Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Brainstorming session : MOM 20th Nov 2008


It was great to meet and brainstorm on current economy recession. Please excuse me for delayed MOM.

The main objective was to overcome the present slow down by acting together as one community.

Mr Abhijeet Dhandekar has pointed out a very valid concern that until company level involvement will not be there, this kind of initiative will not see the real action. He has also suggested that existing members should invite key people in their own network to join LinkedPune so that group should strengthen further.

Mr Sudhakar Mishra has shared The idea of company's profile with key expertise areas for the benefit of members. This would help in identification of relevant companies during joint bidding process. We can circulate a template to companies, which would capture key points.

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This was followed with the discussion to involve Jetro (Indo Japan trade organisation), Utsav (India Australia trade organisation) and other such organisation to involve with group activities so LinkedPune members can also avail the similar facilities in different countries.

Mr Viral Director, BNI ( a networking enterprise) has given his valuable suggestion to make the group much more structured.

Ms. Amishi, Regional Director, BNI has also stressed that how imp is to have such event more frequently.

Mr. Ramesh Adavi has also shared his valuable experience and tried to address the unforeseen complexities which can arise later on.

Mr. Natesh Vedgiri, Director, Product Horizons (Outsourced Product Development) raise the issue whether LinkedPune can address areas of financing (not VC level but at grass root level such as approaching banks for project based loans on favorable terms).

All the members participated actively and came up with not only ideas but also action plan.

Some ideas presented and discussed were.

1. Sharing of marketing resources to reduce marketing costs,
2. Sharing of leads - leads of no interest so that other company in the group may benefit,
3. Share clients with companies in non competing areas
4. Share infrastructure and costs
5. Jointly bid as a consortium on case to case basis
6. Exploit rate difference among ourselves - something not feasible for one company can be feasible for the other
7. Use services of domain experts and tech freelancers

Proposed Conclusion

1. We all agree and understand that collaboration is definitely need of an hour. However, forming a formal consortium do have it’s practical issues and hence we agreed that we can better leverage each other’s strengths by forming need based collaboration facilitated by informal gathering.

2. It is also discussed and agreed that small focused groups can definitely help people going forward. E.g. So let’s say if somebody is interested only in sales and marketing in IT services domain a particular LinkedPune meet should only be addressed to interested participants.

3. The company level participation is desired for any fruitful results. And, hence the decision makers participation is critical in such events.

Proposed Action Items

1. All the members will invite key people from their network to join LinkedPune so that group can be strengthen further.

2. Separate meets will be organized more frequently on particular interest level e.g. VC meet, BPO meet, e-learning meet, CRM meet, SCM meet etc.

3. Expat from silicon valley will be invited to join this group and existing US members will be asked to support the group in their own respective capacities.

Marketing Linked Pune effectively so that every member starts seeing value in being a part of it in personal and professional capacity

Create a separate organization to foster the objective of increasing business so that the networking objective of members is not disturbed - a portal can be created since Linked In does not provide such features in its present structure.

At last but not least I would like to specially thank IMC Head Mr. Swaminathan who has arranged place and offered snacks and tea. Also Mr. Anshu and Abhijit Dandekar from Solution IT who has provided his great support to make this event happen in such a short notice.

Thanks and Warm Regards,

Shwetank Upadhyaya

Monday, November 24, 2008

Lets share your thoughts

Hi All,

We are part of a community; every community has a voice only when its members speak out. So lets speak, lets share your thoughts, lets blog. It can be any topic, important is it should be your thoughts.
To start I would suggest to visit http://www.uniken.com/blog.html where you can discuss on "Should (government funded) innovation have a social relevance?"

Please send me more such original links where you have posted your thoughts.

With best regards

Monday, November 17, 2008

LinkedPune : 1000 Mark crossed


Today LinkedPune has crossed 1000 members. Great journey so far, We started on 28th March 2008, in such a short span we crossed 1000 members. as of now we are 1005 members.

More than just counting on membership we have achieved few more tangible objectives like recruitment, acquisitions, sales, business networking and many more. I would like to congratulate all the members for this achievement.

In meanwhile we also had one general meeting, soon we will be having one more general meeting in Dec last week. As all of you are already aware that we are having a brainstorming session on 20th Nov as well on "Economy recession and our strategy"

I hope everybody is finding this group useful. I would be glad to know about your opinion,feedback and suggestion to take it to next level, please write to me at shwetank@linkedpune.com.

With regards
Shwetank Upadhyaya

Friday, November 14, 2008

Brainstorming session

Hi All,

Do you feel that if we act together we can tackle recession in a better way, I feel so. If you too feel the same way please attend a short meeting being organized on 20th Nov 2008 (Venue will be posted later on). This is a limited seat (30 seats only) brain storming session.
I have few ideas, you can throw your own and lets come up with some concrete plan to tackle the recession period on our own level.

We will be having our all members general meet in Dec last week, for this session only decision makers in sales and marketing are invited.

If you are interested please reply to me at shwetank@linkedpune.com.

Please ignore this if you are not from sales and marketing. Also if any member can offer his place for this 2 hour meet, please let me know. I am trying to keep it a free session so I don’t want to rent out any place.

With best regards
Shwetank Upadhyaya

Position: Business Development Manager – India

Position Summary:

The Business Development Manager will be responsible for exploring new business opportunities as well as growing the client accounts to sell IT Services and Solutions focusing on ERP’s (SAP and Oracle) in India.


Solution IT & BPO Pvt. Ltd. is a subsidiary of Solution IT Inc. which is a provider of IT Services and Solutions, having its corporate office in Boston MA, USA. The company focuses on selling ERP solutions and services, and has plans to ramp up aggressively in India targeting APAC and EMEA markets. This is a dynamic company with great synergies and gives employees an open environment of independence, challenge, exciting growth prospects and topnotch compensation plans.


Identify potential customer accounts for selling IT services with emphasis on SAP and Oracle ERP’s in Manufacturing, Automotive, Pharmaceutical, Telecom, Retail and Real Estate industry verticals.
Explore potential opportunities for Staffing as well as Projects business in a set of target accounts.
Will be the owner of the sales process from prospecting, pre-sales, proposals, presentations, bidding, negotiations, deal closure, coordination with delivery teams, managing client expectations and collection.
Extensive travel all over India will be required for this position.
This position provides the opportunity for selling in EMEA/ APAC markets in future.

Required Skills:

4-6 years experience in selling IT services in India.
Previous experience in selling Oracle and/or SAP services in India will be preferred.
Must be comfortable dealing with all levels including “C” level executives at clients.
Must have direct sales and account management experience.
Should be a go getter with infinite energy level hitting multiple calls and meetings every day.
Exceptional written, presentation and communication skills

Desired Profile:

Engineering Degree.
MBA from a premier school.
Strong networking abilities with ability to sniff new opportunities
High achiever, ambitious, dynamic, result oriented.


Attractive compensation package consisting of base salary and variable component with annual targeted total earnings ranging from 10-15 Lakhs depending on experience.

Location: Pune

Please send resumes to careers@solutionit.com with Subject: Business Development Manager – India. Please mention "LinkedPune" when you apply.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

IT Park available on lease

This IT park is available at Kothrud area (towards Chandni Chowk). It is first hand readily available. For details you can directly contact to developer (contact details given in last of presentation or you can write at info@linkedpune.com )

There is some time lag in playing this video, you can directly visit it on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5u_Mn8Ef9k