krishnamurthy stressed on the need for taking the organization to the level of greatness. He insisted that KPIs and KRAs needed to be set and reviewed consistently on a regular basis and Organizational success was a matter of three steps:

The grand Vision coupled with the strategy to realize it!

Personal greatness or in other words, finding one’s own voice; moving on to leadership greatness, meaning helping others to find their voice and finally, concluding with Organizational greatness by being focused and hell bent on execution. He highlighted these phases of bringing an Organization to its deserving state of greatness by playing a video of a herd of African wild buffalo actually being inspired and, as a direct consequence, motivated by one aggressive member of the herd to attack a whole pack of hungry lions that had caught one of the buffalo calves for their meal. This one member had the courage and conviction to charge at the lions who were about to sink their fangs into the calf that they had already salvaged from a crocodile. This brave act inspired the other members to follow suit and they did not rest till the little one was safely back in the fold. The herd emerged a proud and victorious team. What better analogy for a startup like Ascenders Technologies?

Mr. Purushottaman, Regional Director, NASSCOM made a brief guest appearance but did us proud by promising the wholehearted support of NASSCOM.


 As always, he had the time to share his invaluable and tremendously reliable insights into the IT sector. The IT industry was booming as NASSCOM is able to predict that in 2011, most of the IT business would be realized from the domestic markets.

Words of Wisdom from none other than the Sage of NASSCOM-Mr. Purushottaman

 Before he made a quick getaway, he shared with us clues as to where IT services would be most required in the coming year and to take a leaf out of the existing success stories about tapping the business and executing it.

In rapt attention...

 Mr. B. S. Anand, Director – Finance, Columbus IT, Dubai was an honoured guest being one of the AscendersTech major customers. Mr. Anand had come so prepared that his slides were customized for the AscendersTech team!

The Customer presenting the AscendersTech Agenda for the New Year

Having a valued customer himself telling us in no uncertain manner how to go about perfecting the art of retaining our customers was an excellent session by itself.

Mr. Anand had the 'Ascendarians' in raptures!

Mr. Anand stressed the need to walk that extra mile to retain customers by showing that we cared enough, by responding to their needs and queries and by consistent service and support. He called attention to keeping the lines of communication alive and open at all times; he insisted on not delinking from the customer at any given point; primarily, he mentioned the need to empathize with the customer and actually feel their pain in order to service them better.

 To effectively retain the customers, Mr. Anand shared a lot of priceless tips to be followed within the organization. As a starter, he pointed out that internally all employees are friends and extended family and must be treated as such. He stated that everybody in his/her own right is a leader and could contribute at any level, as IT is considered a privileged industry being wholly knowledge oriented.

Forward March, Team Ascenders!


Positive thinking and optimism were the order of the day and he advised the Ascenders to imbibe these qualities in order to build Ascenders Technologies on the same foundation. Excellence and Quality should be sought after; while travelling the journey in search of these two organization goals, every individual must contribute in every aspect of the business in a polite manner, express one’s ideas however small and most importantly not to lose heart or admit defeat and cold shelf if these ideas are shot down initially.

In an organization the concept of mutual trust and respect are imperative. For continuous future client engagement, customer service is key. By turning current customers into long term partners, excellent reference sites are firmly established and repeat business is assured.

Mr. Anand highlighted the 4P Doctrine of People, Processes, Pricing and Profit for leveraging the AscendersTech business. He concluded the session by impressing on the Ascenders that we have to dream BIG; being global now is excellent but AscendersTech had to find a suitable ranking in the top 5 Global Consulting Businesses very soon. A slide for us to fill in was presented and Mr. Anand insisted that we send it across to him filled so that, in keeping with his self-appointed, additional role of AscendersTech Mentor, he would guide us and monitor our progress. His session left us in awe of his generous nature and motivates us to sharpen our axes, roll up our sleeves and get to work!

AscendersTech was honoured to do the honours for Mr. Anand


Our guests interacting...


Then we had Mr. Rajashekar Reddy, Partner Technology Advisor again from Microsoft who had come to wish AscendersTech all the very best in the New Year.

