Vice President - Software Development
@ Road Inc., USA
What does it take to deliver world class quality at work?
- An energising interview with Shirish Puranik, Vice President
- Software Development, @ Road Inc., USA
complexities and demands of the software industry are on a steep
increase. Today's professionals have no choice but to swim through
this rapidly changing scenario to survive and grow. Quality has
become a way of life. So what does it take to make a difference
in this vying corporate scenario?
Puranik, Vice President - Software Development, @Road Inc., USA
shared his views with CareerEnrich on the basic qualities that
today's professionals need to acquire to deliver world class quality.
Puranik has over 12 years experience in building commercial enterprise
software systems. He currently serves as Vice President of Software
Development at @Road Inc., where he is responsible for building
a leading-edge Internet Software Service. Formerly, he worked
with Oracle Corporation for seven years most recently as Director
of Product Development in the Database Group. Prior to that he
was an engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation for four years.
He holds a B. Tech (EE) from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay,
an MS (EE) from the University of Florida and an MS in Engineering
Management from Stanford University.
a person with significant achievements at a young age, looking
back, what do you think are the keys to be a successful software
strongly believe that three basic qualities fuel success. They
in one's field
order to deliver best results, any professional has to constantly
hone his / her talents. Continuous learning plays a vital role.
I would compare learning to a balanced diet. All of us are
very keen on avoiding junk food and choosing the right food to
meet our appetite. Learning is no different. We require a good
dosage of 'healthy learning' on a day-to-day basis. However
the trick lies in choosing the 'right' knowledge from the glut
of information thrown at us every day especially with the advent
of the Internet which has unleashed a torrent of information.
are three principal steps for quality learning:
the right mentor
with the best and smart people
one-self updated with the current developments.
has to be understood that accomplishing a particular task or goal
requires immense dedication and focus. First, setting the right
goals is critical - get help from your management team or a mentor
in setting the right goals. Then, we have to focus and work hard
to achieve these goals and results. As Edison said, "Genius is
99% perspiration and 1% inspiration" There has to be a passion
for work. We need to fall in love with the work we do. Hard
work and perseverance have never ever failed to help one climb
up the corporate ladder. A burning desire to succeed acts as a
propeller for hard work.
the right attitude always helps. One has to be professional
at all times, be a team player and not a prima donna. Learn
to be "collaborative" by combining cooperation and being assertive.
Finally, it is very important to build self-awareness and know
one's strengths and weaknesses to have a healthy attitude. Ask
your manager or some colleagues that you respect for an objective
feedback and listen carefully. Such input gathered over time is
invaluable in improving oneself and growing in the right direction
is the future for today's Indian software professionals?
software professionals both in India and abroad are world-renowned.
Every time I come to India, I see phenomenal improvements in
the industry. Competition has helped the industry to grow.
Today's professionals have:
tenacity to put in hard work.
excellent command over the English language to service overseas
clients - this is a big competitive advantage compared to other
countries such as China
commitment and an increasing desire to succeed among the budding
professionals of today.
demand for Indian software professionals abroad has also been
on a steep increase. India definitely has the potential to be
a world leader in software projects and development. I am proud
to be an Indian.
The opinions expressed by Mr. Puranik are in his individual capacity
and do not necessarily reflect the views of @Road Inc.