New Year wishes from Mr. Rajashekar Reddy

 AscendersTech is indeed very fortunate to have the faithful and never ending support of Customers and Principals alike. Mr. Reddy was completely spell bound by the previous presentations that he knew that the Ascenders had received every conceivable guideline for achieving a vibrant yet smooth sailing business year. He kept his value additions for a more personal and informal interaction with the Ascenders during lunch.

Mr. Rajashekar Reddy giving his inputs offline

 Another important guest of the day was the inimitable Dr. Subair Khan, a famous and much sought after Orthopedic Surgeon in the city. He has been associated with Ascenders Technologies right from its inception and also happens to be one of our prized customers. The tech savvy Doctor mentioned how the Ascenders had been a vital part of his brain child and also went on to state that with the help of our team he was planning to take the portal to the next level.

Dr.Subair Khan enumerating his experience with AscendersTech

A much awaited special invitee walked in with his best wishes to the AscendersTech team. He was none other than  Mr. Sathya .S,  Senior Manager – Applications Development at MHRIL. Mr. Sathya has been a pivotal factor when it comes to our professional relationship with one of our most revered customers MHRIL and AscendersTech is truly proud to be associated with him. Our onsite team receives timely support, guidance and facilitation at MHRIL from Mr. Sathya and team. He greeted the Ascenders in his usual affable manner and interacted with them during lunch.

 The corporate session wound up before a  sumptuous buffet lunch.

Soup anyone?

 After luncheon, it was play time! Our Events Manager Mr. Muralikrishnan had rushed to offer his services in spite of being out of station for the past one week on hectic business. He very courteously agreed to conduct our half day of fun and frolic and ensured that the AscendersTech team was a complete riot!

Muralikrishnan in full form!


 After the seriousness of the morning session, it was hilarious to see the Ascenders rolling on the marbled flooring of The Accord Metropolitan while playing the Longest Line, rummaging all over the place looking for pieces of newspaper to fill up the jigsaw puzzle, getting all knotted up (literally!) and then trying to get untangled in Stringing Along, not to mention the Smooching competition that the Ascenders are so fond of!

KISS or miss!!!

Putting the pieces together...









Weird team names were invented: Pachai , Pimpilikaa Pilaapi, Dazzling Birds, Smooth Criminals and Anti Virus!


The one Rupee coin made it’s come back from the Annual Day festivities and went on to find a higher value. This time it ended its circle with Kavitha Rose with an amazing worth of Rupees 10 Billion (and 1)!

Let the smooching begin!


A few more games were played and a lovely Birthday cake was cut for the benefit of the birthday babies of the last Quarter.


The Birthday Babies…


Birthday BASHING!


The day ended with a prize giving for the lucky teams who won the first three places in the competitions. Birthday gifts were also distributed.


So tied up…in work?


Tasty lipstick?

'Freedom from Bondage' was the war cry!


There were wide grins on everyone’s faces and a sense of utter bliss permeated the hall when everyone wished each other a fabulous 2011! There were hugs, kisses, smiles and laughter which rang through the hotel and then reverberated into the New Year with the Ascenders…

The Grinning Girlies of AscendersTech


All ready for the Pooja

With great pleasure the Ascenders Family celebrated Ayudha Pooja at the AscendersTech premises on Saturday, 16 October ’10 at around 5 p.m. this time the pooja was conducted at both premises, starting with the new office at B Wing, Parsn Manere and continued as usual at the Corporate Office situated in C Wing, Parsn Manere.

The celebrations actually started by decorating the offices very colorfully. All the employees gathered for the pooja at both offices. As usual, the occasion was far from solemn as the Ascenders always like to have their fun. Prayers were offered for the prosperity of the company. We were very privileged to have none other than Mr. K. Purushottaman, Regional Director, NASSCOM, as our special guest.

A short intro about Mr. Purushottaman

Mr. Purushottaman very graciously attended the pooja and even did us the honour of distributing the Ayudha Pooja gift to all the Ascenders. Another special invitee was our past Vice President (Technology) Mr. Raajaram himself.

Mr. Raajaram

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